Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 11th, 2014
Public Relations (Part 11)
The Wrong Praise
Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?
Daniel 3:14 (NKJV)
They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.
Daniel 5:4 (NKJV)
Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
Isaiah 2:8 (NKJV)
They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
John 12:43 (NKJV)
For 51 years I sought (and gave) the wrong praise. I craved approval from people, and I worked extremely hard to get it. My compulsions included perfection and righteousness. I never found them in others--and surely not in myself. I lived in perpetual insufficiency.

Many performers seek (and give) the wrong praise. They crave applause from people, and some will do anything to get it. Their compulsions include fame and money. Even if they find them by others, they surely cannot keep them--because 'This world is passing away' (1 Corinthians 7:31).

They live in perpetual insufficiency.

Offering a con man's cure is 'The god of this world' (2 Corinthians 4:4). His advertising slogan starts with a truth, but ends with a lie: 'You're not good enough. You don't have enough. Look at the success of my stars. If you worship my idols, you'll get what you want.'

Basically, Satan said the same thing to Jesus in the desert: 'The devil led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, 'I will give You all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want... If You worship me, it will all be Yours' ' (Luke 4:5-7).

Satan's truth? We are insufficient. As a Man, even Jesus said, 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30). Satan's lie? Idol worship is no cure, but a tempting tonic with deadly side effects--including perpetual insufficiency. Idol worship is like drug addidction: a short fix replaced by increasing need.

Standing in opposition to idol worship is God. His Cure descended from Heaven to cover every man, woman and child who ask--leading not only to perpetual sufficiency, but also to exceeding abundance: 'God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:19). 

Actors, models and talent for Christ, remember: 1) In Him, you are more than enough. If you please God, nothing else is needed. When the time is right, God will give you favor and success. 2) In Him, you have more than enough... eternally.

'Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the Name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen: But we have risen and stand upright' (Psalm 20:7-8).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Public Relations series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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