Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Self-Denial (Part 9: Performers)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:27 (NKJV)
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV)
Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ: Tinsel Town is Temptation Town. Which angels do you think currently rule the city by their name? Your mission to bring light into the enemy's communication headquarters is urgent and challenging. God has ordained it. Nothing can stop it.

But several things can stop you. So be wise and be armed.

Beloved performers of God, do not be surprised that the enemy wants you to stay home--in the dark and off the stage. If you don't, he'll try to win you to his side. How? Selfishness. Whose? Your own. He will encourage self-centeredness and self-indulgence, and you must resist them both.

Consider three of his talent temptations:

1) Accepting glory from the world: If 'The heavens declare the glory of God' (Psalm 19:1), and you are His stars in the dark sky of media, give Him all glory. Defer and refer praise, success, honor, awards, and fans to Him.

2) Getting lazy: 'One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys' (Proverbs 18:9). Don't get out of shape physically, professionally, or spiritually. Be disciplined. Eat well. Exercise. Take classes. Practice your gifts. Go to church. Read the Bible. Stay in fellowship.

3) Accepting bad parts: If you are 'Ambassadors of Christ as though God were pleading through {you}' (2 Corinthians 5:20), be selective about the roles you take. Consider your example. Consider your witness--on stage and off.

Never forget the only reward worth winning and how to receive it: 'Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him' (James 1:12).

Self-denial is required for Godly elevation.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Denial 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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