Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, January 29th, 2021
Self-Examination 2021: Back, Bad Turns
I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My Commandments.
1 Samuel 15:11 (NKJV)
But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High... They turned back and were as faithless as their parents. They were as undependable as a crooked bow.
Psalm 78:56-57 (NLT)
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Isaiah 59:14 (NKJV)
No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.
Luke 9:62 (NIV)
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?
Galatians 4:9 (NASB)
Turning our backs to God can be deadly. So can a backwards glance that seems harmless, like sneaking a peak at our former lusts.* From Lot's wife who was tempted by Sodom... to new disciples thinking about home, our Lord will not accept divided hearts.

Course reversals and reminiscences cripple our callings quickly or slowly... to the same effect: The world wins. We lose.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: After decades in the talent biz, studying our performers' progress, I can say unequivocally, with full assurance and conviction...

Turning back is why performers fail. By far, it's the #1 reason.

They don't fail because they lack talent.
They don't fail because they lack money.
They don't fail because of mean people.
They don't fail because of rejection.
They don't fail because of circumstance.
They don't fail because of naysayers.
They don't fail because of injury.
They don't fail because of bad timing.**

They fail because they look back and quit. Yielding to homesickness kills great dreams. Therein, perseverance is crucial. So is remembering their true home, their true Father and their real calling.

## Self-Examination 2021: Back, Bad Turns (Part 89)

* Jesus said to avoid temptation. Looking at temptations opens the door to a fall. Like David staring at Bathsheba. So rehearse this Line in prayer time: 'Turn my eyes away from worthless things' (Psalm 119:37, NKJV).

* 'Sinners in Zion are terrified;
Trembling has seized the godless.
Who among us can live with the consuming fire?
Who among us can live with continual burning?.
He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity,
He who rejects unjust gain
And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe;
He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil;
He will dwell on the heights,
His refuge will be the impregnable Rock;
His bread will be given him,
His water will be sure' (Isaiah 33:14-16, NASB).

** Yes, other reasons exist for failure, like inadequate preparation, insufficient industry knowledge or unrealistic expectations, but quitting is #1.

NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2021 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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