Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, February 1st, 2021
Self-Examination 2021: Back, Resolute Backs
Naomi said, 'Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me?...'

But Ruth said: 'Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.'
Ruth 1:11, 16 (NKJV)
Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from Your way.
Psalm 44:18 (NKJV)
In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back.
Luke 17:21 (NKJV)
Resolute believers follow their Lord...

No matter the inconvenient timing,
No matter the personal sacrifice,
No matter the enticements found elsewhere,
No matter the discouragements they face.

Their attention stays forward and upward.

They refuse to turn their backs on Jesus. Instead, they turn their backs on their old lives. They won't bend their faith to worship idols. Instead, they bow their heads to worship God.

Seasoned saints know their duty as soldiers. They are bound and determined to hang tough.

Because their Captain hung tough on the Cross.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: You live in an irresolute world. In this Instagram generation, 'resolution' refers to photos. Regarding hearts, minds and decisions, commitments shift like TV channels.

I believe the Lord has summoned you to re-establish godly standards.

Because the world wavers constantly,
Because false prophets waver with it,
Keep your backs ramrod straight and forward...

To be in this world, but not of it; to follow Christ wherever He leads.

## Self-Examination 2021: Back, Resolute Backs (Part 92)

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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