Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, January 11th, 2021
Self-Examination 2021: Neck, Outstretched
The Lord says, 'The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
Isaiah 3:16 (NIV)
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 (NKJV)
A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig's snout.
Proverbs 11:22 (NLT)
Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel--rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV)
Physical beauty is a striking gift, and most women want to be attractive. Being attractive carries many perks: admiring glances and preferred treatment in a variety of pleasing ways.

However, like any wonderful gift, beauty is also a temptation: a temptation to love the perks too much; a temptation to feel substantial pride; a temptation to please men and not God.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: God designed you to be attractive, so hiding your looks is not His plan. This being said, consider these points:

1) If Jesus made you fishers of men, then your beauty is a fishing lure. It's meant to draw attention to you--while you pass it along to Jesus.

2) You must find the delicate balance of good shows without showing too much; of elegance without enhancement; of style without sensuality.

3) Work on a lovely interior, on a helpful and generous faith. Because without true humility, the Lord says you're a pig in disguise.

4) Media's a bawdy, gaudy show, and some stars are flagrantly flashy. But if you are stylishly simple, you'll radiate the finesse of fresh.

## Self-Examination 2021: Neck, Outstretched (Part 71)

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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