Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Stage Names (Part 12)
Saint Of Patience
To those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:2-3 (NKJV)
Beloved to God are His hosts (angels) and his saints (people). Both are featured prominently in the Bible, including the apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation. Saints are the human field stars in this life and death drama. Earth is the primary battleground and the 'pearl of great price' (Matthew 13:46).

Jesus sold all that He had (His Life) to buy us back from sin, bondage, and death. He is waiting until God's anointed time to reclaim our planet. He is waiting on His saints to carry the good news of 'the way' home, 'the truth' of His Word, and 'the life' everlasting.

If He is waiting on us, we must surely wait on Him, which brings us to the saintly star quality of...

Patience: 'Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus' (Revelation 14:12). When Jesus reveals to His disciples the signs of the times and the end of the age, His very last sentence is only six words.

'By your patience possess your souls' (Luke 21:19). In other words, during this time of 'Lawlessness leading to more lawlessness' (Romans 6:19), persevere in God's Word and hold tight to His path...

'That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:15). Therefore, shine in the entertainment industry. Your performance for Christ is of inconceivable importance.

Only in the patient continuance of your work--through rejections, temptations, and even persecutions, can you succeed.

Therein is stage name #11: Saint, along with saintly star quality #2, patience.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Stage Names 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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