Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Stage Names (Part 13)
Saint Of Sweet Fellowship
Gather My saints together to Me.
Psalm 50:5 (NKJV)
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NKJV)
If Jesus sends us, His saints, on a dangerous mission, He sends us perfectly equipped. We wear the armor of God as a defense, hold the Word of God as a weapon, and follow the Spirit of God as our Guide. We also have the power of assembly:

'And the Heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints' (Psalm 89:5).

In considering the wandering stars of entertainment who say they began as Christians, where did they go wrong?

#1: They forgot their defense, their weapons, and their Guide.

#2: They neglected the assembly of the saints. If Jesus sent His first disciples 'Out two by two' (Mark 6:7), we weren't meant to go alone.

Therefore, the next star quality of a saint is...

Sweet Fellowship: 'And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together' (Hebrews 10:24-25). Close fellowship with other believers is vital 'To establish you and encourage you concerning your faith' (1 Thessalonians 3:2), as well as your talent.

Godly fellowship brings accountability and good help. Performers are prevented from being surrounded by 'yes people' who promote worldly success as the highest standard: 'If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ' (Galatians 6:1-2).

And remember the power of partnered prayer: 'Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them' (Matthew 18:19-20).

Therein is stage name #11: Saint, along with saintly star quality #3, 'sweet fellowship' (Psalm 55:14).

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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