Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Stage Names (Part 8)
Called, Chosen, And Faithful
He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 17:14 (NKJV)
'Called, Chosen, and Faithful' is the golden ticket. It's infinitely better than American Idol.

Imagine hearing about the most important audition in the world. Imagine winning it. Imagine an all-expense paid ticket on a heavenly tour. But until it starts, you have to be faithful to the rules.

If you've heard from Jesus, you've been called. 'He called them to Himself' (Mark 3:23). If you surrender your life to Him, you are chosen. 'The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the Voice of His Mouth' (Acts 22:14)

If you remain faithful to Him until the end, you win. 'Thus you shall act in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and with a loyal heart' (2 Chronicles 19:9). Jesus took 'The twisted crown of thorns' (Matthew 27:29) so that 'You will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away' (1 Peter 5:4).

Given this name, what are the star qualities of being called, chosen, and faithful?

1) Purpose: 'For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My Name may be declared in all the earth' (Romans 9:17). The purpose of God's performers is to declare His Name in all the earth. Master this declaration off stage first by performing your life with excellence.

2) Anointing: 'Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee' (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). Actors, models, and talent for Christ: always remember your anointing. You are in the right place at the right time.

3) Loyalty: 'Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments' (1 Kings 8:61). Satan will tempt you without ceasing. Therefore 'pray without ceasing' (1 Thessalonians 5:17) before every audition. Beware of 'big breaks' that can put you into big bondage. Satan comes disguised as an angel of light. Be loyal to God first. Seek His approval. He is your Manager.

Therein is stage name #8: Called, Chosen, and Faithful.

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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