Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Stop Rehearsing The Problem
If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
John 8:31-32 (NAS)
These two sentences summarize my daily 'To Do' list. In fact, I value this scripture more than a hundred-million dollar jackpot.

Jesus' mission on this earth was to free us from every single burden we bear--and He completed the task through His sacrificial death and resurrection. His words offer life and freedom on the most practical level.

Imagine a life free from illness, debt, excess weight, loneliness, bad relationships, bad jobs--or no job at all.

Consider a new life where every day is a great adventure instead of an additional burden. Visualize working in a job so fulfilling you never want to leave. Imagine life as a sold-out disciple of Jesus--playing on the greatest team in the universe in a role perfect for you.

But starting a new life means putting a stop to something else: rehearsing your problems. Instead, start rehearsing Jesus' words. My earnest hope is for each person I love, each person who reads this devotion, and each person who loves God to live the most fulfilling life possible.

Jesus desires it too: 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly' (John 10:10).

When you spend time and energy dwelling on your problems, you please Satan and prevent the 'Aha' of resolution: the light bulb moment. When you give every single problem to God, He will flip the light switch up on each one. You'll discover His answers.

Performers: disciplined rehearsal of lines is the key to strong auditions and leading roles. Children of God: disciplined rehearsal of His lines is the key to freedom from problems and the amazing life God plans for you.

Church, fellowship, and prayer are great--but they must be built on the foundation of His Word. Stop rehearsing the problems. Start rehearsing The Answer.

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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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