Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, October 18th, 2019
Success Strategies: Exuberance
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might.
2 Samuel 6:14 (NKJV)
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Psalm 95:1 (NKJV)
But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?
John 7:26 (NKJV)
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)
Exuberance is 'effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant; overflowing; plentiful' (Random House Dictionary).

We serve an exuberant God. He does 'Exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think' (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV). He expects our exuberance in return.

'Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward...' (Colossians 3:23-24, NKJV). So whatever we do, we must go big.

Whether it's fighting a giant, singing a song, playing a role, making a move or taking a bow. Like Jesus. Isn't every Christian performer saying, 'Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ' (1 Corinthians 11:1, NLT)?

Do you feel too small? That's the best place to start! God will give you the power if you give Him the passion.

Consider Zacchaeus.* 'He was of short stature' (Luke 19:3, NKJV). But he climbed a tree, committed to Christ, invited his friends and righted his wrongs--exceeding the Laws of Moses and pleasing his Lord... by exuberance.**

Consider Peter. He had a big mouth: 'Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!' ' (Matthew 16:22, NKJV). He made a big promise: 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!' (Matthew 26:35, NKJV).

Peter spoke a big plan: 'If You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah' (Matthew 17:4, NASB). He showed big courage: 'He walked on the water...' (Matthew 14:29, NKJV). He cried big fear: 'Lord, save me!' (Matthew 14:30, NKJV).

Peter made a big mistake: 'Then he began to curse and swear, saying, 'I do not know the Man!' ' (Matthew 26:74, NKJV). But undeniably, Peter was exuberant, and his exuberance was channeled to the cause of Christ as His chief disciple.

God promotes people of exuberance. Therein, exuberance is a success strategy.

## Success Strategies: Exuberance (Part 13)

*The Story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector:

**In the Law of Moses, thieves repay double, but Zacchaeus chose to repay four times more than what he took:

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies 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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