Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, November 1st, 2019
Success Strategies: Outer Peace
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NKJV)
We serve the 'God of peace' (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NKJV). His Son is the 'Prince of peace' (Isaiah 9:6, NIV). In the Old and New Testaments, followers are told to 'Seek peace and pursue it' (Psalm 34:14, 1 Peter 3:11, NKJV)...

To turn the other cheek and forgive our enemies; to love them, bless them, do good to them and pray for them.*

These words look amazing on paper, but how do they look in your life? Have you followed God's Script(ure)? If so, you'll look more amazing in person.

Without a doubt, your unusual behavior will grab attention. Because the world preaches unforgiveness. It practices war. It teaches revenge.

Since Fall of 2016, peace left the house. Specifically, America's White House, and the houses of our elected leaders. Political war has become our favorite entertainment. It's a fascinating, revolting reality TV show--broadcast on too many stations to count. We, the viewers, have become 'prey' without ceasing (unless we tune out).

In movies, war and hatred are favored themes. In every case, the scriptwriter is Satan.

But as an actor, model and talent for Christ, whose script should you follow?

Consider John 17, our King's final Prayer. Jesus prays for unity among His future followers. 'I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me' (v.20-21).

Why? Unity is peace.

Because our outer peace will present such a remarkable witness to others--that they may want to know where we got it and how we maintain it. What could be a more important success strategy?

FOOTNOTE: Rise above politics--international, national, school, work and church. Seek peace.

## Success Strategies: Outer Peace (Part 27)

* 'To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also' (Luke 6:29); 'And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your trespasses' (Mark 11:25); 'And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him' (Luke 17:4); 'But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you' (Matthew 5:33).

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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