Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 13)
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 uninhibited enthusiasm. We serve an exuberant God. He does 'Exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think' (Ephesians 3:20). 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 of the inheritance' (Colossians 3:23-24).

Whether it's fighting a giant, singing a song, playing a role, making a move or taking a bow. We must go big. Like Jesus.

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). But he climbed a tree, committed to Christ, invited his friends and righted his wrongs--exceeding the Laws of Moses and pleasing God by his exuberance.**

Consider Peter. He had a big mouth: 'Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 'Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!' ' (Matthew 16:22).

He made a big promise: 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!' (Matthew 26:35).

He spoke a big plan: 'If You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah' (Matthew 17:4).

He took a big step: 'He walked on the water to go to Jesus' (Matthew 14:29).

He showed a big fear: 'Lord, save me!' (Matthew 14:30).

He made a big mistake: 'Then he began to curse and swear, saying, 'I do not know the Man!' ' (Matthew 26:74).

But undeniably, Peter was exuberant, and he became the Lord's #1 disciple.

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

To Be Continued...

*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:

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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