Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, February 12th, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 34, Conclusion)
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone, in Whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in Whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-21 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you are people of God. Living in God is your ultimate success strategy: 'Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me' (John 15:4). Within this union, you are called saints.

'That you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God' (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Actors, models and talent for Christ, this union membership has great benefits, including the revelation of life's purpose and path: 'The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints' (Colossians 1:26). It is your job to represent the union well.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, media is your mission field. For you to grow in 'Wisdom, stature and favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52) is essential. Therefore, embrace these 33 success strategies, as did Jesus in His 33 years on Earth.

Because God promotes people of:

1) Willingness, 2) Vision, 3) Action, 4) Resourcefulness, 5) Contrition (Jesus did not sin, but He promoted every contrite sinner), 6) Faith, 7) Thankfulness, 8) Persistence, 9) Preparedness, 10) Leadership by Service;

11) Nonconformity, 12) Exuberance, 13) Boldness, 14) Courage, 15) Foundational Humility, 16) Heroic Humility, 17) Sacrifice, 18) Discipline, 19) Good Habits, 20) Obedience;

21) Patience, 22) Mercy, 23) Joy, 24) Kindness, 25) Inner Peace, 26) Outer Peace, 27) Generosity, 28) Connections, 29) Excellence, 30) Right Words, 31) Good Fellowship, 32) Prayer, 33) God.

'The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever' (Daniel 7:18).

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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