Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 5)
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven you.'
Mark 2:3-5 (NKJV)
She kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, 'Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs.'

And she answered and said to Him, 'Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs.'

Then He said to her, 'For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.'
Mark 7:26-29 (NKJV)
Resourcefulness, a.k.a. initiative or ingenuity, is a success strategy common to leaders. It's thinking beyond the box. It's looking for a better way. It's an uncommon path through common obstacles.

Consider the four men who carried a paralytic to Jesus. By normal means, they couldn't get near Him. So they decided to climb the roof, remove the tiles, and lower their friend to the Healer. It doesn't sound easy, but it was successful. Jesus considered their resourcefulness an act of faith--and the paralytic walked.

In Mark 7, Jesus was approached by a Greek woman with a demon-possessed daughter.* She had two strikes against her child's deliverance: 1) She was a woman, and women did not approach men. 2) She was a Gentile, and Gentiles did not approach Jews.

Nevertheless, she approached Jesus and fell at His feet. At first, He seemed unwilling to help her--because His first business was for the Jews. But she wouldn't give up. Politely, she debated the King of kings. Her act of resourcefulness was unprecedented. Its conclusion? Success! Her daughter was healed.

Performers for Christ must take the lead - with unusual initiative. Because unusual initiative gains attention in Heaven and Hollywood.

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

To Be Continued...

*A Gentile Shows Her Faith:

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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