Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, November 24th, 2012
The Church (Part 15: Conclusion)
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the Rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on The Rock.
Matthew 7:24-25 (NKJV)
And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching.
Matthew 7:28 (NKJV)
As I read and I read and I read the four Gospels, I am astonished. I am increasingly struck by the words of Jesus. I am pricked and humbled. The blood they draw is my breaking heart. The Blood they invite is His Own. No one said transformation was easy, but it is certainly profitable. One profit is joy.

Joy is our signal flag. It is the smile on the face of a believer: one who knows who he is, why he is here, and where he is going. He understands the purpose of his suffering, because the fire of refinement is hot. But what beautiful polish it brings. The glow is remarkable, and the reflection is Kingly.

Because the King is Who we seek. He is the Answer to every question. He is the Path to every dream. He is 'The Way, the Truth, and the Life' (John 14:6). He is the Word we must know.

'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness' (2 Timothy 3:16).

'He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son' (2 John 1:9).

'If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you' (John 15:7). And our first request? His will. (See Matthew 6:33).

As His church, we are His mouth. We are His voice. We are His hands and His feet. We are actors, models, and talent for Christ: a church without a roof and preachers without a pulpit. But we do have a stage.

And our must-know Script is Scripture--specifically His Word. But don't just learn the easy parts. Study the hard parts, too. Because in the hard parts, stars will rise.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Church 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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