Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, July 26th, 2012
The Danger Of Success (Part 1)
Honor And Awards
I do not receive testimony from man.
John 5:34 (NKJV)
I do not receive honor from men.
John 5:41 (NKJV)
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.
Proverbs 21:31 (NAS)
Honor and awards are like hot potatoes. They are best passed quickly, or they will burn you.

You are told by God to cast your worries on Him: 'Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you' (1 Peter 5:7), and 'Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you' (Psalm 55:22).

To 'cast' is literally 'to throw or hurl' (Random House Dictionary). Therefore, hurl every bomb of fear and doubt to God before it explodes on your life. Like a hand grenade. What doesn't hurt Him will surely help you.

But I believe casting your success on Him is just as important--especially for performers. 'For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Whom be glory forever. Amen' (Romans 11:36).

If you don't? 'You have made His glory cease, and cast His throne down to the ground' (Psalm 89:44).

Here's the thing: Jesus made it perfectly clear during His three-year run as a Superstar on planet Earth that He would accept no crown and no honor. If the King of kings accepted no honor from men, who are we to do so now?

Surely, casting worldly success away from us flies in the face of entertainment award shows. But red carpets cannot fly higher than God's truth. Should you boycott the Emmys, Grammys, or turn down that Golden Globe? No! Don't miss the opportunity to give God credit.

By giving God His due credit for your success, you fulfill the commandment of Jesus Christ. 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven' (Matthew 5:16).

The danger of success becomes a crown upon your head that you lay at the Feet of God.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Danger Of Success 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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