Saturday, September 7th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Goodwill
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.
Luke 8:1 (NKJV)
With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord...
Ephesians 6:7-8 (NASB)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
When speeding down interstate highways or crawling in stop-and-go traffic, billboards like to grab my attention. I'm not sure why I want to read them, and some of them are questionable. Like the ones detailing damnation:
'Where are you going? Heaven or Hell?'
'Hell Is Real'
'It's Your Choice... Heaven or Hell'
'Go To Hell or Stop Sinning'
I understand the first three callouts.* But do outsiders understand them? Do death threats convey the love of Christ to those who've yet to feel His kindness?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your commission is to spread Good News. In my 51 years before Christ, hateful messages discouraged me.
I felt pre-judged by a mean jury, and I didn't know my Defender. People who brag about holiness don't fool anyone. We know they aren't.**
Once in the midst of a SHINE event (AMTC's major convention: a mixing of faith and Hollywood, where most VIPs are not Christians)...
As I was walking through the foyer, I saw a ministry new to me. Their bold t-shirts said: 'Jesus Or Die.'
Okay, I get it, but some didn't.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're called to upgrade God's messaging and re-establish correct content: Peace on earth and goodwill toward men. Your King showed kindness to outsiders. His only condemnatory Words were aimed at religious hypocrites.
## The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Goodwill (Part 72)
* Concerning the stop sinning message, I've yet to enjoy a sin-free day. I thank God for the Blood of Jesus and choose to believe I'm improving.
** God doesn't like people who claim to be holier than others (See V.5): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+65%3A1-5&version=KJV
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.