Friday, August 16th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Practice
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:7-8 (NASB)
Actors, models and talent for Christ:
If double-time preparation is your duty,
Growing spiritually and physically,
Working to multiply the talents God gave you,
Increasing in wisdom, in stature and favor,
Pleasing both your King and the kings of media,
Then good practices (as in habits) are crucial.
A practice is a customary discipline.* It's something we do regardless of how we feel.
A Broadway star won't cancel a show from illness.
A top athlete won't opt out of training in rain.
A disciple won't leave the field for family.
A believer won't forget what God says to do.
Even when they're tired, tempted or deeply troubled. Instead, they hold harder to the habits they've formed. Things that might keep an ordinary person down are conquered by extraordinary practices.
God's Word talks a lot about the things we practice: all of the things we choose to do religiously. He also calls it our walk, as in step by step. Because fundamentally, we have two choices:
'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deuteronomy 30:19, NKJV). Our practices affect not just us, but our kin.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What things do you choose to do daily?
Maybe you start your day in prayer.
Maybe you keep your eyes in God's Word.
Maybe you work out and straighten up.
Maybe you check social media.
Maybe you try to help those in need.
Maybe you practice what Jesus preached.
Practice alone can't make us perfect, but it will move us toward the goal: 'Whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness' (Romans 6:16, NKJV). Whether into evil wanderings, or into alignment with the Lord.
In Christ, our mistakes aren't deal breakers, but don't keep choosing them willfully. Instead, set up some godly habits. No matter what, cling to them and Him.
## The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Practice (Part 50)
* Definition of practice: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/practice?s=t
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.