Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, December 7th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 36)
Tactics: Self-Sufficiency
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)
I can of Myself do nothing.
John 5:30 (NKJV)
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God...
2 Corinthians 3:5 (NKJV)
I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency.
Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
If self-righteousness is a myth, so is self-sufficiency.

Willful children refuse guidance, so lessons come the hard way. Proud parents push higher degrees, so kids will be set for life. Once we're grown and out on our own, independence is our theme. We work hard to accumulate, so we'll never be in need.

Once we're old and set in our ways, we cherish our tiny worlds. My aging mother didn't want to depend on anyone, but declining health forced her to live quite helplessly with me. I believe our goals of self-sufficiency come from Satan.

All of God's Bible heroes either knew from the start or learned: we can't depend on ourselves, our kin, our jobs or our assets. We can't depend on our brains, our friends, our homes or our leaders. Nothing in us or around us can guarantee our freedom.

The only no-fail Guarantee of sufficiency is Christ. If we are His body, shall a body live without its Head? If we are His branches, shall a branch live apart from the Vine?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't let the enemy deceive you. Starring roles will never be enough. Clapping hands will never fill your heart. Golden Globes will never make you shine.

But in following Jesus closely, no matter the state of your affairs, you're playing earth's game by your King's Rules. In so doing, you're destined to win.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game 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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