Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, December 14th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 43)
Countermeasures: Commitment
But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause--Who does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.
Job 5:8 (NKJV)
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV)
We can commit sins against God, or we can commit selves to God. Our world is filled with the former. Our lives are fueled by the latter.

If a commitment is a vow, the devil seeks your commitment. He offers endless temptations, like people, power and prizes. Since none of his perks last for long, he'll tempt you with independence: not to trust anyone but you.

If a commitment is a pledge, God seeks your wholehearted passion. He offers ceaseless benefits, through the sacrifice of His Son. Since God's plenty lasts forever, he'll treat you with tender mercies: your trust will always be honored.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, here's the hard thing about commitment. Satan seeks to confuse believers, like you can love both God and the world, so don't commit fully to either.

If you visit God every Sunday, if you give Him some of your money, you can still pursue earthly treasures.*

I see a Gospel of sacrifice, exampled by Jesus as a Man. His commitment was only to God, and His wealth was extraordinary, as in totally out of this world.

So you need to set the record straight. With a passion attracting attention, a passion refusing division, a passion inviting commitment, you blaze a white-hot trail to Jesus. Fence sitting is for birds, not Christians.

To Be Continued...

* 'No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money' (Luke 16:13).

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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