Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, July 18th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Accumulation
And He told them a parable, saying, 'The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.' ' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?' So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.'
Luke 12:16-21 (NASB)
A fragile line exists between godly prosperity and ungodly hoarding. Godly prosperity is known by strong faith, softened hearts and generous sharing. Ungodly hoarding is known by hardened minds, tightened fists and massive collections.

Let's consider our accumulations:

1) The size of our closets: How many outfits do we really wear? If we haven't put them on in a year, can we cover the bareness of others?

2) The scope of our houses: How many bedrooms do we really need? If we rarely use all of our grand space, is decisive downsizing in order?

3) The width of our waistlines: Are we cherishing food excessively? If we're tempted to eat compulsively, should we exercise greater self-control?

4) The means of our travel: Do we parade in fancy chariots? If the splendor of our cars means too much, should we cut the fluff and travel smarter?

5) The Owner of our wealth: Do we realize God owns our assets? If we begin to think they're really ours, let's re-read God's Own Words on this subject.*

Actors, models and talent for Christ: If media is your mission field, flying high and light is your best game. Love of stuff will only hold you back.** The enemy knows your temptations, so resist him, them, and keep moving.

## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Accumulation (Part 21)

* Scriptures about wealth:

** The Race of Faith (Hebrews 12:1-2):

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.

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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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