Thursday, July 25th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Impatience*
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
Dear actors, models and talent for Christ:
This message is a love letter to grads, a memo to all Christian performers and an imperative for God's movers.
Since God blessed you with glorious talents, since performing in church felt too comfy, since family and friends encouraged you, since Jesus said, 'Go unto all nations,' since you followed His Commandment to go...
Since Jesus gave you a Great Commission, since you said 'Yes' and remained on the path, since you received benefits and blessings, since you showed the faith and courage to SHINE, since you sacrificed to get where you are...
Since you worked hard to expand your talents, since your knowledge and expertise increased, since you connected with people like you, since you've been up for parts and promotions, since you've seen other saints get recognized...
Since wins like theirs haven't come to you (yet), since you've been attacked by second-guessing, since your doubts feel notably heavier, since the field you're in is filled with sinners, shouldn't you turn to something easier?
But you'd be scoring a goal for Satan, because impatience is his strategy.
But if outsiders can push through tough times, even obstacles and disappointments, then will worldly kings find Christians ready and will the King of kings judge us worthy...
If we walk off the field impatiently?**
With the greatest of hope!
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Impatience (Part 28)
* Previous Devotion: Hurry Up And Wait, Part 6, Waiting: http://careylewisdevotions.com/hurry-up-and-wait-part-6-waiting
* Previous Devotion: Deal Breakers, Impatience: http://careylewisdevotions.com/deal-breakers-part-7-impatience
* Previous Devotion: Promises! Promises! When God, When? http://careylewisdevotions.com/promises-promises-when-god-when-part-4-conclusion
* Previous Devotion: Little League Games, Players Without Patience: http://careylewisdevotions.com/little-league-games-part-6-players-without-patience
* Previous Devotion: Character Development: A Knockout Punch: http://careylewisdevotions.com/character-development-part-7-a-knockout-punch
* Previous Devotion: Leadership, Patient: http://careylewisdevotions.com/leadership-part-39-patient
* Previous Devotion: Impatience: http://careylewisdevotions.com/impatience
** The King of Babylon found Daniel and his three friends ten times better than all of his local talent. Therein, the nation was transformed by their witness for God: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+1%3A18-21&version=NKJV
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.