Sunday, August 4th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Insufficiency
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23:4-6 (KJV)
If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Matthew 17:20 (NASB)
When Paul said, 'I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me' (Philippians 4:13), he wasn't talking about certain things or easy things.
Paul faced hard things, like hunger, beatings, shipwrecks and prison.* He witnessed Jesus in all things, especially tough ones.
Where did Paul find this strength? 'Our sufficiency is from God' (2 Corinthians 3:5). When we pause to reflect, Paul's best work came under pressure. Because heroes rise and shine in life's greatest challenges.
Today, I believe media is challenging our faith.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Insufficiency is Satan's lie. He'll do anything to keep you home:
To dress you in Pampers or Depends,
To roll you in strollers or busses,
To convince you you're inadequate,
To cover you with wealth and comfort,
To further his team's winning record.
I declare Satan's lies null and void. I pray that you say, 'Amen, amen.' God has cast you to stand up for Him: to bring His Light to entertainment. No force on hell or earth can stop you: no demon, no person, no challenge.
Except your willful resignation, except your fearful stepping away, except your agreement with demons, except your acceptance of these lies:
1) Staying home is safer than going.
2) Sunday strolls are sufficient faith walks.
3) God will NOT be with your every step.
4) Let other Christians risk everything.
5) Jesus is insufficient in you.
No! You'll be strong and of good courage: 'For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us' (2 Corinthians 1:20).
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Insufficiency (Part 38)
* Paul's suffering for Christ: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+11%3A22-30&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.