Friday, July 26th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Misdirection
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Proverbs 4:26-27 (NIV)
Do not turn aside from any of the Commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
Deuteronomy 28:14: (NIV)
When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)
Most critics agree: a movie's impact depends on good direction. The other crucial component in a film's success is a good script. Even gifted actors with studio backing will fail without them.*
Most pastors agree: a Christian's witness depends on good direction. The other crucial component in a walk with Christ is the Good Book. Even star-studded Christians with big church backing will fail without them.
I believe God prefers a forward direction. He untwists crooked paths and likes 'The street called straight' (Acts 9:11, NASB).** His ways are clean, clearly marked and full of light.
I believe the enemy prefers round abouts. He who 'Leads the whole world astray' (Revelation 12:9, NIV) likes rabbit trails.*** His ways are foul, distorted and secretive.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The straight and narrow path is your way. Avoid dark alleys and phony lights. Beware tempting turns and looking back.
Don't follow confusing directions or run with some wild pigs down a cliff.****
God will open doors in front of you, but you must be in step with His Son. Because Satan will open doors, too. So how can you know which door is right?
1) It won't open unless you're moving.
2) It will be in front and not behind.
3) It will be in line with His Guide Book.
4) It will bring Good News to all nations.
5) The way will be straight, but not easy.
6) Mean kin will hate it and put you down.
7) True friends will rejoice and pray for you.
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Misdirection (Part 29)
* Short article: 7 Things Critics Look for When Reviewing a Movie: http://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/7-important-areas-to-consider-to-view-a-film-critically.html/?a=viewall
** Previous Devotion, Finding Your Way (Straight Forward): http://careylewisdevotions.com/finding-your-way-part-2-straight-forward
*** Definition of Rabbit Trails: http://andtodaysidiomis.blogspot.com/2010/12/rabbit-trail.html
**** Mark 5:13: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+5%3A13&version=NIV
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.