Some men were carrying a man on a stretcher who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.
Embrace the stories about persistence, starring the Bible's most famous heroes. They were tested by doubts, delays, dangers, depression, rejection and poverty. Mean queens. Evil king and massive armies. Illness, blindness, prison and ridicule.
Obstacles and impossibilities obstructed their missions and destinies- including some seriously long waits. His rising stars were too young and too old, too weak, scared, tired, flawed and unqualified.
Noah built a giant ark on dry land, endured the flood and helped start a new world.
Old Abraham blazed a new trail of trust, exampling the blind faith our Lord expects.
Prince Moses became a humble shepherd: a forerunner of the path Jesus walked.
Joshua feared to lead after Moses, but he pressed forward to the Promised Land.
David, the giant slayer, was betrayed and hunted for years before he was crowned.
Joseph kept and wed the mother of Christ, then guarded them both as God directed.
Paul pushed beyond his own grievous mistakes, through unparalleled hardships to preach Christ.
Not only were God's heroes determined, but each did something unprecedented.
In the story of the paralytic, Jesus called the powerful persistence of the paralytic and his friends... FAITH.*
Conclusion: God transforms our persistence into an obstacle-removing faith: faith that overrides life as we know it. How can men do extraordinary things? Alone, they can't. But God within them can.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you have an inside Asset on auditions. When God's Spirit joins with your persistence, the coming miracles cannot be stopped.
Therefore, defy logic. Take the long shot. Laugh at the clock. Overlook ridicule, and never give up on your destiny.
## The Power Of Persistence
* Story of the paralytic who was healed: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%205%3A17-26&version=NKJV
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Power Of Persistence series.