Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
The Right Prison
Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.
Zechariah 9:12 (NKJV)
And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:10 (NKJV)
If you believe God's promises to you, even when you haven't seen them come true, then you're a model prisoner of HOPE. By good choice, you remain bound to your hope.

You ignore logic, timing and reason. You cast off 'normal' like a dirty rag, because your God is wondrous (not normal).

You can't pin your hope to a certain time, because hope comes from God Who has no end. So don't give up on impossible dreams... because their fulfillment is His delight.

As you wait behind hope's luminous bars, be glad! God is with you in this prison. If you're tempted to make a run for it, wait patiently and remember your kin.

Like Joseph, who excelled in confinement. Or David, who gained respect in a cave. Or the adulteress who longed for love, messed up big-time- but finally found Him!

Look for God-ordained opportunities to grow in wisdom, stature and favor... while your hope grows wings and begins to fly. Bigger and better than you imagined. It's not iffy. It's a promise from God.

If you're a Christian in entertainment, you may be acting, singing or working on a smaller stage than you imagined. Do your best where you are and keep hoping. When you least expect it, it will expand!

'Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much' (Luke 16:10).

'His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much' (Matthew 25:21).

The pace and place are up to God. Trust Him.

Until then, turn your back on dream haters, but never, ever turn back from your dreams.

## The Right Prison

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 Right Prison 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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