Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, December 28th, 2013
The Straight Up Word (Part 10, Conclusion)
Undiluted, Unfiltered, Unprocessed, Uncut... Unlocked
For the sake of His Body, which is the church, I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness--the Mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord's people.

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this Mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Colossians 1:24-29 (NIV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I agree with Paul. To the end of your spiritual maturity, I strenuously contend with anyone who presents to you a different Christ, a different Gospel, a different Word. Because no other pure Word exists but the One He wrote. It's called the Bible.

Jesus brought the Bible to life--specifically ours. Before He came in Person, Heaven was a mystery. References to Heaven in the Jewish Torah were indirect, dividing the Sadducees (who did not believe in resurrection) from the Pharisees (who did). Inexplicable Scriptures awaited God's Answer.

Jesus is God's Answer. He is the Mystery revealed. By His New Testament, we now know why we are here and Where we are going. God gives us an exciting preview of Heaven and a terrifying glimpse of hell--including the last days of Earth. Do we have a complete understanding? No, but we have more than enough wisdom to live a full and productive life, if...

We stay in the undiluted, unfiltered, unprocessed, uncut Word of God. The main Place to find It is in His Bible, to Which you have unprecedented access. Never settle for a middleman to interpret God's Word. He may be a bad teacher--or even a good one. But he cannot match the Master.

God wants to talk to you directly: One on one. He will give you revelations on every level: physical, emotional, spiritual, familial, occupational--even temporal: past, present and future.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: man up. No matter your age or gender, man up: in God. The world has a desperate need to know Who you know, and to go Where you will go. But before you can show the Truth, you need to know the Truth. He's in the Word. He is the Word.

Unlock this divine Mystery for yourself, and consequently... for the rest of the world.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Straight Up Word 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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