Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, December 20th, 2013
The Straight Up Word (Part 2)
New Recipes
For I testify to everyone who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this Book; and if anyone takes away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this Book.
Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV)
You shall not add to the Word which I command you, nor take from It, that you may keep the Commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 4:2 (NKJV)
Every Word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His Words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6 (NKJV)
Surely the Word-istas at Wordbucks are simply servants. But who's cooking up new recipes with the Word of God? Because they're cutting away the chewier Parts, then adding sugar, fat and artificial ingredients. Kind of like white bread. Consider the comparison:

'Bread is made out of flour that comes from grain kernels--usually wheat. A grain kernel has three parts: the bran, the endosperm, and the germ (so called because it's the part of the kernel that germinates into a new plant).

Whole grains contain all parts of the grain kernel. But refined grains, like the flour used to make white bread, have had the fiber-dense bran and the nutrient-rich germ processed out, leaving only the starchy endosperm.' *

Now consider two descriptions of Jesus:

1) 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' (John 1:1); 'And the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth' (John 1:14).

2) 'I am the Bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst' (John 6:35).

To cut down God's Word is an attempt to cut down Jesus. To add to God's Word is an attempt to add to Jesus. Neither is possible. Jesus was cut down once, but never again. Nor can you add to One Who is the Beginning and the End of all things.

Therefore, the chefs who remix God's Original Recipe will surely face His wrath. Because false prophets are making false profits by way of the innocent and under-informed. Clearly, God hates the abuse of children.

'Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea' (Matthew 18:6).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: whatever your age, become a mature believer. You wouldn't bother to memorize a bad edit of the greatest story ever told, so don't buy into a bad edit of Scripture. Order your world and order His Word straight up.

To Be Continued...

* Simple explanation of whole wheat v. white bread:

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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