Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
To Do Or Not To Do
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NKJV)
We all want to be counted worthy of God's calling and God's kingdom. Count us in, Lord! What do we need to do? Exactly that. We need 'to do.' We need to do the work of faith with God's power.

'You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?' (James 2:19-20).

I've been on a lot of auditions, and I have met Christians with real talent--even star potential. Yet, too many hide it, bury it, or sit it out. They refuse to take a risk.

Their faith is blocked by an all-star tackle named fear, a giant of a demon. After knocking faith flat, fear points to a spot on the bench where it's safe.

The Bible tells us that 'Without faith it is impossible to please God' (Hebrews 11:6). So, how do we get past fear to run with our faith and score the goal?

1. We call for Jesus, because God is our defense (see Psalm 94:22). No one gets by The Rock--especially not fear.

2. We turn our backs on fear. We 'Press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 3:14).

3. We don't run our own plays. We do exactly what the Coach says. 'Now therefore perform the doing of it' (2 Corinthians 8:11).

4. We score. We finish--like Jesus; 'I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do' (John 17:4).

Then what? We get to fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness. Can you imagine all the pleasure in God's goodness? It's the greatest victory party in the universe. But it begins and ends with a hard but simple decision: to do or not to do.

So do it.

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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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