Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 19)
Fear No Evil
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me.
Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:36-39 (NKJV)
For by You I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall.
2 Samuel 22:30 (NKJV)
David didn't fear any evil when he ran toward Goliath. Jesus didn't fear any evil when He rebuked hypocrites. On the other hand, Elijah was frightened of Jezebel and 'Ran for his life' (1 Kings 19:3). Peter was afraid of discovery and denied Christ three times.

When fear becomes our chief opponent, Joshua's story provides a plan. Although his courage was proven, fear stepped in when Moses stepped out: God 'Inaugurated Joshua the son of Nun, and said, 'Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you' ' (Deuteronomy 31:23).

From the end of Deuteronomy through the first Chapter in Joshua, God repeats His 'Be strong and of good courage' message to him four more times.* Is God repetitive? When needed. Obviously, Joshua needed encouragement, and so do most of us.

So what's the action plan?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: if you 'Put on Christ' (Galatians 3:27), then you put on strength: 'I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me' (Philippians 4:13). If you put on 'Good courage' (2 Corinthians 5:6), you 'Walk by faith, not by sight' (v.7).

Basically, we act like David and Jesus. Both relied on God to perform every death-defying act and foe-defeating Word. What are the odds of a teenage shepherd boy beating a giant warrior? What are the odds of a simple Carpenter ending Satan's evil stronghold?

What are the odds of performers like you setting the stage for our King's return? Odds don't count in God's court. Because God always wins. It's time to get even: to bring balance to screens. God's Face must now be seen. God's Voice must now be heard.

Prior to your strength and good courage, Christians hid from the 'Promise Land' of media. Therefore, the enemy overwhelmed our world with false promises and bad examples. Your destiny is to stand up and move forward. In this bold act, fear no evil. By Jesus, you've already won.

To Be Continued...

* Joshua 1:6: 'Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.'

* Joshua 1:7: 'Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the Law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.'

* Joshua 1:9: 'Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'

* Joshua 1:18: 'Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.'

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers 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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