Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NAS)
'It's a strange list, isn't it? The weak, the foolish, the base, the things that are not. Which category are you in? Are you very dignified, very respectable, very intelligent? This will shock you, but God can't use you. You're outside the field of His choice, you see. So what's the solution? God is not going to change. We have to change' (Derek Prince, 'Continually Led by the Spirit').

Since God has 'Made foolish the wisdom of this world' (1 Corinthians 1:20), education by societal standards is of no importance to Him. Even more, if our degrees puff up our pride, God nullifies them, 'So that no man may boast before' Him; after all, 'The haughty will be humbled' (Isaiah 10:33).

Who gets God's promotion? 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven' (Matthew 18:3). The only wisdom that counts comes from God. Thankfully, He loves 'Making wise the simple' (Psalm 19:7). Just ask. 'If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him' (James 1:5).

So, the next time you feel unqualified to enter the mission field of entertainment or any place dominated by people who seem smarter, more experienced, or better able, try this prayer:

'Lord Jesus, I admit that I have had doubts about my usefulness to You. I have given in to accusing thoughts that my inadequacies and failures may have disqualified me from being used for Your purposes. With this prayer, in Your presence, I reject those accusations. And I cry out once again to You to be used in Your service. Lord Jesus, touch my life again in a fresh way. I place myself completely on the altar as a living sacrifice, and I declare my trust in the truth of Your Word according to Romans 12:1: that by the power of Your blood, I am a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God. I come to You now, just as I am. I receive Your forgiveness, Your cleansing, Your affirmation, and Your commissioning for whatever tasks You may have ordained for me as Your devoted servant. I am all Yours, Lord Jesus, and I proclaim that You will use me for the purposes of Your kingdom in the times ahead' (Derek Prince Ministries).

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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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