Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Where Do You Live? (Part 2)
It must be torn down--its stones, timbers and all the plaster--and taken out of the town to an unclean place.
Leviticus 14:45 (NIV)
Maybe some of you have lived on Sad Street, Argument Avenue, Boasting Boulevard, or Rumble Road, like I did. Or maybe you have driven around Vicious Circle, Hypocrite's Highway, or Wanderer's Way. Even those raised as Christians can get lost or detoured. Hopefully, they are corrected and redirected.

But as for me and my house, we had a tear-down coming. Because, 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone. Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever It falls, It will grind him to powder' (Luke 20:17-18). When I became a committed Christian, I fell on the Chief Cornerstone, Lord Jesus.

I thank God that Jesus did not fall on my house, but we upon Him. In His mercy, my house was broken, but it was soon rebuilt by the Master Carpenter.

The world is no better than it was before our reconstruction. Crime, confusion and chaos increase, or in Jesus' words, 'The rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew' (Matthew 7:25). But now I live on Peaceful Path, and no matter if the world's storms 'Beat on {my} house,' it will never fall again.

My new house is 'Founded on the Rock.' Sadness may come upon us, and we may be shaken in our lives with Christ, but 'Joy comes in the morning' (Psalm 30:5). We no longer need the escape of distractions or diversions.

We have the best home. We always return there, because Jesus is 'Whose house we are' (Hebrews 3:6). That's where we live.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Where Do You Live? 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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