Patterns and Principles – Part 5 – July 24, 2019


Patterns and Principles – Part 5

No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:27

Artists: Artists not only love beauty and see it in places others don’t, they’re uniquely gifted to create it. They express their individuality in bold ways that enrich us all. They bring color and flair to a world that would otherwise be drab. But since none of us can live in the ideal world of our imagination, artists are sometimes ill equipped to live in the real world with its problems and pressures. The same sensitivity that makes them creative often enslaves them to emotional swings that put people off, and ends up destroying the artist himself. From Ernest Hemingway to Elvis Presley, the history books tell the story. King David was artistic. He was a gifted poet, dancer, and composer of many songs. But his inability to control his impulses culminated in an affair that led to murder and the devastation of his family. Understand one thing: every strength God gives you has a corresponding weakness that must be identified and handled in the right way. The more talented you are, the more disciplined you must be. Paul was wise enough to recognize his own proclivities: ‘I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest…when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway’. The last few decades have proven that even people God gifted to build great churches and lead great ministries aren’t immune to temptation. Where there is great talent – there is great temptation. Where do sheep find their greatest safety? By sticking close to the shepherd. Today, do that!

Heavenly Father, humble me to remain close to You and to see whatever success I have as coming from You and not me. Thank You for working in spite of me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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