From Dwayna Litz:
Today I am working to prepare my devotional for the women coming next week to my apartment building on the Upper West Side –we are meeting in the clubhouse on the roof! It will be a beautiful time.
I am compiling Bible verses about the First and Greatest Commandment–to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and where that leaves us in the entertainment business. Answer: right where God wants us to be, which is the best place in life! The Bible has some interesting verses about how “the world” will not love us as Christians, so how do we succeed as “Christian women in media”? We have to determine which opportunities are from God and which are from Satan (otherwise aptly described as “the enemy”). This invisible battle very much exists. God has a plan for our lives, and the “spiritual warfare” comes when we get serious about having everything that God has to offer and not compromising. Satan is a deceiver presenting himself as “an angel of light,” (2 Corinthians 11:14) so we have to “test the spirits”. This may seem funny sounding to people who are not Christians who do not realize that when a person “gets saved” it is a supernatural miracle, a gift only God can give when He makes a PURE home in someone’s impure heart. The battle is between Jesus and Satan, and if we do not have a relationship with Jesus, we are losers in the only battle that really counts. Winning such a battle is far more important in life than any Grammy or Academy Award! Satan comes with opportunities, and the way we can know the difference is by obeying what the Bible teaches and not living immorally when it comes to getting, for instance, some acting role that may “make us a star” or hurting God in the themes of songs we sing as singers or lowering the standard God has set for our lives in order to “make it” in the entertainment business. The Holy Spirit indwells us as believers (unlike people who are not saved), and God lets us know the difference. The question is whether or not we are willing to surrender to His way, though it may cost us the world –just like the Bible says it will. Can God’s love really give us something better? Yes!!
I have found that obedience to God has protected my life every single time. Anything it has cost me to obey was really not worth having in hindsight. We can be deceived, but Jesus is never deceived. Staying close to Him in life is really our “job,” and everything else will fall into place.
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More devotional notes by Dwayna on this topic found on the Lighting the Way ministry blog