Heart Ablaze

2020-05-27 09.18.46

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 22 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/HYompTPEoXg “Set The World On Fire” by Britt Nicole

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Heart Ablaze – And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27 (ESV)

Good golly did you read that WILD verse?! I am most certainly going to locate that sermon tape in heavens archives when I get there! 

Luke 24 records the journey of two men not only physically but spiritually too I believe. Luke 24:22-24 records that these men had previously received an amazing report about the resurrection of Jesus. But it was not until they walked with Jesus that what they knew in their heads was brought to life in their hearts. Luke 24:32 (NLT) They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” 

Later Luke 24:34 records these men exclaiming the Truth of Jesus that they had already previously been told but only now had it taken root! The difference was their encounter with God Himself. Having walked with Jesus, the Truth they had known came ALIVE, setting their hearts ablaze with a fire that could not be contained! His Spirit can bring alive in our heart a Truth we only but knew in our head. 

Job 32:8 tells us, But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. Today let’s begin in prayer and in His Word that as we read Him, He read us so that the Holy Spirit might ignite in us a craving for Truth. May the breath of the Almighty breathe on that spark and send it into a roaring flame that just cannot be contained! Oh that the warmth of His love from His Light within us would set our hearts ablaze drawing all men to experience Him!

 

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Luke 24:27 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 119 with someone this week

DISCUSS: How have you witnessed His spark in others that has ignited your craving for more of Him? 

ACT: Share your spark. Each day this week write a secret encouraging note for someone to find or bring them a spontaneous special snack, offer a kind word or no word maybe in a situation where a sassy response feels provoked. If you have (grand)children involve them in hatching plans to spread the Light you have inside you! 

 

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Jer. 23:29 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jer. 20:9 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 51:12 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hebrews 4:12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Pslam 34:5 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 1:5 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?
Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___

Verse 8

2020-05-20 08.36.36

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 21 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/LLO7tdvwoOo “Today, Tomorrow and Forever” By Sanctus Real

https://youtu.be/ar750jeupg8 “When The Crazy Kicks In” By Francesca Battistelli

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Verse 8 – Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, ….John 20:1 (NLT)

Anyone else ever tried to get up before the sun and the rest of your crew in order to get a head start on the day?!… Only to find that the dog decided to sleep in a NEW spot?!! So now (if you can picture this in slow motion it’s even better, or maybe worse) you’ve managed to tripped most gracefully over the dog but unfortunately have not landed your backwards double flip with a twist, so you’ve lost your grip… and I do mean on your coffee, so it’s spilled, cup shattered, short circuiting your computer (and maybe worst of all) your outfit is now ruined!! BUT not to worry the dog has fulfilled his duties as faithful watchdog and everyone in the house (AND neighborhood) is now up and wondering what you are up to… AGAIN!! (sigh) The choice is now simple… sell the dog. NO JUST KIDDING!! But the choice IS simple… keep moving forward. I mean after that, it can only go up right!?!! 

This is what we see Mary do in John 20. In verse 1 she gets up early, while it is still dark and maybe I think probably still dark in her heart after all that she has gone through. She just saw her God crucified, hopes dashed, but not only that, now she comes to find that the tomb has been messed with as well!!! Yet with all the reason in the world to crumble in despair right then and there she doesn’t!! She moves forward!! And because she did, there came a verse 8. In John 20 verse 8 someone else comes to believe because she kept moving forward in spite of every reason to remain frozen in despair. 

Who might be your “verse 8” today? When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Jonah 2:7 (ESV) You are still God’s bright idea to the world even when all seems dark. Keep moving forward dear one. Someone else needs the Light you have. You still have a “verse 8” out there just waiting to happen!

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: John 20:1 with someone

PRAY/READ: Jonah 2:1-10 with someone

DISCUSS: How you can take hold of His promise in Phil. 1:6 and allow God to keep you moving forward fulfilling His GREAT purpose for your life.

ACT: Ask God to help you find someone that could use your encouragement to keep moving forward and then trust Him to provide the “how” in that endeavor as only He knows the condition of their heart completely.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Isaiah 26:3 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 8:31 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 30:5 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 40:29 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 4:8 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Thess. 3:16 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: _________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___

 

Percolated To Perfection

2020-05-13 09.10.58

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 20 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/TMuoxN5z_ZA “Who Says?” by Joshua Micah

https://youtu.be/Ejycllx5iwA “Unfinished” by Mandisa 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Percolated To Perfection – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 5:7 (NKJV) 

Anyone else wonder why they invented tea bags without the string?! I love the string!! The string offers an opportunity for inspiration! Who doesn’t appreciate the witty sayings, encouraging quotes and scriptures some companies add to the little tag attached to that string?! But alas (sigh) some of my favorite teas come stringless. 

At times the Lord’s commands may seem like there are just too many strings attached, making life too difficult. We would prefer a stringless tea bag kind of life. That my dear friend is just the kind of thought the enemy of all life (John 10:10) would want us to percolate in and fester over in frustration. However it is often the thing that seems at first like a strangling string that in actuality is our life line! 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Cor. 10:13 That way out is up the string! The line of Truth in His Word!! If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:38 

In life we will have trials that feel like hot water (maybe scalding blistering hot water even (John 16:33)) and James 5:7 tells us that if we resist the enemy he flees but what is the key to strength in the moment of resistance?! The sentence before holds the answer! Submit to God! Take the string, the line of Truth He offers you, maybe it’s the one that says, We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. 2 Cor. 4-8-9 

A tea bag must be placed in hot water in order for the flavor to permeate. When we enter hot trials may what comes out of us be the flavor of the overcoming strength of Jesus. May that flavor within come from the line of Truth invading our soul so that no matter the glass we are thrown into we can percolate to perfection.

 

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: James 5:7 with someone

PRAY/READ: Nahum 1:7 and John 17 with someone this week

DISCUSS: Read John 15:4-5 and discuss how you take Him as your Vine, your line of Truth.

ACT: Anticipate a time in your day when you feel the weakest and place a sticky note of Truth in that area.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Colossians 1:11 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Chronicles 16:11 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 40:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deuteronomy 8:15 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Corinthians 4:18 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Titus 3:4-5 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ______________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___

Whose Are You?

2020-01-01 12.12.29

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 19 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/lALLVmpHKL4  “For the Love of My King” by Laura Story

https://youtu.be/Y1ymenyfDjs “Chosen” by Sidewalk Prophets 

https://youtu.be/GgBB863p2vw “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Whose Are You? As Saul watched David go out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the commander of his army, “Abner, whose son is this young man?” 1 Samuel 17:55 (NLT)

You know you come from a big family when you continue to have to flip the circuit breaker because you have too many electric toothbrushes plugged in to one power strip! Let me take that back… you know you come from a big family when you need a power strip for your toothbrushes!! What is it that reminds you of where you come from, where do you get your definition?

Sometimes certain things make us wonder about where they came from, such it was for Saul when he watched the small young boy, David, march fearlessly out to fight the giant no grown man was willing to face! Notice in 1 Sam. 17:55 Saul’s question isn’t, “Who are you?” but, “Whose son is this young man?” 

Do I live in such a manner that people see a strength of character, a kind of integrity that goes beyond human ability that leaves them asking, “Whose daughter are you?!” 

  1 Sam. 17:57 states that as soon as David returned from killing Goliath he was brought to Saul. Saul in verse 58 states, “Tell me about your father young man” and David’s response is right to the point, “His name is Jesse, and we live in Bethlehem.” 

If someone said to me, “Tell me about your Father young lady.” How boldly would I answer, “His name is Jesus, and He lives within me. I’m a daughter of The King”

Psalm 107:2 (NLT) states, Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. – Might we pray for one another in Christ, to truly know in the depths of all our parts Whose child we are, Whose family we belong to. Then when others notice a different glow about us that we would be able to speak out with boldness and declare His praises for the love of our King! 

 

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: 1 Samuel 17:55 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 107 with someone this week

DISCUSS: How do you KNOW you are a child of The King? How have you seen Him show His love for you? How have you been a vessel bringing His love to another? How have you made your Father known?

ACT: Challenge: Ask God to show you someone this week that needs to be reminded they are a child of The King and then take the means He provides to carry out such encouragement in the way He shows you.

 

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read 1 John 4:16 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 4:18 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jeremiah 31:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 3:16 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 3:1 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 3:16 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: __________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

 

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ 

Faith Fertilizer

2020-03-10 09.23.24

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 18 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/jjGMlYywK9M “Christ Be Magnified” by Cody Carnes

https://youtu.be/TunUjHSce2k “Lord Reign In Me” by Keith Lancaster 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Faith Fertilizer – And it is not because I am wiser than anyone else that I know the secret of your dream, but because God wants you to understand what was in your heart. Daniel 2:30 (NLT)

Anyone else with sod issues?! Too often I find myself trying to lay down sod where God wants to cast His seed. So what do we do when our nicely finished plan doesn’t match the growth process of His better purpose? 

Well let’s look at Daniel, a man surrendered to the will of God. Everything he did from thought, word and deed was, “because God…” Daniel honored God through his complete trust and humble surrender, a.k.a obedience. He served faithfully even when he was taken captive, even when his life was threatened, even if he lost it all and nothing made sense just… because God would stand with him, because God loved him, because God had great plans for and beyond him. Because God is faithful we can choose obedience even when we can’t find our faith. The fertilizer for faith is choosing to step in obedience, “even when, even if, just, “because God…”.

Daniel’s life always pointed to the Source of all of life. In Daniel 2:30 he states it’s not because of me but because God…  such a wise man cuz I tell ya what, unguarded strength becomes a double weakness faster than greased up lightnin’! What God purposes He provides for and that day God wanted to save all the wise men of Babylon and for the king to understand what was in his heart. Daniel was willing to be the guy through whom God worked out His purpose. Are we willing to be His provision? To offer our lives on altar as an offering of obedience, even when, even if… just, “because God…”?! NOT because we fully understand or agree or feel like it; but like Daniel, just because God is God and we are not, choose to step in obedience anyway …because God WILL fertilize obedient faith. “Even when…” and “even if…”, God will always be Himself and He will always be with you. Psalm 46:1-3,5 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (5) God is within her, she will not fall;  

Trust fertilizes obedience and obedience fertilizes trust and trust grows faith because He is always faithful. It’s not about looking finished, or trying harder in our own strength, it’s about continuing to grow up in the process, so let’s put a hold on the sod and in humility receive the process of the good Seed together dear friend.

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Daniel 2:30 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 19:14 

DISCUSS: In what ways or areas can you offer your obedience more fully to the Lord? 

ACT: Challenge: Take a first step in obedience this week that maybe you have been putting off, ignoring or avoiding all together. Pray that God open your eyes, ears and heart to perceive His faithfulness.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read 1 Samuel 15:22 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Chron. 16:9 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Heb. 10:23 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 32:8 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Tim. 1:7 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Prov. 3:5-6 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: _________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___

Bring me to normal!

2020-04-24 10.05.32

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” Romans 11:33-34

If there is one phrase that seems to be echoing through our hearts these days it seems to be, “Bring me back to normal!!!” But if we really thought about this a moment… isn’t it fear that makes us crave the familiar… even if the familiar was killing us?! I think that’s just part of the human condition actually, I mean way back in Exodus we see the same thing occurring!

Exodus 14 depicts a time the Israelites were freed by God Almighty to go to the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey yet between verses 10-12 they are struck with fear, fear of the enemy, the unfamiliar and they crave to go back! Back to Egypt where there were plenty of what…GRAVES (vs. 11) and they could be… SLAVES (vs. 12) because you know that would be just WONDERFUL and make everything better right?!?!???

Normal is only normal because it’s what’s known, for 400 years the Isralelites thought slavery was “normal”!  Faith looks FORWARD (Hebrews 11)! Maybe God through this time of unfamiliar territory is moving us forward to a new and better normal?!! Ex. 14:13-14 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today…(14) The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

Who can know the mind of the Lord? Who can counsel The Wonderful Counselor (Is.9:6)?! Our God is a GOOD God. Praying He be my ability to stop clinging and craving in fear the old familiar “normal” but rather in faith move fearlessly forward trusting that all I hold dear is in a Hand that IS NOT SHAKING and is able to bring into a BETTER BALANCE what may now seem to be bouncing.

Jesus died on a Friday, it seemed the ball hit the ground, but then there was the bounce all Saturday and the crowd held their breath… then came Sunday! It was all net! He just went and rose again victorious once and for all time!! We are no longer slaves to the grave! We can ride this wild ride forward in victory dear one, we can in Jesus!!

You can’t make a basket… you can’t score the point… if you don’t first toss the basketball in the air! Dear Jesus give us the strength to trust You enough to follow You forward in faith to a new and better “normal”. You are good all the time, all the time You are good

Independent Read: Hebrews 11, Romans 12:1-2, Isaiah 55:8-9, Jeremiah 29:11-14. 1 Cor. 15:55-57

 

Have you noticed?!

2020-03-11 17.46.08

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 17 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/7ddFwq8Jh1w “Not Today” by Matthew West

https://youtu.be/Z9n_65BLM3A “Better For It” by Riley Clemmons

https://youtu.be/-4d0wnR5hlE “Count That High” by Jordan Feliz 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Have you noticed?! – Have you noticed what people are saying? – ‘The LORD chose Judah and Israel and then abandoned them!’ They are sneering and saying that Israel is not worthy to be counted as a nation. (25) But this is what the LORD says: I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws that govern night and day, earth and sky. Jeremiah 33:24-25 (NLT) 

Have you ever noticed the clouds and wondered if they ever look down on US and make comments about OUR shapes?! —- Maybe not, but what ARE you taking notice of? God asks Jeremiah if he notices the lies being said, but He doesn’t stop there because all too often we are well aware of the negativity going around right?! I think God realizes in this world we will notice a lot of things but He wants us to FOCUS on one thing and that is His Truth. God tells Jeremiah in a sense (and I’m paraphrasing Jer. 33:23-26 NLT), “You may notice the lies they are saying about Me and about you BUT I want you to FOCUS on the Truth that I would no more reject you than change my laws that govern night and day, earth and sky… I would never abandon my servant or change The plan… I am a God that restores and has mercy, Who’s covenant stands true!” Amen right! 

Psalm 77 is a remarkable read. This poor guy can’t sleep (verse 2) anyone else relate to a sleepless night filled with questions?! The dark of night always seems to welcome the craziest and scariest things to heart right?! Looking at Psalm 77:7-10 it seems to happen to this guy too! He wonders, has God rejected him forever, has His unfailing love failed?! In the daylight these worries seem ridiculous, I mean unfailing love just cannot fail it is UN-failing!! Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.  The enemy scatters like roaches do when the light is turned on – the enemy can’t handle the Truth about you, so walk in the Truth! 1 John 1:7 tells us, but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (NASB) 

A flip is made by verse 11 in Psalm 77. In your wrestle with questions don’t give up before you reach your “verse 11” when you begin to remember and recount ALL the faithfulness of God… that you still have a breath because He still has a GREAT purpose for it, that He makes ways where there is no way, that He is the Good shepherd that leads His flock never leaving their side! In Him you are never without a LIVING HOPE.

You may notice a lot of negative things today but choose to focus on things that are True, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). What we think creates emotions and from what we feel, we act on; today let’s capture our thoughts, choose to look up, and focus on Truth dear one.

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Jeremiah 33:24-25 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 77. After reading Philippians 4:8 make a list of things in your life that match these descriptive words and praise God for them.

DISCUSS: The Truths you can cling to and turn up in your mind when the negativity seems to be deafening.

ACT: Challenge: Each day this week leave a secret note of Truth for someone else to discover!

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read 2 Cor. 10:5 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 139:14, 36:9 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Is. 43:18-19 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Rev. 21:5 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Phil. 1:6 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Phil. 4:13 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: __________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___