Hope Of The Parenthesis

(All the flax and barley were ruined by the hail, because the barely had formed heads and the flax was budding. But the wheat and the emmer wheat were spared, because they had not yet sprouted from the ground.) Exodus 9:31-32 NLT

Parentheses are used when a writer has something extra to add; a bit of additional information to clarify things for the reader. In the midst of the destructive storm of Exodus 9 God inserts a parenthesis filled with hope in verses 31-32! Although the storm had been very great and extremely destructive God wanted the reader to know there was still hope beyond what the eye could see. 

The hail had fallen and destroyed everything in sight. Sometimes things have to fall all apart before one uncovers the hope within the dirt. The wheat had been spared because why? The seed was under the dirt! 

Because of Jesus, the Author of life, there has been inserted a parenthesis of living hope in each of our lives. Often it takes a falling apart before we have the pieces to build something brand new, something we never could have seen, asked for or even imagined. Out from the dark tomb in the dirt walked Living Hope, so now so can you.

1 Peter 1:3 NIV Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

God bless you muchly~

Faster And Fewer

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:3 NIV

In Exodus Moses knows what God has promised and he is faithfully walking in God’s will and way in spite of all that does not make sense to him. Exodus 5 reveals Moses’ obedience which leads to his situation getting worse!!?! What?! Yes, worse. By the end of Ex. 5 Moses is pretty frustrated, he seems to have expected faster results and fewer problems. Ever been there?! Especially after what we feel has been faithful obedience?! 

No one is more faithful than God Almighty and no Word from Him has ever, nor will ever, fail. Let’s make sure our obedience is based on trust and not on a spoiled attitude of entitlement. Jesus gave His life to save ours for eternity and He has promised to never leave us as we walk through this world that He also promised will be full of troubles. Keep watch for God’s plan to unfold, look for ways to honor Him in your present situation and circumstance. Trust Him to know what is best and to be working as He promises, for the good of all who love Him. 

The God who faithfully led Moses through the Red Sea on dry ground, Noah out of the ark, Joseph from a pit and prison, Daniel out of the lion’s den, and Joshua across the Jordan is the same God that leads today. Are you ready to follow? Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 NIV 

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/xb1bx3hYfzg “Keep Me In The Moment” By Jeremy Camp

God bless you muchly~

Take The Shot!

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 39 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/DZhCFKFOZYk “Waking Up” by We The Kingdom

Our God’s got serious game! Jesus invites all of us to play on His undefeated team. What name is on your jersey today?

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Take The Shot! – Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40 NIV

I wonder how many of us wake up in flabbergasted joy that God did it again?! Who of us can will our own lungs to breath or heart to beat? Who sustains us while in an unconscious state of sleep? Only God! Each time He graciously wakes us up it’s because He has GREAT reason for us to join Him back on His court. It’s as if the Coach of life has called your name and tossed you the ball for yet another chance to make the shot for Him. Don’t worry if you’ve failed in the past… that’s just proof you tried and obviously He expended Almighty energy to get you up to try again! He still believes in you, so why not take the “shot” again today?! Is there anything holding you back from living the abundant life He sacrificed Himself for, defeating death and the devil that you might experience it? Don’t think you don’t qualify, In Matthew 9:13 Jesus reminds us He didn’t come to call those who THINK they are righteous, but those who KNOW they are sinners. 

What distracts you from your “shot”? Things of this world will only prove to leave us overwhelmed, unsatisfied, lonely, weak and yes… distracted! If we are fixed on Jesus we find value, security, worth, joy and acceptance. In Matthew 9:13 Jesus asks a blind man, Do you believe I can make you see? Dear one, do you believe God can make brand new that which is old and broken? Oh He can, He really can (2 Cor. 5:17)!! 

Do you feel your Coach (God) has lost track of you? Do you feel you can’t find Him? Oh dear one Job in chapter 23:7-12 wondered the same, but he realized just as Psalm 139:7-12 confirms God has NEVER lost track of you! YOU are on His roster of important recruits!! You didn’t wake up this morning without His mighty hand on your life! Psalm 139:5 NIV You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 

His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23) and He is calling you to play on His team! Don’t worry if it seems cloudy and you can’t see the net. God cares about every detail of your life (Ps. 37:23) and He promises to provide for all we need (Phil. 4:19) so if we can’t see details yet it’s because as of yet, we don’t really need them; we just need trust in ever increasing amounts. God has experience leading in the cloud. In Ex. 13:21-22 God led the Israelites in the desert by way of a cloud and He never left His place in front of them. That same God calls us off the bench each morning, tosses us the ball called “trust” and says, “Wake up! Take the shot!” 

Dear one, do not fear, God’s  never missed a rebound. 

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

MEMORIZE: John 11:40 with someone

PRAY/READ: Job 23:7-12, Psalm 139:7-12

DISCUSS: What shot have you missed that you are encouraged to try again or even for the first time? 

ACT: Take the “shot”! Cheer someone else on that God has called up to the line.

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

*Read Hebrews 10:39 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Micah 7:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read  2 Corinthians 5:17 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Peter 5:7 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 37:23 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 64:4 & Lam. 3:22-23 & 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: ___/___/___

Pit To Palace

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 38 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/NkCqVccv19E “Only You Can” by Jeremy Camp

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: Pit To Palace – He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and the mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2 NIV

Can you relate to Joseph from Genesis 37? I mean, here in verse 24 we get just a snapshot of this poor guys situation… Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. Okay so nothing about this verse makes me want to be him!! Cast into a pit, and to make sure we don’t misunderstand, this was an EMPTY pit… no fun colored balls, not even water!! 

Long story short, Joseph gets pulled from the pit, paid for by the enemy, sold into slavery by his own family, drug through the dessert for thirty days and ends up in a foriegn land practically in culture shock! I don’t know about you but I’m still not wanting to be this guy! 

Lean in closer my friend, sometimes you have to read beyond the semicolon in your own life! Don’t place a period where God places a semicolon! Look to His word and faithful promises when we feel stuck in the desert or at the bottom of a pit with the enemy placing bets over our failure. God says through His sacrifice on the cross we were bought at a price, set free from the bondage of sin, we are His as believers! Don’t let the enemy trick you into selling him something he can’t have! 

Sometimes it takes a desert, a culture shock, to remind us the only thing saturated with true water for my soul is the one true God who remains constant, sure and faithfully by my side no matter what pit I find myself in! 

Our God was thrown in a pit once too… a tomb shaped pit full of death. Jesus resurrected and walked out so that not one, no not one, of His kids has to have a story that ends in a pit! Our guy Joseph ends up saving his people and leading in the palace!! The PALACE!! Who would have thought?! Only our God who got out of the tomb ALIVE can bring a life from pit to palace. Let Him hold your hand, He’ll lead you the whole way Home to His palace in heaven dear one. For you don’t belong in the pit, you were made for the palace! 

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

MEMORIZE: Psalm 40:2 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 40

DISCUSS: How have you been lifted from a “pit”?

ACT: Show someone that you believe they were made for His palace.

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

*Read Psalm 143:8 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 86:7 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 138:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________

*Read John 14:1-3 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________

*Read John 14:6 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 41:10,13 & 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: ___/___/___

Abolish Or Accomplish

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 37 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/d3YLJCOKOzM “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Abolish Or Accomplish – Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. Matthew 5:17 NLT 

Some days I just have to wonder… is my life abolishing or accomplishing the purposes of God?! Jesus clarified for us that His purpose was to accomplish the purpose of the law held up in the Old Testament. There were three categories of law: ceremonial, civil, and moral. The ceremonial law primarily pointed forward to the coming of Jesus (Ex. Lev. 1:2-3).  Now that He has come those laws don’t literally apply however the principle behind them, to love and worship a holy God most certainly still does apply. The civil law applied to daily living (Ex. Deut. 24:10-11). Since so much of our world has changed it makes it near impossible to carry out literally however Jesus demonstrated the principles behind such conduct of which  most certainly can be followed today. The moral law like the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), still requires strict obedience and reveals the nature and will of our God. 

Over time the people had strayed so far from the principles behind the law which was to guide people to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength that when Jesus spoke of a new way it was really to get back to the original intent instead of muddling around in a confusing mass of rules and regulations that kept everyone from seeing a clear picture of God! 

Without intentionality we too are in danger of following all the rules on the outside without allowing God to touch one iota of our hearts and minds on the inside. When we face difficulty it’s easy to fall back into our hang-ups or validate our shortcomings however that only leads to a numbing of the soul. What happens just before someone freezes to death? They go numb. It’s excruciatingly painful to be rubbed back from the state of numbness but that pain is what saves your life. Jesus came to restore relationship status between God and man. Jesus came to die in our place, conquering the grave, death and the devil for us!! Jesus accomplished His purpose on earth so that we could accomplish ours in Him, for Him, with Him!! What a gift of AMAZING GRACE!! Don’t go numb or refuse to break through the pain that is keeping you in a state that is only abolishing God’s great and mighty purpose for your life.

Our righteousness does not come from ourselves but what God does in us. Can we go beyond the law and live by the principles behind the law, living God centered instead of self centered? Can we live in reverence of God and not for the approval of people? Are we just as concerned about our heart’s attitude that people don’t see as what they can see? 

Dear one, let’s both live our gift of today toward accomplishing not abolishing God’s GREAT purpose for our lives! Isaiah 61:10 NIV I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels..

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

MEMORIZE: Matthew 5:17 with someone

PRAY/READ: Matthew 22:36-40 and Matthew 6:9-13 NASB

DISCUSS: In what areas are you in danger of death by numbing so to speak? Are we willing to allow God to bring us back to life, true abundant life that He died to give us?! Read John 10:10

ACT: Love someone, maybe even a difficult someone, in your sphere of influence just for God’s sake.  

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

*Read Phil. 1:6 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________

*Read 2 Chronicles 15:7, Eph. 2:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________

*Read Psalm 33:11 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________

*Read Psalm 143:8 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________

*Read Micah 7:8 & 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: ___/___/___

Embrace Your “Ox”

2020-08-14 10.20.52

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 36 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/ukiY0XLJD1k “Never Stop” by Urban Rescue

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Embrace Your “Ox” – Where no oxen are, the manager is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4 (NASB)

There I am one moment scrubbing my glass sliding back door with windex and the next I’m stepping back to survey my handiwork… only to notice that about knee level my little munchkin… with his face plastered like a blowfish to the freshly cleaned glass, and yes, that is drool I detect not excess windex sliding down the glass in between the two little hands smudged against the window that WAS clean! This event followed that of cleaning toothpaste from every orifice this child found available, on himself and in his room! Some days you can only laugh till you cry or maybe cry till you laugh right! Proverbs 14:4 reminds me there is life with the “oxen” and there is life without the “oxen” but life WITH the “oxen” produces an opportunity for pressure that produces power I otherwise would have known nothing about! 

God’s available power always matches the pressure we are under, always (2 Cor. 4:7-10); just as His comfort always matches our suffering (2 Cor. 1:3-5). He is all sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). The question remains will we receive it? He gives not as the world gives and holds out peace of mind and heart. The kind we won’t find in the “self help” aisle! Why? Well what is the common denominator in all our problems? If they’re OUR problems we are in each one right?!! We are not the solution but part of the problem so we are going to need WAY more then the “self help” aisle! 

Daniel 6:6-24 reminds me of a man who was unphased by extreme lion devouring pressure! Good golly how?! What was his secret? Daniel had a secret weapon. A secret weapon is small right, it’s something that can be concealed. His weapon was unseen yet mighty. Daniel was a prayer warrior and he welded his relationship with God through it daily. When the “oxen” came against Daniel he remained unshaken because he knew his God was unshakable. When the law had been signed, all but sealing Daniels’ sure death, what did he do?! …he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10 NLT No frantic panic just peace of mind and heart as he did what he always did (John 14:27)… trusting God to be bigger than his “ox”(Is. 59:1), trusting God to use the “ox” for good (Rom. 8:28), trusting that God would not leave him alone with the “ox” (Josh. 1:9). 

When under pressure what’s your unseen secret weapon? May we be like Daniel and embrace our “ox” through the secret weapon of unceasing prayer! Where there is pressure there is power and often it’s only through the strength of the “ox” that we find the overcoming strength of heaven was in us all along. 

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

MEMORIZE: Proverbs 14:4 with someone

PRAY/READ: Daniel 6:6-24, Luke 5:16, Matthew 6:9-13 (John 17:15 – take courage dear one.)

DISCUSS: How have you experienced the power of prayer? How can you pray for one another?

ACT: Begin recording what you pray for AND the answers He brings!

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

*Read Jer. 29:12 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 145:18 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 5:14 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read James 5:16 and Romans 12:12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 102:17 & 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: ___/___/___

Ships Sail Or Fail On The Fuel Of “What if…”

2020-08-11 11.20.48

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 35 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/o7X3kuTCz5c “What If” by Matthew West

https://youtu.be/-Ym5p1oeL-M “What If We” by 3FOR3

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Ships Sail Or Fail On The Fuel Of “What If…”- But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. Acts 5:39 (NIV) 

“What if’’s” take us in one of two directions. We can formulate “What if’’s” in our mind that stop all forward motion in our lives; “What if I fail?!” OR we can formulate “What if’s” in our lives that launch us forward in faith; “What if I sail?!”. The key is the wisdom to know what fuels your “what if”. 

Solomon yoked up with Hiram (1 Kings 10:22) setting sail trading ships of Tarshish once every three years with great success! Jehoshaphat however yoked up with the enemy (quite possibly with the best of intentions) (2 Chron. 20:36, 1 Kg. 22:48) and yet their trading ships for Tarshish were destroyed in their home port even before setting sail!   

I believe the difference is clearly seen in Matthew 14, yet another ship story. Verse 22 tells me God made them get in the boat and God sent them out to go before Him. Yes there was a severe storm but when it’s God who sends you out, yokes you up and is your rear guard (Is. 52:12) your ship will sail and not fail! 

How do we know if God is behind us? Has God commanded you like He did Peter in Matt. 14:29 to “come.”? The confirmation is in the command dear one. Peter was the first (and only) regular guy to walk on water (W.O.W.) and he got no details, just the command to “Come.” But see, Peter was of the mindset… “What if it’s God?! (Matt. 14:28) Peter didn’t say, “What if it’s not real guys, what if I’m just seeing things, hearing things?! Well you better just hide me under these sandbags friends cuz I’m out! The waves are too big, the wind too strong, I’m no match.” No! Peter’s pallet was wet for adventure and God had sent his boat out! We only get one life… let’s not leave anything left over that He intended for us to use! Peter stepped out of the boat that day… and sank. Yes, but it was not because he had not been given the ability to walk on water (w.O.W.) or that he had not heard the call correctly to come… Peter sank because he doubted (Matt. 14:31, James 1:6). We won’t ever sail to truly amazing heights in our own abilities. Only as long as we are stayed in Him, fixed on Him and not on the impossibilities of the circumstances around us will we “walk on water”. Let God worry about the impossibilities as we just fix our heart and mind on I-AM-possible. (Ex. 3:14, Matt. 19:26)

Today ask your “what if…” in faith. Listen for His command and obey without doubt, this, no doubt, is not easy. Jesus waited until the fourth watch to come out to the men in the boat during the storm that night… the FOURTH WATCH! Anyone else feel like they are in the fourth watch of the night (that is the last one and in a storm it can feel like FOREVER to get that last watch just before day break right!!!!?!!) However God never lost sight of that boat containing a most precious cargo, He never lost control of the storm so why did He wait? Sometimes it takes a storm to find your worship, to gain weight in the area of trust and it’s trust that enables our boat to sail on the heights of the waves without falter! (Matt. 14:33) Let’s use the storm to strengthen our trust in His timing and total control.

If God has sent out your boat, trust His voice if He calls YOU out… Trust Him. P.S. (Peter Say’s) “…and if you happen to falter on the pitch like I did, just remember, you got no better Catcher.” But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out. “Lord save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him… (Matthew 14:30-31) Has He put wind in your sail?! Oh What if you “sailed” today dear one! What if you sailed!! 

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

MEMORIZE: Acts 5:39 with someone

PRAY/READ: Matthew 14:22-33 and Isaiah 41:9-10

DISCUSS: What “what if’s” are circling your heart today? How are you investigating what fuels them? Faith or fear?

ACT: Sometimes the hardest call or command God can give is to stay. Act on what He has called you to do today and whether it is to physically go or stay, always stay your mind and heart on Him and don’t doubt – choose trust.

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

*Read Matt. 11:28-30 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read James 4:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 40:31 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Habakkuk 3:19 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 139:5 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 11:29 & 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: ___/___/___

The Greatest Conversation Of Your Life

2020-08-07 10.59.26

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 34 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/EsTzkEaOoYE “Less Of Me” By Gateway Youth

A “rainbow” painted just for you: The Greatest Conversation Of Your Life – “Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. Matthew 25:34 (NLT) 

Most of us can probably recall awkward conversations in which we just wanted the floor to literally swallow us whole. I don’t know that the floor has ever followed through on swallowing any of us… probably a good thing as with my luck the floor probably would have choked on me and I would have ended up sprawled back out on the tile more mortified than before! From experience, facing open communication no matter how awkward the moment, is the best way to go. We see in scripture God has afforded us an “out” of a  potentially very awkward conversation moment (to say the least). How? You ask…  by giving us the topic of discussion ahead of time! We don’t get an “out” of the conversation but we do get to prepare for it thus making it a most delightful experience! 

Matthew 25:35-36 tells me God is going to ask me about 6 things. “Beloved… now about the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned…let’s discuss how you loved Me.”

What would your side of the conversation sound like?

If it’s not yet, “I fed You, I gave You a drink, I invited You into my home, I gave You clothing, I cared for You and I visited You.” Then with the breath in your lungs and the beat in your heart (that only God Almighty could give you) use it today to write your side of the conversation! Jesus left us His example to follow in all of these situations. 

The greatest commandment is love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) Luke 10:25-42 finds a guy asking Jesus who his neighbor is and Jesus responds in a way that He gives us a clear picture as to what neighborly looks like. If we will just be neighborly, a reflection of His Son, He will bring the “neighbors” to us! 

More than anything I’m sure we all want the end of our greatest conversation with the Lord to be, …‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! … (23) ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! …Come and share your master’s happiness!‘ (Matthew 25:40, 23) 

 

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

MEMORIZE: Matthew 25:34 with someone

PRAY/READ: John 3:30 and Luke 10:25-42

DISCUSS: How have you experienced the grace of God through another person?

ACT: Who would least expect an act of kindness from you this week? Now act on it.

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

*Read Matthew 4:4 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 4:13-14 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 15:15 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 61:10 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Mark 2:17 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 61:1 & 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: ___/___/___ 

Limit List OR Limitless

2020-08-07 10.57.47

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 33 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/MEGGVmSSr-I “Confidence” By Sanctus Real

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Limit List OR Limitless – Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1 (NIV) 

Faith is not easy, it will destroy all your past identities because faith, well faith moves in one direction – forward. We have the gift of memory not to hold us back but to embolden us with knowing how far we have come in Jesus! The circle of grace is for anyone who is anyone and that encompasses everyone! What more could we desire than to be a living trophy of God’s amazing limitless grace?!!

The enemy would like us frozen in our past failures, shortcomings or even stuck in our greatest success or mountain top experience like we’ve reached our peak and God could not possibly take us higher. If not careful we’ll find ourselves sitting right in the middle of our “lack” or “luster” like it was some sort of quicksand puddle. Dear one there is no high like the Most High and every day God Almighty chooses to wake us up again we can give Him our list of limits (lows and highs) in exchange for His offer of limitless power in and through all things! 

In Luke 4:1 Jesus went out to the wilderness full of the Holy Spirit… by verse 14 having been through all sorts of trials He returns full in the POWER of the Holy Spirit! In the circumstances and experiences that challenge us, when the enemy is allowed to sift us, it gives us an opportunity to see and utilize the limitlessness of God, emboldinging our faith in the sheer magnitude of His power and faithfulness! 

It’s through our limits that we get to know the God who delights in small beginnings (Zech. 4:10) and WHo chooses the weak in the world (1 Cor. 1:27) to do mighty things! 

1 Kings 17 paints a picture of limited resources. Elijah’s water supply ran dry. Anyone else feel their resources run dry lately? This lack or limited supply caused Elijah to rely on the Source of all resources. God worked through his limitedness to bring him to a widow who was also facing a limit of her own and was about to die! Through Elijah’s encounter with her and her willingness to step forward in faith in spite of her severe lack, their lives were saved! Who’s life might be saved today because we exchange our limit list, all that we feel unqualified for, all the inability and resources we don’t have for faith in His limitlessness?!! He has limitless power to be the Ability in our simple offering of availABILITY to Him. Beloved, give Him your limit list in exchange for His limitlessness, today. His gift of grace is for us ALL.

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 59:1 with someone

PRAY/READ: 1 King 17, Phil. 4:19 with someone this week

DISCUSS: How has God worked through your limits as a trophy to His amazing grace in the past and how does that embolden your faith for the present and your future? 

ACT: Encourage someone making an effort to step out in God confidence this week.

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

*Read Jeremiah 32:17 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Samuel 16:7 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 4:7-9 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 12:9, Luke 18:27 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 43:19 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Gen. 18:14, Jeremiah 32:27 & 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: ___/___/___ 

New Picture, New Frame

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Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 32 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/gRYbRsJUXxY “You’re The Wine” by RICHLIN https://youtu.be/IdtLxbtIicA “I Choose To Worship” by Rend Collective

A “rainbow” painted just for you: New Picture, New Frame – “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” Mark 2:22 (NLT)

In January of 2020 everyone thought… How clever! 20/20, a year to embrace new perspectives!! Little did we know… oh how little did we know… how drastically different that new perspective would look by spring 2020, and that embracing it would be our LAST instinctive emotion!! 

This reminds me of Gethsemane. Gethsemane means “oil press” and it’s located in the area also known as the Mount of Olives. It’s the location Jesus prayed the night before He was betrayed and taken to the cross. At this location it’s recorded He sweat blood over submitting His will to the Fathers, sacrificing His life in order that we might be saved. (Luke 22:39-46)

An olive must be crushed for the oil to come out. Once there is oil it can then be used to light a lamp. **Crushed = oil = light** Jesus prayed thy will be done, He was crushed for our sin and is now the Light of all the world (John 8:12)! What in your current circumstance feels crushing? Might our good God be trying to press out some oil from your life to produce a brighter light for Him?! 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 (NIV)

Mark 2:18-22 gives an account in which Jesus illustrates that the Pharisees had become hardened like old wine skins. Accepting faith in Jesus that was not limited by man-made rules was impossible for them! If we are not intentional about submitting our will, our perspectives to the Father’s then our heart too is in danger of becoming hardened like old wine skins, unable to receive the new and fresh life Jesus is all about! 

Today, if Jesus has a new picture for the world to embrace I want to be willing to allow Him to use my life to create it. To bring forth just the right oil paints He needs to paint it so that He is reflected more brightly. I’ll need to hand Him my old frame too so that He can reconstruct it to fit the new picture. That reconstruction, that pruning and pressing is rarely comfortable yet necessary to continue to grow and fit His better perspective. Today I can choose to break or to stretch, neither comfortable but only one leads to fruitfulness. May we submit to His good press, that the oil from our lives might be used to paint His masterpiece dear one. 

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

MEMORIZE: Mark 2:22 with someone

PRAY/READ: Isaiah 42:16, Ps. 16:11 trust His promises & 2 Chronicles 20 – Win the battle with praise!

DISCUSS: How have you seen God bring about good from a time of pressing?

ACT: Everyday before getting out of bed this week let’s pray that He open our eyes to all that He has prepared for us in this precious gifted day of life and that instead of trying to fit it into yesterday’s frame allow Him creative reign. God bless you muchly dear one.

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

*Read Ephesians 2:10 / Isaiah 43:19 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 41:10 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 62:1 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 4:7 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Philippians 4:19 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 30:21 & 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: ___/___/___