Are You Building Your Own Boulder?!

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 48 of 52

Song picks of the week:https://youtu.be/wmo1rPWLXlA “You Are My All In All” by Shane and Shane 

 https://youtu.be/E3gjfSDCRbA “Empire of Noise” by Adam Agee

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Are You Building Your Own Boulder? – Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1 ESV 

I don’t know about you but if I had been Noah (some 600 years old) I would have looked at the mere THREE verses (Gen. 6:14-16) of instructions for the ARK and looked back at God and said, “CLEARLY you can’t mean for this to be a DIY project… right?!!” 

Have you ever felt commissioned for a task way beyond you? I believe the confirmation that you have everything it takes to carry out ANY commission is found in God’s command to do it. If Noah had looked at the Ark DIY project from any human perspective he would have given up before even getting started however I believe Noah saw DIY and perceived it with God vision – D.o I.n Y.ahway. Luke 1:37 tells us NOTHING with God is impossible! This working with God, in God, ends up building a stronger relationship bridge between your heart and His. But what happens when you face a God sized project in a human sized way? 

When we get it in our mind we can DIY, just D.o I.t Yourself, we may find ourselves building the “boulder” we stumble on! In Genesis 9:20-21 records Noah building a vineyard and he ends up getting drunk on the wine resulting in the curse on Canaan. In Gen. 9:1 God gives the project to repopulate and FILL the earth. The people take building into their own hands and think they have a BETTER idea, to build the Tower of Babel to keep themselves together! This only leads to MUCH babble and thus a scattering ALL over the world! 

When we build WITH God and according to HIS plans like Noah did with the Ark, the building saves lives. What are you building today? Who are you building with? Who’s design are you following? Is there anything you need to tune out (2 Cor. 10:12) so that you can hear God’s plan, His directions that you might, D.o I.n Y.ahway what you could never D.o I.n Y.ourself? 

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

MEMORIZE: Psalm 127:1 with someone

PRAY/READ: Job 28 *verse 28

DISCUSS: What are you “building”?

ACT: Leave someone you perceive “building” well, a surprise note of encouragement. 

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

*Read James 3:17 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Prov. 9:10 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read  Phil. 1:6 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Rev. 22:13 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Col. 3:23-24 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 10:12 & 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: ___/___/___ 

Delivery Status: Delayed – Possibly Lost

That time of year has rolled back around again that people like to call “Black Friday”. I don’t know, but it may be safe to assume you have experienced a few other days this 2020 year you could classify as “black”, or at least a shade darker than expected. 

Recently I made an order on Amazon. When the package seemed to be delayed I checked the delivery status. To my dismay it said “possibly lost”. What?! What does “POSSIBLY lost” mean?!! My day got a shade darker as I festered over the fact that of all the things I had ordered, the most important item had reached a status of “possibly lost”!! One more thing not to be able  to rely on this year! My packages cannot even be lost definitively; they get “POSSIBLY lost”!! Good grief!!!

Yet God faithful delivered Isaiah 55 even still, straight to the doorstep of my soul. “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink- even if you have no money!… Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. (verses 1-3 NLT) 

God’s Word is free, unchained and life giving however it can reach “possibly lost” status if we allow it to. To truly receive His gift it will cost our stubborn heart, our selfish ways, our list of pent up offences, and wait for it… yes, even our mighty grip on the illusion of control. The Prince of Peace is waiting to make a delivery. Let us not be the reason our most important, free delivery of peace get’s delayed dear one or worse yet, “possibly lost”.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NIV It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace….Isaiah 55:11-12 NLT 

Prime Time

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 47 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/gWOtNV6XQME “Echo” by Blanca

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: Prime Time – Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 NIV

A wise friend once told me, “Rest in Him and the rest will come.” Rest… why is that so hard to do?! Afterall we were created to abide in Him. The bearing of fruit from our lives is not dependent on how much we “do” but actually in how much we rest in Him!! We can get all in a bunch because we want a bunch of fruit or fruitfulness to come from our lives. We worry and fret which only accelerates the aging process which is another reason to worry and fret or fret and worry… oh good grief, we all know what kind of chair the worry chair is… a rocking chair!! Ever moving and yet going nowhere… while life passes us by. 

How old was Jesus when He officially started His ministry? 30! How long did it last? 3 years and He changed the world! Sarah became a mom at 90, Caleb started at 40 and by 85 was still begging God to bring on the next mountain! Moses was 80 when he got rolling, maybe that’s why God had him use just a stick to part the Red Sea?! I don’t know because at 600 God had Noah building the largest boat known to mankind (without construction vehicles!) Who can know the mind of God?! 

What we do know is that which He plans, He provides for. He provides the strength, energy, ideas, all of it. God said Caleb had a different attitude than the rest. May it be said of us no matter what situation we are in or how old we may be, we choose a different attitude than the rest of the world. 

May we choose to rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Our prime time will always be His time and if we are still breathing may I dare say, don’t worry… the best is yet to come! For the Author of all time doesn’t waste it dear one. 

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

MEMORIZE: Psalm 91:1 with someone

PRAY/READ: Ecc. 3:1-14, Matthew 6:25-34, 1 Peter 5:7

DISCUSS: How do you rest in God throughout your day? 

ACT: Set an intentional time before the week gets started that you will read each of the below verses (one a day) asking that God help you recognize one thing each day you are grateful for and take time to tell Him.

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

*Read Psalm 118:24 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Phil. 1:3 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Phil. 1:6 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 103:1-5 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Neh. 8:10 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 40:31, John 15:5 & 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: ___/___/___

Don’t Forget Your Filter

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 46 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/6b5HrcQH7S8 “Work In Progress” by Leanna Crawford 

https://youtu.be/johgSkNj3-A “Battle Belongs” by Phil Wickham

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: Don’t Forget Your Filter – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 NIV 

What filter is in front of the lens of your eye, the sound waves of your ear and the thoughts of your mind? Does it need to be switched? I know our house’s air filter needs frequent changing out because so much junk gets caught up in it! Frankly it’s disgusting to even think what we would be breathing in if not for that air filter!! So how’s your PERSONAL filter holding up? 

How would your perspective be clearer if you were using Rev. 1:8 to filter all circumstances and situations before they got through to your five senses?! Or maybe Job 32:8, it’s the breath of the Almighty that makes us intelligent or gives us understanding. Or Job 33:12, God is greater than any human being. Job 34:3 tells us that the ear tests the word it hears just as the mouth distinguishes between foods. Are we filtering all that the world feeds us through God’s Word in the Bible? Matt. 11:15 reminds us that anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! Take hold of Him who is our understanding! Job 34:14-15 reminds us that if God were to take back his Spirit and withdraw His breath, all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust.

How are we reverencing just Who our God is in every part of life? Don’t forget Who He is. Don’t forget who He has said you are! While talking to the crowds one day about John the Baptist Jesus asks in Matt. 11:9, were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet. *More than…

Dear one don’t forget who you are in Christ. Because of who He is, you are MORE THAN your past mistakes, MORE THAN what the rumors have spread, MORE THAN your job title or the last posting on social media. From the beginning to the end let the Truth of the Almighty Everlasting God be your filter.

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

MEMORIZE: Revelation 1:8 with someone

PRAY/READ: Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10-11

DISCUSS: How do you honor God with your five senses? 

ACT: Write out the seven promises below (or ones of your own choosing) on note cards or sticky notes and place them as Truth filters around your home this week.

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

*Read Isaiah 41:10, Eph. 2:10 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Roman 15:13 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jer. 29:11 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 8:37 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 14:27 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 118:24 & 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: ___/___/___

Call It Out

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 45 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/jEK6_rz26z0 “See A Victory” By Elevation Worship

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: Call It Out – no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17 NIV 

Ever played that card game where you have to call out someone else’s bluff? I don’t know about you but that can be heart pounding… I mean, I think the person is bluffing but I’m not totally sure and if I’m wrong I’m out! I don’t want to be wrong!! This card game, like life, comes down to evaluating the risk; are the stakes worth it or not. 

In Judges 4 we find plays being made on the battlefield of life with stakes a whole lot higher than losing a few cards! In verse 6 God commands Barak to call out his warriors and then God will call out the enemy army (which FAR outnumbered Barak’s warriors) and then get this… God says, THERE I will give you victory. WHAT?! Yes! Barak was up against an invincible enemy army and God asked him to CALL OUT what he had and THEN and THERE in front of impossible odds is where God brought about a VICTORY!!!

Are you brave enough to call out the enemies bluff over you? Are you willing to step forward in the Truth of what God says about you? Do you trust God enough to stand up in the undefeated Light of Christ? If you’ll call out what you already have in Jesus, dear one, the enemy will flee! It’s there in that God-confident space that nothing will be able to overcome you; it’s where you will taste the sweet victory that’s been there all along! Praise Him! 

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 54:17 with someone

PRAY/READ: Judges 4

DISCUSS: What victory have you stepped forward into and still praise God for?

ACT: Call the enemies bluff!

“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 Phil. 1:6 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

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

*Read Romans 8:37 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 2:14 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 28:7 & 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: ___/___/___

Cope Or Hope

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 44 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/ryFS_3eBq6s “Yes I Will” By Vertical Worship https://youtu.be/J90fudWq5XE “Crazy Beautiful You” by Leanna Crawford 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Cope Or Hope – As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30 NIV 

In the wild adventure of Genesis 19 we read about cities burning and people turning to salt.. Well one city and one person but that’s enough to freak anyone out, right! Verse 17 finds heaven giving the good guy Lot, instructions to run for safety; escape to the mountains! But Lot responds that he is too afraid to go to the mountains; he’d much rather just head to a nearby village named “Zoar” or “little place”. How often have we decided we would rather play it “safe” and go to a “little place” rather than take on the “mountain”? We worry and fret and get all anxious over the “mountain” we see and take a detour away from God down a path we think is smaller, safer (as if we really know better than God!?!).

Dear one, God did not die on the cross for us to just COPE with and through life! He took the cross and resurrected from the grave so we could HOPE! Hope in ALL situations no matter how big the mountain looks! With Him, in Him, there will always be a way, always be living hope because that is just who He is! (John 14:6, 1 Peter 1:3) The full abundant life Jesus died to give us will always be found going His perfect way not necessarily His permissive way. 

By verse 30 in Genesis 19 we find Lot leaving “Zoar” or that little place he thought would be safer, why?!, because he was afraid of the people there! Where does he head now?! To the mountains!!! God had the perfect plan all along! Let’s not wear ourselves down to merely coping through life because we have tired ourselves out in detours He never intended for us to take! Today let’s choose to trust the living, flawless, hope filled Word of God and truly LIVE abundantly in all things! Even the “mountain” things… cuz the way you climb a mountain is just one step at time and God promises to light our path one hope filled step at a time.

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

MEMORIZE: Psalm 18:30 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 91

DISCUSS: What are you merely coping through that you could choose to be hoping through?

ACT: Pray daily for His Spirit of hope as described in Romans 15:13 to be overflowing in you. Choose to submit to His way and leading.

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

*Read John 10:10 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 10:17 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 119:105 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Zech. 9:9-13 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 5:3-5 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 12:12 & 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: ___/___/___ 

Why Bother?!

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 43 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/zYwNwTqI-y4 “Gotta Tell Somebody” by Don Francisco

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Why Bother?! – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Ever felt a void that causes you to think… “Why even bother…” ?! Maybe you can’t go somewhere like you used to, can’t do things like before, I mean why even bother putting anything on the calendar… “normals” not comin’ back the voids just too big and too dark. Hmmmm this reminds me of Genesis 1:2 when the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep…. But wait!!! What’s that next sentence?! And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. God was present in the blank space!! Then God spoke and light appeared and land and animals and vegetation and good golly even human beings!!! All this out of a dark VOID!!! Seems we have a God who specializes in work over dark voids! 

Remember back in Mark 5, the man who came to Jesus because he needed healing for his 12 year old daughter? Well, right about verse 35 The voices around this man begin to speak telling him hope was gone, his daughter had died and it was too late… “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Have you been there? Why bother, hope’s dead. Don’t give up before reading verse 36, Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He didn’t say that command would be easy, He just gives it to us all. Then what did Jesus do with all those “Don’t bother…” voices?! Check out verse 40… He kicks them out! How many negative voices are you tolerating?! 

There is one Voice who’s whisper deserves a listening ear… make sure you can hear it. 

That day the father took up faith in the One voice that can speak hope over EVERY void. That dad didn’t get what he expected that day… he came seeking healing but by way of a very dark void he received a resurrection of fresh life!! (verse 42) Our God is about exceeding our expectations, His thoughts and ways are so far above ours and always best! Will you get on board with the process He is working out in this season of your life? Why bother you ask… because you aren’t going to want to miss what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard, which God is preparing for those that love Him! He’s always moving and I believe dark voids are quite possibly where He begins His very best work! 

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

MEMORIZE:  2 corinthians 3:17 with someone

PRAY/READ: Genesis 1, Matthew 5:21-43, Isaiah 30:18

DISCUSS: How has God transformed a “void” of yours?

ACT: Don’t be afraid, just believe. 

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

*Read John 5:17 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 8:12 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 11:25 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 5:17 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

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

*Read Rev. 21:5 & 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: ___/___/___

The 1/4 Lift

…“You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Mark 8:33

It’s thrilling to discover God’s GREAT notes of encouragement often tucked in the small and unexpected, most unassuming places! Astounding is it not, that with just the slightest quarter turn of an apple the shape you discover in the middle is clearly a star!! What might you see in a new and brighter light with just the slightest lifting of your chin (even just one quarter degree of an angle) upward toward God? 

Moses was deeply distraught (understandably so considering what he was facing) so he asked God a question. Exodus 4:1-2 records Moses asking God… what if they…?! To which God answers with another question… what is that…?! Perspective lift from “they” to “that”. None of us will ever be able to control the “they” in our lives but we can control “that” which is in our hand. Throughout scripture Jesus constantly kept His focus on “that” goal His Father and He had planned in advance instead of “they” that wanted to discourage Him from it. 

In Christ we can retain a clear purpose even when our circumstance remains blurry.

Leviticus 16 reminds us how Aaron’s sons died for burning the wrong kind of fire before God. What passion burns within you? What fuels it? It took the priests back then about an hour to properly prepare to enter the presence of God. The sacrifices they made for the atonement of sin could only cover it up. Today, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection He has made a way for us to confidently approach His throne of grace and receive mercy anytime! Now our sin is not merely covered, but can be REMOVED!! Jesus’ proper perspective allowed Him to accomplish His purpose. PRAISE HIM!

Has your fire within grown dim because your perspective of God is limited to your present time and experience? Are you measuring God’s love by your circumstance rather than your circumstance by His love? Are you focused on “they” rather than “that” (or even discounting “that”) which He has given you for such a time as this? 

Our appreciation for Jesus must go beyond our here and now. Deliverance from sin is too great and good a gift to fully grasp and yet if we allow Him to be the lifter of our chin even just ¼ of an angle we just might begin to see the Light. Like the star inside an apple can only be seen with a perspective shift let God Almighty lift your chin up a degree, you’ll see you’re the apple of His eye. Therein lies your clear purpose and a renewed passion that burns oh so brightly. Oh dear one, reverence how very, very special that is!

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:4 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings Psalm 17:8

Wrinkle Free

Unsuspecting, I began my morning in Leviticus 13; when I about choked on an outburst of laughter in a desperate effort not to have my coffee spew out my nose! 13:2 states, “If anyone has a swelling or a rash or discolored skin that might develop into a serious skin disease, that person must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons. 

This hit close to home as I may have had a recent birthday and I may have thought to treat myself to a new face moisturizer that promises all sorts of age reversing magic. I may have  liberally (very liberally) applied the cream to my face and neck before bed fully expecting a new and transformed younger me to emerge in the morning. However… not so much. 

To my horror I awoke to something far worse than wrinkles!! It was probably a good thing that my eyes were nearly swollen shut so that I could not see the full extent of the damage (oh but I could feel the burning itch of it all over my swollen face and neck)! So as I sat and read Leviticus 13 I thought to myself, I most certainly would have appeared to have qualified for a serious skin disease and been drug up to see Aaron the priest!! 

John 10:10 NIV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 

The world is full of false advertising and if we are not careful we will fall prey to it. Mark 8:14-21 finds Jesus asking His disciples nine questions. See, the disciples were worried they would go hungry because they had forgotten to bring food along. As Jesus questions His disciples He recounts some of His miraculous wonders and asks, “Don’t you remember anything at all?” The disciples did remember but they failed to consider the implications in their current situation. 

To be able to remember all the right Truths and yet forget to apply them to our current situation will only leave us swollen with worry and burning with anxiety as the enemy outwits us with his false advertising. However Jesus came to give us abundant life so if you have ever awoken to something far worse than wrinkles… dear one, bring it to our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, so you can be healed and set free. (Christ is the only one who can offer an eternity wrinkle free.)

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV 

God bless you muchly~

Fertile Dust And Ashes

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 42 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/9dowS2k2TS4 “Don’t Tread On Me” by We The Kingdom

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Fertile Dust And Ashes – …even though I am but dust and ashes. Genesis 18:27 NLT 

In Isaiah 61:3 God tells us He came to bring beauty from ashes. On top of His Word God has given us a visual aid known as tephra, which is the scientific name for volcanic ash. To make a long story short, over time this tephra makes AMAZINGLY fertile soil! Who would have thought that a volcano, something most would label as a catastrophe could produce one of the most wonderful natural phenomenons?!! 

Our Creator has not forgotten we were made from dust (Psalm 103:14). Oftentimes we find ourselves making ashes of things and sometimes things just seem to fall in ash all around us whether we had anything to do with it or not! The enemy of our souls would sure like us to believe ash ends with nothing big enough for even hope to glue together. It can be a pretty convincing argument at times. Maybe that’s why God made the volcano so eruptive! He had to get our attention, to grab our downcast gaze and fix it on the explosive Light of His Truth!  

It may take time dear one just like it takes time for tephra. But EVERYtime without fail God’s hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5)! Beauty will rise from the ashes if we will remain in His hand and look to the Light of His Truth. Jesus died to defeat, sin, death and the devil. He rose on the third day and now nothing in Him stays dead ash for He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)! 

If you find yourself in ashes today, believe in Jesus, for then it’s on phenomenally fertile ground you stand on dear one; for He makes beauty from ashes!

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 61:3 with someone

PRAY/READ: Isaiah 61:1-3

DISCUSS: How have you experienced a rising from the ashes only possible because of Jesus’ victory?

ACT: Live like you believe God can do what He says He can do with ashes. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

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

*Read Micah 7:18-19 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hebrews 10:17 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hebrews 8:12 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 1:18 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 44:22 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 43:25 & 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: ___/___/___