But I Thought…

2020-07-01 09.44.48

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 28 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/nFA-dFY0q3g “God Is For Us” by Stars Go Dim

https://youtu.be/VDLBHHQ2yeg “Have Everything” by David Dunn 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: But I Thought that… – So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:14

 

In 2 Kings 5:9-14 we see a guy who THOUGHT he knew best. He even gives evidence to validate his thinking and prove that clearly he knows better than God Almighty! This may sound funny however how often if we are honest probably ride that same horse all too often. 

2 Kings 5:9 Naaman actually takes his horse to the man of God’s house. Naaman, though covered in deadly disease, still has enough fight in him to be ornery about God’s healing methods! Verse 11 indicated Naaman storms away angry not because God said “no” or even “wait” but because he didn’t like God’s “yes”!! What have you wanted lately? Considering the times there might be plenty you had wanted to come back like you were used to however as things HAVE come back…church, school, work does it look like YOU thought or wanted it to exactly?! Maybe not, so we, like Naaman, have a choice. We can storm away from the “Ephesians 3:20” He is trying to bring about to this world OR we can throw off all the sin that so easily entangles us and run with perseverance that race HE has marked out for us that will bring Him the most glory, honor and praise (Heb. 12:1).

In all Naamans disappointment, to his credit he listens to reason and comes back around by verse 14. “So he went… as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean…” Praise God Almighty who’s way is always best and always right and always in perfect timing! 

 

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

MEMORIZE: 2 Kings 5:14 with someone

PRAY/READ: Ephesians 3:20-21, Hebrews 12:1-3 with someone this week

DISCUSS: Ephesians 2:14 and how we can get on board with what God IS building.

ACT: In thought, word and action determine how you can reflect that you BELIEVE Jer. 29:11, that He knows the plans… REMEMBER Romans 8:31! 

 

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

*Read Ephesians 3:20 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Ephesians 2:14 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Philippians 4:13 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Galatians 5:22-23 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 14:40 / Ecclesiastes 3:1 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 55:8-9 & 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: ___/___/___

What’s Your Filling?

2020-06-26 08.13.38

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 27 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/XhQjYbK9mAs “Revival” By Stars Go Dim

https://youtu.be/7dD0x9reB28 “All Free” by Stars Go Dim

A “rainbow” painted just for you: What’s Your Filling? – Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14 (ESV) 

If you were a donut what would be your filling? Take a moment to discuss this with the person (6 feet) to your left… I’ll wait. I wish I could hear your answer however, that I’m sure, would lead to a 10 page rabbit trail discussion and I’m sure you have other plans for today! So let’s fill up with another discussion that Jesus had with a woman at a well. 

In John 4 Jesus noticed a woman from all outward appearances to be filling her bucket with water, but since Jesus looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7) He could see the vast empty well in her heart she had been trying to fill with all the world’s remedies. Trying to fill that void in your heart with what the world has to offer will always leave us wanting more and saying, “Is this all there is?!” as we walk on to try the next void filling hoax. Here we see Jesus step in with a filling so other worldly it left not only her but her entire village saturated with the living water of Hope eternal! 

Hebrews 9:2 tells us the Holy Place in the Tabernacle was filled with a lampstand and the sacred loaves of bread. Now this side of the new covenant we are called His Temple (1 Cor. 6:19) and Jesus has said I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12), I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35)! The second room in the Tabernacle was Most Holy and held the law. This place was separated by a curtain allowing only a select few to enter. This curtain was torn in two at the cross making a way for ALL to access His throne (Matt. 27:51, Heb. 4:16)! Now this side of the new covenant Hebrews 8:10 tells us He will fill our minds and hearts with His Word!

All that we need to be transformed (Rom. 12:2) into a new creation can FILL us so we need not resolve to be conformed to this empty world!! Like Jesus told the woman at the well, He has living water that will never leave you thirsty but will well up within you to springs of eternal life! To know the Truth that you have been set free from the bondage of sin (Heb. 8:12), your consciences even purified so that you can walk free from the shadow of shame and from under the rock of regret to worship the living God (Heb. 9:14) with abundant life (John 10:10)!! 

So the next time someone asks, “what’s your filling?” I pray we all can respond something like, “My filling is the all sufficient living water of Christ, the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Gate that keeps me safe (Jn. 10:9), The Peace (Is. 9:6), and Good shepherd (Jn. 10:11,14), who guides me, knows my name and it’s His voice of Truth which fills my mind and says to me, “dear child, I am enthralled , yes enthralled by your beauty (Psalm 45:11), you are wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14) and My precious masterpiece (Eph. 2:10). Come to Me and find rest (Matt. 11:28).” 

I think we’d all agree there is no better filling than that of Jesus Christ. Dear God help us to crave Your filling, to love Your filling with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. (Mark 12:30)

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

MEMORIZE: John 4:13-14 with someone

PRAY/READ: Hebrews 13:20-21 with someone this week

DISCUSS: What and how do you “fill up”? How does it need to change? How might you continue steadfastly?

ACT: Be God’s vessel to “fill up” someone else with His Living Hope in the way He has asked you to.

 

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

*Read John 6:35 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

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

*Read John 10:7 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 11:25 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 10:11, John 15:1 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 14:6 & 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: ___/___/___

Washed, Sanctified and Justified

2020-05-27 14.59.20

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 26 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/j3TasacdTsQ “Autobiography” By Stars Go Dim

https://youtu.be/iAQQFB7btbc “Clean” by Natalie Grant

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Washed, Sanctified, and Justified – Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11 (NLT) 

1 Cor. 6:9-10 gives us all a pretty strong warning about what will not inherit the Kingdom. By verse 11, lest any of us think we are above such a warning, begins with, “Some of you were once like that.” and honestly who on earth has not exhibited greedy selfishness or the worship of an idol?! Maybe it wasn’t in the shape of a large golden calf in your front yard but could it have been a family member or a career that took over more of your heart and mind than God Himself had access to? Maybe we are our own idol?! When have we trusted more in what WE could see and know and feel in control of rather than in God Almighty? Some of us who are honest can maybe relate more than we would like to admit. BUT (you have to love “BUT’s” in Scripture) the second sentence in 1 Cor. 6:11 gives us hope! BUT we have been CLEANSED, MADE HOLY, MADE RIGHT WITH GOD! How?! By calling on Jesus and by the Spirit of our God! 

Let’s break it down… Glance at Acts 22:16. We can be CLEANSED which is a metaphor for the righteousness that comes through forgiveness. 1 Cor. 1:2 tells us we are MADE HOLY or sanctified in Jesus. He has set us apart through our faith in His saving work on the cross. MADE RIGHT WITH GOD or justified by our identification with Jesus and by the transforming work of His Holy Spirit within us. When we repent and turn to Him in faith we are forgiven and viewed now as righteous. Glance at Romans 1:17 and 3:21-26 for further clarification. 

Our God is so good! Titus 3:3-7 (NLT) states, (Keep your eye peeled for the “but” in verse 4!) Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. (4) But – “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

Dear one, do you have this confidence? John 3:16 tells us the gift of eternal life is for ALL who would believe in Him. If you have never prayed to ask Jesus into your life, to wash, sanctify and justify you, today dear one, today He waits and longs for your heart to receive Him as Savior, Lord, God Almighty! You are wanted, you are loved. In Him the old is gone the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17)!

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

MEMORIZE: 1 Cor. 6:11 with someone

PRAY/READ: Eph. 3:18-19 with someone this week

DISCUSS: Share your testimony. Listen to someone else’s.

ACT: Pray Psalm 51:12 everyday this week and notice how He answers and praise Him!

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

*Read Psalm 16:11 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Zechariah 2:5 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 33:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 3:18 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 9:8 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 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: ___/___/___

Pain Craves A Bite Stick

2020-05-27 13.15.12

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 25 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/slaa_nik9G8 “Blessing I Can’t See” By Building 429

https://youtu.be/2tk7Rlhm-NA “Promises” by Maverick City 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Pain Craves A Bite Stick – Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn’t let him. Acts 19:30 (NLT)

I broke a bone quite badly when I was younger and I was determined to be too tough to cry. Just before they were going to reset it my dad laid his two fingers beside me on the hospital bed without a word. A good dad has the ability to see beyond the facade and meet you there in a way that doesn’t destroy your dignity but rather divulges divine strength. (John 14:27, 2 Cor. 1:3, Is. 41:13)

My dad didn’t wait or make me ask for his strength; in all it’s fierceness it was quietly laid down beside me for the taking. I grabbed hold of those two mighty fingers that completely filled my grasp and squeezed for all I was worth as they completed the reset procedure. I imagine there may still be grip marks on those two fingers of his, even now several decades later… but I didn’t cry! Somehow though, I knew in front of my dad it would have been okay if I did. It takes our Heavenly Father’s strength to make any of us truly strong enough. (2 Cor. 12:9-11; 4:7-9)

In Acts 19:23-41 Paul experiences two of his friends dragged off into an arena (good rarely happened in the arena). Paul desperately wanted to go to his friends, probably to even exchange places with them. I wonder if maybe he even felt guilty as if it was his fault his friends had been drug there in the first place. As desperately as Paul’s heart longed to be able to do ANYTHING to change the circumstances, he could not. He had to trust that the God who loved his friends unfathomably more than he did would be who He promises to be to them, for them, and with them when he himself could not. 

Job in chapter 7 questions what God is doing and it’s not until chapters 38 (Yes, 31 chapters later!) that Job begins to gain a better understanding. 2 Tim. 1:12 promises He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him until the day of Jesus. Matt. 11:6 encourages us not to fall away because we get a “no” instead of the “yes” we prayed for. God has already given us the ultimate “yes” in Jesus (2 Cor. 1:19). Isaiah 41:13 states, For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. God will not force us to take His hand in our pain but it’s laid out in all it’s fiercely gentle, ultimate strength right beside us if we’ll take it. Dear one, He can handle your grip, He can shoulder your burden, He can guard that which you have entrusted to Him until the day of Jesus’ return. 

The world knows pain craves a bite stick and is all too willing to take advantage of all that we do not yet understand. Jesus’ nail scarred hand, the hand that carried the cross all the way to hell so that you could have an ultimate “yes” to your soul’s deepest desire will give you the strength to carry your cross all the way, for His glory. Trust His nail pierced hand; let it be what you cling to in your pain, fear, discouragement, doubt, and in all your successes too. Look at His hand through His faithful Word and you’ll see there is nothing stronger.

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

MEMORIZE: Acts 19:30 with someone

PRAY/READ: 2 Corinthians 4:18 Pray for God to use situations and circumstances out of your control in someone’s life to increase their faith and trust in who He is. That the enemy would not gain a foothold but that they be drawn closer through this trial rather than fall away from faith in Jesus.

DISCUSS: When have you found God faithful like Job did even if you had to wait “31 chapters”? Maybe you are still waiting. How do you see Him working in your “waiting room”?

ACT: As you record your “rainbows” each day ask God for some way to appropriately share your joy in Him.

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

*Read 1 Cor. 15:43 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Peter 1:3 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 30:18 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 13:12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 6:38 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 30:6  & 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: ___/___/___

Strap On That Helmet And Ride That Cycle

2020-06-07 16.01.26

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 24 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/FurJieoFhhk “Don’t Sweat It” by Sidewalk Prophets

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Strap On The Helmet And Ride The Cycle – So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. Isaiah 28:16 (NIV)

I don’t know what it is, but I tend to lapse back into the thought that I actually LIKE roller coasters. About .0000001 seconds after the coaster jerks to a start I am compounded by the realization that I actually have a SEVERE aversion to riding in a box at the speed of looping light on a rickety track barely strapped in!! However, once the cycle is started there is no stopping or going half way, you are ALL in, ALL the way, to the finish. That’s how I should ride the “hope cycle”, all the way to the finish! After all God does promise, He is able to make all grace abound to us, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, we may abound in every good work right! (2 Cor. 9:8)

When you find yourself seemingly strapped into a real life “roller coaster” situation, to what do you rely on for stability? Isaiah 28:16 (above) speaks of a precious cornerstone, a tested stone, that is found to be a sure foundation. Jesus referred to Himself as this cornerstone and though rejected by His own people – Matt. 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17 – He is now the most important “stone”, the cornerstone, the foundation stone holding the church structure together – see Acts 4:11, Eph. 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6-7. 

Why was He rejected? Many did not believe because Jesus did not meet their expectations for the Messiah. Have you ever experienced the ache of unmet expectations? What those people missed was that Jesus, the Messiah was exceeding their expectations! Romans 5:3-5 gives me a cycle: trials develop endurance develops strength of character develops confident hope of salvation! Hope of what?! Salvation! You mean there can be a SAFE ending to this wild ride called life?!! What is the helmet in the armor of God called (Eph. 6:17)? The helmet of salvation! So in any present “roller coaster” circumstance I can strap on the helmet of salvation, fix my mind on things above (Philip. 4:8, Col. 3:2), things to come that will exceed my expectations (1 Cor. 2:9, Eph. 3:20-21) and make the ride on the cycle of hope unregrettable!! 

In Jesus you have been appointed and given authority and an audience, a sphere of influence for Him. When the ride feels like too much to bear, tighten your helmet and cling to the Rock that has been tested and proven to be a sure foundation upon which you can stand. You need not be shaken nor stricken with panic, His hope does not disappoint, you will arrive safely at the finish (2 Tim. 4:18).

PS. Your weakness is NOT too strong for His strength (2 Cor. 12:9) in Him, you’ve got what it takes.

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 28:16 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 61 with someone

DISCUSS: When God’s in your boat you can’t sink. How are you inviting God into your “boat”?

ACT: Write out each of the five promise verses below and place them in places you or someone you know will benefit from the solid reminder of Truth.

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

*Read Psalm 61:2 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 18:2 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Samuel 22:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deuteronomy 32:4 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Samuel 2:2 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Matt. 16:18, 2 Tim. 2:19 & 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: ___/___/___

Serendipity

2020-06-02 11.26.48

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 23 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/OcOS9j-NXRQ “Miracles” by Colton Dixon

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Serendipity – As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. Luke 23:26 (NLT) (emphasis mine)

At first glance the above verse seems like such an adventure and I’m sure it was! I can pray, make me like Simon Lord, make me just “happen to be” in the right place at just the right time to be amazing for You! But then on second thought can you just imagine this scene from Simons point of view?! He probably thought he was anywhere but in the right place at the right time!! 

I imagine the soldiers reaching for him and if there just hadn’t been so many people in his way he very well may have broken the world record for long distance sprinting as he fled as far away as possible from this morbid scene!! But who could blame him right?! 

Romans 5:6 tells us that, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. At just the RIGHT time He what?! Died for who?! The ungodly!?! But then verse 8 tells us why. This is how God demonstrates his own love for us… You see, at the right time (that may have felt like the wrong time) He stepped up for us. Instead of sprinting in the opposite direction He stayed. He went first. He took our cross. Because He IS love.

Today if we “happen to be” in what feels like the wrong place at the wrong time let’s take a second glance to make sure that it might not just be the RIGHT place at just the RIGHT time to say, here am I Lord. I’ll take up my cross. I’ll follow behind You. Because I love You back. 

 

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

MEMORIZE: Luke 23:26 with someone

PRAY/READ: Isaiah 6:8 asking Him to make you wholeheartedly devoted to Him whatever the cost.

DISCUSS: How you have felt led by God as you carried your cross behind Him. Praise Him for His faithfulness.

ACT: Read 2 Cor. 4:7 and find a way to use the Treasure within you to strengthen another in word or deed.

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

*Read 2 Corinthians 9:8 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________

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

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

*Read Deuteronomy 8:18 & 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: ___/___/___

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: ___/___/___