Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 3 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/-8bYgVEfAUo “You’ll Never Be Alone” by Capital Kings
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Where’s Your Root? …sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. Gen.4:7 …the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised. Josh. 23:10
I sometimes wonder what happened to people that have asked me for directions…(Please understand I had the best intentions!) I quite possibly could be the reason GPS was invented! So, you’re welcome, if you too find electronic directional assistance useful at times. However, what I appreciate more is that God anticipated I would need LIFE directions and so He gave me His living Word! Can I get an “amen!”?!!
Now, we can and should work to memorize His Word but what good is that if it just stays head knowledge?! Sometimes the most difficult journey can be from head to heart. If any of you have ever watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” you know the father character traces every single spoken word somehow back to having its root in the Greek language and then says, “…there ya go.” This got me thinking as I attempt to read and memorize Scripture; to challenge myself to try and trace each verse back to the heart of Jesus in order to LIVE like Him and in His Truth.
For example Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. We know Jesus was at the beginning (John 1:1) and if He is in the biggest of big (slinging galaxies into the heavens) and in the smallest of small (knitting the butterfly’s wing on earth) than I can LIVE rooted in that Truth without worry and fear. Gen. 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” If I am made in the image of Jesus I can LIVE free of insecurities and can forget playing the comparison game (in which no one ever wins anyway)!
What about Gen. 3:6? When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. How would you LIVE this one out?! We certainly don’t want to be another’s stumbling block, as we know this event caused the fall of mankind! So let’s look deeper… What was the motive maybe in Eve that caused this situation? Maybe she had ONLY memorized Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:26 and was not LIVING rooted in those Truth’s. Maybe she was still living in fear, worry, insecurities and comparison, always feeling like she fell short. Jesus must be our biggest distraction, our loudest Truth, or we will be seduced by the next shiny red apple too.
Ephesians 1:11 tells us He holds the plan and if I walk with Him it’s all going to work out in the end (I don’t get lost, hallelujah!). Did you know that the words “work out” in that verse is actually “energeo” in the Greek?!! God Almighty is the energizing force behind everything dear one! Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and LIVE different! LIVE God-centered and rooted in His energizing Truth over us. Let it ring louder in our hearts and minds than all the lies of the shiny red apples swirling around us. John 8:32 Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. Well, that’s all for now so… “there ya go.” 🙂 *Independent Read: Judges 3:12-31 and notice how God used Ehud’s overlooked ability to conquer the enemy. In Jesus you are not lost or overlooked you are victorious! LIVE in that Truth!!!
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Genesis 4:7 and Joshua 23:10 with someone
PRAY/READ: Psalm 73 with special attention to verse 17 (In Him you will always find Truth, run into His sanctuary!)
DISCUSS: When you have gotten “lost” and God showed you He is The Way (John 14:6).
ACT: Write a Truth to surprise and encourage someone on their mirror… (bathroom mirror, rear view mirror, office mirror… Get creative!)
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Heb. 10:23 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Joshua 23:14 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Ex. 14:14 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Deut. 30:19 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Matt. 11:28 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Jer. 29:12 & 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: ___/___/___ ____________________________________________________________________________________________