Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 8 of 52
Song of the week: “The Me You Made” by Matthew West https://youtu.be/V1sI6MU1Cng
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Weight Lifting – But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription:”The LORD knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.” 2 Timothy 2:19
I had the privilege to substitute teach in a preschool classroom. During free play we began playing make-believe with some toys we imagined into dumbbells. (This truly was make-believe for me as I can’t remember the last time I lifted a weight just for the “fun” of lifting a weight… hmmm, maybe I should start.) My over dramatic skills came in handy that day as I pretended that the weights we created were just WAAAAY too heavy, and you know what one of the little boys said to me?! (Bless his precious heart) in the most encouraging voice a preschooler can have, he exclaims, “Ooooh I KNOW you can do this! You are strong enough!!!!!”
Praise the Lord with me, YOU are strong enough too IN JESUS! 1 John 4:4 “You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” This Truth is ALL over Scripture! Believing it is truly weight-LIFTING!
So what are you up against that seems like it’s just too much? Just too hard? Too overwhelming? Maybe this just isn’t your day, but you know what? If you are alive and reading this then your track record for making it through all the past “bad, overwhelming, too hard days” is trending a 100% success rate! Amen! I’d say that is a pretty good track record wouldn’t you?!! So don’t give up now, God is faithful and has gotten you this far and He won’t stop till His GREAT purpose in you and for you is complete (Phil. 1:6). Maybe it will just take some time… 2 Sam.3:1 states, …As time passed David became stronger and stronger…
Take hold of His Truth like the foundation stone it is. I can promise you those foundation stones are HEAVY! They are not going anywhere! His Truth says, He knows you (2 Tim.2:19), sees you (Gen. 16:13), loves you (Is. 43:4, Jn. 3:16) and is working out all things for your good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). Don’t succumb to evil, and the enemies lies just because you don’t understand it all right now, but rather overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21)! I hope you hear me today like I heard that little boy… Ooooh I KNOW you can do this! HE makes you strong enough!!!
*Read Job 38. Now together let’s sit in awe and wonder that, THAT same God offers us His strength AND we don’t even have to understand it to receive it! Praise the victorious name of Jesus the One who -sees not as man sees… for He looks at the heart. (1 Sam. 16:7) He loves the you He made.
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: 2 Timothy 2:19 with someone
PRAY/READ: Psalm 18 with someone
DISCUSS: How has God displayed His strength to you in His creation? (ex. Ocean waves) How does this encourage you to remember that same God, with that same strength is in you?
ACT: Invite someone on a walk with you or to join you in your daily work-out routine whatever that looks like for you. (Sometimes just knowing you are included, wanted, invited, is strengthening in itself, right!)
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read 2 Chronicles 16:9 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________
*Read Exodus 15:2 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________
*Read Pslam 18:32 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________
*Read John 16:33 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 139:14 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Timothy 4:17 & 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: ___/___/___