Bare Forth A Bridge

2020-02-25 17.24.06

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 9 of 52

 Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/CECO43p9mQ4 “The Bridge” by Casting Crowns

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Bare Forth A Bridge Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

I recently planted a handful of sunflower seeds and before you politely remind me that it’s winter and ask what I was thinking, let me say I planted them INDOORS because sometimes winter needs a spring of hope infused wouldn’t you agree?! However as I eagerly awaited my indoor sunflower field I began to wonder why only four little sprouts were happening?! I had clearly tossed a HANDFUL of seeds in the pot?! But then I realized the number of letters in the word H-O-P-E is exactly four!! Again our God goes above and beyond my expectations (Eph. 3:20)! I planned a sunny field and He whispered all you need is HOPE and My hope never disappoints (Rom. 5:5)! Praise Him!

Psalm 1 states, blessed is the man who delights in God’s Word. Blessed can be translated in the Hebrew as happy. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking blessings contain material things however it can be a countenance of the soul. Money can’t buy happiness which means you are truly rich if you have it. In Him we can be happy. Psalm 1 goes on to tell us we can be like a tree planted by streams of water. What are you “streaming” lately via, TV, social media… is it life giving?! His Word is the True living water which can revive us and stream from within us (John 7:38)! Psalm 1 also states that this healthy tree actually yields its fruit in season. Read that again. Oh, yields IT’S fruit… I guess an orange tree would look pretty ridiculous trying to bare pares right?! 

Luke 17:21 tells us the Kingdom of God is within us! We each have something He wants to bear forth out of us for His glory. Your unique fruit allows you to build a bridge to Jesus built in love and Truth for someone else! Follow the example Jesus set and root yourself in what the Father thinks of you (Matt. 3:17) so that what the world thinks can’t uproot the good work He is producing (Eph. 2:10, Phil 1:6). 

A seed just stays a seed unless it is willing to be hidden in the earth. Are you willing to do your work well even if it seems no one else ever sees it but God Almighty (Col. 3:23-24)? While hidden that seed needs to be transformed in order for it to bear forth what God has placed in it. How willing are we to allow God to change/grow our perspective on the handful of seeds we threw out when only four sprout up? Happy is the one who is willing to trust, obey, be hidden, transformed… remaining rooted in His Word, growing all the while, into the YOU He planned and planted for HIS glory from the start….now go bare forth a bridge!

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

MEMORIZE: Romans 12:2 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 1 and pray to root down in the Truth of His streams so hope might flourish!

DISCUSS: Consider the life cycle of a seed and the stages it goes through…it’s hidden, transformed…what might God be working out in you to bear forth His fruit? 

ACT: Challenge: Plant seeds of hope in someone’s heart this week (be a bridge to Jesus): bring cookies to a neighbor, help carry someone’s groceries or return their cart for them, give a card, share a smile..

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

*Read Isaiah 44:1-6 (insert your name in verses 1 and 2) & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 44:21-24 (insert your name in verse 21) & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 45:2-3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 45:9-12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 45:18-25 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 19:7 & 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: ___/___/___

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