Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 14 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/C0b2GFdxuVk “God My Rock” By Brenton Brown
A “rainbow” painted just for you: “To Infinity and Beyond!” – After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 (NIV)
Oh my dear friend did those first three words fill your heart with as much hope as it did mine?!! “After his suffering…” In Jesus we all have an AFTER SUFFERING because He conquered death and the grave once and for all (1 Cor. 15:55-57)!! What was it Jesus spoke about after His suffering in the above verse? THE KINGDOM!!! This place is described in Rev. 21:1-7 as a new place, without death or sorrow or crying or pain! Oh dear one this is trustworthy and true!! All who are victorious will inherit all those blessings! So what does it take to be victorious you ask?
Well… Paul in Acts 27 was stuck in a ship for 14 days… anyone else been stuck somewhere for 14 days? They were in a terrible storm and God said, don’t worry you will all arrive safely to shore BUT you will be shipwrecked in the process. John 16:33 promises in this world we will have “shipwrecks” this side of heaven but for those that do not give up faith in the One who’s grip on their life will not ever, ever, EVER be shaken (John 10:28), WILL arrive safely in His Kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18). When you hit rock bottom that is a rock solid promise you can plant your feet on to stand up again.
John 11:7-8 depicts a time Jesus tells His disciples He’s headed back to Judea (where people had just recently tried to stone Him?!?!) WHAT?! I don’t know about you but it seems to me faith doesn’t often grow in what we know, but in situations that we don’t. Might we start seeing fear like weights… just an opportunity to exercise and strengthen faith like a muscle?! Working out is not always fun but to bring about something new often requires the uncomfortable disrupt of something normal, does it not? He gives His Spirit without limit and thus we have all we need to be victorious in Jesus. We will have just enough energy and strength to look outstanding and absolutely amazing… maybe, but that’s not the goal and more often my experience would be that I’m given just enough energy and strength to continue to rely on Him and let the “outstanding and amazing” be defined by Him alone. He knows the plans He has for you (Jer. 29:11) and those dear one can not be canceled. So keep the faith! We got “to infinity and beyond” as our destination!
This week spend a moment in Joshua 3. It seems God knows when we have “not been this way before” (vs. 4) but not to worry He always has (Heb. 13:8). Seems according to verse 4 He knows a bit about “distancing” too! Notice what verse 5 states. How are we using times of “distance” to consecrate ourselves for even greater things? We will come through our “shipwrecks”… let’s arrive better on the other side.
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Acts 1:3 with someone
PRAY/READ: Joshua 3 – Pray for God to guide you into ways that would make you ever ready for His return.
DISCUSS: How have you experienced God’s faithful presence in your “shipwrecks”?
ACT: Set your mind on Kingdom things and all the blessings stored for you at your true Home in Jesus.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Romans 15:13 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Tim. 4:17 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Col. 3:1-2 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Malachi 3:2-3 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Job 23:10-12 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Malachi 4:2 & 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: ___/___/___