Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 15 of 52
Song pick(s) of the week (it’s Holy Week so a few extra tunes just made sense right!):
https://youtu.be/Ue_xEDOy7E4 “My Defender” by Jeremy Camp
https://youtu.be/zotmQph6xEc “Evidence” by Citizen Way
https://youtu.be/EJ37Y4WmoYw “Firm Foundation” by Keith Lancaster & The Acappella Company
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Case Closed! – True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him, “You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court.” Romans 3:3-4 (NLT)
A wise friend once said, “Jesus will never turn away a case; nor does He ever lose one.” So what is your “case”? Do you believe God wants to take your “case”? Do you believe if you hand over your life, your situation, your “case” that He won’t lose as your Defender?
The above verses in Romans finds Paul quoting David in Psalm 51:4 after he had committed great sin. David admitted that God was proved right in His punishment, and that He would win his case in court, God’s punishment was entirely just for his sin. Sin doesn’t go without consequence. It can be easy to fall into taking God’s amazing grace for granted but God cannot overlook sin – He forgives us when we repent and removes our sin from us as far as the east is from the west even (Psalm 103:12)! But we may still suffer the consequences however God’s mercy is great! Praise Him!
2 Samuel 24:14 again finds David facing severe repercussions for his sinful behavior but he cries out, “I’m in a desperate situation!” … “But let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands.” John 2:24-25 tells us Jesus also would not entrust Himself to human nature, no one needed to tell Him what mankind was really like. 1 Peter 2:23 states, Jesus, did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered, He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. Isaiah 53 tells us He was unjustly condemned and buried like a criminal…. Yet on the third day His case was won!!! He rose victoriously from the grave! He beacons all to come to Him; to repent of sin no matter their “case”, no matter how desperate their situation and receive amazing grace and incomprehensible mercy. The cross didn’t happen to Jesus, He came to take it on; to become The Way, The Door to all time and eternity for ANYONE who would bring their “case” their life, to Him and believe in Him as God and Savior!
He was beaten so we could be whole and whipped so we could be healed (Is. 53). The One who could have walked entitled chose to surrender to the Father’s expectation (Matt. 26:39). Might we choose today to surrender what we feel entitled to, to let go of our expectation of the way we thought/think our “case” should go and while we are still alive and breathing choose to praise Him, to allow God Almighty, our victorious Defender to reign Sovereign and lead us in triumphal procession (2 Cor. 2:14) as He brings our “case” to a victorious close in heaven one day for His glory!
(This week savor Luke 22-24:1-12 and know you are so dearly loved.)
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Romans 3:3-4 with someone
PRAY/READ: Micah 6:8 and pray for the Spirit to fill you in order to live this Scripture out authentically.
DISCUSS: 1 Peter 2:24 – How God has shown grace and mercy to you?
ACT: This week be intentional in giving away evidence of His love by way of offering HIS grace and mercy to someone. This is not always easy but take it 30 seconds at a time; if you can give it for 30 seconds ask God to help you go another 30 seconds all the while remembering we too have received unmerited favor from our God.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Hebrews 4:14-16 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Matt. 9:13 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Eph. 2:4-5 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Micah 7:18, Prov. 28:13 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Matt. 6:14 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 25:6-7 & 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: ___/___/___