Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 16 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/QD1QMSYKL6Q “Same Power” by Jeremy Camp
AND https://youtu.be/-DbO48q1Tvs “Through” by Jason Gray
AND https://youtu.be/2JI4CPfuLW0 “You Are I Am” by Mercy Me
AND https://youtu.be/PiacD7cDHCM “My Shelter” by Jordan Feliz (Enough songs to get ya through till Sunday.) 🙂
A “rainbow” painted just for you: OH no! Oh no!! Oh no, no, no, NO!!! – …”Oh no, my lord!” What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered…. 2 Kings 6:15-16 (NIV)
Anyone else lately looked at their situation, their finances, their health, their job…the world, and thought, “OH NO!! Oh no, no, no, NO!!!! Oh NOOOOOOOO!” ?!?! Well, if so, you are not alone. It would seem there was also such an individual that found himself in a state of frantic fear in 2 Kings 6:15. A strong enemy force had surrounded the city he was in… overnight! The servant wakes up, freaks out, but Elisha, his master responds with, “Don’t be afraid.”
I imagine at that moment the servant respondes, “Seriously dude, not what I need to hear right now! Good theology but, reality check, look out the window!! We are s-U-R-R-O-U-N-D-E-D by the enemy!! And you say, ‘Don’t be afraid!’?!! What do you know that I don’t?!” – Elisah knew that God’s army was much bigger and more powerful than the enemies and he prays for his servants’ eyes to be opened in order to see this Truth. (verses 16-17)
When we see the command in Scripture, “Don’t be afraid.” and it just seems so out of our reach considering our current circumstances, before we just blow it off as an impossibility let’s take a deeper look. The first word in that phrase is, “Don’t..” so what should we NOT do in order to calm fear? DON’T: focus on the enemy!! DON’T: focus on the impossibility or the past failure. The enemy in Nehemiah’s day wanted him to meet in a village on the plain of Ono (Neh. 6:1-3). DON’T: meet with your enemy… especially in a place called Ono (Oh no)!! Nehemiah was able to focus on Truth and avoided that potentially disastrous meeting all together! This leads to the second word in our phase “Don’t be afraid.” “BE”. So we know what we DON’T do… but what we SHOULD do is “BE”! Be what, you ask?! BE: in TRUTH! BE: in the Word. BE: in prayer, BE: in fellowship with other strong faithful Christians that can pray for you like Elisha prayed for his servant.
If we follow these steps of DON’T… and BE… found in the command “Don’t be afraid” by the time we get to the word “AFRAID” we will be able to do like the women at the tomb after Jesus was resurrected! See Matthew 28:7-8. The command from the angels is to go and tell the disciples the good news that Jesus had risen from the grave!! Verse 8 depicts these women as afraid yet filled with joy. Has that ever puzzled anyone else?! How can you be afraid YET FILLED WITH JOY?!?! I believe when you DON”T focus on or meet with the enemy but rather you choose to BE with Jesus constantly immersed in His Truth, than like these women at the empty tomb …”afraid yet filled with joy, they didn’t stand frozen in fear but rather carried out the mission and ran to tell his disciples.” the good news!
He BEcame their joy even in the fear, they made themselves available and He BEcame their Ability in their availAbility. “DON’T…. BE…. AFRAID.” Truth: The tomb still stands empty today my friend. In Jesus you are on victory’s side. Don’t be afraid, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: 2 Kings 6:15-16 with someone
PRAY/READ: 2 Kings 6:8-23, Neh. 6, Matt. 28:1-10 pray to focus on Truth – (Psalm 36:9) Got time?! Read Matt. 8:23-27 Why do you think Jesus asks that question in verse 26? I think, because no matter what happened… whether the storm was stopped or they were taken up to heaven in it…nothing would be able to change the grip of the Hand that held them securely (2 Tim. 4:18). Why are we afraid?! We’re in His mighty grip!
DISCUSS: Align at least one thing in your life to each attribute listed in Phil. 4:8
ACT: You fill in the blank this week… DON’’T _________________ BE __________________ afraid! Be filled with His joy! The tomb is still empty today dear one!
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Psalm 36:9 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 43:1 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 56:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 35:4 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Matthew 6:34 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 94:19 & 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: ___/___/___