Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 21 of 52
Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/LLO7tdvwoOo “Today, Tomorrow and Forever” By Sanctus Real
https://youtu.be/ar750jeupg8 “When The Crazy Kicks In” By Francesca Battistelli
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Verse 8 – Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, ….John 20:1 (NLT)
Anyone else ever tried to get up before the sun and the rest of your crew in order to get a head start on the day?!… Only to find that the dog decided to sleep in a NEW spot?!! So now (if you can picture this in slow motion it’s even better, or maybe worse) you’ve managed to tripped most gracefully over the dog but unfortunately have not landed your backwards double flip with a twist, so you’ve lost your grip… and I do mean on your coffee, so it’s spilled, cup shattered, short circuiting your computer (and maybe worst of all) your outfit is now ruined!! BUT not to worry the dog has fulfilled his duties as faithful watchdog and everyone in the house (AND neighborhood) is now up and wondering what you are up to… AGAIN!! (sigh) The choice is now simple… sell the dog. NO JUST KIDDING!! But the choice IS simple… keep moving forward. I mean after that, it can only go up right!?!!
This is what we see Mary do in John 20. In verse 1 she gets up early, while it is still dark and maybe I think probably still dark in her heart after all that she has gone through. She just saw her God crucified, hopes dashed, but not only that, now she comes to find that the tomb has been messed with as well!!! Yet with all the reason in the world to crumble in despair right then and there she doesn’t!! She moves forward!! And because she did, there came a verse 8. In John 20 verse 8 someone else comes to believe because she kept moving forward in spite of every reason to remain frozen in despair.
Who might be your “verse 8” today? When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Jonah 2:7 (ESV) You are still God’s bright idea to the world even when all seems dark. Keep moving forward dear one. Someone else needs the Light you have. You still have a “verse 8” out there just waiting to happen!
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: John 20:1 with someone
PRAY/READ: Jonah 2:1-10 with someone
DISCUSS: How you can take hold of His promise in Phil. 1:6 and allow God to keep you moving forward fulfilling His GREAT purpose for your life.
ACT: Ask God to help you find someone that could use your encouragement to keep moving forward and then trust Him to provide the “how” in that endeavor as only He knows the condition of their heart completely.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Isaiah 26:3 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Romans 8:31 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 30:5 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 40:29 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Cor. 4:8 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Thess. 3:16 & 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: ___/___/___