Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 32 of 52
A “rainbow” painted just for you: New Picture, New Frame – “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” Mark 2:22 (NLT)
In January of 2020 everyone thought… How clever! 20/20, a year to embrace new perspectives!! Little did we know… oh how little did we know… how drastically different that new perspective would look by spring 2020, and that embracing it would be our LAST instinctive emotion!!
This reminds me of Gethsemane. Gethsemane means “oil press” and it’s located in the area also known as the Mount of Olives. It’s the location Jesus prayed the night before He was betrayed and taken to the cross. At this location it’s recorded He sweat blood over submitting His will to the Fathers, sacrificing His life in order that we might be saved. (Luke 22:39-46)
An olive must be crushed for the oil to come out. Once there is oil it can then be used to light a lamp. **Crushed = oil = light** Jesus prayed thy will be done, He was crushed for our sin and is now the Light of all the world (John 8:12)! What in your current circumstance feels crushing? Might our good God be trying to press out some oil from your life to produce a brighter light for Him?! We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Cor. 4:8-9 (NIV)
Mark 2:18-22 gives an account in which Jesus illustrates that the Pharisees had become hardened like old wine skins. Accepting faith in Jesus that was not limited by man-made rules was impossible for them! If we are not intentional about submitting our will, our perspectives to the Father’s then our heart too is in danger of becoming hardened like old wine skins, unable to receive the new and fresh life Jesus is all about!
Today, if Jesus has a new picture for the world to embrace I want to be willing to allow Him to use my life to create it. To bring forth just the right oil paints He needs to paint it so that He is reflected more brightly. I’ll need to hand Him my old frame too so that He can reconstruct it to fit the new picture. That reconstruction, that pruning and pressing is rarely comfortable yet necessary to continue to grow and fit His better perspective. Today I can choose to break or to stretch, neither comfortable but only one leads to fruitfulness. May we submit to His good press, that the oil from our lives might be used to paint His masterpiece dear one.
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Mark 2:22 with someone
PRAY/READ: Isaiah 42:16, Ps. 16:11 trust His promises & 2 Chronicles 20 – Win the battle with praise!
DISCUSS: How have you seen God bring about good from a time of pressing?
ACT: Everyday before getting out of bed this week let’s pray that He open our eyes to all that He has prepared for us in this precious gifted day of life and that instead of trying to fit it into yesterday’s frame allow Him creative reign. God bless you muchly dear one.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Ephesians 2:10 / Isaiah 43:19 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 41:10 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 62:1 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________
*Read 2 Cor. 4:7 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________
*Read Philippians 4:19 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________
*Read Isaiah 30:21 & 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: ___/___/___