Embrace Your “Ox”

2020-08-14 10.20.52

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 36 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/ukiY0XLJD1k “Never Stop” by Urban Rescue

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Embrace Your “Ox” – Where no oxen are, the manager is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4 (NASB)

There I am one moment scrubbing my glass sliding back door with windex and the next I’m stepping back to survey my handiwork… only to notice that about knee level my little munchkin… with his face plastered like a blowfish to the freshly cleaned glass, and yes, that is drool I detect not excess windex sliding down the glass in between the two little hands smudged against the window that WAS clean! This event followed that of cleaning toothpaste from every orifice this child found available, on himself and in his room! Some days you can only laugh till you cry or maybe cry till you laugh right! Proverbs 14:4 reminds me there is life with the “oxen” and there is life without the “oxen” but life WITH the “oxen” produces an opportunity for pressure that produces power I otherwise would have known nothing about! 

God’s available power always matches the pressure we are under, always (2 Cor. 4:7-10); just as His comfort always matches our suffering (2 Cor. 1:3-5). He is all sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). The question remains will we receive it? He gives not as the world gives and holds out peace of mind and heart. The kind we won’t find in the “self help” aisle! Why? Well what is the common denominator in all our problems? If they’re OUR problems we are in each one right?!! We are not the solution but part of the problem so we are going to need WAY more then the “self help” aisle! 

Daniel 6:6-24 reminds me of a man who was unphased by extreme lion devouring pressure! Good golly how?! What was his secret? Daniel had a secret weapon. A secret weapon is small right, it’s something that can be concealed. His weapon was unseen yet mighty. Daniel was a prayer warrior and he welded his relationship with God through it daily. When the “oxen” came against Daniel he remained unshaken because he knew his God was unshakable. When the law had been signed, all but sealing Daniels’ sure death, what did he do?! …he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10 NLT No frantic panic just peace of mind and heart as he did what he always did (John 14:27)… trusting God to be bigger than his “ox”(Is. 59:1), trusting God to use the “ox” for good (Rom. 8:28), trusting that God would not leave him alone with the “ox” (Josh. 1:9). 

When under pressure what’s your unseen secret weapon? May we be like Daniel and embrace our “ox” through the secret weapon of unceasing prayer! Where there is pressure there is power and often it’s only through the strength of the “ox” that we find the overcoming strength of heaven was in us all along. 

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Proverbs 14:4 with someone

PRAY/READ: Daniel 6:6-24, Luke 5:16, Matthew 6:9-13 (John 17:15 – take courage dear one.)

DISCUSS: How have you experienced the power of prayer? How can you pray for one another?

ACT: Begin recording what you pray for AND the answers He brings!

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Jer. 29:12 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 145:18 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 5:14 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read James 5:16 and Romans 12:12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 102:17 & 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: ___/___/___

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