Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16) – 37 of 52
Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/d3YLJCOKOzM “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Abolish Or Accomplish – Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. Matthew 5:17 NLT
Some days I just have to wonder… is my life abolishing or accomplishing the purposes of God?! Jesus clarified for us that His purpose was to accomplish the purpose of the law held up in the Old Testament. There were three categories of law: ceremonial, civil, and moral. The ceremonial law primarily pointed forward to the coming of Jesus (Ex. Lev. 1:2-3). Now that He has come those laws don’t literally apply however the principle behind them, to love and worship a holy God most certainly still does apply. The civil law applied to daily living (Ex. Deut. 24:10-11). Since so much of our world has changed it makes it near impossible to carry out literally however Jesus demonstrated the principles behind such conduct of which most certainly can be followed today. The moral law like the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), still requires strict obedience and reveals the nature and will of our God.
Over time the people had strayed so far from the principles behind the law which was to guide people to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength that when Jesus spoke of a new way it was really to get back to the original intent instead of muddling around in a confusing mass of rules and regulations that kept everyone from seeing a clear picture of God!
Without intentionality we too are in danger of following all the rules on the outside without allowing God to touch one iota of our hearts and minds on the inside. When we face difficulty it’s easy to fall back into our hang-ups or validate our shortcomings however that only leads to a numbing of the soul. What happens just before someone freezes to death? They go numb. It’s excruciatingly painful to be rubbed back from the state of numbness but that pain is what saves your life. Jesus came to restore relationship status between God and man. Jesus came to die in our place, conquering the grave, death and the devil for us!! Jesus accomplished His purpose on earth so that we could accomplish ours in Him, for Him, with Him!! What a gift of AMAZING GRACE!! Don’t go numb or refuse to break through the pain that is keeping you in a state that is only abolishing God’s great and mighty purpose for your life.
Our righteousness does not come from ourselves but what God does in us. Can we go beyond the law and live by the principles behind the law, living God centered instead of self centered? Can we live in reverence of God and not for the approval of people? Are we just as concerned about our heart’s attitude that people don’t see as what they can see?
Dear one, let’s both live our gift of today toward accomplishing not abolishing God’s GREAT purpose for our lives! Isaiah 61:10 NIV I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels..
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: Matthew 5:17 with someone
PRAY/READ: Matthew 22:36-40 and Matthew 6:9-13 NASB
DISCUSS: In what areas are you in danger of death by numbing so to speak? Are we willing to allow God to bring us back to life, true abundant life that He died to give us?! Read John 10:10
ACT: Love someone, maybe even a difficult someone, in your sphere of influence just for God’s sake.
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read Phil. 1:6 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________
*Read 2 Chronicles 15:7, Eph. 2:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________
*Read Psalm 33:11 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________
*Read Psalm 143:8 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________
*Read Micah 7:8 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________
*Read John 1:5 & 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: ___/___/___