Take The Shot!

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 39 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/DZhCFKFOZYk “Waking Up” by We The Kingdom

Our God’s got serious game! Jesus invites all of us to play on His undefeated team. What name is on your jersey today?

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Take The Shot! – Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40 NIV

I wonder how many of us wake up in flabbergasted joy that God did it again?! Who of us can will our own lungs to breath or heart to beat? Who sustains us while in an unconscious state of sleep? Only God! Each time He graciously wakes us up it’s because He has GREAT reason for us to join Him back on His court. It’s as if the Coach of life has called your name and tossed you the ball for yet another chance to make the shot for Him. Don’t worry if you’ve failed in the past… that’s just proof you tried and obviously He expended Almighty energy to get you up to try again! He still believes in you, so why not take the “shot” again today?! Is there anything holding you back from living the abundant life He sacrificed Himself for, defeating death and the devil that you might experience it? Don’t think you don’t qualify, In Matthew 9:13 Jesus reminds us He didn’t come to call those who THINK they are righteous, but those who KNOW they are sinners. 

What distracts you from your “shot”? Things of this world will only prove to leave us overwhelmed, unsatisfied, lonely, weak and yes… distracted! If we are fixed on Jesus we find value, security, worth, joy and acceptance. In Matthew 9:13 Jesus asks a blind man, Do you believe I can make you see? Dear one, do you believe God can make brand new that which is old and broken? Oh He can, He really can (2 Cor. 5:17)!! 

Do you feel your Coach (God) has lost track of you? Do you feel you can’t find Him? Oh dear one Job in chapter 23:7-12 wondered the same, but he realized just as Psalm 139:7-12 confirms God has NEVER lost track of you! YOU are on His roster of important recruits!! You didn’t wake up this morning without His mighty hand on your life! Psalm 139:5 NIV You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 

His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23) and He is calling you to play on His team! Don’t worry if it seems cloudy and you can’t see the net. God cares about every detail of your life (Ps. 37:23) and He promises to provide for all we need (Phil. 4:19) so if we can’t see details yet it’s because as of yet, we don’t really need them; we just need trust in ever increasing amounts. God has experience leading in the cloud. In Ex. 13:21-22 God led the Israelites in the desert by way of a cloud and He never left His place in front of them. That same God calls us off the bench each morning, tosses us the ball called “trust” and says, “Wake up! Take the shot!” 

Dear one, do not fear, God’s  never missed a rebound. 

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

MEMORIZE: John 11:40 with someone

PRAY/READ: Job 23:7-12, Psalm 139:7-12

DISCUSS: What shot have you missed that you are encouraged to try again or even for the first time? 

ACT: Take the “shot”! Cheer someone else on that God has called up to the line.

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

*Read Hebrews 10:39 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Micah 7:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read  2 Corinthians 5:17 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Peter 5:7 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 37:23 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 64:4 & Lam. 3:22-23 & 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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