Reigning Rainbows Devotional (Matt. 13:16)
Song pick: https://youtu.be/29IxnsqOkmQ “Way Maker” By Leeland
A “rainbow” painted just for you: Eaten Alive! – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
Considering the “plague” of our current year (2020) the passage in Exodus 10:13-15 really hits home. An east wind is recorded having brought a plague of locusts that arrived over night and over the entire country! It was the worst locust plague in Egyptian history. The land was darkened and all living plants and fruit that had survived past storms were annihilated.
Maybe it’s not our current pandemic, maybe it’s not locusts for you, but any unconfessed sin can eat us alive just the same as any plague. Sin leaves no survivors, it can happen overnight, leaving all you once knew, dark and dead. Whether it’s something like murder and all the world knows, or bitter unforgivness harbored in your own heart, it will all separate us from His Light of true abundant life.
Exodus 10:17 records Pharaoh crying out, “Forgive my sin…” and then by verse 19, “The LORD responded…” How did God respond?! He listened and shifted the wind like only Almighty God can! (19)…shifting the wind, and the strong west wind blew the locusts into the Red Sea.
Do you, dear one, need a west wind? Cry out to Almighty God who loved you so much He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in His sacrifice in our place for our sin, past present and future, will be cleansed, forgiven, redeemed, made new! As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 NIV And just as God Almighty hurled those locusts into the Red Sea, Micah 7:19 of His living Word tells us, You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. AND dear one if that is not enough in Joel 2:25 God Almighty says, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– He is able dear one, if we will lose the grip on our illusion of control and find enemy defeating power in full surrender to God’s unfailing love.
Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)
MEMORIZE: 2 Chronicles 7:14 with someone
PRAY/READ: Romans 3:10, 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 13, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:1-2, 8:1
DISCUSS: What’s eating you alive?
ACT: If need be, confess and be free!
“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week.
*Read 2 Chron. 6:14 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Romans 8:31-32 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 36:5-7 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Gal. 2:20 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Zeph. 3:17 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________
*Read Psalm 103:1-5, Micah 7:18 & 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: ___/___/___