New Picture, New Frame

2020-08-03 12.28.14-1

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 32 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/gRYbRsJUXxY “You’re The Wine” by RICHLIN https://youtu.be/IdtLxbtIicA “I Choose To Worship” by Rend Collective

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: ___/___/___

On The Way

2020-06-04 15.21.47-1

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 31 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/-Xo64Q2ucQ8 “Joy To The World” by Penatonix

A “rainbow” painted just for you: On The Way – On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb? Mark 16:3 (NLT) 

Isn’t it true that sometimes you have to let go of a sure thing to take hold of the right thing?! The above verse starts out, “On the way..” What have you been “on the way” to lately when you have been inundated with any number of anxieties? I’m sure that these women headed to the tomb that held their God whom they were sure had been killed and not only that, but one VERY large heavy stone lay in their way, could relate on some level with us right!?! They were sure of what they saw and there was just no way for any shred of hope to still be left! They were just sure of it!

However Mark 16:4 indicates that as they arrived, they looked up and what did they see?! The VERY large stone had ALREADY been rolled away! God had already risen!! On their way, in their worry, He was working way beyond what they were so sure of! Verse 5 in the NLT tells me the women were shocked! Shocked! When was the last time you arrived, looked up and were just shocked at what God did with the stone in your way?! Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him!! 

Or maybe you haven’t “arrived” yet and just need to keep on your way with Him to see what He is doing with it all?! Maybe you arrived shocked because He didn’t roll it away. Instead maybe He left it shoved to the side, just enough for it to rest on a hill so that we continue to be drawn to relying on His strength to hold it back; to trust that He can and will just enough so that we continue to see the Light of His living hope streaming from inside that tomb where once we were sure only death lay. 

Sometimes a “stone” is not rolled away but rather rolled to the side so that we continue to remember Who is right and True and not become distracted by what we are so sure we are sure of. The biggest scariest, most life threatening stone WAS rolled away once and for all so any other “stone” we are sure will crush us… won’t. It can’t! It has no power over us, we don’t give it. Our God rose again from the grave! Joy to the world! All “stones” are under His control and like weight training can be used rather to strengthen us spiritually so that we do not rely on being sure of our own strength and what we can see but rather on His strength so on our way we learn what is right; walking by faith not by sight (2 Cor. 5:17).

Today I’m praying we can praise Him for the stones He’s left shoved to the side for spiritual weight training so that on our way to the Kingdom we might never become so weak in our own finite minds understanding of things that we miss what is right and True.

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

MEMORIZE: Mark 16:3 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 121, Psalm 46:1-3, Psalm 28:6-8, Psalm 18:1-3, Psalm 118:5-6,14

DISCUSS: How you have felt led by God as you carried your cross behind Him. Praise Him for His faithfulness.

ACT: Find someone new this week that you can spiritually weight train with.

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

*Read 1 John 4:4 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 15:13 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Ephesians 3:20-21 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 41:13 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read  Philippians 4:13 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 55:8-9 & 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: ___/___/___

Turn Around

2020-07-22 07.51.44

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 30 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/6UP8HwJcfKI “Real To Me” by Sidewalk Prophets

https://youtu.be/CUWJvYCFwLc “Not The Same” by North Point Worship

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Turn Around – She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus… John 20:14

You know that moment when you’re shopping and you’ve had an entire in depth conversation with someone dear to you only to turn around and find your dear friend is 5 racks down and over two aisles!?!! That complete stranger that has kindly lent you their listening ear is now politely trying to give you appropriate social distance… for OTHER reasons than a possible virus! You manage a humiliated chuckle as you rush off (now nine shades a deeper pink than a human should ever be) to go find your friend who will find this all too amusing for her own good! Anyone feel me here?! Well I think maybe a certain Mary Magdalene might relate on the level of turning to find someone completely unexpected! 

John 20:13 opens with a certain question, “Dear woman, why are you crying?”  She answers in that same verse with, “Because they have taken…” and “I don’t know…” I wonder if any of us can relate to Mary having been in tears because of something taken and or not knowing or understanding why?! 

However in the VERY next verse, verse 14 states, She turned… In a desperate moment we can let what offends us, what has hurt us, what has confused us drive us away from Him or, turn us to Him. In Jesus there is forgiveness, second chances, unfailing love, grace, healing, mercy, peace and joy, for EVERYONE! You cannot out sin or out fail the redeeming blood of Jesus. 

The rest of verse 14 indicates that when Mary turned she saw… Jesus. In her brokenness this Mary who had been cured of seven demons (Luke 8:2) (seven being the number of completion so a gal who had in her past been completely overtaken by the enemy) turned around and who did she find in the middle of her suffering?! Jesus!! He was there even then and He is with you and I even now. In the place you think He would never go, He is there. If for no other reason than to be there for you when you turn around.

Dear one, if you need to make a turn today I’m praying you do and that you will find He’s been there all along waiting for you. He wants to become real to you in ways you never could have imagined. You are loved truly, madly, deeply and purely by the Almighty Creator God. 

Might we all pray He turn our hearts toward His daily, hourly, momently, for His glory, honor and praise, that we might become an ever conforming magnification of who He really is to this craving world. 

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

MEMORIZE: John 20:14 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 139 with someone – Pray for ways to be an encouragement to another trying to make a “turn around” and follow through with what God places on your heart.

DISCUSS: How has God been there for you when you “turned around”? Praise Him! 

ACT: Ask God to make you aware of an area in your life you can turn more toward Him and obey.

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

*Read Matt. 11:6 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 45:22 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jeremiah 31:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 5:8 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Lam. 3:22-23 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Joshua 1:9 & 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: ___/___/___

Floating On Air

2020-07-15 08.35.42

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 29 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/3rffktL2BoA  “Your Love Feels Like Home” by Jonny Diaz

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Floating On Air – Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20 (NLT)

Ever feel like you will just never hit the mark? Weighted down by thoughts that you could/should always love more, do better, try harder, to the point you feel you’ll never be free of a gnawing guilty conscience?! Well good news! You are not alone in fact God knew so many people would feel this way that He addresses it in His timeless living Word! 

Dear one, God is greater than our feelings (1 John 3:20)!! He knows our motives behind every action so it’s not about how things appear and measure up by this world’s ever fluctuating standards or wayward human judgment; Rather focus on the love of Christ and the unshifting standard of measurement on ultimate Truth found in His Word (James 1:17, Malachi 3:6). Allow His voice of assurance to trump that of the world’s accusations.

Romans 8:1 tells us there is no condemnation for us in Christ!! Good News!! Hebrews 9:14 (NLT) Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our conscience from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God… So we can what?! Worship and serve the Living God! The enemy would love for us to sit frozen under a guilty conscience hindering our worship and service of the one true King. Don’t allow it any longer! Christ’s blood was too costly and too thick to leave anything uncleansed once received, upon believing… EVEN our consciences! (See 1 John 1:9 and Psalm 103:12)

Hebrews 10:22 (NLT) let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Soooo… (verse 23) Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

In faith we hand Him our guilt that weighs down our consciences and Trust Him. Shift focus from self to Almighty God who is greater than our feelings and will be all sufficient within us. Dear one, now walk set free… like a bubble floating on air!

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

MEMORIZE: 1 John 3:20 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 139 with someone – Pray for ways to be an encouragement to another trying to make a “turn around” and follow through with what God places on your heart.

DISCUSS: How has God been there for you when you “turned around”? Praise Him! 

ACT: Ask God to make you aware of an area in your life you can turn more toward Him and obey.

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

*Read Hebrews 9:14-15 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 8:1 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hebrews 10:22 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 8:36 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Galatians 5:1 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 1:29 & 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: ___/___/___

But I Thought…

2020-07-01 09.44.48

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 28 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/nFA-dFY0q3g “God Is For Us” by Stars Go Dim

https://youtu.be/VDLBHHQ2yeg “Have Everything” by David Dunn 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: But I Thought that… – So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:14

 

In 2 Kings 5:9-14 we see a guy who THOUGHT he knew best. He even gives evidence to validate his thinking and prove that clearly he knows better than God Almighty! This may sound funny however how often if we are honest probably ride that same horse all too often. 

2 Kings 5:9 Naaman actually takes his horse to the man of God’s house. Naaman, though covered in deadly disease, still has enough fight in him to be ornery about God’s healing methods! Verse 11 indicated Naaman storms away angry not because God said “no” or even “wait” but because he didn’t like God’s “yes”!! What have you wanted lately? Considering the times there might be plenty you had wanted to come back like you were used to however as things HAVE come back…church, school, work does it look like YOU thought or wanted it to exactly?! Maybe not, so we, like Naaman, have a choice. We can storm away from the “Ephesians 3:20” He is trying to bring about to this world OR we can throw off all the sin that so easily entangles us and run with perseverance that race HE has marked out for us that will bring Him the most glory, honor and praise (Heb. 12:1).

In all Naamans disappointment, to his credit he listens to reason and comes back around by verse 14. “So he went… as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean…” Praise God Almighty who’s way is always best and always right and always in perfect timing! 

 

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

MEMORIZE: 2 Kings 5:14 with someone

PRAY/READ: Ephesians 3:20-21, Hebrews 12:1-3 with someone this week

DISCUSS: Ephesians 2:14 and how we can get on board with what God IS building.

ACT: In thought, word and action determine how you can reflect that you BELIEVE Jer. 29:11, that He knows the plans… REMEMBER Romans 8:31! 

 

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

*Read Ephesians 3:20 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Ephesians 2:14 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Philippians 4:13 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Galatians 5:22-23 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 14:40 / Ecclesiastes 3:1 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 55:8-9 & 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: ___/___/___

What’s Your Filling?

2020-06-26 08.13.38

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 27 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/XhQjYbK9mAs “Revival” By Stars Go Dim

https://youtu.be/7dD0x9reB28 “All Free” by Stars Go Dim

A “rainbow” painted just for you: What’s Your Filling? – Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14 (ESV) 

If you were a donut what would be your filling? Take a moment to discuss this with the person (6 feet) to your left… I’ll wait. I wish I could hear your answer however, that I’m sure, would lead to a 10 page rabbit trail discussion and I’m sure you have other plans for today! So let’s fill up with another discussion that Jesus had with a woman at a well. 

In John 4 Jesus noticed a woman from all outward appearances to be filling her bucket with water, but since Jesus looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7) He could see the vast empty well in her heart she had been trying to fill with all the world’s remedies. Trying to fill that void in your heart with what the world has to offer will always leave us wanting more and saying, “Is this all there is?!” as we walk on to try the next void filling hoax. Here we see Jesus step in with a filling so other worldly it left not only her but her entire village saturated with the living water of Hope eternal! 

Hebrews 9:2 tells us the Holy Place in the Tabernacle was filled with a lampstand and the sacred loaves of bread. Now this side of the new covenant we are called His Temple (1 Cor. 6:19) and Jesus has said I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12), I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35)! The second room in the Tabernacle was Most Holy and held the law. This place was separated by a curtain allowing only a select few to enter. This curtain was torn in two at the cross making a way for ALL to access His throne (Matt. 27:51, Heb. 4:16)! Now this side of the new covenant Hebrews 8:10 tells us He will fill our minds and hearts with His Word!

All that we need to be transformed (Rom. 12:2) into a new creation can FILL us so we need not resolve to be conformed to this empty world!! Like Jesus told the woman at the well, He has living water that will never leave you thirsty but will well up within you to springs of eternal life! To know the Truth that you have been set free from the bondage of sin (Heb. 8:12), your consciences even purified so that you can walk free from the shadow of shame and from under the rock of regret to worship the living God (Heb. 9:14) with abundant life (John 10:10)!! 

So the next time someone asks, “what’s your filling?” I pray we all can respond something like, “My filling is the all sufficient living water of Christ, the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Gate that keeps me safe (Jn. 10:9), The Peace (Is. 9:6), and Good shepherd (Jn. 10:11,14), who guides me, knows my name and it’s His voice of Truth which fills my mind and says to me, “dear child, I am enthralled , yes enthralled by your beauty (Psalm 45:11), you are wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14) and My precious masterpiece (Eph. 2:10). Come to Me and find rest (Matt. 11:28).” 

I think we’d all agree there is no better filling than that of Jesus Christ. Dear God help us to crave Your filling, to love Your filling with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. (Mark 12:30)

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

MEMORIZE: John 4:13-14 with someone

PRAY/READ: Hebrews 13:20-21 with someone this week

DISCUSS: What and how do you “fill up”? How does it need to change? How might you continue steadfastly?

ACT: Be God’s vessel to “fill up” someone else with His Living Hope in the way He has asked you to.

 

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

*Read John 6:35 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 8:12 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 10:7 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 11:25 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 10:11, John 15:1 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 14:6 & 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: ___/___/___

Washed, Sanctified and Justified

2020-05-27 14.59.20

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 26 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/j3TasacdTsQ “Autobiography” By Stars Go Dim

https://youtu.be/iAQQFB7btbc “Clean” by Natalie Grant

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Washed, Sanctified, and Justified – Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11 (NLT) 

1 Cor. 6:9-10 gives us all a pretty strong warning about what will not inherit the Kingdom. By verse 11, lest any of us think we are above such a warning, begins with, “Some of you were once like that.” and honestly who on earth has not exhibited greedy selfishness or the worship of an idol?! Maybe it wasn’t in the shape of a large golden calf in your front yard but could it have been a family member or a career that took over more of your heart and mind than God Himself had access to? Maybe we are our own idol?! When have we trusted more in what WE could see and know and feel in control of rather than in God Almighty? Some of us who are honest can maybe relate more than we would like to admit. BUT (you have to love “BUT’s” in Scripture) the second sentence in 1 Cor. 6:11 gives us hope! BUT we have been CLEANSED, MADE HOLY, MADE RIGHT WITH GOD! How?! By calling on Jesus and by the Spirit of our God! 

Let’s break it down… Glance at Acts 22:16. We can be CLEANSED which is a metaphor for the righteousness that comes through forgiveness. 1 Cor. 1:2 tells us we are MADE HOLY or sanctified in Jesus. He has set us apart through our faith in His saving work on the cross. MADE RIGHT WITH GOD or justified by our identification with Jesus and by the transforming work of His Holy Spirit within us. When we repent and turn to Him in faith we are forgiven and viewed now as righteous. Glance at Romans 1:17 and 3:21-26 for further clarification. 

Our God is so good! Titus 3:3-7 (NLT) states, (Keep your eye peeled for the “but” in verse 4!) Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. (4) But – “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

Dear one, do you have this confidence? John 3:16 tells us the gift of eternal life is for ALL who would believe in Him. If you have never prayed to ask Jesus into your life, to wash, sanctify and justify you, today dear one, today He waits and longs for your heart to receive Him as Savior, Lord, God Almighty! You are wanted, you are loved. In Him the old is gone the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17)!

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

MEMORIZE: 1 Cor. 6:11 with someone

PRAY/READ: Eph. 3:18-19 with someone this week

DISCUSS: Share your testimony. Listen to someone else’s.

ACT: Pray Psalm 51:12 everyday this week and notice how He answers and praise Him!

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

*Read Psalm 16:11 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Zechariah 2:5 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 33:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 3:18 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 9:8 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 10:13 & 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: ___/___/___

Pain Craves A Bite Stick

2020-05-27 13.15.12

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 25 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/slaa_nik9G8 “Blessing I Can’t See” By Building 429

https://youtu.be/2tk7Rlhm-NA “Promises” by Maverick City 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Pain Craves A Bite Stick – Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn’t let him. Acts 19:30 (NLT)

I broke a bone quite badly when I was younger and I was determined to be too tough to cry. Just before they were going to reset it my dad laid his two fingers beside me on the hospital bed without a word. A good dad has the ability to see beyond the facade and meet you there in a way that doesn’t destroy your dignity but rather divulges divine strength. (John 14:27, 2 Cor. 1:3, Is. 41:13)

My dad didn’t wait or make me ask for his strength; in all it’s fierceness it was quietly laid down beside me for the taking. I grabbed hold of those two mighty fingers that completely filled my grasp and squeezed for all I was worth as they completed the reset procedure. I imagine there may still be grip marks on those two fingers of his, even now several decades later… but I didn’t cry! Somehow though, I knew in front of my dad it would have been okay if I did. It takes our Heavenly Father’s strength to make any of us truly strong enough. (2 Cor. 12:9-11; 4:7-9)

In Acts 19:23-41 Paul experiences two of his friends dragged off into an arena (good rarely happened in the arena). Paul desperately wanted to go to his friends, probably to even exchange places with them. I wonder if maybe he even felt guilty as if it was his fault his friends had been drug there in the first place. As desperately as Paul’s heart longed to be able to do ANYTHING to change the circumstances, he could not. He had to trust that the God who loved his friends unfathomably more than he did would be who He promises to be to them, for them, and with them when he himself could not. 

Job in chapter 7 questions what God is doing and it’s not until chapters 38 (Yes, 31 chapters later!) that Job begins to gain a better understanding. 2 Tim. 1:12 promises He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him until the day of Jesus. Matt. 11:6 encourages us not to fall away because we get a “no” instead of the “yes” we prayed for. God has already given us the ultimate “yes” in Jesus (2 Cor. 1:19). Isaiah 41:13 states, For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. God will not force us to take His hand in our pain but it’s laid out in all it’s fiercely gentle, ultimate strength right beside us if we’ll take it. Dear one, He can handle your grip, He can shoulder your burden, He can guard that which you have entrusted to Him until the day of Jesus’ return. 

The world knows pain craves a bite stick and is all too willing to take advantage of all that we do not yet understand. Jesus’ nail scarred hand, the hand that carried the cross all the way to hell so that you could have an ultimate “yes” to your soul’s deepest desire will give you the strength to carry your cross all the way, for His glory. Trust His nail pierced hand; let it be what you cling to in your pain, fear, discouragement, doubt, and in all your successes too. Look at His hand through His faithful Word and you’ll see there is nothing stronger.

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

MEMORIZE: Acts 19:30 with someone

PRAY/READ: 2 Corinthians 4:18 Pray for God to use situations and circumstances out of your control in someone’s life to increase their faith and trust in who He is. That the enemy would not gain a foothold but that they be drawn closer through this trial rather than fall away from faith in Jesus.

DISCUSS: When have you found God faithful like Job did even if you had to wait “31 chapters”? Maybe you are still waiting. How do you see Him working in your “waiting room”?

ACT: As you record your “rainbows” each day ask God for some way to appropriately share your joy in Him.

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

*Read 1 Cor. 15:43 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Peter 1:3 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 30:18 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Cor. 13:12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 6:38 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 30:6  & 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: ___/___/___

Strap On That Helmet And Ride That Cycle

2020-06-07 16.01.26

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 24 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/FurJieoFhhk “Don’t Sweat It” by Sidewalk Prophets

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Strap On The Helmet And Ride The Cycle – So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. Isaiah 28:16 (NIV)

I don’t know what it is, but I tend to lapse back into the thought that I actually LIKE roller coasters. About .0000001 seconds after the coaster jerks to a start I am compounded by the realization that I actually have a SEVERE aversion to riding in a box at the speed of looping light on a rickety track barely strapped in!! However, once the cycle is started there is no stopping or going half way, you are ALL in, ALL the way, to the finish. That’s how I should ride the “hope cycle”, all the way to the finish! After all God does promise, He is able to make all grace abound to us, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, we may abound in every good work right! (2 Cor. 9:8)

When you find yourself seemingly strapped into a real life “roller coaster” situation, to what do you rely on for stability? Isaiah 28:16 (above) speaks of a precious cornerstone, a tested stone, that is found to be a sure foundation. Jesus referred to Himself as this cornerstone and though rejected by His own people – Matt. 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17 – He is now the most important “stone”, the cornerstone, the foundation stone holding the church structure together – see Acts 4:11, Eph. 2:20, 1 Peter 2:6-7. 

Why was He rejected? Many did not believe because Jesus did not meet their expectations for the Messiah. Have you ever experienced the ache of unmet expectations? What those people missed was that Jesus, the Messiah was exceeding their expectations! Romans 5:3-5 gives me a cycle: trials develop endurance develops strength of character develops confident hope of salvation! Hope of what?! Salvation! You mean there can be a SAFE ending to this wild ride called life?!! What is the helmet in the armor of God called (Eph. 6:17)? The helmet of salvation! So in any present “roller coaster” circumstance I can strap on the helmet of salvation, fix my mind on things above (Philip. 4:8, Col. 3:2), things to come that will exceed my expectations (1 Cor. 2:9, Eph. 3:20-21) and make the ride on the cycle of hope unregrettable!! 

In Jesus you have been appointed and given authority and an audience, a sphere of influence for Him. When the ride feels like too much to bear, tighten your helmet and cling to the Rock that has been tested and proven to be a sure foundation upon which you can stand. You need not be shaken nor stricken with panic, His hope does not disappoint, you will arrive safely at the finish (2 Tim. 4:18).

PS. Your weakness is NOT too strong for His strength (2 Cor. 12:9) in Him, you’ve got what it takes.

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 28:16 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 61 with someone

DISCUSS: When God’s in your boat you can’t sink. How are you inviting God into your “boat”?

ACT: Write out each of the five promise verses below and place them in places you or someone you know will benefit from the solid reminder of Truth.

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

*Read Psalm 61:2 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 18:2 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Samuel 22:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deuteronomy 32:4 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Samuel 2:2 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Matt. 16:18, 2 Tim. 2:19 & 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: ___/___/___

Serendipity

2020-06-02 11.26.48

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 23 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/OcOS9j-NXRQ “Miracles” by Colton Dixon

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Serendipity – As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. Luke 23:26 (NLT) (emphasis mine)

At first glance the above verse seems like such an adventure and I’m sure it was! I can pray, make me like Simon Lord, make me just “happen to be” in the right place at just the right time to be amazing for You! But then on second thought can you just imagine this scene from Simons point of view?! He probably thought he was anywhere but in the right place at the right time!! 

I imagine the soldiers reaching for him and if there just hadn’t been so many people in his way he very well may have broken the world record for long distance sprinting as he fled as far away as possible from this morbid scene!! But who could blame him right?! 

Romans 5:6 tells us that, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. At just the RIGHT time He what?! Died for who?! The ungodly!?! But then verse 8 tells us why. This is how God demonstrates his own love for us… You see, at the right time (that may have felt like the wrong time) He stepped up for us. Instead of sprinting in the opposite direction He stayed. He went first. He took our cross. Because He IS love.

Today if we “happen to be” in what feels like the wrong place at the wrong time let’s take a second glance to make sure that it might not just be the RIGHT place at just the RIGHT time to say, here am I Lord. I’ll take up my cross. I’ll follow behind You. Because I love You back. 

 

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

MEMORIZE: Luke 23:26 with someone

PRAY/READ: Isaiah 6:8 asking Him to make you wholeheartedly devoted to Him whatever the cost.

DISCUSS: How you have felt led by God as you carried your cross behind Him. Praise Him for His faithfulness.

ACT: Read 2 Cor. 4:7 and find a way to use the Treasure within you to strengthen another in word or deed.

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

*Read 2 Corinthians 9:8 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Chronicles 16:11 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 40:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deuteronomy 8:18 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Corinthians 4:18 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Titus 3:4-5 & 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: ___/___/___