Why Bother?!

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 43 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/zYwNwTqI-y4 “Gotta Tell Somebody” by Don Francisco

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Why Bother?! – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Ever felt a void that causes you to think… “Why even bother…” ?! Maybe you can’t go somewhere like you used to, can’t do things like before, I mean why even bother putting anything on the calendar… “normals” not comin’ back the voids just too big and too dark. Hmmmm this reminds me of Genesis 1:2 when the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep…. But wait!!! What’s that next sentence?! And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. God was present in the blank space!! Then God spoke and light appeared and land and animals and vegetation and good golly even human beings!!! All this out of a dark VOID!!! Seems we have a God who specializes in work over dark voids! 

Remember back in Mark 5, the man who came to Jesus because he needed healing for his 12 year old daughter? Well, right about verse 35 The voices around this man begin to speak telling him hope was gone, his daughter had died and it was too late… “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Have you been there? Why bother, hope’s dead. Don’t give up before reading verse 36, Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He didn’t say that command would be easy, He just gives it to us all. Then what did Jesus do with all those “Don’t bother…” voices?! Check out verse 40… He kicks them out! How many negative voices are you tolerating?! 

There is one Voice who’s whisper deserves a listening ear… make sure you can hear it. 

That day the father took up faith in the One voice that can speak hope over EVERY void. That dad didn’t get what he expected that day… he came seeking healing but by way of a very dark void he received a resurrection of fresh life!! (verse 42) Our God is about exceeding our expectations, His thoughts and ways are so far above ours and always best! Will you get on board with the process He is working out in this season of your life? Why bother you ask… because you aren’t going to want to miss what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard, which God is preparing for those that love Him! He’s always moving and I believe dark voids are quite possibly where He begins His very best work! 

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

MEMORIZE:  2 corinthians 3:17 with someone

PRAY/READ: Genesis 1, Matthew 5:21-43, Isaiah 30:18

DISCUSS: How has God transformed a “void” of yours?

ACT: Don’t be afraid, just believe. 

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

*Read John 5:17 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________

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

*Read John 11:25 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 5:17 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 43:19 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Rev. 21:5 & 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: ___/___/___

The 1/4 Lift

…“You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Mark 8:33

It’s thrilling to discover God’s GREAT notes of encouragement often tucked in the small and unexpected, most unassuming places! Astounding is it not, that with just the slightest quarter turn of an apple the shape you discover in the middle is clearly a star!! What might you see in a new and brighter light with just the slightest lifting of your chin (even just one quarter degree of an angle) upward toward God? 

Moses was deeply distraught (understandably so considering what he was facing) so he asked God a question. Exodus 4:1-2 records Moses asking God… what if they…?! To which God answers with another question… what is that…?! Perspective lift from “they” to “that”. None of us will ever be able to control the “they” in our lives but we can control “that” which is in our hand. Throughout scripture Jesus constantly kept His focus on “that” goal His Father and He had planned in advance instead of “they” that wanted to discourage Him from it. 

In Christ we can retain a clear purpose even when our circumstance remains blurry.

Leviticus 16 reminds us how Aaron’s sons died for burning the wrong kind of fire before God. What passion burns within you? What fuels it? It took the priests back then about an hour to properly prepare to enter the presence of God. The sacrifices they made for the atonement of sin could only cover it up. Today, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection He has made a way for us to confidently approach His throne of grace and receive mercy anytime! Now our sin is not merely covered, but can be REMOVED!! Jesus’ proper perspective allowed Him to accomplish His purpose. PRAISE HIM!

Has your fire within grown dim because your perspective of God is limited to your present time and experience? Are you measuring God’s love by your circumstance rather than your circumstance by His love? Are you focused on “they” rather than “that” (or even discounting “that”) which He has given you for such a time as this? 

Our appreciation for Jesus must go beyond our here and now. Deliverance from sin is too great and good a gift to fully grasp and yet if we allow Him to be the lifter of our chin even just ¼ of an angle we just might begin to see the Light. Like the star inside an apple can only be seen with a perspective shift let God Almighty lift your chin up a degree, you’ll see you’re the apple of His eye. Therein lies your clear purpose and a renewed passion that burns oh so brightly. Oh dear one, reverence how very, very special that is!

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:4 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings Psalm 17:8

Wrinkle Free

Unsuspecting, I began my morning in Leviticus 13; when I about choked on an outburst of laughter in a desperate effort not to have my coffee spew out my nose! 13:2 states, “If anyone has a swelling or a rash or discolored skin that might develop into a serious skin disease, that person must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons. 

This hit close to home as I may have had a recent birthday and I may have thought to treat myself to a new face moisturizer that promises all sorts of age reversing magic. I may have  liberally (very liberally) applied the cream to my face and neck before bed fully expecting a new and transformed younger me to emerge in the morning. However… not so much. 

To my horror I awoke to something far worse than wrinkles!! It was probably a good thing that my eyes were nearly swollen shut so that I could not see the full extent of the damage (oh but I could feel the burning itch of it all over my swollen face and neck)! So as I sat and read Leviticus 13 I thought to myself, I most certainly would have appeared to have qualified for a serious skin disease and been drug up to see Aaron the priest!! 

John 10:10 NIV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 

The world is full of false advertising and if we are not careful we will fall prey to it. Mark 8:14-21 finds Jesus asking His disciples nine questions. See, the disciples were worried they would go hungry because they had forgotten to bring food along. As Jesus questions His disciples He recounts some of His miraculous wonders and asks, “Don’t you remember anything at all?” The disciples did remember but they failed to consider the implications in their current situation. 

To be able to remember all the right Truths and yet forget to apply them to our current situation will only leave us swollen with worry and burning with anxiety as the enemy outwits us with his false advertising. However Jesus came to give us abundant life so if you have ever awoken to something far worse than wrinkles… dear one, bring it to our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, so you can be healed and set free. (Christ is the only one who can offer an eternity wrinkle free.)

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV 

God bless you muchly~

Fertile Dust And Ashes

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 42 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/9dowS2k2TS4 “Don’t Tread On Me” by We The Kingdom

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Fertile Dust And Ashes – …even though I am but dust and ashes. Genesis 18:27 NLT 

In Isaiah 61:3 God tells us He came to bring beauty from ashes. On top of His Word God has given us a visual aid known as tephra, which is the scientific name for volcanic ash. To make a long story short, over time this tephra makes AMAZINGLY fertile soil! Who would have thought that a volcano, something most would label as a catastrophe could produce one of the most wonderful natural phenomenons?!! 

Our Creator has not forgotten we were made from dust (Psalm 103:14). Oftentimes we find ourselves making ashes of things and sometimes things just seem to fall in ash all around us whether we had anything to do with it or not! The enemy of our souls would sure like us to believe ash ends with nothing big enough for even hope to glue together. It can be a pretty convincing argument at times. Maybe that’s why God made the volcano so eruptive! He had to get our attention, to grab our downcast gaze and fix it on the explosive Light of His Truth!  

It may take time dear one just like it takes time for tephra. But EVERYtime without fail God’s hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5)! Beauty will rise from the ashes if we will remain in His hand and look to the Light of His Truth. Jesus died to defeat, sin, death and the devil. He rose on the third day and now nothing in Him stays dead ash for He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)! 

If you find yourself in ashes today, believe in Jesus, for then it’s on phenomenally fertile ground you stand on dear one; for He makes beauty from ashes!

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 61:3 with someone

PRAY/READ: Isaiah 61:1-3

DISCUSS: How have you experienced a rising from the ashes only possible because of Jesus’ victory?

ACT: Live like you believe God can do what He says He can do with ashes. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

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

*Read Micah 7:18-19 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hebrews 10:17 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________________________________________________

*Read Hebrews 8:12 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 1:18 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 44:22 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 43:25 & 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: ___/___/___

Hold The Helm

Anyone can hold the helm when the waters are calm… it takes steadfast faith in the promises of God Almighty to hold the helm in a storm. How are you handling your “helm”?

Exodus 39:3 (NLT) reminds that it takes GREAT CARE and attention, focus and persevering diligence (and often when no one is watching but God Almighty) if we’re going to hold the helm steady. 

He made gold thread by hammering out thin sheets of gold and cutting it into fine strands. With great skill and care, he worked it into the fine linen with blue, purple, and scarlet thread. 

Good grief! Wouldn’t it have been easier to just skip the gold thread?! Would anyone really have noticed, I mean there was already fine linen of blue and purple and scarlet threads!!? 

Yes, it would have been easier but that is not what God had commissioned Bezalel to do. Even if no one else would notice, Bezalel and God would have. So with GREAT skill and CARE Bezalel was faithful to an audience of One.

God didn’t build you for easy. He took GREAT CARE to equip you for everything good according to His will (Heb. 13:21)! Most good things require hard effort. It’s easy to get off course going the easy route. If Bezalel had asked his buddies if they thought the extra effort toward the gold thread was really necessary they probably would have validated the easier route too. It can be easy to forgo the extra effort when you feel you can validate the unimportance of it; when you see all sorts of fine people doing the same thing already. But God didn’t ask you to look around and evaluate His call on your life, only to take GREAT CARE to be steadfastly faithful to Him.  

By Exodus 40:36-38 we see God taking GREAT CARE of His people. He led them faithfully, This continued throughout all their journeys. ALL their journeys, not just the calm ones. He will be faithful in the calm and in the storm, when it makes sense and when it doesn’t but will we take GREAT CARE to hold the helm in Him no matter the condition or cost?

Mark 4:33-34 reminds me that He will teach me all I can understand but it will be in time alone with Him when no one else can see, that He will explain these things to me and increase my capacity to understand. To understand that I will never fully understand it all this side of heaven but that I can trust Him. He will always take GREAT CARE of me. 

Dear one, He is ALWAYS taking GREAT CARE of you. Today what “helm” has He asked you to take GREAT CARE of, for Him?  

Promises to strengthen your hold at the helm: Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 15:13, Isaiah 41:10,13, 1 Corinthians 15:54-58, Galatians 6:9, Romans 8:32, Philippians 4:13, Joshua 1:9, John 14:1-4,6,27, John 15:5, Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:8

Paper Wings Made Strong

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 41 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/ba19gmhsq4I “Paper Planes” by Adam Agee

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Paper Wings Made Strong – Isaiah 40:31 NIV But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Remember when you were a kid folding paper airplanes? You chose a piece of paper, folded it just so and took it to the tip top of the staircase and then launched it with all your might! Pretty fun… unless you were that piece of paper. Oftentimes our wings of faith can feel paper thin, right! It’s more than uncomfortable to be folded and pressed into all sorts of angels! Not to mention the heights to which our launch pads seem to exist on!! All this reminds me of a story in Genesis…

Paper comes from trees and do you remember the name of the tree Abraham planted in the desert (yes, the desert) in Genesis 22? It was the tamarisk tree! What a risk planting a tamaRISK tree in the desert! Those trees need A LOT of water!! Do you remember what he planted it near? Genesis 21:31 tells us it was at Beersheba that means “well of the oath”. This act of Abraham indicated his faith in his security of his land rights as well as in God that would supply the water in such a desert area! 

Are we planting our faith in the well of His promises? We may be in a “desert” but our God can still bring A LOT of water! In Genesis 21:33 God is called Eternal. In our Eternal God, springs of living water will well up within us to eternal life!! That’s a promise I want to plant on, how about you?! 

When your wings of faith feel paper thin remember faith is not based on feeling but in the well of God’s eternally faithful promises. You were made to soar on the heights but your fuel will be trust just as it was for Abraham. God will match each pressure fold with His all surpassing power but we have to submit to the way He folds, and to His flight pattern. Only in Him will we find our joyride. A ride that runs so much deeper than mere happiness; it’s where we’ll find our paper wings made strong… strong like eagles wings! 

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 40:31 with someone

PRAY/READ: Genesis 21:22-33

DISCUSS: What promises do you draw from most often in your “desert”? 

ACT: Encourage someone to use their God given eagle wings! 

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

*Read Psalm 34:4-5 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 27:1 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 46:1-3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

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

*Read Luke 14:27 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 91:4-5 & 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: ___/___/___

Years + Life / Life + Years

In this day in age we are fortunate for the many medical advancements that have lengthened the average life span. However more than knowing a good doctor that can add years to your life… is knowing the Great Physician that can add life to your years.

Psalm 91:14-16 gives us 6 “I will…” promises. I will deliver… I will protect… I will answer… I will be with… I will rescue… and verse 16, (ESV) With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” WOW right! Now look at what is on the other side of these promises with me. Hold fast to Him… loves Him… knows His name… calls to Him… Another WOW! The ultimate picture of a trust filled relationship. 

In Exodus 33:12 Moses asks God, whom will You send with me to bring Your people into the Promised Land?! The Lord replies in verse 14, I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest – Now if you know much about the Israelites journey in the wilderness, restful would probably not be the first word that comes to mind. However I believe it’s like Proverbs 17:1 NIV Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. The journey of life will ALWAYS  be better in His presence than outside it.

John 16:33 NIV “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 2 Timothy 4:18 NIV The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The journey may at times feel anything but safe just as Moses’ journey may at times have felt anything but restful but a faith filled, trusting relationship goes deeper than just the emotions we experience. I’m sure Jesus didn’t feel like the cross that day but because He persevered in the unsafe and restless journey here on earth we too who trust in Jesus will be satisfied with a VERY long life in His presence eternally. No matter how long or short our earthly journey lasts we can be sure our years in His presence can be filled with abundant life regardless of what we face.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NIV May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 

Sparks A Flyin’ Even Still

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him. (NLT) 

In Exodus 23:20-21 God promises His people that He will protect and lead them, for He has prepared for them. However the people are told they MUST pay close attention, obey and not rebel. Dear one, in this world that can be so overwhelmingly distracting God Almighty has given you and I that very same promise! He will protect, lead and prepare (Ps. 32:8)… and HAS prepared an eternal Home for us as believers (John 14:1-4)! 

Matt. 27:12-13 finds Jesus in a swirling circle of cruel accusations and devastatingly wrong charges against Him. Pilate asks Him, don’t you hear all these charges…?! as Jesus held His cool and remained silent. Jesus chose to pay close attention to His Father’s voice. Jesus chose to obey the plan of salvation They had laid out before time began. Had Jesus rebelled we would have all been lost. 

When all seems dark and confusing, pay close attention, obey and do not rebel from the Light of His Word that is Faithful and True (Ps. 119:105). As an olive is pressed to bring oil for light so was Jesus pressed and persecuted so that His sacrificial blood would bring continual Light all through the night from generation to generation! 

God’s not done yet, from His first recorded spoken words in Gen. 1:3, Let there be light sparks have continued to fly into the darkness as He works out His good plan like a master welder (Rom. 8:28). So dear one, keep shining. Though it may seem at times you are just a voice crying out in the wilderness like John the Baptist, remember His Word never returns void but always accomplishes that for which He purposes (Is. 55:11). 

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (NIV)

God bless you muchly~

Pressure’s Rising… So Soar!

You have seen… you know… I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Exodus 19:4 NLT

I have watched eagles soar overhead and I have been amazed at the extreme heights they take to!! It’s a wonder they don’t need oxygen strapped to their backs!! I could use a bit more oxygen just getting to the upstairs in my own home!! Seriously though, I researched this a bit, eagles use the power in rising thermal air to gain altitude. This is air warmed up on the ground and since heat rises it gets thrust upward. These winds can also come by way of blowing against a mountain face so that the air must rise to pass over the mountain. 

So basically by way of fire and mountains does the eagle soar to unfathomable heights!! Could it be that God allows the fiery, mountain sized challenges in our own lives so that we too will soar to immeasurable and unimaginable heights in Him?!! 

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 NIV

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:5 NLT

When you feel the pressure don’t let it push you down but rather let it thrust you up! Let it cause you to soar straight to the heart of God Almighty dear one! 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20 NIV 

God bless you muchly, you were made to soar! 

FFF – Friendship For Free

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 40 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/v_sxUnDKs34 “Fighting For You” By Adam Agee

A “rainbow” painted just for you: FFF – Friendship For Free – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 NIV

When God is your best friend He makes you able to also be a friend to others. In 1 Samuel 18-20 we see two best friends that by any human standard should have been the worst enemies. Jonathan was next in line to be King yet God had chosen David to take the throne. Johnathan’s father was also extremely jealous of David and his battle accomplishments. Jonathan had everything to lose in befriending David yet Johnathan decided to get behind that which God backed. Jonathan didn’t need a reason from God as to why David was chosen and not him for the throne, he just chose to trust God’s way. So secure was Johnathan in God’s love for him that he could freely give love from the overflow of God’s love in his own heart. 

It takes courage to be a friend or to act friendly, in unfriendly situations. Nehemiah, Saul and David all declared the faithful commitment of God toward them in difficult situations. They knew in all things God was their best and closest friend; they never stood alone. In Christ YOU never stand alone.

God humbled Himself, becoming poor, He died for us while we were still sinners that we might become rich in His love and eternal life! …Freely you have received; freely give. Matthew 10:8 

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

MEMORIZE: John 15:13 with someone

PRAY/READ: 1 Samuel 18-20

DISCUSS: Who’s friendship do you really appreciate? Thank God for them. (Phil. 1:3)

ACT: Pray for your “enemies”. (Matt. 5:44) (Romans 5:5)

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

*Read 2 Timothy 4:17 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Cor. 8:9 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read  1 Samuel 17:37 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Acts 23:11 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jeremiah 31:3 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Matthew 28:18-20 & 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: ___/___/___