Because… I know Him.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 (NIV) 

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Exodus 14:14 became one of my “flotation devices” near a decade ago. I like to refer to passages or verses from God’s Word that I find particularly powerful, as flotation devices. Sometimes the Truth from just one verse like Exodus 14:14 can sustain the abundant life Jesus died to give us through unthinkable hardships and tragedies the enemy thought were sure to have had us bobbing belly up! 

The flotation device, or Exodus 14:14, was tossed out to me by a mom who happened to be fighting along her son’s side to kick cancer. Her son was battling cancer and yet SHE had a flotation device to toss ME?!?! When you have allowed the LIVING WATER of His Word to completely fill you, you’re unsinkable! His Word declares it wells up within you to eternal life!

Moses who speaks Exodus 14:14 grew up in times of turmoil. Honestly if we look at all of history who hasn’t grown up in times of turmoil?! And that my friends is why His Word tells us He is the sure foundation for our times! OUR TIMES! Our God is timelessly trustworthy and He has proven it time and time again! 

Moses as a baby was delivered from death by literally riding a floatation device, a basket coated with tar and pitch (Ex. 2:3). He grows up and is commissioned by God to deliver His people out of slavery (more times of turmoil – can anyone begin to relate?). Exodus 4:10 finds Moses debating with God Almighty, complete with supporting evidence as to why God has chosen the wrong guy for the job. None the less God wins the argument and Moses goes with God.

Now 10 chapters later in Exodus 14 Moses is still quite aware of his shortcomings and his times are still quite filled with turmoil to say the least however something has changed. Moses has walked with God chapter by chapter and now speaks from the side of having experienced the use of his own great weaknesses infused with God’s overcoming strength and can thus declare in great God-confidence to all the people as they face their Red Sea, their seemingly impossibility; “The God I know, will fight for you, you need only to be still!” 

Where did this knowledge come from? From choosing to trust God in the turmoil, in the trial and finding God faithful. He never asked you to float without Him but always IN Him, in His Word, in His promises! Like Moses, that mom had discovered this Truth and so in her storm she was a lighthouse on a hill passing every “floating device” God handed to her heart on to others on the stormy seas of life… why? Well, walking with Him leads to ever increasing trust in Him because you begin to know Him. Like Moses was able to stand unshaken on the brink of the Red Sea, turmoil swirling at deafening levels, that mom extended me a “flotation device” from a steady heart and a confident gaze that said, “…because He’s faithful, He’s unsinkable… I know Him.”

Resolutely Different

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 (NIV) 

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At the time of year when most are contemplating New Year’s resolutions might we contemplate the meaning of that word’s root; resolute. It means purposeful, steadfast, determined, firm, steady. It’s a bit hard (who am I kidding?! It’s A LOT hard) to be those things in a world that is ever changing and fluctuating with near every blink of an eye! 

Jesus set an example for us of a resolute attitude in the midst of great turmoil in His own life here on earth. Luke 9:51 tells us that as the time of His death (by crucifixion) approached, He remained steadfast and resolutely fixed on the end goal the Father had set before Him and continued forward, approaching it, rather than running from it! WOW! Faith moves one direction and that is forward. 

Jesus, before the world began, had counted the cost, evaluated the end goal, and at that time resolutely made up His mind, it was worth it. You and I were worth the cost to Him, a cost so high we cannot comprehend it. Resolutions to be different in this world, to be purposeful instead of wayward, to be steadfast instead of shaken, to be firm instead of weak and steady rather than tossed to and fro by the waves of doubt, will fail every time the cost has not resolutely been evaluated ahead of time and determined worth the end goal. 

Life does not detail out the future before it happens so we cannot truly know all that the “cost” our resolution will require however God has detailed out two things for us that if we resolutely set ourselves on, we will make it! 

One, He promises us Himself as He is in His Word. He is the great I AM, all we will ever need in this life. Two, He promises us our end goal if we will choose to accept it. We have the gift of eternal life, a paradise waiting with no tears, disease or heartache if we will choose to believe in the One who resolutely found the cost to pay our way worth the end goal of your heart entwined with His for eternity!!! 

This year consider Who your strength is to make it to the end goal He afforded for you. Then set yourself resolutely on route forward with Him, approaching it in faith, one step at a time. You are His bright idea, your purpose is grand, you can bring “different” into this world. Just lift Jesus high, He is sure, steadfast, firm and secure. Resolve to shine your God given light on contrast this year! Be resolutely different!!

Hope On Every Page

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – Bonus week 53

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/3LXuqKuewrI “Victory” By Jordan St. Cyr 

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: Hope On Every Page – …”God has made me fruitful in the land of my grief.” Genesis 41:52 

Numbers 21:4-9 finds a group of impatient people grumbling and complaining against God. Maybe if we are honest we could fit right in that group at times! When we ourselves are treated with this poor and ungrateful attitude by others we do not appreciate it do we?! Yet how often do we disregard God’s perfect provision and love for us, His precious promises and His faithful presence? Our perfect Creator God Almighty who’s ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours does not deserve or appreciate this attitude either. So in Numbers God handed them over to their own complaints – they did not approve of His protection so He backed it off and then what happened?! Deadly snakes invaded their camp! BUT wait what did our amazingly gracious God do?! He even still provided a way of rescue!! Anyone who wanted to look at the bronze snake lifted up by Moses would be saved/healed of the deadly snake bites! 

John 3:13-14 reports Jesus telling us in a sense, no matter where we have been, what we have been through or how poorly we have behaved there is still hope, there is still unfailing love in His forgiving heart for all of us who would repent of evil ways and look up to Him! Jesus was lifted up on a cross. He offered Himself as a sacrifice to pay the debt for ALL the world’s sin, past, present and future!! Death, sin, the devil… no evil could keep Him and He rose again victorious over all! Anyone who believes in the living Savior of the world, Jesus Christ WILL be saved! 

Don’t forget Who loves you… Don’t forget His power is over all oppression, depression, plagues, illness, heartbreak, tragedy… there is no page of your life He cannot write “Living Hope” across. Dear one, do you believe this?! To quote my dad, “Christ is to be lifted up so that all who labor and are heavy laden can see Him and come to rest in his salvation because He still loves us always and forever.” That’s hope. That’s hope always and forever on every page of your life. Now lift Him high with how you choose to LIVE.

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

MEMORIZE: Gen. 41:52 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 16, Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:13-14

DISCUSS: How are you lifting up, honoring Christ in thought, word and action?

ACT: Bring hope to someone in word or deed. Read 1 Peter 3:15

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

*Read Matthew 11:28 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Thess. 5:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 51:10-12 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 Peter 1:3 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 15:13 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Acts 16:31 & 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: ___/___/___

A 5G Connection

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 52 of 53

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/msUBbGCSrLg “A Night To Remember” By Shonlock 

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: A 5G Connection – Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12 

This year (2020) unlike any other has proven that the use of GOOD internet speed and connection is of utmost importance in order to fulfill our daily responsibilities. Ephesians 4:12 tells us we have a responsibility to equip and build up others. Genesis 17:9 tells us our responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility. We can only continually keep obedient to our God by way of a heart circumcision, a cutting away of our sinful nature making room for His divine nature. 

Only by constant, clear, uninterrupted connection with our God can we be filled with all the fullness of Him. As we look to a new year might we consider the 5G prayer. May GOD GUIDE, GUARD and by His GRACE empower us to bring Him GLORY. The good thing is that we don’t even need high speed internet to pray in 5G! Jesus Himself has granted access to our Heavenly Father by way of His death and resurrection defeating sin, death and the devil! I’d say that’s a 5G connection (high powered from on High) worth celebrating this New Year’s Eve wouldn’t you?!! 

God bless you muchly dear one. May He give you eyes to see, ears to hear and perceive His precious promises and glorious presence all around you. You’re neve alone, never forsaken, always included, can always be connected to the greatest love of all time. For God so loved the world (you) that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever would believe in Him would never die but have eternal life. Today dear one is the day to get hooked up with the God whose bright idea you are if you haven’t already. Start this new year out rightly connected to the Source of true and abundant life.

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

MEMORIZE: Eph. 4:12 with someone

PRAY/READ: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

DISCUSS: How are you connected to the body of Christ? How are you building it up?

ACT: Invite someone to do church with you.

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

*Read John 3:16 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Col. 2:11 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 2:29 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________

*Read Col. 1:27, Psalm 46:5 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 10:16 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 32:8, Num. 6:24-26 & 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: ___/___/___

All in Favor

YOU and I began in the mind of God Almighty. 

As we all try and grasp the magnitude of that… how does it encourage you to work FROM His favor rather than FOR it in this coming year? 

Remembering that His favor in the Bible rarely was coupled with easy… think of Mary the mother of Jesus – She was highly favored to tell everyone she was the pregnant virgin?! Think of David anointed with God’s favor as the next king and in less than 10 verses he’s entering the palace as a servant?!  Think of Moses, God’s favored leader who stood before the Red Sea with the enemy advancing behind?! Think of Joshua and the fear that gripped his heart as he was favored by God to step into the Jordan at flood stage?! Ruth, favored to be in the geneology of Christ as she lay at the feet of Boaz wondering what in the world was going to happen?! 

Highly favored doesn’t seem to come wrapped in a neat and beautiful little gift box labeled “easy and completely understandable” with a pink little bow on top!! However strength is not developed in the fox hole it’s revealed there. If you are feeling the burn – the best way to cure lactic acid is to get up and go at it again, and again, and again. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4 For with His hand of favor comes incomprehensible peace, peace in the fear and the unknown – praise Him, for He is forever faithful!!

So all in favor of a little more trust and obedience as we live from under His mighty hand of favor say, “I!”  

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

God bless you all muchly with peace, joy, grace and heaps and heaps of Living Hope in the coming year! 

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Walk in the Light of His faithful promises through this one-year devotional. When the “rain” in life threatens to flood your heart, remember Who reigns above it all; above the depression, oppression, tragedy, fear, illness, failure, trial, worry, setbacks… Remember the One whose love for you does not change like shifting shadows but remains steadfast and sure. He is Faithful and True, as unshakable today as He was yesterday and will be forever. Remember Whose overcoming victory you carry within. Remember Whose promises never fail, for our God reigns in through, and over it all; working (present tense) all things together for our good and His glory.

Allow Him to be your understanding in all you do not understand fo rHe says; When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) 

This year, drop your anchor of trust into His faithful promises. 

For, …I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV) He is the beginning and the End.

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Master Barista

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/8qGa5rIOB28 “Me Without You” By Toby Mac

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: Master Barista – But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Matthew 19:30

All throughout Scripture we see God show us it’s not always about being first across the line. According to society back then it was always the first born who got the best and biggest blessing. However Jesus’ very genealogy continuously points to a very different way! Jacob was blessed over Esau, Perez was blessed over Zerah and even Shelah. Joseph (who’s life is a sheer reflection or foreshadowing of Christ’s) also had two son’s Manasah and Ephraim and again we see the younger blessed over the older! This was unheard of but so is the Kingdom way is it not… The standard the world uses to measure success is by how much power, popularity and pennies you have total. In order to be on top you will need to make sure you keep pushing others down. Then you read Matthew 20:15 and what Jesus says just makes you go hmmmmmm. …should you be jealous because I am kind to others? 

Good golly God is kind to all of us! We get so caught up measuring how much or how little is in our cup compared to the next person that we forget to just be grateful we have a cup!!! Because Jesus gave His life we each get a cup, we each have a kingdom purpose to fulfill. Your own cup is more beautiful than you can imagine and especially so when it’s pouring out that which God has poured in. “Pouring out” is not the world’s way either. 

A potter can’t shape a cup out of a lump of clay that only remains halfway in his hand. Let God Almighty mold your cup to perfection; He’s brewing something in you that is special and if it needs to steep a bit longer than your neighbor’s cup of tea, so be it. Don’t be jealous, just let the Master Barista finish; you might find finishing last was better than first after all. 

In God’s Kingdom, (the only Kingdom that will matter for eternity) the way, up is always down.

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

MEMORIZE: Matthew 19:30 with someone

PRAY/READ: Matthew 5:43-48, 2 Corinthians 4:7

DISCUSS: What about your “cup” are you grateful for?

ACT: Pour liberally into someone else’s life. Read 2 Corinthians 6-8

“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 Proverbs 25:21-22 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 12:19 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jer. 29:11 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Tim. 4:18 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Matthew 10:16 & 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: ___/___/___

For Who’s Sake?!

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 50 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/lMefH5LUiXc “The Story’s Not Over Yet” By Jeremy Camp

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: For Who’s Sake?! – For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. Isaiah 61:11 NIV 

Genesis 1:11 indicates that God took the dirt that was already there and produced fruitfulness! So what “dirt” is already existent in your life? If God brought fruitfulness out of dirt once, He can most certainly do it again dear one! 

Let’s jump forward to Genesis 39:5, From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. For who’s sake was God blessing Potifar? JOSEPH’s!! Do we recognize what God has done for OUR sakes?! We were dead in our sin and by God’s amazing grace He saved us from going down into the dirt in death eternally! The blood of Jesus cleanses us from the dirtiness of sin and makes us white as snow!! Blessing upon blessing for those who believe! 

In Genesis 39 God was bringing blessing to Egypt by way of Joseph. Do you have an “Egypt” that God has brought blessing to by way of someone else? Have we said, “thank you”? Am I willing to allow God to use my “dirt” to bring forth fruitfulness or blessing for someone else’s sake? God walked through the tomb in the dirt for our sake. In Jesus no one gets left in the dirt; all seeds pushed under the dirt sprout up better, stronger, more beautiful… let God use your dirt for His sake.

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

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 61:11 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 145

DISCUSS: How has God brought fruitfulness out of a “dirt” season in your life?

ACT: Cultivate what God is doing in the “garden” of your life through prioritizing prayer and time in His Word everyday this week.

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

*Read Isaiah 61:1-3 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 1:16 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 6:5 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________________________

*Read Luke 22:32, John 10:27-28 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________________

*Read John 15:5 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 85:11 & 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: ___/___/___