It’s Too Small A Thing

He says: “It’s too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6 NIV

As a teacher I have bushels, I said BUSHELS of stamps! Some are in a large bucket for the kids themselves to pick from. These stamps are of every cute image known to man and I let the kids go and choose from this bucket to stamp their own work after a job well done (pretty much the “anytime good effort” stamp bucket). Then, there is the “teacher stamp box”. This box is for EXTRA special occasions when effort has gone just WAY above and beyond and blown all my expectations out of the water! 

These stamps are extra special but when I use it on a child’s work it gets stamped not once but quite liberally ALL over it! I tell ya what, I don’t know if it’s more fun for me to give it or for them to receive it because it’s just all around special! (I teach elementary.)

I think God has a special stamp box too. I think one such stamp is one that He loves to use just as much as we like to receive it! It’s the Ephesians 3:20 stamp. 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,

In Exodus 4:2 God asks Moses what is in his hand and Moses replies (probably in a half hearted mumble) “A shepherd’s staff”. Yet Moses is willing to give back to God in service the meager that is in his hand and 14 chapters later Moses has a different perspective of that staff! In Exodus 18:9 Moses calls it the staff of God!!! 

In the course of those 14 chapters Moses experienced God part the Red Sea, bring water from a rock, turn the Nile into blood, bring up every created frog in the land (at once), turn dust into gnats…(just to name a few of the things). Quite literally He brought down the enemy using just a… “shepherd’s staff”!!! 

Moses realized what was in his hand really wasn’t his own, it belonged to God. When we place our ordinary back in His hand it becomes extraordinary! God said in Isaiah 49:6 it was too small a thing to do what any human being would have classified as HUGE! Who can know the magnificent mind of Christ?! And yet He has given us who believe in His Son, His Spirit to reveal it! Often what we would think is big, God calls small and what we often call small and insignificant God would say… “Beloved bring that thing here, I’ve got a special stamp for that. Will you trust Me?” 

Today will you trust Him? Don’t settle for too small a thing when God wants to use His Eph. 3:20 stamp all over your life dear one! 

99/1

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? Matthew 18:12 NIV

How often do you hold back on a chance… a chance to serve, to use your God given gifts, talents or abilities because you think what you have may not be good enough or you’re afraid things won’t turn out like the picture in your head. So much fear can be wrapped up in the “what if” the results appear to be failure.

At the end of my life God is not going to ask me about the harvest, He’s only going to ask me about the seed He placed in my hand. The harvest, the fruit produced, that’s God’s department; not my responsibility, not in my wheelhouse. What happens to the seed He placed in my hand upon my birth into this world… that is my responsibility. 

Often seed is planted one at a time and it seems tedious and sometimes you wonder if it’s doing anything at all but Gal. 9:6 promises God will faithfully produce from that which is faithfully sown. Matt. 25:40 reminds us that what we do for ONE of the least among us, we do for Him. Don’t grow weary if you can’t see the harvest, a good planter has to keep his eye on his job and his boss to do it well. Each ONE of your seeds matters to God. Each ONE was made to produce something.

Mark 14 finds Jesus commending a woman for doing a beautiful thing to Him while everyone else in the room condemned and criticised her effort and method. Jesus commends this woman for doing what she could and says her act of love and service to Him would be remembered for all time. 

Sow your seed dear one, do what you can with what is in your hand. Don’t grow weary or worry about the end result. God isn’t going to ask you about the harvest, only what you did with the seed. One seed, one chance at a time, let Him write a WILD seed sowing story of trust for you to give Him back in the end! May what you hear in return be, “Beloved, you did a beautiful thing to Me.”

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you have me.’” – Erma Bombeck

Eaten Alive!

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: ___/___/___

Hope Of The Parenthesis

(All the flax and barley were ruined by the hail, because the barely had formed heads and the flax was budding. But the wheat and the emmer wheat were spared, because they had not yet sprouted from the ground.) Exodus 9:31-32 NLT

Parentheses are used when a writer has something extra to add; a bit of additional information to clarify things for the reader. In the midst of the destructive storm of Exodus 9 God inserts a parenthesis filled with hope in verses 31-32! Although the storm had been very great and extremely destructive God wanted the reader to know there was still hope beyond what the eye could see. 

The hail had fallen and destroyed everything in sight. Sometimes things have to fall all apart before one uncovers the hope within the dirt. The wheat had been spared because why? The seed was under the dirt! 

Because of Jesus, the Author of life, there has been inserted a parenthesis of living hope in each of our lives. Often it takes a falling apart before we have the pieces to build something brand new, something we never could have seen, asked for or even imagined. Out from the dark tomb in the dirt walked Living Hope, so now so can you.

1 Peter 1:3 NIV Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

God bless you muchly~

Faster And Fewer

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:3 NIV

In Exodus Moses knows what God has promised and he is faithfully walking in God’s will and way in spite of all that does not make sense to him. Exodus 5 reveals Moses’ obedience which leads to his situation getting worse!!?! What?! Yes, worse. By the end of Ex. 5 Moses is pretty frustrated, he seems to have expected faster results and fewer problems. Ever been there?! Especially after what we feel has been faithful obedience?! 

No one is more faithful than God Almighty and no Word from Him has ever, nor will ever, fail. Let’s make sure our obedience is based on trust and not on a spoiled attitude of entitlement. Jesus gave His life to save ours for eternity and He has promised to never leave us as we walk through this world that He also promised will be full of troubles. Keep watch for God’s plan to unfold, look for ways to honor Him in your present situation and circumstance. Trust Him to know what is best and to be working as He promises, for the good of all who love Him. 

The God who faithfully led Moses through the Red Sea on dry ground, Noah out of the ark, Joseph from a pit and prison, Daniel out of the lion’s den, and Joshua across the Jordan is the same God that leads today. Are you ready to follow? Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 NIV 

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/xb1bx3hYfzg “Keep Me In The Moment” By Jeremy Camp

God bless you muchly~

Take The Shot!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEMORIZE: John 11:40 with someone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Read Isaiah 64:4 & Lam. 3:22-23 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___

Pit To Palace

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 38 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/NkCqVccv19E “Only You Can” by Jeremy Camp

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A “rainbow” painted just for you: Pit To Palace – He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and the mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2 NIV

Can you relate to Joseph from Genesis 37? I mean, here in verse 24 we get just a snapshot of this poor guys situation… Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. Okay so nothing about this verse makes me want to be him!! Cast into a pit, and to make sure we don’t misunderstand, this was an EMPTY pit… no fun colored balls, not even water!! 

Long story short, Joseph gets pulled from the pit, paid for by the enemy, sold into slavery by his own family, drug through the dessert for thirty days and ends up in a foriegn land practically in culture shock! I don’t know about you but I’m still not wanting to be this guy! 

Lean in closer my friend, sometimes you have to read beyond the semicolon in your own life! Don’t place a period where God places a semicolon! Look to His word and faithful promises when we feel stuck in the desert or at the bottom of a pit with the enemy placing bets over our failure. God says through His sacrifice on the cross we were bought at a price, set free from the bondage of sin, we are His as believers! Don’t let the enemy trick you into selling him something he can’t have! 

Sometimes it takes a desert, a culture shock, to remind us the only thing saturated with true water for my soul is the one true God who remains constant, sure and faithfully by my side no matter what pit I find myself in! 

Our God was thrown in a pit once too… a tomb shaped pit full of death. Jesus resurrected and walked out so that not one, no not one, of His kids has to have a story that ends in a pit! Our guy Joseph ends up saving his people and leading in the palace!! The PALACE!! Who would have thought?! Only our God who got out of the tomb ALIVE can bring a life from pit to palace. Let Him hold your hand, He’ll lead you the whole way Home to His palace in heaven dear one. For you don’t belong in the pit, you were made for the palace! 

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

MEMORIZE: Psalm 40:2 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 40

DISCUSS: How have you been lifted from a “pit”?

ACT: Show someone that you believe they were made for His palace.

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

*Read Psalm 143:8 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 86:7 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:____________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 138:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________

*Read John 14:1-3 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:___________________________________________________

*Read John 14:6 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 41:10,13 & 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: ___/___/___

Abolish Or Accomplish

Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 37 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/d3YLJCOKOzM “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Abolish Or Accomplish – Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. Matthew 5:17 NLT 

Some days I just have to wonder… is my life abolishing or accomplishing the purposes of God?! Jesus clarified for us that His purpose was to accomplish the purpose of the law held up in the Old Testament. There were three categories of law: ceremonial, civil, and moral. The ceremonial law primarily pointed forward to the coming of Jesus (Ex. Lev. 1:2-3).  Now that He has come those laws don’t literally apply however the principle behind them, to love and worship a holy God most certainly still does apply. The civil law applied to daily living (Ex. Deut. 24:10-11). Since so much of our world has changed it makes it near impossible to carry out literally however Jesus demonstrated the principles behind such conduct of which  most certainly can be followed today. The moral law like the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), still requires strict obedience and reveals the nature and will of our God. 

Over time the people had strayed so far from the principles behind the law which was to guide people to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength that when Jesus spoke of a new way it was really to get back to the original intent instead of muddling around in a confusing mass of rules and regulations that kept everyone from seeing a clear picture of God! 

Without intentionality we too are in danger of following all the rules on the outside without allowing God to touch one iota of our hearts and minds on the inside. When we face difficulty it’s easy to fall back into our hang-ups or validate our shortcomings however that only leads to a numbing of the soul. What happens just before someone freezes to death? They go numb. It’s excruciatingly painful to be rubbed back from the state of numbness but that pain is what saves your life. Jesus came to restore relationship status between God and man. Jesus came to die in our place, conquering the grave, death and the devil for us!! Jesus accomplished His purpose on earth so that we could accomplish ours in Him, for Him, with Him!! What a gift of AMAZING GRACE!! Don’t go numb or refuse to break through the pain that is keeping you in a state that is only abolishing God’s great and mighty purpose for your life.

Our righteousness does not come from ourselves but what God does in us. Can we go beyond the law and live by the principles behind the law, living God centered instead of self centered? Can we live in reverence of God and not for the approval of people? Are we just as concerned about our heart’s attitude that people don’t see as what they can see? 

Dear one, let’s both live our gift of today toward accomplishing not abolishing God’s GREAT purpose for our lives! Isaiah 61:10 NIV I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels..

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

MEMORIZE: Matthew 5:17 with someone

PRAY/READ: Matthew 22:36-40 and Matthew 6:9-13 NASB

DISCUSS: In what areas are you in danger of death by numbing so to speak? Are we willing to allow God to bring us back to life, true abundant life that He died to give us?! Read John 10:10

ACT: Love someone, maybe even a difficult someone, in your sphere of influence just for God’s sake.  

“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 2 Chronicles 15:7, Eph. 2:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_____________________________________

*Read Psalm 33:11 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________

*Read Psalm 143:8 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________

*Read Micah 7:8 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________

*Read John 1:5 & 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: ___/___/___

Embrace Your “Ox”

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Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 36 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/ukiY0XLJD1k “Never Stop” by Urban Rescue

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Embrace Your “Ox” – Where no oxen are, the manager is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4 (NASB)

There I am one moment scrubbing my glass sliding back door with windex and the next I’m stepping back to survey my handiwork… only to notice that about knee level my little munchkin… with his face plastered like a blowfish to the freshly cleaned glass, and yes, that is drool I detect not excess windex sliding down the glass in between the two little hands smudged against the window that WAS clean! This event followed that of cleaning toothpaste from every orifice this child found available, on himself and in his room! Some days you can only laugh till you cry or maybe cry till you laugh right! Proverbs 14:4 reminds me there is life with the “oxen” and there is life without the “oxen” but life WITH the “oxen” produces an opportunity for pressure that produces power I otherwise would have known nothing about! 

God’s available power always matches the pressure we are under, always (2 Cor. 4:7-10); just as His comfort always matches our suffering (2 Cor. 1:3-5). He is all sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). The question remains will we receive it? He gives not as the world gives and holds out peace of mind and heart. The kind we won’t find in the “self help” aisle! Why? Well what is the common denominator in all our problems? If they’re OUR problems we are in each one right?!! We are not the solution but part of the problem so we are going to need WAY more then the “self help” aisle! 

Daniel 6:6-24 reminds me of a man who was unphased by extreme lion devouring pressure! Good golly how?! What was his secret? Daniel had a secret weapon. A secret weapon is small right, it’s something that can be concealed. His weapon was unseen yet mighty. Daniel was a prayer warrior and he welded his relationship with God through it daily. When the “oxen” came against Daniel he remained unshaken because he knew his God was unshakable. When the law had been signed, all but sealing Daniels’ sure death, what did he do?! …he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10 NLT No frantic panic just peace of mind and heart as he did what he always did (John 14:27)… trusting God to be bigger than his “ox”(Is. 59:1), trusting God to use the “ox” for good (Rom. 8:28), trusting that God would not leave him alone with the “ox” (Josh. 1:9). 

When under pressure what’s your unseen secret weapon? May we be like Daniel and embrace our “ox” through the secret weapon of unceasing prayer! Where there is pressure there is power and often it’s only through the strength of the “ox” that we find the overcoming strength of heaven was in us all along. 

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

MEMORIZE: Proverbs 14:4 with someone

PRAY/READ: Daniel 6:6-24, Luke 5:16, Matthew 6:9-13 (John 17:15 – take courage dear one.)

DISCUSS: How have you experienced the power of prayer? How can you pray for one another?

ACT: Begin recording what you pray for AND the answers He brings!

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

*Read Jer. 29:12 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 145:18 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 5:14 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read James 5:16 and Romans 12:12 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 102:17 & 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: ___/___/___

Ships Sail Or Fail On The Fuel Of “What if…”

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Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 35 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/o7X3kuTCz5c “What If” by Matthew West

https://youtu.be/-Ym5p1oeL-M “What If We” by 3FOR3

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Ships Sail Or Fail On The Fuel Of “What If…”- But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. Acts 5:39 (NIV) 

“What if’’s” take us in one of two directions. We can formulate “What if’’s” in our mind that stop all forward motion in our lives; “What if I fail?!” OR we can formulate “What if’s” in our lives that launch us forward in faith; “What if I sail?!”. The key is the wisdom to know what fuels your “what if”. 

Solomon yoked up with Hiram (1 Kings 10:22) setting sail trading ships of Tarshish once every three years with great success! Jehoshaphat however yoked up with the enemy (quite possibly with the best of intentions) (2 Chron. 20:36, 1 Kg. 22:48) and yet their trading ships for Tarshish were destroyed in their home port even before setting sail!   

I believe the difference is clearly seen in Matthew 14, yet another ship story. Verse 22 tells me God made them get in the boat and God sent them out to go before Him. Yes there was a severe storm but when it’s God who sends you out, yokes you up and is your rear guard (Is. 52:12) your ship will sail and not fail! 

How do we know if God is behind us? Has God commanded you like He did Peter in Matt. 14:29 to “come.”? The confirmation is in the command dear one. Peter was the first (and only) regular guy to walk on water (W.O.W.) and he got no details, just the command to “Come.” But see, Peter was of the mindset… “What if it’s God?! (Matt. 14:28) Peter didn’t say, “What if it’s not real guys, what if I’m just seeing things, hearing things?! Well you better just hide me under these sandbags friends cuz I’m out! The waves are too big, the wind too strong, I’m no match.” No! Peter’s pallet was wet for adventure and God had sent his boat out! We only get one life… let’s not leave anything left over that He intended for us to use! Peter stepped out of the boat that day… and sank. Yes, but it was not because he had not been given the ability to walk on water (w.O.W.) or that he had not heard the call correctly to come… Peter sank because he doubted (Matt. 14:31, James 1:6). We won’t ever sail to truly amazing heights in our own abilities. Only as long as we are stayed in Him, fixed on Him and not on the impossibilities of the circumstances around us will we “walk on water”. Let God worry about the impossibilities as we just fix our heart and mind on I-AM-possible. (Ex. 3:14, Matt. 19:26)

Today ask your “what if…” in faith. Listen for His command and obey without doubt, this, no doubt, is not easy. Jesus waited until the fourth watch to come out to the men in the boat during the storm that night… the FOURTH WATCH! Anyone else feel like they are in the fourth watch of the night (that is the last one and in a storm it can feel like FOREVER to get that last watch just before day break right!!!!?!!) However God never lost sight of that boat containing a most precious cargo, He never lost control of the storm so why did He wait? Sometimes it takes a storm to find your worship, to gain weight in the area of trust and it’s trust that enables our boat to sail on the heights of the waves without falter! (Matt. 14:33) Let’s use the storm to strengthen our trust in His timing and total control.

If God has sent out your boat, trust His voice if He calls YOU out… Trust Him. P.S. (Peter Say’s) “…and if you happen to falter on the pitch like I did, just remember, you got no better Catcher.” But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out. “Lord save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him… (Matthew 14:30-31) Has He put wind in your sail?! Oh What if you “sailed” today dear one! What if you sailed!! 

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

MEMORIZE: Acts 5:39 with someone

PRAY/READ: Matthew 14:22-33 and Isaiah 41:9-10

DISCUSS: What “what if’s” are circling your heart today? How are you investigating what fuels them? Faith or fear?

ACT: Sometimes the hardest call or command God can give is to stay. Act on what He has called you to do today and whether it is to physically go or stay, always stay your mind and heart on Him and don’t doubt – choose trust.

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

*Read Matt. 11:28-30 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read James 4:8 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Isaiah 40:31 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:__________________________________________________________________________

*Read Habakkuk 3:19 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________

*Read Psalm 139:5 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Romans 11:29 & 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: ___/___/___