“God of Abundant Life”

God of Abundant Life

by Dona Hake

Serving Jesus is serving the one that has promised abundant life!  John 10:10 “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”  Forty one years ago today, at nineteen years of age  I surrendered my life to Jesus.  I was a stubborn person and I had a way that I could argue with any Christian till they were blue in the face.  Nothing seemed to convince me because all I seemed to encounter was hypocrisy and I hated it!  Then finally I saw the real and I allowed the Lord to take hold of me.  The most important decision I ever made and might I say the joyous!

Has every day of my life been victorious and has everything gone perfectly?  Absolutely not!  My skin crawls when I see or hear anyone of faith that tries to portray that life is a bed of roses  just because they are a believer.  Jesus told us that in this life YOU WILL have trials.  In the book of Romans, chapter 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all- how will not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.”

God has made it possible to fill our cup to the full!  Let us be careful though to realize that He desires to  fill us to the full in order that we have Him to draw upon in our times of test, trials, pain and suffering.  The life of abundance is that of always having His all sufficiency to draw upon, and NOTHING can separate us from Him.

Romans 8:39

“…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the

love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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“Blessed Are the Merciful”

show mercy

by Dona Hake

Matthew 5:7 (TLB)

“Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”

The Lord has so freely shown us His mercy.  Even before we knew Him, even before we realized we needed Him, He was desiring to forgive us and redeem us to Himself.  As we look to Him and behold how beautiful His love is, and how merciful His heart is , we will come to realize to beauty of being merciful to others.

Micah 6:8 (GNV)


He hath showed thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord

requireth of thee: surely to do justly, and to love mercy,

and to humble thyself, to walk with thy God.

“Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.”  Deep down we could all admit that we want to be treated fairly especially by our family and friends.  Yet we know there are times that people will mess up.  I love this quote because it reminds me that there will be times that I will mess up and in those times I hope that those around me will forgive me and I can be reconciled if I have hurt them.   It makes me think before I react to those around me if I feel they are wrong.  It reminds me that I need to be quick to forgive and forget.

Lord, help us all to be merciful and see those around us the way You see them.  Help us to realize that we cannot forgive in our own ability but only with Your help and strength.  Help us to walk humbly before You, do justly to those around us,  and to love your mercy.  Amen.

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“The God of All Grace”

Lord gives grace

by Dona Hake

Psalm 84:11 (AKJV) |

” For the Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

As we walk uprightly before the Lord our God there should be expectation in our heart everyday we rise.  No matter what we face and how “dreary” our day may be, we can expect the Lord God to be our Sun and our Shield!

I am thanking Him today that He has promised that He will never withhold any good thing from me because all good and perfect gifts proceed from Him.   He will not refrain from giving me that which I need to get through my day.

I found it interesting that the antonym for withhold is the word *advance*.  Interesting thought isn’t it?  The more you walk with the Lord you begin to understand more and more that He always knows exactly what you need and what you are going to face.  Therefore His grace is always sufficient and right there for you when you need to draw upon it.  Praise God that He is our Sun and our Shield, the God who is pouring out His grace and glory to all that walk uprightly before Him!

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“God – My Refiner and Purifier”

Jesus A Refiner

by Dona Hake

Proverbs 25:4 (ERV)


“Remove the worthless things from

silver to make it pure, and a worker

can make something beautiful.”

 You are so valuable and He loves you so much.  Yet as we read this scripture we can see that there is a process that we are all walking through as we grow in Him.  There is a refining and purification that is taking place in our hearts as we deeply humble ourselves to His Mighty life changing Word.

One version of Proverbs 25:4 is translated like this:

“Remove the impurities from the silver,
and the smith has material to make a vessel.”

The Lord our Refiner desires to  bring us to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities.  As our Purifier He will cause us to be free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates our hearts.  God wants every bit of us so He can use us in wonderful ways to glorify Him on this earth.

 

In the forty one years that I have known the Lord I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard people share from the depths of their hearts as they walked through a difficult trial.  Many at the end of the trial admit that they experienced  God removing things from them that positioned them to be used in a greater way.  Many times those difficult situations can actually cause us to do the soul searching we need to do and God is able to work in such a wonderful way.  As we keep our hearts humble before Him I believe He will continue to refine and purify us that we can serve and be used by Him in greater ways.  Praise be to the God who is the Refiner and Purifier!

 

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“He Never Grows Faint or Weary”

Jesus is Everlasting

by Dona Hake

How great is our God!  It is by His power and strength that we are able to live for Him.  There have been times in my life that all physical strength seemed to be gone.  As I looked to Him who NEVER grows faint or weary, I am always reminded that He can give me the strength that I need.

I can remember during the entire birth of our second son I had a worship tape being played  and right when he was being delivered “I Exalt Thee” by Phil Driscoll was playing.  I was feeling totally exhausted right before our son was born yet quietly in the background I could hear Phil speaking the following words and those words infused me with strength and joy in a time in which my body felt weak.

 

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God,

the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,

fainteth not, neither is weary?

there is no searching of his understanding.”

Isaiah 40:28   (KJV)

 

Then as our son was taking his first breath I can remember hearing the song  “I Exalt Thee” softly playing in the  background…

” For Thou O Lord art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
For Thou O Lord art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods

I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee O Lord
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee O Lord”

 

Today, let us exalt Him in our hearts as we give praise to Him that never tires nor grows weary of anything.  He is the everlasting God!!

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“Jesus- He Is An Anchor of Hope”

Jesus Our Hope

by Dona Hake

Hebrews 6:18-20  (ERV)

“These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when

he says something, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath.

So these two things are a great help to us who have come to

God for safety. They encourage us to hold on to the hope that

is ours. This hope is like an anchor for us. “

What a firm foundation we have in Jesus Christ.  He is total truth and nothing but the truth!  It is wonderful to know that all the words that proceed from God are truth and when He says He will do something, He will always keep His Word.

Where do you look to when you want answers?  We must always looks to where we know the truth is for His truth is what we can build upon. Our foundation will be strong and immovable when we build and anchor our hearts upon the Word of God.  Today I encourage you to look to the Lord of all hope and the One that has promised to anchor our souls.

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“He Shall Be a Sanctuary”

Jesus Our Sanctuary

by Dona Hake

 

When I think about a sanctuary, I think about a place of refuge. Yesterday I shared that He is our hiding place so this goes hand in hand with that meditation. Have you ever had times where there may be confusion and stress all about you and you wish you could just escape it? I know we have all been in those situations yet as a believer we can humbly bow our hearts in prayer and escape to that place that He has prepared for us to abide in. We do not have to run away from problems, we can be in the midst of them and maintain complete peace.

 

Many times people wait until they are so stressed out and their body has become worn down physically before they decide to seek God’s direction and comfort. I believe that God desires for us to be on top of things and He desires that we desire to live in a constant state of peace and serenity.

 

Throughout your day I encourage you to stay aware of His precious presence. I believe that the place He has provided for us is a place of perfect peace and no matter what goes on about you that peace need not be disrupted.

Isaiah 8:14 (KJ21)

“And He shall be for you a sanctuary…”

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“Jesus- My Hiding Place”

Jesus My Hiding Place

by Dona Hake

Today we will praise Him because we can run to Him when we need to be hidden.  We can always run to His place of safety and He has promised to keep us safe in the storms we will face.  Sometimes this life can tempt our hearts to be troubled and afraid.  In those times of trouble you can know that He will hide you under His wings and keep you safe in the storm.

Psalm 32:7

You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord,

preserve me from trouble, You surround

me with songs and shouts of deliverance.

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I love this scripture!  It causes me to visualize the Lord’s strong arm of protection in the worst of storms and even while the storm is trying to rob my peace I can believe that songs and shouts of deliverance are round about me.  He knows the outcome and He well understands that He is able to cause us to be victorious!

Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in Your word.

As we look at Jesus being our hiding place in the storm, let us also look at Him as being the hope of our soul.  He will always keep us anchored in our faith as we continue to hope and abide in His Word.  To Him be the glory!!!

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“He Satisfies Us With His Mercies”

Morning He Meets Us

By Dona Hake

Today I am thanking God for the fact that everyday is a new day as I serve Him.  What happened yesterday is left behind.  If I am to remember what happened yesterday, it will only be the joys that were in it and the wisdom I may have attained in a learning experience.  God desires to meet us each morning reminding us to have faith in Him and be blessed and overwhelmed by His great love that He has for us.

Psalm 143:8  KJV

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;

for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein

I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Let us  praise God that He is so merciful to us as we venture to do His will because so many times we fall short because of our human nature.  Let us remember to look to His mercies and His forgiveness at all times as we lift our soul to Him that we can live with joyful hearts!

Psalm 90:14  Names of God Bible

” Satisfy us every morning with your mercy
so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days.”

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“Mighty Is His Name”

Jesus Name is Mighty

by Dona Hake

Psalm 150:2  KJV

“Praise him for his mighty acts: praise

him according to his excellent greatness.”

Let us ever be reminded of how great and mighty that the Living God is!!   When doubts and fears try to make us shrink back in our faith, let us call to mind that with man it may seem impossible but with God ALL things are possible.  The Hand that created and called into existence the Heaven and Earth waits for you to turn to Him in your time of trouble.  He desires to do mighty acts in your life according to His excellent greatness!

Psalm 77:12


“I will meditate also upon all Your

works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds.”

I encourage you to reflect on the times that He has done a mighty work in your life.  His Name is called mighty and there is nothing too big for Him.  “Now to Him who is ABLE to do above and beyond all you dare ask or think…exceeding your highest hopes and dreams.” Ephesians 3:20

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6 Responses to “Devotional”

  1. Lisa Viands says:

    This is a good way of teaching the kids to forgive each other(Matt. 5:7). I like the power of this gentle scripture and lesson… Thanks!!

  2. Selena Neely says:

    Ralph &I are really enjoying your devotional together.

  3. Selena Neely says:

    Oh, what a wonderful reminder! I want to break the magnifing glass of worry and trust God for each step I take.

  4. Dona Hake says:

    It is interesting Selena how the more we worry the bigger and more magnified things get in our minds. Oh how important it is to trust our God for the smallest of things! Thank you for sharing!