Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Devotional 5/27/20
“God’s Word-Our Mirror”
by Dona Hake
I shared last week the value of being a good listener. Beware if you are listening at any time with a mind full of anxious thoughts or preoccupied with something else. If our mind is on other things we will most certainly miss important words we are to be hearing.    
Gathering together to hear God’s Word should be something we hold as precious and valuable. I believe our Lord desires that hearing and studying His Word should be a priority  in our life. There are many ways we can hear God’s Word in this day and age, and we can thank God for those advances. We must make sure we are gathering with believers and hearing and valuing the Word of the Lord above all things.
This week we will be meditating upon God‘s Word, our mirror. His mirror will show us our reflection which is our potential.   His mirror reflects to us  the wisdom we need for our day, and His perfect will  for us as believers. It IS our daily bread, His provision that we shall not want!
As we hear God’s Word,
His perfect will for every
believer is response to it.
He desires we respond by holding fast to it, absorbing it in the depths of our being, and growing thereby. Sadly one can sit and hear the Word, store it in their brain, and do absolutely nothing with it. These are some of the things we will be looking deeper at over the next few days. I will leave you with this scripture to meditate upon.
”If some fail to do what God requires, it’s as if they forget the word as soon as they hear it. One minute they look in the mirror, and the next they forget who they are and what they look like. However, it is possible to open your eyes and take in the beautiful, perfect truth found in God’s law of liberty and live by it. If you pursue that path and actually do what God has commanded, then you will avoid the many distractions that lead to an amnesia of all true things and you will be blessed.
James 1:23,25 The Voice

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Devotional 5/23/20
“The Humble Heart”
By Dona Hake

Today we continue with chapter one of James. We have been meditating upon being a good listener, one that thinks before he speaks, and one that practices control over anger. In verse 21 James exhorts us to rid of all uncleanness and wickedness. He speaks of the value of receiving God’s Word with a humble spirit. Let us look at that scripture now…
“So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].”
James 1:21-22 Amplified Version
While I was going to wrap up this meditation today, the Spirit of God has prompted me to focus on one more thing before we proceed to meditating on looking into the mirror.
If we fail to heed to God’s Word we are dealing in the realm of a very dangerous pride. This pride will speak to you, and assure you that the Word you hear applies to someone else and not you.
Pride will usher you into the
most dangerous
place a believer can live,
and that is self deception.
It will cause you to stand firm on your own self created standards and unsound reasoning. It will also cause you to go forward in your own “way” and not walk in God’s way.
There is an old saying “It’s like water off a ducks back”. People often use this to describe insults or other negative actions that others do against them that do not harm them.
While this is most commonly used when someone ignores insults, I see that same application in the one that just seems to let God‘s Word roll right off their back and pretend as if they did not hear it. It is as they hear it but it has absolutely no application to helping them.   Again, a very dangerous place for a believer to be.
I encourage and exhort you today as you hear or read God‘s Word to examine your heart, and make sure it is totally humble. A humble heart will receive a nourishing Word from Him that is well able to continue deep growth in you that you will live this life strong and victorious!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Devotional 5/22/20
“Doing His Word”
by Dona Hake

We began a study yesterday on James 1:19–20. I found a translation that I really liked, and I would like to share it with you today.
“Listen, open your ears, harness your desire to speak, and don’t get worked up into a rage so easily, my brothers and sisters. Human anger is a futile exercise that will never produce God’s kind of justice in this world.”
James 1:19-20 – The Voice
Oh how we need to be careful, thoughtful listeners. It is a good thing to be more willing to listen then to speak.  If while a person is speaking to you, and your mind is racing with how to reply…it is a good chance you need to work on the “listening” thing.  We also need to carefully choose the words that we speak to those around us. Again I mention, our behavior can make or break our testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ in our life. This scripture specifically addresses how we hear things, how we project our thoughts in words, and how we need to control our anger.  Let us address anger a bit closer….
The resentful, deep- seated anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. He desires we live by His Word that teaches us a standard of behavior.  As we seek to grow in the fruit of His Spirit we will begin to get victory if we have weaknesses such as a poor listener, lack of control over our mouth, and a temper that is out of control.  We need to ask God to open our eyes to those things that  hinder our behavior, and with a humble spirit receive His instruction from His Word. It is then that we will prove ourselves to be doers of His Word as we actively obey Him.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Devotional 5/23/20
“Quick to Listen, Slow To Speak, Slow To Anger”
Did you ever have a time that someone was speaking to you, and you thought you were listening but you had other things on your mind? You find out real quick if you failed to hear something important. Not listening closely to special instructions can get us in trouble if you know what I mean. 🙂   God desires us to be thoughtful and courteous people. He also desires that we listen carefully and be very attentive to His Word.
This week we are going to look at how we handle the  words we hear, The Word we hear,  what words we speak, and the speed of how we react to things. How we react to what we have heard can make or break a situation. God has a standard of behavior for us to live by as we represent Him here on the earth. I encourage you to read and meditate the scriptures I am sharing with you today, and I look forward to us meditating upon this together.

“Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].” James 1:19-22 AMP
“So this is why we abandon everything morally impure and all forms of wicked conduct. Instead, with a sensitive spirit we absorb God’s Word, which has been implanted within our nature, for the Word of Life has power to continually deliver us.”
James 1:21 – TPT

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Devotional 5/16/20
“Cutting Down Imaginations”
by Dona Hake
We continue with Psalm 118. The Psalmist exclaimed that all the nations surrounded him but in the Name of the Lord he cut them down. They surrounded him and swarmed around him like bees but he again…cut them down!
The psalmist understood his weapons, and how to use them. He knew his God, and also understood his God was on his side. Our loving God is on our side, and he wants us to use our weapons to cut down anything that would try to pit itself against the truth that we know. Let us look at the Scriptures…
“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ…”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – Amplified Version
The devil has erected strongholds against God’s Word. The enemy has his fortresses, and they can be very strong but our God is greater and stronger. He comes to us in many ways with arguments and ideas. Anything he can come up with to weaken us he will pursue. In the realm of our mind the devil will try to torment us with imaginations.   Many times imaginations can bring great anxiety, and that reminds me of bees swarming around us.   Imaginations and anxiety together can bring great fear.   We need to determine ourselves that we will take every wrong imagination, every wrong emotion and cut it down in the Name of Jesus! It is as we press in with all diligence guarding our minds, staying full of faith, and make this a way of life that we will live victoriously for our Lord.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Devotional 5/15/20
“Face the Enemy of Your Soul”
by Dona Hake
Yesterday we looked at Psalm 118:4-14. The Psalmist declared “When I was hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.”… and “I look in triumph over my enemies.” As the Psalmist was surrounded on every side he then proclaimed “but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.”
As I shared with you yesterday we must know the enemies of our own soul. I do not know about you but the longer I live the more I continue to come to know and understand what makes me tick.  I continue to learn how to question myself why I overreact or under react to things.   Face it… we are in a world that is constantly changing, and we are facing things we never dreamed we would face. I want the Lord to continually teach me that I may live victoriously no matter what I face, and I hope you do too.
If one has weaknesses deep within, their reaction to pressures and problems will surely expose it. It is sad when one becomes able to hide what is deep within them. Those are the things you let no one touch. Some may deal with these hidden things by staying preoccupied just “doing“ and keeping busy to keep their mind off of the situation. Just keeping busy or doing “good things“ to keep yourself preoccupied with dealing with what is going on is not what God desires for us.
Weaknesses within us are indeed enemies that we need to boldly face and cut down! As we ask our Lord for an awareness of where we are really at in our spiritual growth we will see! Believe me…our God is faithful and He will show you if you ask Him. It is then that God can take that which was meant for evil and turn it around for His good in you. The enemies you cut down will be your testimony to hold fast to and proclaim in Jesus Name!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Devotional   5/14/20
“Standing Against Our Enemy”
by Dona Hake
Over the next few days we are going to be looking at a series of thoughts relative to standing strong against our enemy the devil. I am sharing with you today from Psalm 118. I have been meditating on this for the past week, and I want you to go here with me as we look at  his plots to attempt to weaken and destroy us.
“Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Psalm 118:4-14 NIV
In this Psalm the psalmist is exclaiming  how he was surrounded by nations but he cut them down. He was surrounded on every side but he cut them down. His enemy swarmed around him like bees but he cut them down. We see here he was pushed back and about to fall but the Lord caught him!
The psalmist acknowledged his problem and his fears yet he knew how to fight and overcome his enemy. There are times our enemy can seem so big. There are times we can feel there is no way out because circumstances SURROUND us. And then there are times that our mind is bombarded with confusion and thoughts coming at us like a swarm of bees. Most people react in fear to swarming bees and this is exactly what our enemy wants to do to us with anxious and fearful thoughts. We too can cut these things down by the power of God at work in us!
Here are some questions I would like you to ponder…
Do you know your personal enemies?
Do you understand how your weaknesses get you in trouble ?
Are you quick to deal with them when you do recognize them or do you ignore them?
It is very important that we understand these things because these are the doors the devil will try to walk through and attack your spiritual walk.
The Lord speaks to us in His Word that we need to tend to our hearts for out of our hearts flow the issues of life. Part of tending to a garden is being able to discern the weeds from plants that are fruit or flower bearing. The enemy’s weeds must be recognized and dealt with or they will surely do harm to our spiritual garden.
I leave you with this scripture and I look forward to sharing with you more over the next few days about resisting the devil, and cutting down his attempts and works that are trying to destroy us.
“Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]”
1 Peter 5:8-9 – AMP

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Devotional 5/9/20
“Do Not Carry Offense”

“Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done. This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults. But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”
Mark 11:23-26 – The Passion Translation
Let us look closely at this scripture as we meditate upon ~carry~ today. Jesus is instructing us how to face mountains in our lives. Here we see great faith and no doubt is absolutely necessary.   Jesus proceeds to bring up a matter that we must always be looking closely at. We cannot be carrying offense in our hearts against someone, and expect our faith to move mountains.
On Wednesday we looked at carrying burdens and internalizing them. Offenses can be carried in the same way. One may think if they just do not talk about the hurt that it will  fade and go away. Know this to be true, if an offense is not dealt with it will certainly grow and fester in our heart.
Carrying offense is so dangerous. It has the ability to cause one to step out of God’s perfect will… what a terrible price to pay. When one continues to hold onto offense the mountains of their life seem to get even bigger. Instead of being able to face their mountains they just keep going round and round the same mountain, and their offense keeps their heart stagnant, and hindering their faith. An offended person will grow bitter and hard, yet they will become easily hurt over the smallest of things. Interesting isn’t it?
Let us be a people that are constantly in pursuit of a heart that is pure, not carrying offense, and full of the love of God and those around us. May we be slow to anger and so very quick to forgive, and let go of any offense.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free
and discover that the prisoner was you.“
Louis B. Smedes

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Devotional 5/7/20
“He desires to carry our burdens”
by Dona Hake
“Just because you
carry it well,
doesn’t mean it’s not heavy.”
Author unknown
Today and Saturday we will look at the word ~carry~.  I can remember an incident that happened to me many years ago. Our sons were young, and my husband was away on a mission’s trip. I decided I wanted to move a heavy piece of furniture. I never gave it a thought that I could not do it but a few days later I realized I injured my back, and I was in so much pain. Sometimes in life we can find ourselves doing things that are beyond our ability, and we pay a price for it.
Many times we do things without thinking, and we bear the consequences of a wrong decision. Then there are those things that we  think we can do in our own ability because we’ve lived like that for so long.  Doing “little things” in our own ability will eventually make us think we can do the bigger things. 
When one becomes burdened after living life like this it will take it’s toll.  We may appear fine on the outside as we display a smile yet on the inside we are burdened with things we have learned to internalize. We permit our hearts to be burdened because we simply have  not given our burdens to the Lord.
How sad it must be for our Father God to observe us in those times that we choose to live our life in our inability, and carry our own cares.  I encourage you today to look to Him, and roll your cares and burdens upon Him. Walk beside Him and yoke up with Him so that He can bear every one of your burdens .
I leave you with the scripture from Matthew 11:28. I pray that you will find rest, renewal, and a blessed quiet within your heart and soul as you serve Him this day!
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden?
Then come to me. I will refresh your life,
for I am your oasis. Simply join your life
with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll
discover that I’m gentle, humble,
easy to please.
You will find refreshment
and rest in me.”
Matthew 11:28-29 The Passion Translation

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Next week my schedule for publishing my devotionals will be changing. You will be receiving them on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. At the end of the summer I will return to publishing Wednesday through Saturday.
Devotional 4/25/20 
“Guarding the Tongue”
by Dona Hake
Today we will continue with meditating upon guarding our lips. Guarding our mouths and our hearts is like tending a garden. We MUST keep an eye out for weeds, and anything that would cause a problem for us.
It is that time of year where the weeds are back. We do not have to water them! They thrive no matter what… and we need to make a determined effort to maintain taking them out or they will destroy. So it is with the guarding of our words and our thoughts.
Bad thoughts are like weeds and if they are not dealt with they will become words that destroy. I leave you with the Scriptures to meditate upon that you will be reminded to tend to your thoughts and guard the words that proceed from your mouth.
“A soothing tongue [speaking words that
build up and encourage] is a tree of life,
But a perversive tongue [speaking words
that overwhelm and depress] crushes
the spirit. ” Proverbs 15:4 Amplified

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it and indulge it will eat
its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. “
Proverbs 18:21 Amplified

“He who guards his mouth and his tongue
Guards himself from troubles. “
Proverbs 21:23 Amplified

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!