Saturday, February 8, 2020

 
 
 
February 8, 2020
“Do Not Be Full Of This”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
Over the past few days we have looked at the word ~fill~and ~being full~.   Oh that we would stay full of Jesus! We looked at being full of our loving God as we worship Him every day in awe-filled worship. Yesterday we looked at living right before Him, and the blessing of walking on the path that becomes brighter and brighter until the full day of light. Today we will ponder what we do not want to be full of.
 

“Others are like the seed planted among the thorny weeds. They hear the teaching, but their lives become full of other things: the worries of this life, the love of money, and everything else they want. This keeps the teaching from growing, and it does not produce a crop in their lives.”
Mark 4:18-19 – ERV
 
 
When we are filled with such things that this scripture speaks of, we will not be filled with the power of the living Word. These things will come and keep the Word from growing in us, and the devil loves when we are unfruitful and preoccupied with the world around us . This is the devil’s way of holding us back from sowing God’s Word into our hearts, and our lives to the world.
 
 
Words that are synonymous to the word ~choke~ are to be blocked, dam or plug. Today let us think about how God desires our life to be filled to the full that we live abundantly and be a rich blessing as we touch all around us.  May none of the life of God in us be blocked or hindered in Jesus Name!
 

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Psalm 1:2-3 KJV


Friday, February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020
 
“The Light That Is Full”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
The path of those who live right is like the early morning light. It gets brighter and brighter until the full light of day.
Proverbs 4:18 ERV
 
 
Last week we looked at scriptures from Exodus where Moses exhorted the Israelites to stand strong, and then he encouraged them to move forward. We learned that moving forward in the face of adversity is not always easy But our God always makes a way! No matter how dark the valley is He promises to be with us and to lead and guide us illuminating our path.  Today we continue with our meditation of being filled and staying full.
 
The scripture in Proverbs shows us that as we stay on the path of righteousness for His Name sake, His light will continue to grow brighter. We all know that valleys can be dark in this light yet His great guidance and light promises to get us through it all! The living Bible translates this scripture in this way… “The good man walks along in the ever – brightening light of God’s favor…“ Verse 19 is interesting and I loved this translation…
 
“Evildoers travel a dark road because they love to hide their deeds in darkness; they can’t see the perils ahead that cause them to stumble. “Proverbs 4:19 The Voice
 

This is speaking of those that do not love God’s Word and His will, yet we can heed these words and learn from them. We must always be willing to humble ourselves and confess our sin that we do not permit any darkness in our path. Our lack of seeking forgiveness and wholeness from our Lord would surely  hinder and dim the light within us until we are back in rightstanding with Him.
 
 
Today let us move forward in God’s Word, and His ways and expect the light of His Word to grow stronger and brighter, illuminating our path in Jesus Name!


Thursday, February 6, 2020

 
 
 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
“Filled With Awe”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
The day and age in which we live is busy, busy, busy! It is a sad thing when one gets to the point that their tight scheduled day keeps them from just living in the moment, and breathing in the sweet presence of  the Lord.
 
The word awesome is used more than frequently these days. It seems like everything is awesome. Today I want you to think about your awesome God that you serve. Step back from the “busy” of your day and think about His works that cause your heart to be filled with awe.  Awe is  that overwhelming feeling of reverence and admiration produced as we look to Him and worship Him.
 
One of my favorite things to do is just stand under the night sky and observe His beautiful handiwork of the moon, stars and planets. My heart is filled with the reminder of how great He is.
 
 
Today I encourage you to praise Him as much as you are able with awe-filled thoughts of what He has done, and is doing in your life.  Think of moments in your life that His hand touched you in a miraculous way.   Those are the awe-filled moments that God desires we recall and testify of !
 

“For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared [with awe-filled reverence] above all gods.”
1 Chronicles 16:25 – AMP
 

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence].”    Psalm 103:11 AMP


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

 
 
 
February 5, 2020
“HOLD FAST TO THEM”
 
 
BY DONA HAKE
It is important that we be good stewards over our thoughts. Good thoughts or wrong thoughts are able to fill and penetrate our minds.  Our last devotional we looked at taking our thoughts captive. I will tie that devotional to today’s.
 
 
If we are undisciplined with guarding our minds, we will soon have thoughts flooding in and roaming about.   One bad thought will birth another, and before we know it our heart is troubled with imaginations of the very worst kind.  We will be filled to the full with anxiety, and our faith will surely waiver. Dwelling on bad things also have the ability to affect our health, and unforgiving thoughts have the ability to turn one’s heart bitter and tear down one’s countenance, and eventually take away all joy.  
 
Oh that we stay full of Jesus! Let us put every thought and deed to the test of it lining up with the holy Word of our Lord.  Our words that we will dwell on over the next few days are ~being filled.~.  God’s Word is a wonderful gift to us.   We are to cherish it, and make it our ONLY standard and guide to live by.   Lord, remind us to draw on Your Holy Spirit, and desire to be filled with all of You.   May we live and move and have our being in You!
 
 
“Fill your thoughts with my words until they penetrate deep into your spirit.  ” Proverbs 4:21   The Passion Translation


Saturday, February 1, 2020

 
 
 
 
 
“Take Every Thought Captive”
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
Today I will conclude our look at the word ~all~. Yesterday I brought to you the scripture that exhorted us to cast all of our cares on Him. Why is it that sometimes we do not give Him all of our cares?
Our mind can be a playground for the enemy if we are not in charge of it. We need to recognize immediately those thoughts that come to make us entertain doubt against the Word of God. The more we exercise control over those bad thoughts that hinder our faith, the stronger we will be. I encourage you today to take each and every thought captive. Demolish those bad ones, and those wonderful good thoughts that are in accordance to His will… Hold fast to them, meditate upon them, and may they grow strong and mighty in your heart! I leave you with the Scriptures.

“and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.”                2 Corinthians 10:5 – ERV
 
“We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.”        2 Corinthians 10:5 – The Voice


Friday, January 31, 2020

 
 
Devotions for Friday, January 31, 2020
“Casting All Our Cares”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
We have been looking at the word ~all~ in our past two devotionals. ~ALL~ is a little word but it is packed with the power to change the meaning of your spoken words and thoughts.
 
Do we give our Lord all of our heart or do we just give Him some, and reserve some for our own pleasures?
 
Is He present with us some of the time or all of the time?
 
Does He promise to meet some of our needs or all of our needs?
 
Do you see how the word ~all~ completely changes things?
 
Today we are going to look at casting our cares on Him…not just some but all! Have you ever fallen to the thought that it is okay to hold on to certain cares but giving some to Him? These cares we hold on to are able to whisper the “what ifs”.   What if this happens and what if that happens?????    These whispers are able to torment our soul, and the Lord desires that we do not carry such burdens. I encourage you to meditate on these scriptures today, and purpose each and every day to walk in the peace of knowing that your Shepherd cares for you deeply.

“…casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” 
1 Peter 5:7 – AMP. Version
 
 
“Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 – The Passion Translation


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Devotional thoughts
for
Thursday, January 30, 2020
 
 
“Trust and Obey”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
God wants all of us! When we acknowledge Him in all of our ways we will consider Him with every word we speak, action we take, and decision we make.
 
 
Our accumulated knowledge can bring the temptation to us to be wise in our own eyes.    Lord, please help us to recognize this sin when we are tempted to it!  This is a very dangerous place for a believer to live. If we lean on our own understanding and knowledge even in the smallest degree we are not trusting Him with all of our heart, mind, will and intellect. One translation says
 
 
“Don’t think you can decide on your own what is right and what is wrong. “The Voice
 
I leave these two scriptures for you to meditate upon…
 
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for.”    Proverbs 3:5-8. TPT
 
“Have faith in Him in all circumstances, dear people. Open up your heart to Him; the True God shelters us in His arms.”
Psalm 62:8 -The Voice


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

 
 
Devotional thoughts
for
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
 
“HE’S GIVEN TO US ALL THINGS”
 
By Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
“He is ever present with me; at all times He goes before me. I will not live in fear or abandon my calling because He stands at my right hand.” Psalm 16:8 The Voice
 
 
God is always with us, and He goes before us. For this reason we need not let the voice and power of fear to hinder us in the work He has assigned to us. Last week we meditated upon the word ~STAND~ and I love how the end of this verse proclaims that He stands at our right hand.
 
 
God promises to be with us at all times and lead us in our way.    I am sure it grieves the heart of God when one does not follow through with His will for them.  After all He has promised to lead and guide us and give us the strength.   Yet fear of failure, lack of faith….whatever it may be can cause a believer to give up, and not move forward in their divine assignment for their day and their life.
 
As I ponder this thought I want to just challenge you to know that He cares about the smallest of things that matter to you today. It is vitally important that we include Him and draw upon His grace for all things that pertain to our life.
 
He also wants to speak to you, and move through you that you can be a living testimony to those that do not know Him and understand His ways.  The Lord is our Shepherd, and He desires that we live as ones that have no want for anything but Him.
 
 
“This is a good life —my heart is glad, my soul is full of joy, and my body is at rest. Who could want for more?”Psalm 16:8 – 9. 
The Voice
 
 
“God is good all the time all the time God is good!“
 
 
 
Over the next few days we will be meditating on the word ~ALL~.   It is a powerful little word!  Today as you go about the work God has put in your hands, continue to meditate about all the good things He has blessed you with, and all the many ways He has been there to help and deliver you and your times of trouble. God bless you and have a wonderful day!


Saturday, January 25, 2020

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, January 25, 2020
”Finding Joy As You Stand”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
As we make the decision to stand strong we will not be moved!    We will not permit what we see or feel  affect us.  Today will be our last day meditating on the power of standing strong in the Lord. I pray that the thoughts and scriptures I have shared with you over the past week have blessed you. Today I leave you with a quote and scripture. God bless you!
 
 
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Peter Marshall
 
 
“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line —mature, complete, and wanting nothing.”
James 1:2 -The voice translation

If you wish to re-read or catch up with the previous devotionals on ~Stand~ click on link and scroll through the week of  January 20th through January 24th.
 


Friday, January 24, 2020

 
 
 
Devotional Thoughts for Friday, January 24, 2020
“STAND FIRM YIELDING ONLY TO GOD”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Today is day three of our meditations upon the word ~stand~ . Let us look again at the scripture in Exodus 14.
 
“The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea]. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the sons of Israel may go through the middle of the sea on dry land. As for Me, hear this: I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will go in [the sea] after them; and I will be glorified and honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and his war-chariots and his horsemen.”
Exodus 14:15-17 AMP
 
 
I would like you to take note here in this scripture that God told Moses to instruct the people, then God instructed Moses what he was to do and then God told Moses what He (the Living God)was going to do. We serve a God that has a plan for every problem we face. It is up to us to simply be obedient, stand in faith and know that He is able to take care of us.
 
 
The biggest mistake we can make when facing a problem or situation that is causing us fear  is to start “doing“ rather than “being“ still and standing.  Anxiety and distractions are the enemy of stability and peace in our heart. Our enemy understands the power he has if he can stir up confusion and fear within us. He will use our wildest imaginations and even our knowledge to keep us from God‘s Word. Stand strong and do not yield to the flesh or the tricks of the enemy! I leave you with this scripture:
 
 
“Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand.”Isaiah 41:10. The Passion translation



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!