Thursday, January 23, 2020

 
Devotional thoughts
for
Thursday, January 23, 2020
 
 
“stand and see the salvation of your god”
 
by dona hake
 
 
 
 
 
We continue with day two of meditating of the word ~STAND~ .  Moses and the Israelites  were  in what we may call “In between a rock and a hard place” .  They were afraid and rightly so.   Let us read from the scriptures in the book of Exodus.
 
“Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What is this that you have done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Did we not say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians [as slaves] than to die in the wilderness.” Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”
Exodus 14:11-14 – Amplified version
 
When I read the scripture I was pondering how Moses saw the same hopeless situation that the Israelites saw but he had to also deal with the Israelite’s reaction. Can you imagine what Moses had to deal with here?   He saw the same enemy approaching that the Israelites saw, and he saw the same body of water .   Time was not on his side either,it was now that he had to rise above what he saw and what he was hearing. In the natural there was no way out of this mess. The questions and accusations from the Israelites to him must have been so hard for him to deal with and listen to. But no!… His response in a nutshell was  “Do not be afraid, take your stand, be firm, confident and not dismayed. You will see the salvation of the Lord. You see the Egyptians now but you will not see them ever again. 
 
verse 15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea]. 16 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. 17 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.
 
Sometimes in order to stand after we have done or is to keep silent, remain calm and wait with great expectation, and CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD!  Our God is able to do above and beyond all we dare ask or think.  On those days that the enemy tries to accuse you, lie to you and try to convince you that your faith will not work… Stand and see the salvation of your God!


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Devotional thoughts for
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“…and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,…”Amplified Version
Hebrews 10:24

The EHV VERSION says it this way…”Let us also consider carefully how to spur each other on to love and good works.” I loved how it said “spur each other on“. This is anything that goads, impels, or urges, as to action, speed, or achievement. To drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
 
This is my heart as I hope to share with you these devotional thoughts each time I am able. As I am starting the devotionals again I would like to share with you one of the things the Lord has been speaking to me.
 
As I have sought Him over bringing these devotionals to you again I have felt impressed heart that some days they may be shorter than others, maybe some days they will be longer. The point I want to share is that I want to take one word, or one thought and stretch it over a few days.
 
My desire is that you take what I share and meditate and ponder upon it throughout your day after you have read it. I am believing that the Lord is going to take these words and spur you on, and impart to you revelation. This is your Bread, your provision, that is coming from God’s heart to. Today let us look at the book of Exodus.
 
“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were very frightened; so the Israelites cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What is this that you have done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Did we not say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians [as slaves] than to die in the wilderness.”
Exodus 14:10-12 – AMP

So here we see in this portion of scripture the first reaction of the Israelites in their fear was to call out to the Lord for help but immediately they turned to Moses and began to whine and complain. Because of their fear they had totally lost focus of God‘s plan. We could all read this and think how could they do this?…yet how many times are we tempted to do that very same thing in the midst of our battle.
 
I can only imagine how scary it must have been for them to see the great armies of Pharaoh moving behind them and the great water in front of them. They called out to God yet their fear was keeping them from standing strong with their God and their leader. They lost focus of what their God was able to do for them. If we lose focus we cannot stand . We will be moved. Focus is a powerful thing…loss of it is a powerful tool of the enemy.
 
Over the next few days we will be looking at the word “stand”. We will continue in the Scriptures here in Exodus tomorrow. We will see how Moses responded to them, and how we can learn from this awesome story of faith and moving forward.


Monday, January 20, 2020

 
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR 
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020
 
 
 
“HIS ALL SUFFICIENT GRACE”
 
 
Today I am pondering the importance of doing all things BIG or SMALL as onto Him and for His glory. Our Lord has provided so many wonderful things to assess as believers. He desires to be our Shepherd and walk down every path of our life whether it be straight, crooked, peaceful, or those paths that bring fear to our hearts. Yesterday as I was meditating and praying I spoke words of thanks to the Lord for His grace. My words went something like this as best I can recall… “Thank you Lord for this day, and as I walk through it I thank you for Your grace that is there for me. It is able to cover every thing I walk through this day no matter what it is. Your grace is always sufficient to meet the need of the moment that I am in!”
 

Today I want to encourage your heart to walk in who He has made you to be. We were saved by His beautiful grace, may we purpose to live by it. Each day brings our very own assignment to live, love and serve Him with all of our hearts. Draw upon the grace that He has just for you. There is a unique strength and grace that He has designed to strengthen you in the work of your hands that He has called you to do. Sometimes one may be tempted focus on what others are doing for Him, and compare themselves to that. May we thank God for the work of the Lord in the lives of others but stay focused on His desires for us as individuals. Let us look to Him today, and draw upon that beautiful strengthening grace that He has just for you! His grace is sufficient for you…now go expecting to see it flow through you in new and unexpected ways!



Wed. June 12, 2019

 
Devotional for Wednesday, June 12, 2019
“He Gives Us Eyes To Truly See”
 
by Dona Hake

God desires that we see everything in proper perspective and the only way that will happen is if we see things through His eyes. I guarantee you that as we ask Him to help us see, our perspective on everything will be correct…our focus will change and things will become clearer.   Today I encourage you to ask Him to fill your eyes with light…His light.
 
Psalm 119:18 (VOICE)
“Let me see clearly so that I may take in
the amazing things coming from Your law.”
 
There are so many wonderful things in His Word for us to learn. We can never think we know it all for all that we do know He can continue to increase by taking us to greater depths. Let us pray that we see more clearly that we can take in all of God’s awesomeness that He is and Has provided! He desires that every part of our being to be full of light.
 
Matthew 6:22-23  (TLB)
“If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul.”


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, May 28, 2019
“The Power of the Word LET”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God, and trust also in me.“
John 14:1, new life translation.
 
LET… it’s a three letter word which can hold a lot of weight and power. Let means to allow or permit something.
 
 
 
Our scripture today from John 14:1 and it says “Don’t let your heart be troubled.” If we let our hearts and minds be troubled we are allowing and permitting the gate of our mind and soul to open up to the sin of worry. Anxiety and insecurity begin to take hold and rob our souls from the abundant life God intends for us to walk in.  It will quench the work of His grace within us.
 
The next time worry or fear comes to disrupt the precious peace of God that you’re walking in make a decision to bring your concerns to the One who listens and cares so deeply about you. Spend time in his presence and place that thing with in his hands, and believe for him to take care of you and that which concerns you.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

 
Devotional for Thursday, May 23, 2019
“Choose God’s Teachings”
 
Choose July 2014
by Dona Hake
 
Today we will look at a scripture from Proverbs 8.   Within this scripture the writer exclaims that we are to choose God’s teachings, His instruction, and His discipline.    He states that the value of these things are more precious than silver, and His knowledge is greater than fine gold.    Think about it…whatever you could ever desire can never be compared to  His precious gifts. These are things that need to mean more to us than anything we enjoy on this earth.
 

Proverbs 8:10-11
Expanded Bible (EXB)

“Choose [Take] my ·teachings [instructions; discipline] instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than ·the finest [choice] gold.
Wisdom is more precious than ·rubies [or pearls].
Nothing ·you could want is equal to [is more delightful than] it.”

 
There are many things in this life that could possibly tempt us to lust after.  Let us be discerning and guarding of our hearts and eyes for the devil seeks to devour us in this matter.    May we continue to be grateful for every blessing that we have, and but remember that  it is only the eternal things that have the greatest of  value.  Let us value His Word above anything this world has to offer.  Let us purpose to choose His teachings and receive the discipline that His Word brings to us. 
 
  
We can read scriptures and fail to continue to keep a grateful heart that He has brought us out of darkness into the light of His kingdom.  We can hear God’s Word and fail to tend to it and nurture it in our hearts.   May we never grow tired of hearing certain truths over and over again.    God’s Word is fresh, alive, and it is exactly what our spirits need. Remember…it is His Word that is the light that caused our blinded eyes to be open.   For this we need to be ever so thankful and grateful to the Living God!  May we always choose His teachings and wisdom above anything in this world for it’s value is beyond anything on this earth.


Friday, May 17, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, May 17, 2019
“His Grace Is Amazing”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
God’s grace amazes me. In a time of my life when I knew I was to step out and do something beyond my ability… fear of failing tried to grip my heart to the point of being tempted to not step out in this area God was indeed calling me to. I can still remember the hot summer day that the Lord sent Emma Okorie to the hallway of our Christian school. After he greeted me and inquired how I was doing, I answered him honestly. I know my countenance was full of uncertainty, and he spoke these words to me, “Sister, there are surprises that God has put within you that He wants to unlock and release.” It was those words that were spoken in a most timely moment that God infused me with the courage I needed to step forward, and do the will of the Lord.
 

Are there things in your heart that God wants to release?  We all have special gifts and talents that are for specific purposes and appointed time, and you are the vessel in which they reside.  Exciting isn’t it? God wants to show the world the gifts He has planted in you since birth. Our God is always ready to pour out His grace that you need to do that which He desires to release in you. One thing for sure…He needs our cooperation, He needs us to step out in faith and believe that we can in fact do His will with the help of His wisdom, direction, strength, and His amazing grace.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, May 14, 2019
“His Word Endures Forever!”
 
 
 
 
Psalm 119:152-153NIV 
Yet you are near, Lord,and all your commands are true. Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.”
 
 
Isn’t it good to know that we serve a living God, and all of His Word and commands ALWAYS hold true, and He established them to last forever. No time limited warranty  in which His Word ends, (thank God for that!) but rather there is no end, and He promises that His Word will be faithful and work for us under the most stressful things this life can bring. Nothing is too hard for our Lord!  His Word endures forever.

Today I encourage you to look at the temporal things that bless you in this life, and let them remind you that while they may be a blessing they do not last forever nor can you take any of them with you.
 
Things come and things go. They serve us to be a blessing and may help lighten the load, but they will never ever outlast the power of His unchanging truth and our eternal inheritance. Let our love and affections be on our Lord and His Word. All that He is and ever was will never change, and He established everything concerning His kingdom to last forever!!!


Friday, May 10, 2019

 
 

Devotional for Friday, May 10, 2019
“The Power of the Abundant Life”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
The Lord desires that we diligently care for our hearts, minds and tongues. It is up to us what we deposit into our hearts and minds. If you are a person that takes it seriously to guard your heart than you well understand the battle that it can be.   Therefore, we must soak up God’s Word in an abundant way.   It is then that our mouth will carry words of abundant life, light and love.
 
Daily we are bombarded with things that serve to pull us away from living the abundant life that we are meant to live.   Thoughts can seemingly come out of nowhere and if our heart is not rock solid with His Word, we will not know how to properly discern right from wrong.One of the areas that I know we can be tempted with is thinking incorrectly about ourselves. For instance, if we make mistakes we can be tempted to be unable to forgive ourselves and we dwell upon our mistakes.   If our meditation is stuck in a negative mode we will spin our wheels in the mud so to speak. As we meditate upon negative thoughts about ourselves that negative will grow bigger and bigger in our mind. The strength of any negative will be an arrow that the devil will use against our soul. One of his main tools that he uses will be our tongues. You may begin to speak things about yourself and you put yourself down. Eventually the more you hear those words from your own mouth, you will begin to believe them.

Proverbs 4:24(ERV)
“Don’t bend the truth or say things
that you know are not right.

While we know it is wrong to lie let it be established that we not lie about ourselves. As we stay abundantly full of His Word and remind ourselves of who He says we are, we will not fall prey to lies about ourselves. I encourage you today to guard your heart with ALL diligence for from it truly flows the issues of this life.  Deposit His Word in great abundance as you meditate upon it, and your words will carry life changing power in Jesus Name!


Friday, May 3, 2019

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, May 3, 2019
 
“The Loving Work of the Lord’s Hand”
 
soul clings
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Psalm 63:8 (VOICE)
 
 
” My soul clings to You;
Your right hand reaches down and holds me up.”
 
 
 
 
Today I want to encourage your heart to look to the Lord, and the work of His mighty hand in your life.   Think over the years in your life, and the wondrous things He has done for you.   Remember the times how things may have looked hopeless, and He turned your situation into a wonderful testimony!   May we look up expectantly and believe that He is going to reach down and hold us up, and do a great work in us!  How wonderful is His hand that leads us and guides us throughout our day.

 

There are days that I feel His loving hand give me the push I need and it’s called courage. Sometimes I feel Him tugging at my heart because I am about to miss something that is important mainly because I am preoccupied with something else. I believe this is His wise discernment and wisdom upon my life.   Sometimes I feel His loving hand holding me back and keeping me from taking a step forward in the wrong direction.   This is the loving hand of the One that desires to lead, guide and protect me in my path.  I have learned to appreciate Him as He has prompted me to be silent when I was about to speak words that could have caused me trouble or hurt someone. His loving and caring hand in our life is so sweet.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit and we need to desire it.   As our soul clings to Him, He will work within us in beautiful ways that are beyond our understanding.

I hope you too are looking for His loving hand at work in your life! Live in the expectancy of it and He will always meet you where you are and uphold you as you cling to Him.



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!