Saturday, February 23, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, February 23, 2019
“The Treasure of Your Heart”
 
 
gods word our hidden treasure

 

by Dona Hake
 
 

Matthew 6:19-20 (AMP)


“Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal…” 
 
When we purpose to store the beautiful treasures that are only birthed by Him, we will know and understand that they cannot be taken from us. Material things come and go because they wear out or their worth may fade. Material things are just not enough to satisfy the yearning of man’s heart. The heavenly treasures most assuredly cannot be touched. Right now as I am writing this devotional my heart is thinking about what a treasure it is when we receive light and revelation from His Word. The more we meditate upon it the stronger and richer that truth becomes to us. His Word is such a precious treasure, and we need to guard it with all diligence.
 

Proverbs 4:23 (Amplified)

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance
and above all that you guard, for out of it
flow the springs of life.
 

Today I encourage you to look up!  Look up and remind yourself of all the wonderful things that He has touched your heart and life with.  These ARE the treasures of our life. These treasures cannot be bought but only received with humble hearts. There are treasures and blessings all around you, and He desires that we embrace them with a  heart of thankfulness, and that we would never take any good thing for granted.  It is God that is the giver of all good things and today we can praise Him for that!



Friday, February 22, 2019

 
Devotional for Friday, February 22, 2019
 
“Do Not Lose Heart”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Galatians 6:9 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary
and faint in acting nobly and doing right,
for in due time and at the appointed season
we shall reap, if we do not loosen and
relax our courage and faint.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)   
 
 
Today we meditate upon resisting weakening as we sow in spirit and wait for the season of reaping.   The season of reaping is is the due time or appointed season of seeing reward and blessing for that which we have put our hearts and hands to as we sow to the Spirit.     This “appointed season” is different  than the seasons we experience on this earth such as winter, spring, summer or fall.  The seasons in which the weather changes are somewhat predictable, and we kind of know when to expect seasons to come and change.    The seasons with God are different  for sometimes we can see change is coming, and sometimes change happens without warning.   No matter what, our Lord promises that if we sow to the Spirit that we will reap reward,  IF we do not lose heart and grow weary.   
 
We  will experience that “appointed season” at the time in which the Lord says it is time to reap.  Let us hold fast to the secret of reaping in that appointed season.   As we act nobly and walk in that which is right and good, IF we do not lose heart, grow weary or faint, we will reap a bountiful harvest for that which we have put our hearts and hands to. 
 
Lord help us to stay strong as we sow to the Spirit.   Let us  not grow in weariness as we act nobly and purpose to do the right thing.   May our courage and diligence not relax, and may be resist anything that would keep us from pressing on.    God has promised to be with us my friends, and in Him we are more than conquerors!  
 
 


Thursday, February 21, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, February 21, 2019
“The Life That Wins!”
 
by Dona Hake
 
The following scriptures lead us into meditating upon how vital it is that we feed upon the Word of our Lord.   The Lord has ordained that we thrive and grow by it…
 
John 6:58 (TPT)
” I am the living Bread that comes from heaven. Eat this Bread and you will live forever!”
 
“Taste of His goodness; see how wonderful the Eternal truly is. Anyone who puts trust in Him will be blessed and comforted.”  Psalm 34:8 -VOICE
“How sweet the taste of your promise is! It tastes sweeter than honey. From your guiding principles I gain understanding.”  Psalm 119:103-104 – =GW
“Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.”   Matthew 5:6 – AMP
 
 
On the other hand the scriptures warn us  of our enemy the devil that seeks to devour our life in Christ for he is out to steal, kill and destroy.   He has a fierce hunger that drives him to destroy.   
“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]…”  1 Peter 5:8-9 -AMP
 
 
Now I want to share this short story that carries a profound thought,
 
 
An old Cherokee told his grandson,
My son, there is a battle
between two wolves inside us all.
 
One is Evil.  It is anger, jealousy,
greed, resentment, inferiority,
lies and ego.  The other is Good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility,
kindness, empathy, and truth.”
 
The boy thought about it, and 
asked, “Grandfather, which wolf
wins?”
 
The old man quietly replied,
“The one you feed.”
 
~author unknown~
 
I found this little story to be interesting and stirred my thoughts to ponder the scriptures that I just shared with you.   It must be a priority that we  feed our faith that we are strong in our battles.  Our mind is a battleground and we must take this so seriously that we press in to grow and flourish in  our faith. Think about  how a negative thing or circumstance can blindside us and it is capable of  tilting our world. If we are not standing strong in our faith the devil will take advantage especially if we are feeding the situation with negative words and actions. Even while the battle rages we can feed upon our Lord’s provision and remain strong in our faith and we will declare that we are MORE than overcomers through Christ Jesus our Lord! 
 
Living in a place of reverence of the Lord our God will keep us in pursuit of strong vigorous faith. That faith requires spiritual nourishment which is fellowship with Him, the reading of His Word, and prayer. We must keep an awareness that the devil’s mission is to  seek to eat up the life of God in us. He seeks to eat up our strength, and our peace. He loves to stand in the way of our drawing upon God’s grace. He seeks ways to trick us into trusting in our own understanding.  But praise the Lord!….as we live a life of drawing upon His mercies that are new every morning, partaking of His grace, and trusting in Him…we  win!   


Monday, February 18, 2019

 
Devotional for Monday, February 18, 2019
“If We Hold Grudges”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“When you hold grudges your hands
are not free to catch blessings“
 
A grudge is a  feeling of ill will or resentment. It is a result of not wanting to forgive even the smallest of an offense. It is so sad when I hear someone that refuses to forgive and let go of hurt and offense. It it is extremely sad when it comes out of the mouth of a believer. When we refuse to let go of hurt and pain that someone has done to us we are tying a ball and chain around us in spirit . This will only serve to hinder our walk with the Lord and slow us down in the race that is set before us.
 
God has made provision through the blood of His Son to forgive our sins. Therefore, we in turn can give that same forgiveness from our hearts to another. I encourage anyone that may be holding a grudge to ask God to be your Helper. First, be obedient and simply forgive. Then, ask God to help heal your heart and mind of the hurt that you are experiencing. I promise He will help you, and your heart and mind will be free again to open your hands and catch the blessings!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, February 12, 2019
“The Bible That Did Not Burn”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
The Word of God has been given to us to work in our lives in wondrous ways, and it happens through a divine process that the Lord God above has ordained.One thing for sure… It never fails! It always works, it produces, and it will stand forever!

It is written in the book of Isaiah about the process of His Word.
“Rain and snow fall from the sky and don’t return until they have watered the ground. Then the ground causes the plants to sprout and grow, and they produce seeds for the farmer and food for people to eat. In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do.”   Isaiah 55:10-11 ERV
 
 
The King James version says God’s Word will accomplish what His hand is pleased to do.
”… but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” KJV
 
Today I want you to think about, and give thanks to God for the written Word of God…our Lord’s hand is upon it!!    Praise God that we can read it, meditate upon it’s life giving words, speak them, and stand upon them.    God’s eyes on on His Word!   Let me share a precious story I just heard about God’s hand upon His written word.
 
A Veteran recently lost his home to a tragic fire. It was so heartbreaking to watch this on the news yet something very unique and miraculous happened. One of the firemen came out of the house weeping as he carried a big Bible.  Everything inside was completely burned to ashes yet the Bible had not been touched by the fiery flames that totally destroyed his home. I don’t know about you, but these testimonies touch my heart deeply, and speak to me once again that God is so real, and His hand will cause people to stop and take notice of His miracle working power for this pleases His heart. I believe He loves to challenge the realm of our comprehension with such miraculous works.
 
Praise Him for His Word stands forever. God‘s Word puts us in a place where we can be unmovable. Whether we think upon God’s Word, stand upon God‘s Word, or as we pray God‘s Word, IT WILL cause us to to stand in the midst of the fiery trials of this life!


Friday, February 8, 2019

 
Devotional for Friday, February 8, 2019
“Freedom From Anxiety!”
 
 
 
 

 “Fear not, do not look anxiously about you for I AM your God…”
Isaiah 41:10 KJV

Looking anxiously about gives implication of fear, panic or uneasiness in one’s heart and soul. Anxiety can be such a tormenting thing to our soul, and our Lord desires that when we are tempted to be anxious about anything to turn our backs on anxious thoughts and look  upon Him.  It is good to know that our loving Heavenly Father is there for us in those times to  lift us up and hold us closely.   He is the One that can calm our anxious thoughts.  He will sit us on the solid rock where we will not be moved and He is able to keep us.
So here is a little memory of mine of  an experience I had with my parrot one day. It is a great little story and analogy to help you see our God coming to our rescue when we are in trouble. My parrot  was roaming about on the outside of her cage. I permit her to do this at times, I have to  watch her closely.   She loves to explore and that can get her in trouble. She usually is very happy just to sit on top of her “little world” and watch me and my husband. One day she decided she was going to try to get on the pie safe which is about six inches from her cage. I happened to be watching her, and I was curious what she was going to do. As she went to carefully go from her cage to the piece of furniture she slipped on the slippery finish of the wood and began to panic, squawk loudly, and flutter her wings really fast, and she landed on the floor.    I calmly walked over to her and spoke softly and put my hand under her so she could rest in the palm of my hand and feel safe again. She was so sweet as she looked at me with such a sense of safety and relief. After I felt she calmed down, I put her back on her cage.
This reminded me how sometimes we can get ourselves in trouble and we lose our  “footing.” You know…those times when we get a little over confident and  get into our own ability, and from there we get ourselves in trouble. There are also those times that we are stepping out on faith and we realize we are really out on the “limb” and it can cause fear to grip our heart. In this life there are many opportunities to panic, get in anxiety, and be fearful.
Isn’t it good to know that our loving Heavenly Father is right there ready to hold out His mighty right hand to calm us, and His loving voice speaks to our heart and we feel safe again.
 
Psalm 91:4 (TheVoice) “Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers, will protect you under His great wings; His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.”
I pray that you will see Him today as the One that is always nearby you and only an arm’s reach away to rescue you in your time of need or trouble. Only He can calm your heart when you are in anxiety and fear. We serve a loving and caring God. He is so good. I pray you will have a day that is prosperous and blessed!


Saturday, February 2, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, February 2, 2019
“The Voice of Our Actions”
 
 
 
Actions louder than words
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

 “Actions speak louder than words.”    You hear this more times than not when poor behavior has been exhibited.   Many times our body language is  speaking at times even when we are not saying a word.  Our actions can exhibit things, and could be misinterpreted at times. Just as we know that we need to think before we speak, we also must make sure our reactions to things are not improper.

 
Let us remember that actions that proceed from a loving heart, and a heart that seeks to do the right thing will speak and produce good things. These are the actions that will minister grace to those around you. On the other hand if you are angry or disturbed with someone or a situation, your body language, and behavior may be exhibiting what you are trying so hard to hide.

 

Lord, help us to seek Your wisdom in our behavior whether it be in word, deed or actions.  May our words and actions speak of Your character especially Your love.    There are many people that need to see You as You live and dwell within us.   May our lives and our actions speak, and be a testimony that gives glory to You.   We thank you for Your help in this area of our life.   In Jesus Name we ask this!
 
 
 
James 3:13 (HCSB)
“Who is wise and has understanding
among you? He should show his works by good
conduct with wisdom’s gentleness.”


Friday, February 1, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, February 1, 2019
“The Lord Our Provision”
 
 
 
seeking God
 
by Dona Hake
The Word of God tells us that if we lean on our own riches and ability that we will surely fall.   God desires that we lean on  Him and trust Him for His provision, and His provision alone. Even though He knows every one of our needs He desires that we seek Him every day, and reach out to receive what we need that we would not be in want of anything. It is then that our lives will flourish and speak of our Lord’s wonderful care to all those around us. We will be testimonies of walking with a Good Shepherd that lovingly takes care of us…spirit, soul and body.
 
“He who leans on and trusts in and is confident
in his riches will fall, But the righteous
[who trust in God’s provision]
will flourish like a green leaf.”
Proverbs 11:28 – Amplified Version
 
Here in Matthew chapter 6 Jesus taught His disciples to pray about the bread or their provision for the day.

 

Matthew 6:11 (DRA) “Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.”

Matthew 6:11 (VOICE) ” Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—”
 
 
 
Today I encourage you to meditate upon the fact that God is faithful to give us the “bread” we need to get us through one day at a time. That bread will sustain us, and keep us nourished in our spirits. Thank you Lord for our daily bread …no more, no less….we thank You that Your bread that You sustain us with  is alive and living and all so powerful!  Lord, you ARE our Provision.


Devotional for Thursday, January 31, 2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, January 31, 2019
“Continuity In Our Walk With the Lord”

“Continuity is one of the essential elements of life.”
Andrew Murray
Powerful “isn’t it? Oh to remain continuous in our walk with the Lord! Now let us put it in reverse… Think about the power which will ultimately hurt and hinder, and that is distraction.    Distraction will rob us of clear thinking and it will position us to be indecisive.   It positions us to be  like that flickering light in a storm prior to the loss of electricity. When one is distracted it almost seems they have a hard time connecting. God desires that we stay connected and waiting on Him.   He desires that we live with determined purpose, and that we set ourselves to continue in His will…no matter what!
As we keep our eyes fixed on Him, Our Lord will speak to us along the way of our race.  He will be faithful to reveal to us those things which hinder our continuity.  Saying that we must be willing to humble ourselves and quickly obey Him that we can run with great endurance.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Evangelical Heritage Version
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great
cloud of witnesses, let us get rid of every burden
and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us
run with patient endurance the race that is laid
out for us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,
who is the author of our faith and the one
who brings it to its goal. In view of the joy set
before him, he endured the cross, disregarding
its shame, and has taken his seat at the right
hand of God’s throne.”
 


Thursday, January 24, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, January 24, 2019
“Even the Little Things”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake

Today during my quiet time I returned to my notebook that I record words spoken by those that minister in our church, and things the Lord has ministered to me in my quiet time.   Pradeep Perera spoke these words almost four years ago in our worship service.
 
 
“He pours out His grace on the little things.
He will breathe on the things you put your hand to.”

God loves touching every part and detail of our life.   It ALL matters to Him.  Today I encourage you to reach up often with a heart that desires to be filled with His grace. Even those little things we encounter matter to our big God! Oh how precious to meditate on knowing He desires to breathe His holy breath on us, and prosper all that we put our hands too.
 
“Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being]
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:3 – The Amplified Version



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!