Saturday, December 29, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, December 29, 2018
“You Aren’t Equipped For Life Until…”
by Dona Hake
 
“You aren’t equipped for life until you realize you aren’t equipped for life. You aren’t equipped for life until you’re in need of grace.
 
In the moment of realizing your limitations, your shortcomings, you’re inescapable sins, all that you aren’t—-In that moment of surrendered lack, you’re given the gift you’d receive no other way: the gracious hand of an unlimited God. Repentance, turning around, is the only way to be ushered into grace.” 
excerpt from “The Greatest Gift” by Ann Voskamp
 
 
God‘s desire is that we live in a place of constant awareness of our need for His grace. He also desires we stay away of how we can do nothing without Him.  Yet with Him we can do the impossible!  But we must always beware… pride will try to pull and tug at our hearts at times. Sometimes it is so subtle that we miss pride’s work and it’s voice. Pride will try to trick us into thinking that we can live without grace. Pride will keep our hearts from living a life of repentance.  Pride will keep us in a place of depending on our own ability.
 
Oh that we come to the place of seeing His grace as needful as the air we breathe. Oh Lord, Your grace is one of the most  wonderful provisions you have provided for us that we may live this life for You. It will be sufficient for anything we deal with today, and we thank You for that.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, December 26, 2018
“God’s Word – Our Mirror”
 

Mirror Gods Word as a

by Dona Hake
 

 

 James 1:22-25 (Amplified)

“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror;

For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then

goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.

But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law]

of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking

into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an

active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing

(his life of obedience).”
 
There may have been a time that you have heard the Word of God, and your heart was encouraged and lifted up. There may also have been times in which the Word of the Lord has greeted your heart with an invitation to take a second glance for your soul may have need of extra attention. You see, as we hear the living Word of God, many times the Holy Spirit will speak to us in a more challenging way, and reveal things that we are unaware of. While this may be unpleasant to our souls, it is needful that we deal with this prompting of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we are aware of hindrances to our soul yet we become masters of covering up, and putting off dealing with it. As the scripture says…we would be…
“betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning
contrary to the Truth].”
 
We cannot afford to deceive ourselves and live contrary to God’s Word. Know that when the Lord brings something to our attention, He is also our provision of all the grace and help we need to change it. We must always keep in mind that it is our choice to let Him change us into His image.
 
If we do not act on the challenge of God’s Word, we can end up being a hearer and not a doer of the Word of our Lord. It is the same as seeing ourselves in a mirror, and observing the reflection of our spirit and soul, and walking away, therefore forgetting the condition of our soul. My friend we must never walk away and forget what we saw in God’s mirror.  Hearing the Word without obedience following will never help us change. Action by faith in Him must follow!
 
As we look into the glorious mirror of the living Word of God, and it reveals what we need, let us ask the Holy Spirit, our Helper for the wisdom, understanding and direction to deal with the change that our hearts need. He who has shown this great light of His Word will be faithful to accomplish the change we need, and we will be blessed and changed into His image as we obey Him.

 



Friday, December 21, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, December 21, 2018
“Seek and Inquire of the Lord”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Psalm 105:4 (AMP)

“Seek, inquire of and for the Lord, and crave Him and

His strength (His might and inflexibility to temptation);

seek and require His face and His presence [continually] evermore.”
 
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
 
 
“No man ever prayed without learning something.”
 
 
As we ponder the scripture from Psalm 105:4 along with this quote we  can see that as we truly seek the Lord in prayer, reading, and the hearing of His Word that there is much to be found, and we will most assuredly learn in our time with Him. Even if you have read a scripture many times over, there is always freshness and newness of life that it can bring to our soul…if  we allow it to.  The truths to be found in our Lord have endless depths, and as we pray and seek Him, He will take us into deeper revelation of the truths in His Word.
 
 
Do you desire to go deeper and deeper in the things of God?   Today I encourage you to crave Him and His strength. Think about those things you love to eat. Sometimes it will hit me and I will start craving a particular food because I love it so much. So it should be with our love for our Lord and everything about Him! The more we seek Him the more we will find ourselves needing to seek Him more. The more you experience HIS strength and HIS ability, the more you will crave to turn your face to Him and receive all that He is! Remember that all that He is, and all that He does is brand new everyday. He desires to teach you continually and answer all the questions of your heart. Crave Him, step into His presence, and prepare yourself to learn and receive His portion for you today. God is good!

Jeremiah 33:3 (CJB)

“Call out to me, and I will answer you —

I will tell you great things, hidden things

of which you are unaware.”



Monday, December 17, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, December 17, 2018
“Favor Like a Shield”
 
 
 
 
 
“Because you, Lord, bless the righteous.
You cover them with favor like a shield.”
Psalm 5:12 – CEB
 
He covers us with His favor as a shield!   Another translation said His favor is as a canopy.   I love that!   Let us look at the word shield defined  in light of the scripture.
“A broad piece of armor, varying widely in
form and size, carried apart from the body,
usually on the left arm, as a defense
against swords, lances, arrows”
 
Today I encourage you to think about times that you have seen the favor of God in your life.  I can remember once hearing a Bible teacher share that many times God’s favor was exhibited in ways we may not always understand.   This makes me think of the scripture that plainly states that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.  This teacher proceeded to share of a time in which he was in a hurry, and he felt the Lord was leading him to take a different route.   This route actually was going to make him late.  While he  tried to reason it away he remained obedient.   He found out the route he was going to take had a very bad car accident in the very moments he would have been on that road…it caused him to think that  he could have very well been affected by  that accident.   He then said, “This was God’s favor!”   His favor is our defense in ways that we may never understand.   As we pray for God’s favor we can expect Him to sometimes interrupt our plans, and keep us out of trouble and inconveniences that would waste our time or spare our life from danger. 
 
 
Let us daily praise Him and acknowledge His favor in order that we may see His hand at work in ways we may never understand. It is your shield and He promises to cover you as you walk in His paths of righteousness for His Name sake.
 
” Lord, you bless those who do what is right. You protect them like a soldier’s shield.” Psalm 5:12 International Children’s Bible


Sunday, December 16, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, December 16, 2018
“Be Still That You May Hear”
 
 By Dona Hake
 
As we purpose to dwell in His presence we will most assuredly hear His voice even when it is a soft whisper or tug on our heart. I love to meditate that my Lord walks beside me, and He shows me His loving direction in every step that I take. Some days I know that my angels are working overtime to guard my back and keep me safe from trouble. I especially thank the Lord when I get in my car that His angels are encamped around about me.

There is great power in the awareness of leaning on His instruction and His direction for every moment of our day. There is safety in heeding to the “stop signs” that He puts before us. Many times His stop signs can come as a lack of peace in a situation. I believe in those times He desires that we heed to those quiet tugs upon our hearts to keep us from being harmed or making a wrong decision.

Today I would like to share a testimony of His protection over my life a few days ago. I was coming home, and I was going to make a left-hand turn at a green light. There was no on coming traffic so obviously I felt I had the right away, and could make the turn. But what was more obvious to me was the prompting within me that I should pause and move extremely slowly. The light had been green, and there was no oncoming traffic so just as I decided to make my turn I felt not to move, and it seemed out of nowhere a SUV that was going way over the speed limit came flying right through the red light he had at the intersection where I was ready to make my turn. Had I not stopped where I did I would most definitely been hit. The thing that amazed me most was the peace that totally enveloped me in that moment.

I immediately began to thank the Lord for warning me to stop and not move even though I had the right away. It is important in these moments and times that we do not let “the what if’s march”. What if I would not had stopped, what if…what if… When we do this we invite the “what if’s” to trample our hearts with fear, and fear will begin to occupy our minds. That will surely rob us from staying in faith, and walking in the peace that He has blessed us with.
I encourage you today to be still, enjoy the peace of your Lord and learn to live by it. Many times our minds can be so busy with the plans of our day that we do not heed to the advice and prompting of our Lord. May we continue to learn to walk in a place that we are able to hear His still small voice.


Friday, November 23, 2018

 
Devotional for Friday, November 23, 2018
 
“HIS WORD NEVER CHANGES”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
God’s Word is true, and He is faithful to it. He promises that He will stand behind it, and He will never change or waver. Even as our Lord promises His faithfulness to His Word, there are those that seek to figure their problems out in their own ability. They have come to trust themselves rather than God for life’s answers.
 
God Word is a powerful seed!  We need to plant it, and permit it to flourish within us that we will be thriving in the blessings He has intended for us. His Word will not lose its potency due to time or the increasing knowledge this world has to offer as a solution to our problems.
 
I recently read where this individual watched a documentary on Egypt. It showed how wheat seed was found in pyramids. These seeds were dated to approximately 2,500 BC. It was amazing to hear that when the seeds were planted in fertile soil, the 4,500 year old seeds grew!   And so it is with the Word of our Lord…how awesome it is to know that God’s Word does not lose its potency overtime but He continues to powerfully reproduce His kingdom in the lives of those who purpose to sow it.  I encourage you today to purpose to diligently sow God’s Word within your heart that it may grow and flourish in your life and keep you standing strong in Jesus Name!


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, November 20, 2018
“Without Bridle and Rein”
 
by Dona Hake
 
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you. Do not be like the horse or like the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bridle and rein to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.”   Psalm 32:8-9 Amplified Verstion
 
Our Lord desires that we be willing to learn of Him, He wants to instruct us and counsel us but without “bridle and rein.“   We all have a choice to obey, and He cannot make us do that which is right  if we are resisting the work of His hand.  If your mind is made up to do your life your own way, the Lord surely cannot gently lead you into His wonderful ways and will for your life.
 
The horse and mule need restraints to hold them in check or they will not obey. Our Lord desires that we humbly and willingly draw close to Him. He does not want us merely do the right thing  because we feel we have to or we feel an obilgation to do it, for this is what the Word calls a dead work.   We must serve him wholeheartedly with tender humble hearts.    It is sad when one replaces obedience with good works…this is not what our Lord is looking for.    God desires that we be free from the “bridle and rein” of just doing things to make ourselves to be good people apart from the work of His hand. We are free from such bondage!  His desire is that His light and good things shine in us as a result of our humble submission to Him…
 
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”
Ephesians 2:10 AMP


Monday, November 19, 2018

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, November 19, 2018
“I Won’t Look Back!”

 

 

Dont look back

by Dona Hake
 
“The past is not really the past if it is impacting your present.”
 
Once while driving I was listening to Christian radio,and I heard these powerful words  spoken by a gentleman giving his testimony.  He made emphasis on the power of keeping his eyes and heart set on what the Lord had set before him.  He really understood and shared how our past can affect our present if we do not deal with it as the Lord would have us to do.
 
I thought what he said was a powerful thought to ponder.  Of course we understand that what happened twenty years ago or even yesterday is behind us .  What we need to understand though is  if we dwell on any negatives of our past  and allow them to hinder us it will influence and affect our life in a very negative way.  Memories can serve to torment us IF we allow them to do so.
 

Paul wrote in the Corinthians and he exclaimed that those in Christ are more than conquerors but in Philippians he brought to us that in the “race” in this life we need to stay focused, strong, and purposed to continue in momentum, and he still did not consider himself a winner.

Philippians 3:13 God’s Word Translation

“Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet.

This is what I do:

I don’t look back,

I lengthen my stride,

and I run straight toward the goal

to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.

Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think. However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far.”
 

Paul was proclaiming that until he crosses the finish line he needed to run with the good mental and spiritual habits of a conqueror.  The heart of a conqueror does not look back.  He spoke of lengthening his stride or running a steady pace or course.  We must continually keep in front of us all of our goals both spiritual and personal and run toward them with all of our hearts and strength that comes only from God!



Sunday, November 18, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, November 18, 2018
“The Word Stands Forever”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
The gentleman stood before the camera as he was being interviewed by a TV new’s team.   He had just returned to the place he once called home, and behind him were the ruins of his home that had burned to the ground.    If you have been following the news you have seen the wildfires of California, and how they have devastated the lives of many, many have died, and there are those that are still not accounted for.    As the gentleman was sharing his reaction to losing it all, he looked into the camera and said “This is the one thing that did not burn!”  He clutched and held up his Bible, and although he lost everything, I am sure he knew this was not a coincidence. There was this place he once called home,and it was totally gone, but His Bible, the  Word of God endured the heat and the fire’s destruction.
 
I was immediately reminded of the fact that no matter what happens in this life we can most assuredly know that the Word of God is what we will always have to stand upon.  As we trust in His Word, we can be unshakable even if our world has been shaken.   In the face of trials we can proclaim, “All is well with my soul!”. 
 
I truly believe the Lord uses such signs and miraculous things like this gentleman experienced to remind us that we need to keep our minds set on things above and not on the things of this earth.  The Scriptures tell us….
 
“Our lives are like the grass of spring, and any glory we enjoy is like the beauty of a wildflower. The grass dries up and dies, and the flower falls to the ground. But the word of the Lord lasts forever.” And that word is the Good News that was told to you.
1 Peter 1:24-25 – ERV
Human beings are frail and temporary, like grass, and the glory of man fleeting like blossoms of the field. The grass dries and withers and the flowers fall off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever! And this is the Word that was announced to you!
1 Peter 1:24-25 – TPT


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, November 13, 2018
 
“God Hears the Prayer of the Humble Heart”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
Psalm 51:17 ERV
 
“The sacrifice that God wants is a humble spirit.  
God, you will not turn away someone who comes with a humble heart
and is willing to obey you.”
 
The humble heart my friends…this is what our Lord is looking for….this is what He wants from us.   Our loving God hears and listens intently to the cries of the man or woman with a humble heart.  He diligently searches for that one that seeks to serve Him with a whole and pure heart untainted by the things that are against His will.    
 
You may wonder who are those that truly reverence and humble themselves to His Name.   It is the man or woman that consistently looks to Him every day to be the Lord of all things in their life.   They understand that true humility will cause them to make everything that tries to challenge or stand against the Word of God to bow it’s knee quickly.     God’s eyes look for those of a humble and dedicated heart, and  He is attentive to their cry.
 
 
Psalm 145:18-19 TLB
“He is close to all who call on him sincerely.
He fulfills the desires of those who reverence and trust him; he
hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
 
 
Father, we thank You this day that You desire to move in great ways in our lives.   Help us to grow in our understanding of true humility for we know that this is so pleasing to Your heart. As we encounter needs in our lives, we ask in Your Name to meet our needs for Your Word says that You desire to perfect all that concerns us. Today we rejoice in Your provision over our lives, and we ask for Your help us to pursue true humility in our hearts.  In Jesus Name, amen.
 



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!