“There Is Lasting Peace…”

lasting peace

by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 119:165 (HCSB)
“Abundant peace belongs to those
who love Your instruction;
nothing makes them stumble.”

 

When we love the instruction of God’s Word , we WILL have great peace.  As my husband preached  yesterday he admonished us…”The spirit of this world is trying to drain us.”  This is so true, and this truth needs to be heeded to.   No matter how much we love and live for the Lord, we must continue to keep ourselves strengthened by the truths of God’s Word so that our souls are not drained and pulled down.  Many times when we are lacking peace, it is then that we are most vulnerable to offences.

 

The second part of Psalm 119:165 says that “nothing makes them stumble.”   When we are so full of God’s peace, we will be able to rise above things that would be trying to pull our hearts into being offended and stumbling.    Offense can have power over our souls as it can cause us to be unforgiving and we could end up a bitter person.

 

This great peace that the psalmist is speaking  of is not the peace that the world gives.  This peace comes from the God of still waters that lives within you, and He promises to flood your soul with it.    This peace is the peace that passes all human comprehension. It is  above and beyond all we dare imagine.  Today I encourage you to think about the God in Heaven that desires for His abundant peace to permeate your soul!   As you love His instruction you will have abundant peace.

 

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“God Looks At Our Hearts”

god looks on heart

by Dona Hake

 

 

Psalm 139:1-6

“Lord, you have examined me.
You know me.
You know when I sit down and when I stand up.
Even from far away, you comprehend my plans.
 You study my traveling and resting.
You are thoroughly familiar with all my ways.
There isn’t a word on my tongue, Lord,
that you don’t already know completely.
 You surround me—front and back.
You put your hand on me.
 That kind of knowledge is too much for me;
it’s so high above me that I can’t fathom it.”

 

Let us ponder how awesome it is that the Lord knows each of us inside and out.  He knows exactly what makes us tick.  He understands our emotions and our fears.  He knows every thought that runs through our minds and before we speak a word, He already knows what it is going to be.

 

This strikes me as so amazing and it makes me even more aware of how much I need to reverence Him in every aspect of my life.  You see, He not only looks at our heart, but He sees what is there that is good and those things that should not be occupying our hearts.  He sees things no one else sees.  Let us also embrace this thought when we are being tempted to be critical of others.  Many times people may be walking through something that you do not know of.    It is a good rule to be praying for people rather than trying to figure them out.   God knows and sees their hearts as well, and He is well able to deal with them.  Let us keep our eyes on Him and our own hearts.

 

“God does not see as humans see.

Humans look at outward appearances,

but the Lord looks into the heart.”

2 Samuel 16:7

 

As we walk closely beside Him and stay in close fellowship we can be sure that He will speak to us about things that we did not even know are going on inside of us.  Awesome thought isn’t it?  The God that so lovingly created you understands it all.  In those times that you feel you are not being understood, know this…the God of Heaven and Earth understands you.

 

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“If Your Eye Is Pure…”

eye full of light

by Dona Hake

 

Sometimes our eyes can deceive us.  We can think we are perceiving things properly but truth is we are seeing things from the wrong perspective or improper thinking.  There are many things that can cloud our eyes from seeing things how God sees them.

 

Here is an example of seeing things incorrectly.  We have heard it said that worry casts a big shadow on small things.  Really when you think about it worry causes us to perceive “His  light”  and the truth of the matter incorrectly.    Worry has the ability to magnify things and distort the truth.  When there is a problem and we allow the light of His Word to shine on it, we will always be able to embrace an attitude of victory and not worry.

 

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.  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.”

 

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“Look Up!”

look up

by Dona Hake

 

We all need to be reminded of things.  Sometimes even the most important things can be forgotten.  We get too busy, our minds are full, and we just forget.  Today I want to remind you to keep looking up.  This is something you have to do and no one else can do it for you.  I want to share several scriptures to cause your eyes to stop focusing on that which is not important and focus on Him.

 

 Psalm 143:8

“Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I LIFT UP MY INNER SELF TO YOU.”

Psalm 63:4
“So will I bless You while I live;  I WILL LIFT UP MY HANDS in Your name…”

 

Psalm 121:1-3
Amplified Bible (AMP)

“I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES to the hills  —From whence shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”

 

Psalm 123:1
“I LIFT UP MY EYES…”

 

I want you to take note that in all of these scriptures “I Will” proceeds the lifting up of our inner self, our hands, and our eyes.  You see, it is an act of our will to look up and lift up.  He promises that as we make a decision to look away from all that is trying to hold us back and hold us down that He WILL lift us up!!

 

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“God Can Lift Up the Discouraged Heart”

discouragement

by Dona Hake

 

It is when we are full of God’s courage that we feel we are able to accomplish anything with His help.  The opposite of courage is discouragement.  Discouragement has the power to paralyze someone from moving forward.  It has the power the keep you unmotivated to move forward and wallow in the past.  Today we will look at how we must guard our hearts against discouragement.

 

Abraham Lincoln wisely said,

 

“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”  

 

Courage is that thing that empowers us to do what we may be afraid of.  It helps us go forward into things we  thought was too big for us to handle.   Let us with determined hearts to never  allow discouragement to prey upon our hearts.

 

Many times discouragement will be birthed as a result of being preoccupied with cares in your life.  We are commanded to cast all our care over to God.   As the scripture says below, we need to keep our minds clear and alert because the devil is watching for those opportunities to pull you down.

 

1 Peter 57-9
Names of God Bible
“Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you. Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour.  Be firm in the faith and resist him, knowing that other believers throughout the world are going through the same kind of suffering.”

 

If your heart is in a place of discouragement, I want to encourage you today to look up and know that He is well able to pull you out of that place and bring courage back to your heart.  Release your care and hold fast to His loving hands and you will be made courageous!

 

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“In God Alone I Rest”

in God alone I rest

by Dona Hake

 

We overwork our bodies at times and more than likely our minds are overworked on a regular basis. Daily responsibilities and cares can just take it out of us. Where do we run when this happens? Are we supposed to run when this happens? Of course God wants us to run to Him when we are in trouble. May I humbly submit to you that if you run from your problems that you are going the wrong way?

I think God’s real deal for us is to stay in a place of rest for it is there that we are able to live refreshed and drawing upon Him. It is there that our hearts, minds and bodies are kept in check. It is there that there is strength and peace beyond any comprehension exists. If we are honest with ourselves we need to admit there are times when we are pushing the boundaries of our bodies and minds to the point of pointlessness, and we need to return to His rest that He desires for us.

 

I am totally sold out in believing that God wants us to live in a place called rest that ONLY He provides. So what is this rest? Here is one definition that I loved…
relief or freedom, especially from anything that

wearies, troubles, or disturbs.
Let us abide under the shadow of His wings and I mean abide…live there, hang out, stay there….God wants us to remain before Him. He does not desire we come and go as we please. He does not desire that we come to Him when only when problems come up, but He desires we stay put. It is as we rest in this place that we really do experience His rest!

“Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him,”
Psalm 62:5 HCSB

 

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“Going God’s Way”

one foot in front

by Dona Hake

 

Many of you know well that I have a love for birds, and I love feeding them.  I have so many different species that come to my feeders and I love watching and observing their behavior.  Recently, I have welcomed Catbirds and I am really enjoying them.   I was having my morning coffee and I heard a hard bang on my deck window and as I walked over to see, I was holding my breath that I was not going to find a dead bird.   I dreaded going to glance out the  window because I hate seeing anything suffer or lose it’s life.   I was surprised to find one of the little Catbirds sitting on the deck looking around quite dumbfounded and you could tell she did not know what hit her.  She saw me and glanced my way, and I just stood and observed her.  She just stayed quiet and little by little looked around.  She sat there observing other birds coming and going and did not move.  Finally, she lifted up her wings and flew away.  Whewwwww!  I took a deep sigh of relief!

 

This little incident blessed me with  a little analogy to share with you today.  Sometimes we too can think we are perceiving that we are going the right way to find ourselves running into “windows” or dead ends.  Things like this can blindside us especially if we feel we are on the right path, yet it happens.    Sometimes our wrong perception of things could get us into trouble.  Maybe we are not paying as close attention to things as we should and we  end up being stopped suddenly without warning.   We can learn from this because there will be  times when we are taken off guard in life or hit hard with circumstances beyond our control.

 

A little observation I made of my little recovering “feathered friend” was how she sat so quietly and was cautious not to move until she knew she could.  She just kept still, observed quietly what was going on and waited till the right moment.  She knew exactly the right time to try and fly again.   It was almost like she instinctively knew when it was safe to take flight  again.  Let us learn as well in those situations that cause us confusion or when we feel we lack wisdom in a situation .     Let us be still, patiently wait and when we get our strength and direction back, He will cause us to soar again by His strength and He will keep us strong.

 

Psalm 17:4-5 (MSG)
” I’m not trying to get my way
in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get your way,
your Word’s way.
I’m staying on your trail;
I’m putting one foot
In front of the other.
I’m not giving up.”

 

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“May We Never Forget”

may we never forget

by Dona Hake

 

What a special day this should be in the heart of every American that loves the freedom  we partake of here in this country.    Today is the day which is set to remember the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.    Let us also keep in prayer those that live with the pain of the loved one they lost in war, for they too have sacrificed.

 

I read something interesting regarding the history and different traditions of Memorial Day and I wanted to share with you.  One of the traditions that some may do  on Memorial Day is the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.  The half-staff position remembers the men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

 

Let us keep the “noonday” attitude within us and determine not to let these sacrifices be in vain.  Let us rise up in their stead and resolve in our hearts to fight the good fight for freedom.    Let us vow to pray like never before for our country and support our troops and veterans in every we can.  We hear it said, “Freedom is not free.”  This is a very powerful statement and I pray it does not become just a cliche to us .      Today I encourage you to give honor to those that went into battle with hearts that were resolute as they fought for the cause of our freedom.  This courage and sacrifice deserves the greatest and highest respect.   God bless America!

 

 

MAY WE NEVER FORGET!

 

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“Upon This Rock We Stand”

upon this rock we stand

 

by Dona Hake

 

I have been pondering yesterday’s devotional in my heart.  I love how Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were so strong in their faith and they embraced worshiping only the Living God.  Let us look again at the scripture I shared with you and how they communicated with King Nebuchadnessar.  I love how they addressed the king with boldness of faith yet respect as well for the king.

 

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not worried about what will happen to us.  If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and he will deliver us out of your hand, Your Majesty.  But if he doesn’t, please understand, sir, that even then we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have erected.”

 

First of all they understood that God was well able to deliver them from this horrible death yet they took their love and worship of God a step further.  I am going to paraphrase this…”Even if God does not deliver us, please understand this one thing, we under no circumstance will serve your gods nor will we bow down to them.”   They were rock solid in their faith and nothing was going to move them.

 

Even onto the death they proclaimed their unmovable faith in the Living God that they believed and served.  Let us learn from such examples of faith that are in the Bible.  Because of what Jesus did for us at the cross, our faith can also be unshaken in the face of any circumstance. To God be the glory who strengthens and establishes us in our faith!

 

Psalm 34:15
“The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly]

righteous and His ears are open to their cry.”

 

 

 

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The Heart That Is Resolved To Serve Him”

heart resolved

By Dona Hake

 

 The resolute heart is the one firmly resolved or determined.  This heart of faith is set in purpose and will follow  God no matter what.  The heart that is resolute in serving Him is the one that realizes that serving half hearted  is not an option.

 

 Today we will look at three young men that were resolute in serving their God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego understood that they could not bow to the god that was created by the King.  As the King commanded all the people to do so, these three continued to stand and not bow to this man made god.   The King was made aware of those that would not bow…

 

Daniel 3:12-13-14

“There are some Judeans who you made important officials in the province of Babylon that ignored your order, King. Their names are Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They don’t worship your gods, and they didn’t bow down to worship the gold idol you set up.”

 Nebuchadnezzar became very angry. He called for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So they were brought to him. And Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t worship my gods? And is it true that you didn’t bow down and worship the gold idol I have set up?”      Daniel 3:12-13-14 

 

Today as I read this Bible story my heart admires these three who served their God with a heart of resolve.  They well understood that there would be punishment for their decision to refuse to bow to a man made god.

 

 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not worried about what will happen to us.  If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and he will deliver us out of your hand, Your Majesty.  But if he doesn’t, please understand, sir, that even then we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have erected.”

Daniel 3:16-18

 

These three that were resolved in their heart were now going to be tested.  As their hands were bound they were thrown into the hot furnace.  The king was so angry at them that he commanded the furnace be made even hotter.  The flames were so hot it killed the soldiers as they were throwing them in the furnace.   I love how this story ends because it is a triumphant victory and the king was astonished at what he saw.  The conversation of the king and those around him was this.

 

 The king said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire. They are not tied up and they are not burned. The fourth man looks like an angel.”    As they walked out of the furnace the King was convinced that they served the living God above.  There was strong evidence of the mighty hand of God for the fire had not even singed their clothing.  Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their God has sent his angel and saved his servants from the fire! These three men trusted their God and refused to obey my command. They were willing to die instead of serving or worshiping any other god.”

 

I love these testimonies that are in the Word to remind us to live uncompromisingly before the Living God above.  God is still at work and He desires to show Himself in mighty ways as we too serve Him with resolute hearts!

 

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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!