Thursday, October 4, 2018

Devotional for Thursday, October 4, 2018
“Righteousness Will Go Before Him”
by Dona Hake
“Righteousness will go before Him and will make
His footsteps into a way [in which to walk].”
Recently I was meditating on some notes that I had taken from when my husband shared from Psalm 85 a few years ago. What the Lord was speaking to me during this teaching caused me to write the following note for me to meditate upon…
“Turn my heart toward your will,
and cause me to see when I am off of your path.”
Just think about how easy it is when you’re traveling and you are not paying attention or you think you’ve chosen a clever shortcut. Many times these are the decisions we make that end up causing us to be lost in our travels until we get back on track. So it is in the Spirit. All it takes is one wrong attitude to open us up to thoughts that could cause us to sin, and words that could cause us to hurt someone. The devil would love nothing more than to seduce us and trick us to think it is acceptable to stray from the will of our Lord, and it will always begin in the smallest of things.   We must guard our hearts and minds so we are so sensitive to the Spirit of God to show us even the smallest of things.
Oh that our prayer would be that our heart is always toward our Lord continually abiding in His presence, for it is then that we will always be on His path doing His will. It is then that we will experience Him steering  our footsteps in paths of righteousness for His Name sake and the work of His kingdom!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Devotional for Wednesday, October 3, 2018
“But I Run With Passion”
by Dona Hake
Seeking to live in “comfort zones” in the spirit is an enemy to our faith. What is a “comfort zone“? It is the place where security is felt, it is when one feels they are in control. Our natural fears and tendencies could lead us to seek and find such a place, and then we may be tempted to position ourselves firmly in that place. It may be a place that you keep protected and you will defend it out of fear. This comfort zone can also tempt us desire to handle things in our own strength. When this happens we are most assuredly not relying on His grace nor are we continuing to grow in our faith in God.
God will always desire to take us forward…from one place in the Spirit to the next as we walk and grow in His will. Comfort zones can become a stagnant place, and can position us to end up in fear of moving forward or we can be held back by dwelling on the “good ole days” of the past. God desires that we live in a growing faith for “Now faith is…” He desires to keep our hearts challenged by Him.
Today I encourage you to think about where the Lord has brought you from, and how He may have challenged your comfort zone’s in the past. Let us run with passion into His abundance in all that He has called us to discover and fulfill!

“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.”
Philippians 3:12-13 – TPT

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Devotional for Wednesday, September 26, 2018
“I Have Learned…”
by Dona Hake
“I’m not telling you this because I’m in need, for I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance. I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.”
Philippians 4:11-12 – The passion translation
I love this… Paul understood how to obtain and hold fast to the goal of God‘s perfect will in his life. He learned and trained himself in the secret of overcoming any obstacle, and nothing was going to stand in his way or stop him. As we fellowship with our Lord and diligently renew our minds with God‘s Word we are arming ourselves for whatever we may face.
As we continue in faith and the renewing our minds, we will learn to be content whether are enjoying abundance or we are walking through lack. Here lies one of the many secrets of our walk with Jesus. All that we need is hidden in His Word for us. Even in fullness and in abundance we need to strive to be overcomers for this is NOT where we draw our strength. Many times in the times of abundance we can be tempted to ease up in our faith. Of course let us praise Him as we enjoy abundance but let us remain in the same contentment no matter what for our eyes are on Him and not the blessing.
Praise Him for His wonderful grace that is sufficient in lack and in abundance. Praise the living God for His mighty explosive power that dwells within us that positions us to live as conquerors in Jesus Name as we continue to press in and remain content in Him.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Devotional for Monday, September 24, 2018
“No One But You”
by Dona Hake
“The corruption that was in us from birth was expressed through the deeds and desires of our self – life. We lived by whatever natural cravings and thoughts our minds dictated, living as rebellious children subject to God’s wrath like everyone else. But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy. Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace! He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!” Ephesians 2:3-6 TPT
What a wonderful scripture that should keep us mindful of where we came from, what we have been redeemed from, and where we sit and stand in Christ.  He raised us up, and we are seated, and because of that we can be victorious!    This is who and where we are but beware of those times that lies from the devil will try to convince us to think differently.  I saw this quote the other day and it’s stirred my heart to meditate on how we can experience times in which we feel inferior either by lies directly from the devil or our own wrong thinking.
“No one can make you feel
inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Yes, there may be times that the devil will try to deceive us and make us feel inferior. He accuses, he condemns, but our God has issued the final verdict… we are free, and we are more than conquerors, and seated with Him in that victorious place!  

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Devotional for Thursday, September 20, 2018
“Be Still They He Is Able to Lead You”
by Dona Hake
“Jesus answered, “I am ·the way, and the truth, and the life [or the one true way to have life]. ·The only way to the Father is through me [L No one comes to the Father except through me] .” John 14:6 -EXB
When we walk close to our Lord, stay on His paths, remain obedient to His Word…WE ARE in His will! Oh praise God that the Holy Spirit has promised to be our God and gently lead us. Will it always be easy? Will it always feel comfortable to our flesh? Of course not! I know we can all testify to the fact that sometimes we have been moved out of our comfort zone as we are walking in His will.    His plans are perfect, and all He asks is that we simply trust, be still, walk beside Him and listen to His voice.
“Your ears will hear sweet words behind you: “ Go this way. There is your path; this is how you should go” whenever you must decide whether to turn to the right or the left.” Isaiah 30:21 – The Voice
When we feel like we are uncertain about His will, and questions seem to throw confusion into the mix He promises to speak sweet words of comfort and direction to our hearts. His words are always decisive and they are always sure.  In this we can be confident! He has promised to gently lead us in the way that is perfect before Him.   What a blessing that we can count on Him and His guidance. Even when His words challenge our hearts to step out of our boats, and walk toward Him, all He asks is that we not permit the wind and the waves of this life to move our hearts off of our faith in Him.  He wants simple trust in His guidance.  May we continue to press in and sit in the stillness of the presence of our Lord that He may speak to our hearts continually about His will for us.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Devotional for Wednesday, September 19, 2018
“Listen, Open Your Ears…”
by Dona Hake
James 1:19 (VOICE)
“Listen, open your ears, harness your desire to speak,
and don’t get worked up into a rage so easily,
my brothers and sisters.”
A particular word in this  translation of James 1:19 (the Voice) gives a wonderful analogy for us, and it in the word ~harness~.     Many times I have heard it said, “I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying something that would get me in trouble.”    God desires that we keep our mouths guarded by the power of His Holy Spirit for our words can hurt and destroy.  These words can be vessels used by the devil to do his destructive work.
Once I remember being  in a pet store and this young woman had a  sweet dog which was a Golden Retriever.   I was puzzled why she had him muzzled.   Yet I understand because I have a German Shepherd that is the sweetest baby ever, but if she perceives fear or if someone would attempt to harm me it would a very bad outcome for them.   
This young lady and I continued talking and she mentioned how sweet he was, and she invited me to feel free to pet him.  She saw that I understood how to approach a dog properly and I had no fear.   Dogs are keen to sense possible danger and fear, and they know when you are safe.  You see this pet owner understood what her dog was capable of if he ended up in a situation that he perceived possible danger or he did not like other dogs. She knew what the outcome could be.   We too need to keep not only our mouths harnessed but also our thoughts. We need to remind ourselves of what we are capable if our minds are not under control and renewed by God’s Word. Bad thoughts can become hurtful and destructive words.   We need to stay aware of the situations in which our mouths get us into trouble.   God desires that we seek Him to walk in His self control, and grow in discernment in understanding our weaknesses.
Today I encourage you to listen carefully before you speak, and guard your heart from the temptation to think about things that are not worthy to occupy your mind.  Remember that your mind is a breeding ground for good things but it can also be a place that can become the devil’s place that he will render you weak,helpless, and out of control.  He understands how our uncontrolled thoughts can lead us into anger’s uncontrolled behavior.    Let us be careful, thoughtful listeners, speaking carefully chosen words, and live patient with others, and willing to forgive. May we  bless others with a kind listening ear,  spread His sweet grace as we speak, and be peacemakers for Him.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Devotional for Wednesday, September 12, 2018
“Being Confident of This Very Thing”
As WE press on
by Dona Hake
Philippians 1:6 (JUB)

“…being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun

a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Today I leave you with a confession for you to speak and edify yourself!
His mercies are new to me every morning , His grace is sufficient for me, His joy is my strength, His love keeps my heart, The fruit of His patience promises to help me to be longsuffering. My youth is renewed as the eagles as I wait upon Him, He promises to never leave me, and in His presence I stand in  abounding joy. From the windows of Heaven comes an abundance so big that I cannot even begin to contain it. Any sin, no matter how big or small is forgiven as I humble myself to Him with a truly repentant heart.
In this I am confident...a good work has begun in
me and He promises to complete it!



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Devotional for Tuesday, September 11, 2018
“When Your Faith Is Tested”
by Dona Hake
“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.” James 1:2-4 The Passion Translation
I love how John Mason addresses the trials of this life…
“You are like a teabag… not worth much till you’ve been through some hot water.”
One thing for sure, we must be resolute in doing the will of our Lord. No matter what comes against us, we MUST press in! In Psalm 37:23, 24 it says “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighted in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with his hand.“
As we run the race set before us and purpose to please our Lord we can believe that even mistakes and failures can be steppingstones in learning, and they will cause us to gain godly wisdom. Paul said we are more than conquerors, and we well know that to be a conqueror there must be a battle. Thank God that in any battle we can be overcomers as we keep our eyes fixed on Him, and dare to do great works for our Lord. Let us never fear failure, or making mistakes in our attempt to try.
Theodore Roosevelt said this, “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the great twilight that knows not victory or defeat.“
Let us run life’s race with passion and determination no matter what may dare to hinder us for the path has been already marked out before us!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Devotional for Monday, September 10, 2018
“So We Fix Our Eyes…”
by Dona Hake
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on
what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:18
I have been wanting to share this scripture for I have  been thinking about how our eyes need to be fixed and intent upon Him… upon the things that are eternal and the unseen things that really matter. This morning the Lord used my German Shepherd Aasha to teach me about fixed eyes.   Aasha showed me hows she lives with expectations and her very own special hopes.   I love how things in our everyday life can be perfect analogies that deepen our spiritual understanding of God’s Word.
This morning it was pouring down raining. For Aasha, all routines stay in place… rain, hail, sleet or snow, she loves her morning walk and she expects it. So with raincoat and umbrella we set out to do our walk. She takes her time sniffing for the perfect place, munching on grass, etc…the weather does not phase her at all. After we returned she sat with fixed eyes and expectancy as she watched my daily routine. First my breakfast and 2 cups of coffee. Again with fixed eyes on me she  patiently anticipated me asking  her the question, “You ready to go out in the yard?!!!” I have to confess that this morning I gave thought to breaking the routine because of how it was pouring down raining. Surely I thought she would just forget about it. The mere thought of standing out in the dampness and cold rain was not an exciting one. But then I could not help but notice those beautiful brown eyes fixed on my every move. Waiting…waiting… patiently waiting. Her eyes were fixed, she was expecting to hear the question. She was thinking about what she expected to happen, and she did not doubt for a moment that it was not going to happen.   
I saw so much hope and expectancy in that dog’s eyes that I could not bring myself to letting her down. So yes! I popped the question, she sprang to her feet, and out in the pouring down rain we went. Aasha was is in her glory (and all wet!!) as she chased her favorite toy around in the pouring rain! Before we headed back in she stood and peered into the distance and scanned the yard to make sure all the bunny rabbits and squirrels were out of the yard before she was ready to come back in the house. One of her favorite backyard activities  is a good bunny or squirrel chase!!
The Lord used my dog to remind me about keeping my eyes fixed, my heart unwavering and expecting no matter how bad things may be…no matter what storms are going on in my life. I can never give thought to taking my eyes off of Him but must always live in expectation of the work He has planned for me. May we have fixed eyes and hearts on the eternal things of our Living God, the things that are unseen.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Devotional for Thursday, September 6, 2018
“But God …”
fools for christ
by Dona Hake
“But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish
things of the world to shame the wise
[revealing their ignorance], and God
has selected [for His purpose] the weak
things of the world to shame the things
which are strong [revealing their frailty]. ”
1 Corinthians 1:27 Amp
When I read this scripture I am reminded once again that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours, and His ways surpass our understanding .   Many times we may think that God is going to use what we perceive to be our strengths, yet He may chose to touch our heart, and ask us to step out in an area in which we  feel totally inadequate. 
I can remember a specific time in which the Lord was tugging at my heart to step out in something, and I did not feel that I was qualified to do what He was asking.   I resisted for a while, and after I finally gave in I experienced His grace flowing toward me, and  filling me with all I needed for the task that He asked me to do.   I was able to testify of  His strength flowing into my life, and enabling me to look away from my inabilities and draw upon His ability.
Many times God will call upon those that may not have an ability or they may even be weak or uneducated in the eyes of the world.    The Lord knows exactly which vessels He desires to use, and I am thankful that He is not interested in how smart we are or our endless abilities but rather He is looking for the humble in heart.   When we remain humble He can take our strengths and abilities and use them for His glory.   Sometimes He will pick those that you would least expect.   Let us settle in our hearts that our Lord knows exactly what He is doing.   I have shared this quote in the past but I bring it to you again this day for your heart to ponder…
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the
world would view Christians as fools…and He has
not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined
to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are
fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for
courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world.
If I have brought any message today, it is this:
Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded
as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage
to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
    Supreme Court Justice
    Antonin Scalia   1936-2016

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!