Devotional for Saturday, March 17, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, March 17, 2018
“Who Is the Man?”
 
 
 
 
 
Who is the man who fears the Lord
[with awe-inspired reverence and
worships Him with submissive wonder]?
He will teach him [through His word]
in the way he should choose.
Psalm 25:12
 
 
I shared with you a few days ago about how important it is that we understand how to live in the awe of the Lord. One of the ways I had shared was by seeking His precious wisdom, and as we do this we would find and understand the treasures that have been tucked away and hidden just for us.
 
Today we will see how fearing the Lord with awe inspired reverence is couple with worshiping Him with submissive wonder. Oh that we would see our life as an act of worship to Him, and live every day in total submission to the Word of God that we have hidden in our hearts. With every breath we take, we are faced with choices throughout our day. In those times that we are hearing so tenderly from our Lord that our choice is wrong let us submit to Him in the awe of all that He is, and be quick to repent that He can continue to point us in the way that we are to walk. May we never choose to walk in our own way but rather seek to live in the awe of the Lord and submissiveness to His ways and His Word as an act of worship to Him.
 
 


Devotional for Thursday, March 15, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, March 15, 2018
“The Awe of God”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“Don’t ·depend on your own wisdom [L be wise in your own eyes]. ·Respect [Fear; Hold in awe] The Lord and refuse to do wrong (turn away from evil) Then your body will be healthy and your bands will be strong and refreshed.”…”
Proverbs 3:7-8 EXB
 
~~~
 
“My ·child [or son], ·listen to [grasp] what I say and ·remember [L store up] what I command you. ·Listen carefully [L Bend your ear] to wisdom; ·set your mind on [L stretch your heart to] understanding. Cry out for wisdom, and ·beg [shout out loud] for understanding. ·Search [Seek] for it like silver, and ·hunt [search] for it like hidden treasure. Then you will understand ·respect [fear; awe; 1:7] for the Lord, and you will find ·that you know God [the knowledge of God] . Only the Lord gives wisdom; ·he gives [L from his mouth comes] knowledge and understanding. He stores up ·wisdom [resourcefulness] for those who ·are honest [have integrity]. Like a shield he protects the innocent.”
Proverbs 2:1-7
 
 
Today I would like to share what it means to hold in awe the living God. Those words “hold in awe” really touched my heart as I was meditating on the Word this morning. The word awe is an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration and fear. It is produced by that which is grand and extremely powerful. Oh that we would praise the living God upon every morning that we awaken for how powerful and wonderful He is. Let us praise Him for the wonderful things that He has done in our life for He is truly an awesome God!
 
 
The Word of God shows us here in Proverbs chapter 2 that one of the ways we can understand and embrace the awe of our God is seeking His wisdom like a hidden treasure. It is one thing to ask God for wisdom but do we actually seek it diligently with all of our heart as if it is a hidden treasure tucked away just for us?
 
 
Many times God and His precious blessings are not always as we expect them to be,  and we miss them.  Look for and seek after God with all of your heart.    Today I encourage you to seek His wisdom, do not be wise in your own eyes, and be ready for the eyes of your heart to be enlightened as it never has been before. The blessing of walking in the fear and awe of the Lord, and turning away from evil is the promise of a healthy body strong bones and refreshment by the Spirit of the Lord.
 
 


Devotional for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, March 14, 2018
“Now To Him…”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“I ask the Father with His great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through His Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.”
Ephesians 3:16-19. (Easy to Read translation)
 
 
 
Today we will meditate on being full of our Lord. What does it mean to be full? Paul sums it up here in his prayer, and that is knowing and understanding the greatness of our Lord‘s love. It is understanding how wide, how long, how high, and deep that love really is.
 
For us to express the fullness of the love of God we need to understand that it can only be done in and through Christ. May we desire to contain all that Jesus is, may we be filled to the utmost capacity of His love, peace, joy, all that He is… In order that we stay full we absolutely must seek to be in faith and be prayerful as we daily live for Him. Only you can ask the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of your life to its fullest.
 
It is as we stay full of Him that we will have the power to live and rise above every trial and circumstance that we face in this life. It is as we are full of Him that He is able to do great things as we release our faith. I want to leave you with this scripture, and in my opinion it is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible, and I love to meditate upon it often.
 
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”
 
Today I encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to know His love in a greater way than you have ever known. See Him as the God that is able to do above all that you dare ask, think, and is able to do above your wildest dreams in Jesus Name!


Devotional for March 13, 2018

 
Devotional for Tuesday, March 13, 2018
“When Kindness Rules Our Lips”
by Dona Hake
 
 
I would like to focus on a particular scripture in Proverbs 31. Whether you are a man or woman reading this, we can all learn something from this chapter. This Proverbs 31 woman was an excellent wife and mother, and she surely accomplished many things. Honestly, it makes me tired reading all the things she did! (Lol!!) What a wonderful example she has been for women to look to as example of a godly woman. I want to draw attention to the fact that her strength and dignity did not come from her amazing achievements, but they came from her reverence for God. No matter who you are and what you have accomplished in this life for God, He is looking for the heart that truly fears and reverences Him.
Verse twenty-six speaks of the law of kindness being on this godly woman’s lips. I have been drawn to this particular scripture today, and I want you to look at it closely with me. What a wonderful law this is…the law of kindness. Everyone of us need to desire that our lips be controlled by such a law. In several translations I found verse 26 to be beautifully translated. I have compiled these translations into one paragraph for you.
Here are some excerpts from different translations that I found. This woman that loved and referenced her God desired that loving instruction would be upon her tongue. She conducted her conversation with wisdom and the teaching of kindness was ever her concern. On her tongue there was tender instruction. Kindness was the rule for everything she said. Today I leave you with this exhortation from Mother Teresa.
 
“Kind words can be short and easy to
speak but their echoes are truly endless”
 
Today may we desire to conduct our conversation with wisdom and may we be genuinely be concerned that words of kindness would proceed from our lips. May we tenderly speak God’s Word that we may instruct those that are hungry for Him, and may kindness be the rule for everything we say.


Monday, March 12, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Monday, March 12, 2018
“Taking One Thought At a Time”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Paul tells us in the scriptures that we are to take every thought captive. Every thought. Imagine that… As I pondered this I wondered how many thoughts go through our minds in a day. I have read several places that over 40,000 to 60,000 go through the human mind in the span of one day.   Not sure how accurate this is, but we all well know that one can be capable of thinking a lot of thoughts in a day’s time.   Here is what Paul declared about the thought realm.
“…we are taking prisoners of every thought,
every emotion, and subduing them into
obedience to the Anointed One.”
2 Corinthians 10:5. The Voice
 
God desires to touch us in the realm of our thoughts. He understands our human nature, our weaknesses, and He understands how our thoughts can control our souls. He desires to help us maintain our concentration on the things that will build us up and not tear us down. He desires to see us build our faith strong that we may serve Him better as we purpose to do His will. We cannot afford the undisciplined practice of letting our thoughts to themselves. They will multiply and grow in strength and surely become a hindrance to us.
 
Today I encourage you to accept the challenge of taking each thought captive. Stop it in its tracks if it is a hindering thought, and cast it out in Jesus Name. Those thoughts that are good and healthy for your spirit… let them grow and multiply.   Take all things to the Lord in prayer that trouble you for He can help you, and walk you through the unanswered questions and the disturbing thoughts of your heart.
 
 “Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you.”
Philippians 4:8-9. The Voice


Saturday, March 10, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, March 10, 2018
“Acknowledging God In the Moment”
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake 
 
 
 
“You will lose your way the minute you decide to go your own way.
When you seek God‘s will alone, you find it everywhere,
and you cannot go astray. Wanting what God wants
always put you on a straight path.”
 
“Live in the present moment. Tomorrow’s grace
is not given to you today. The present moment is the only
place where you can touch the eternal realm.”
 Excerpts from François de Fenelon’s chapter entitled “Inner Realities”
 
 
 
These two quotes are just full of powerful revelations of living simply before the Lord Jesus Christ, and acknowledging Him in every one of your ways. I see firstly in these quotes how important it is that we live to do God’s will. How many times do we forget this simple truth as we go about our day. I believe the Lord desires that we seek Him about the simplest of things in our day. He promises as we acknowledge Him in all of our ways that He will be faithful to lead us.
 
As we live every moment before our Lord, we must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are drawing on His fresh grace that is only for that moment. We cannot live on the fumes of our faith and grace that brought us our victories yesterday . They are our testimonies, and yes we speak of them but we must reach for His grace that is for the moment we are in right now.
 
Oh the power of truly living in the fear of the Lord, and seeking Him that He would convict us at the very thought that we permit ourselves to be wise in our own eyes. Praise the living God who has promised to make our ways straight as we look to Him.
 
 “In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing
obstacles that block your way]. Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience]
and turn [entirely] away from evil. It will be health
to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your
sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts]
And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.”
Proverbs 3:6-8. Amplified version


Friday, March 9, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Friday, March 9, 2018
“In My Hidden Part of My Heart”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
God desires to place within us His perfect desires. May it be a sobering thought that we are responsible to make good, godly deposits into our hearts. If we are fellowshipping with God, and hearing and reading His Word, those words are deep within us if we have received them with meekness. Yet there may be things in our innermost being that need to be gone. There may be things deep within us that we have permitted to remain, and it is time for us to clean house. As we seek Him daily for wisdom over our hearts, He is able to give us the exact wisdom, and grace to deal with ridding of anything that would be a hindrance to our walk with Him. Praise God that He is able to reveal to us the very things we cannot see in our own hearts.
 
In this life each of us walk through various trials, and how we react to them determines the condition of our hearts. For example, lacking to forgive someone can leave our hearts sore, angry, and it is the perfect breeding ground for bitterness. Then there may be times wrong desires proceed from the heart that is not seeking to be full of the living God. Our carnal desires will always deceive us.
 
My friend, a perfect heart is God‘s perfect will in you. Cherish the desire for a perfect heart, pursue it with all that you have, and long to please Him with it. Let God work in your heart, praise Him, and treasure every breath and moment you live, for it is a precious gift that you are to bless Him with.
 
Today I desire to cause you to ponder that the Lord desires that we seek Him and His perfect truth deep in our inner man. As we do this He promises to make us to know His wisdom that we can discern our desires that would lead us away from His perfect will. I encourage you to seek that His desires would become yours. It is then that you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your heart is desiring truth in the deepest parts of your being.
 
 
“Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom.”
Psalm 51:6. Amplified Version


Thursday, March 8, 2018

 
Devotional for Thursday, March 8, 2018
“Time…Don’t Waste It.”
 
 
 
How we spend our time will change with the different seasons of our life. But there is one thing for sure, and there is one principal that applies to every moment of this life, and that is we are not to waste it. The Lord desires that we wake up each day with purpose before us as we follow Him, and how He is directing our paths.
 
 
Seek in everything that you do to glorify the Lord. Whether you are on the job, or you are in your home, spending time with friends, no matter what… Always seek to glorify Him. It is as we do this we are keeping an awareness that every moment of our life is accounted for, and our Lord is included in it.
 
 
Time is part of God‘s provision for us, and we must seek to use it wisely. Let us also make sure that we are seeking time to fellowship with Him. Many times people think they do not have time to spend with the Lord because their lives are so busy, but many times it’s those moments in which there is no demand that we can stop and just speak with Him and draw upon His strength. I leave you with this quote from one of my favorite devotionals by François de Fenelon…
 
 
“Those who know the Lord well cannot resist turning to him in every available moment.“
 
 
I encourage you this day to seek those available moments that you can turn to Him perhaps to tell Him you love Him, share the questions of your heart, or simply praise Him.

 



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

 

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, March 7, 2018
“The Whispers of Our Lord”

 

whispers

by Dona Hake
 
 
 
I recall a time feeling overwhelmed, and I looked up to the Lord, and asked Him for help for I had a very busy day ahead of me. My mind seemed to be filled with thoughts of wondering how I was going to be able to accomplish all that needed to be done. In the midst of my anxious thoughts I heard a whisper from deep within me that seemed to quiet me, and bring fresh perspective to my day. The Lord was softly speaking to me these few words that quieted my soul, “Sometimes it is not as big as it looks.“ Sometimes we just need to stop ourselves in the midst of the hurry of the day, and seek His help for that is truly where peace comes from. It only takes a few sweet words from our Lord to calm our storms within us and bring the clarity that we are seeking.
 
I have heard it said “Worry casts a big shadow on small things.“ While we may not be worrying about things that need to be done, we can still feel overwhelmed, and anxious thoughts will be able to multiply and scatter through our souls. Anxious thoughts can keep us unable to focus and think clearly. If we permit this to happen our peace will be robbed.
 
Psalm 94:19 says “When my anxious thoughts multiply
within me, Your comforts delight me.”
 
While that scripture is so comforting, we must realize that our will is involved and, we must first and foremost desire the peace and comfort of the Lord above trying to work things out in our own ability. There are times that we must make a quality decision that we are not going to permit anxious thoughts or worries to become louder than the precious sweet whispers of our Lord. Our Lord desires to lead us beside still waters, and cause us to lay down in His green pastures. Oh how He desires to restore our souls in the midst of those times where we feel burdened with cares. I leave you with a favorite quote of mine from Ralph Waldo Emerson…
 
“Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.“


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

 

 
Devotional for Tuesday, March 6, 2018
“God’s Perfect Patience At Work In You”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
James 1:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 “Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.”
 
 
 
 
When we step out in faith, we all know that there are times of waiting. Sometimes within that time of waiting great patience must be exercised for us to continue to stand. James writes here that patience has a good end result. God‘s patience developed in us will always makes us mature and complete.
 
We probably do not realize how many times we are called upon to be patient even in the smallest things in our life. Those long lines in the grocery store, the slow driver on the road that is keeping us from getting to an appointment on time… Many times it is in the little things that our patience fails because we overlook asking God for help. Only the patience that comes from above that is developed within our soul is the patience that will help us forbear the smallest or toughest situations. I love the scripture from Proverbs 19.
 
Proverbs 19:11 Easy to Read version “Experience makes you more patient, and you are most patient when you ignore insults.“
 
I find this scripture interesting for many times we can feel we need to be quick to speak and react to insults rather than patiently endure and just forgive. I especially like this translation because I think the more we go on in life, we walk through such hurtful experiences, and we need to seek our Lord to understand life and its trials in a deeper way. In any trying situation no matter how big or small, if we allow the Lord to teach us, we will walk away with more wisdom. Here is another translation that brings us another side of understanding His patience and forgiveness.
 
Proverbs 19:11 The Message version
 “Smart people know how to hold their tongue; there grandeur is to forgive and forget.“
 
Today I want to encourage you to ask your loving Heavenly Father to help you grow in patience, and then take opportunity to extend forgiveness even in those times that seem difficult. Extending God’s forgiveness is part of walking in God’s patience. I promise you that as you walk in patience, longsuffering, and forgiveness your soul will be kept at peace.



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!