Tuesday, December 5, 2017

 
Devotional for Tuesday, December 5, 2017
“Be Prayerful, Be Watchful…”
 
 
devil-seeks
 
by Dona Hake
 
It is so important that we be watchful for the devil seeks ways to devour us.  The only way he can do this is if we provide him opportunities.  One of the ways to provide an opportunity for the devil to attack our life is to go to go to bed with anger and unresolved issues in our heart.
The devil is driven by a fierce hunger to destroy us, and he desires to “eat up” the life of God that we have been so abundantly blessed with therefore he watches for the perfect moment and opportunity to use whatever we give him to work with.  Let us look a scripture now that will help deepen our revelation of this fact. 
1 Peter 5:8 (Amplified)
” 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.”
 
 
 
 


Monday, December 4, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, December 4, 2017
“Pleasing Our Lord By Living a Transformed Life”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake

 

Romans 12:2 Amplified Version
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
 
I love how the Amplified expounds on what renewing of the mind is…”focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes.”   I see this definition shows us how renewing our mind by His Word is the perfect compass for our souls, and it will cause us to mature spiritually.   
 
As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ I believe each of us should know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are always in our Lord’s perfect will.   This should be a goal that every believer strives for.   As each of us have been  fearfully and wonderfully made we can be assured that He has  a very unique assignment for every day of our life as we are in pursuit of that perfect will.    As we awaken to His faithfulness and tender mercies we can know that He has a special plan for our day.   Let us continue to move toward being transformed that we can show forth His light and glory in this world of darkness. 
 
Today I encourage your heart to desire that continual growth and change are taking place within us.   This is only going to happen as we make it a practice to be  habitually  renewing our minds, and living by His Word.   Renewing our minds is not going to happen by spending a few minutes  reading the Word each day.   Even as we go about the work of our life, we need to seek a place of constantly meditating upon His Words, fellowship with Him, and being in a place of readiness to obey His voice at all times.
 
Psalm 1:2 AMPC
“But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord,
and on His law (the precepts, the instructions,
the teachings of God) he habitually meditates
(ponders and studies) by day and by night.”
 
 
 
Today I challenge you to continue acknowledging your need for transformation every time you spend time with Him, read His Word, or hear His Word when you attend church. Permit that Word to go into your heart, go into your mind and continue the transforming process by the hand of a loving and living God.
 
 
 
 


Friday, December 1, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Friday, December 1, 2017
“Adopt the Pace of God”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
“Adopt the pace of God. His secret is patience. 
 There is no time lost in waiting if you are waiting on the Lord. 
The road to success runs uphill, so don’t expect to break
any speed records.  All great achievements require time.” 
 
excerpt from John Mason’s book
“You Were Born An Original-Don’t Die a Copy”
 
 
 
I think these are some powerful words to think upon.   God has a divine pace for each of us and we need to make sure we are in pace with Him.   How many times have you tried to rush the plans of God?   Let us remember that He knows all that is ahead of us, and He sees things that we are not even  in a position to understand at times.   As He steadies us at His pace He is at work in our hearts preparing us for what is ahead.
 
“There is no time lost in waiting if you are waiting on the Lord.”  My first thoughts went toward the scripture in Isaiah 40:31.
 
Isaiah 40:31 AMP
 
“But those who wait for the
Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up
close to God] like eagles [rising toward
the sun]; They will run and not become
weary, They will walk and not grow tired.”
 
The man or woman that possesses patience embraces something wonderful. The man or woman that understands waiting upon the Lord will gain in his or her strength and renew their power in Him.  Oh for the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with  delay when we feel things are not moving as quickly as we planned.  In our times of impatience let us call upon Him for His help.  It is as we permit God’s patience to be perfected in us that we will be refreshed with His new empowering strength.    While we are waiting we will rise up, we will run without weariness, and see that which we are waiting for come to pass in Jesus Name!
 


Thursday, November 29, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, November 30, 2017
“What Not To Do…”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
“Blessed is the man who walks not
in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
stands in the path of sinners, nor sits
in the seat of the scornful; but his
delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates
day and night.“ Psalm 1:1, 2
 
Many times we can focus on all the things that we need to do for the Lord in our attempts to follow Him , and obey His commandments.  May we always desire to do that which is right in the sight of our Lord, yet let us also be mindful of those things that we should steer away from.  Here the scripture points out to us what we should not do. There is a place we should not walk, a place we should not stand, and a place we should not sit.  Let us trust Him for discerning hearts to recognize those places that we are not to be spending time.   Those places that would hinder our walk with Him.
 
The Psalmist proceeds to share how we should simply delight in His law, and think about them day and night. It is then that He will give us the desires of our heart.   Those desires will always lead us to walk, stand and sit exactly where He desires us to be.   As we do this our petitions and desires will always be in line with His perfect will.
 
 
 
 
Delight yourself in the Lord, And
He will give you the desires and
petitions of your heart.
Psalm 37:4


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, November 29, 2017
“He Hears Our Prayer”
 

Prayer God hears

by Dona Hake
 
 
Psalm 116:7-9
 

“Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,

that I may walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.”

 

 

 

At the beginning of the Psalm the psalmist exclaimed “I love the Lord, for He heard my voice…”  He went on to say that he knew God’s ear was toward him, and then he said, “I will call on Him as long as I live!”  The psalmist feared for his life for he was in danger,and he had no where to turn. I am sure that what this psalmist went through was terrifying so he stops, and reminds himself of his loving God that faithfully delivered him from death, his eyes from tears, and kept him steady that he would not stumble.    

 

 

May this Psalm remind us that in the face of adversity we need to recall His wonderful works, and proclaim the testimonies of our deliverance by the works of our mighty God.   There will be times we need to speak to our soul and command it…”Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”   I believe this chapter in Psalms can serve to remind us that in trying circumstances we absolutely must call on the Lord for our help and we must purpose to remind ourselves of His love and care over us.   Oh praise God!…He hears to prayer of the righteous man and woman.   As we walk before the Lord in the land of the living, let us rejoice in His mighty works He has done in our lives!

 

 



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, November 28, 2017
“Overflowing With Hope”
 

Jesus Is Our Hope

by Dona Hake

 

 

Romans 15:13 (GW)

“May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and

peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow

with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 

 He is our source, He is our River of Life from whom ALL blessings flow, and only good things flow from Him.    Praise God He is our Hope!   We are told in the scriptures to guard our hearts with all diligence for from our hearts flow the issues of life. If our hearts are not right and things are out of balance, everything will seem wrong.   Ultimately His flow of life will go from abundant, and be like a trickling of water.   This makes me think of the times that I would be watering my garden in the summer, and all of a sudden the water stopped because of a kink in the hose.    The supply was cut off, and in order for it to flow fully I had to straighten the hose out.    He created us to have our hearts be a place where His life flows from.   As we guard our hearts and minds that life will flow freely in an unhindered way.

 

Praise Him today that He is your source of life, and that life is meant to bring you hope, and bring hope to a lost and dying world.      My friends, you are called to His plans and purposes, and He promises to work in you as you serve Him.   What a blessed hope we have in Him as we live and love Him.

Romans 8:28-30 (Phillips translation)

“Moreover we know that to those who love God,

who are called according to his plan, everything that

happens fits into a pattern for good.”
 
 
Today I ask you, is your heart overflowing with hope from above?   Is it flowing unhindered?   If it is not flowing as you know it should, seek Him for He will instruct, lead and guide you in His truth.  He will bless this good desire of your heart!
 
Lord, we thank You this day for being our source of hope.  We open our hearts to be filled with the joy and peace that only comes from you.    As You promise to fill us up and supply our needs we ask that you use us today.   May we  overflow and spill out Your love and goodness to those  around us for we know that all need hope in this world.    Thank you Lord for Your work in us, and we rejoice in our hope in You in Jesus Name! amen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, November 27, 2017

 

Devotional for Monday, November 27, 2017
“Words Seasoned With Salt”
 

WORDS SEASONED WITH GRACE

by Dona Hake

 

Have you ever been in the position of knowing someone is waiting to hear your opinion, and you do not know what to tell them.    I am sure we have all been there.   I have heard it said that when you do not know what to say you should say nothing.   These are the times that our Lord desires for us to be quiet before Him, hear His voice, and then speak from the wisdom and grace that comes from above.     
 
Our words can build people up or our words can tear people down.  One word has the power to encourage, yet an unkind  word  or a word lacking His wisdom has power to bring a heart down.  When I think of people that always seem to speak words with grace I think of those individuals that seem to know how to speak exactly the right thing .  They seem to know not only the perfect words but their timing is just as proper.  As I looked at  Colossians 4:6 ,  I found two translations very thought provoking.
 
 
 “Be gracious in your speech.

The goal is to bring out the best in others

in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”

The Message  Colossians 4:6

 

 

“Everything you say should be kind and

well thought out so that you know

how to answer everyone.”

GOD’S WORD Translation Colossians 4:6
 
 
Today, and always…look to be gracious with our words.   Seek to encourage and strengthen those around you with words of hope.   God is looking to speak His life through us as we yield ourselves to Him in every way we can!

 

 

 

Proverbs 18:4 (TLB)

“A wise man’s words express deep streams of thought.”

 

 

 

~~~~~♥~~~~~



Saturday, November 25, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Saturday, November 25, 2017
“Yes…God Is At Work In You!”

 

god at work in your

by Dona Hake
 
Back in the day before digital cameras there was quite a process to receiving prints from a roll of film from your camera. My very first job was working in a photo lab, and I loved it! Such an experience of learning and appreciated the art of photography. I was blessed with the opportunity of getting to work almost every station within this photo lab. I got to see the whole process of what it took to give the customer a quality end result.
 
I went from sorting film, to splicing and cutting negatives, printing color and black and white negatives, using the darkroom, and inspecting pictures. I can remember being an inspector and it was somewhat of a nerve racking job. If you passed a print as satisfactory, and the customer did not like it, you would sometimes be called down on it. I learned to really examine each image very critically. Was the color off, too light, too dark, or dirt on the image? Whatever it was, there was a process till the end result was satisfactory. As a printer I learned to read a negative very closely and determine the exact amount of light to give it so it was printed perfectly. I especially loved when I got to do this part of the processing within the plant.
 
We as believers are also in the process of our loving Heavenly Father working in our lives. As we hear His Word we need to remain in a place of humility in which we can hear His Word and permit Him to discipline our hearts for this part of our growth process in Him. He knows exactly what Words of light and life to shine within our hearts as He works in us. He desires that we walk before Him with perfect hearts that we may glorify Him on this earth. Today I encourage you to be patient with yourself as God works in you.
 
 God is in the process of working on our hearts for His glory, and helping us grow and mature in Him. Many times there are parts of our growth process that we may tend to just be comfortable with. It is those times that the Lord is moving us out of our comfort zones, and that may upset us. It is important that we obediently move forward in the direction He desires to take us.
 
If we desire to see Him work His will in us we need to cooperate with the process He chooses for us. It is equally important that we patiently wait for Him in those times that we simply do not understand. Yes there will be times that we may be tempted to throw up our hands because it seems like we are not growing, yet all the while God is at work in our hearts in ways we could ever imagine. God is good and His plans are those of precision and He well knows what He is doing. Praise the Lord today for His work in your life for He is good!
 

Philippians 2:13 (ERV)

“Yes, it is God who is working in you.

He helps you want to do what pleases him,

and he gives you the power to do it.”

 

 



Friday, November 24, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Friday, November 24, 2017
“He Will Set Me On A High Rock”

 

hidden

by Dona Hake

 

 

Psalm 27:5 (TLB)

” There I’ll be when troubles come.
He will hide me.

He will set me on a high rock”
 
 
If anxious thoughts and unrest visits your soul, it is an assuring  thing to know that we have a God that has a plan of escape for you.     As He hides us under His wings we can be assured that He is well able to get us through any battle in this life.   He will take us through!
 
Today I encourage you to reflect on His wonderful peace as you dwell in that  place of refuge that He has provided just for you. His peace exceeds all your thoughts about any matter.   No matter how much you think you have something figured out or what you have been told about your situation, the Living God has a plan just for you, and He always will go above and beyond all that we dare ask, think or dream.
 
 

Philippians 4:7 (CEB)

“Then the peace of God that exceeds

all understanding will keep your

hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.”



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Wednesday, November 22, 2017
“Renewed Hope”

 

God has not given us the spirit of fear

by Dona Hake

 

~Isaiah 41:10 (CJB)

” Don’t be afraid, for I am with you;
don’t be distressed, for I am your God.
I give you strength, I give you help,

I support you with my victorious right hand.”

 

One translation says “Fear not, for I am with you, do not look anxiously about you.”     Fear has the ability to grip our hearts, and send our souls into a tail spin of confusion and anxiety.     Today let us meditate upon the God that is able to calm any storm, and bring renewed hope to our hearts.
 

Psalm 94:19   (TLB)

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart

is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”
 

I can remember the Lord speaking so sweetly at one point in my walk with Him. His words softly and sweetly spoken to my heart were…”Return to My Peace.” These three words impacted my heart, and powerfully reminded me that He is well able to calm my heart and bring my mind to a place of peace as I make a decision to abide in Him no matter what is going on around me.

 
 
Today I encourage you to give thanks to Him for the place of refuge He has provided for us.   In our day of trouble let us rest patiently upon Him, and draw upon His grace.   Praise God that He is able to bring renewed hope and cheer to us!   Praise the Living God for He is so good!



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!