Friday, February 2, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, February 2, 2018
“Believing For His Work In You!”
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

 

 
 In our pursuit to grow in God’s love and in His Word sometimes we focus too much on where we are NOT growing rather that how far He has brought us. With any work that needs done in us there needs to be a time of waiting for His loving hand to work, and mold us with His loving hands. I guess there are all times we wished He would work a bit faster, but His wisdom encompasses more than we will ever understand. As He works, He promises that the transformation will indeed happen, but remember sometimes we can tend to be impatient in that which we have to wait for. Let us not stand in the way of our Lord’s work in us.

                 “I’ve never met a man who has given me as  much trouble as myself.”
                                                                     ~Dwight L Moody~


Be encouraged today that as you are applying yourself to do that which is right and good in His sight that His loving hand is at work in you. While we need to be aware of areas we need to grow let us guard ourselves from focusing on our weaknesses but rather the gifts, the strengths and abilities He has blessed us with. As we keep our hearts humble and open to Him, He will be faithful to show us the areas in which we need to give attention. He leads and guides us into ALL truth in every area of our lives! God bless you.
 
 
 
Philippians 1:6  Amplified Version
 
“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”

 



Thursday, February 1, 2018

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, February 1, 2018

 “Strength and Refreshment In Dry Lands!”
 
 

 

by Dona Hake

 

Isaiah 58:11 (ERV)

 “The Lord will always lead you and satisfy your needs in dry lands.

He will give strength to your bones.

You will be like a garden that has plenty of water,

like a spring that never goes dry.”

 

 

As we draw upon the living water from above each and everyday let us be mindful to share that water that gives life  with those around us.  Let us be thankful that the water He gives is the only water that will quench our spiritual thirst.    I love how this scripture in Isaiah says that we will be “like a garden that has plenty of water, a spring that never goes dry.”  No matter how much we draw upon it, those waters will continue to flow toward us to meet our every need!  The only requirement is that we continue to seek Him and draw upon that river of life that proceeds from Him.

 God desires to see us active in doing good for others from a heart of faith and love. Today I encourage you to think about the abundance in your life.  Think about the many times that He has met you in your “dry lands” and refreshed your soul.   Seek opportunities to  look to be a blessing in someone’s life.  I pray that the life of Jesus within you may touch and bless the dry places of someone in need.     We have so much to be thankful for, and as we focus on those blessings and  abide in Him we will be in a position to refresh those around us.  God bless you!



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 

 
 
 

Devotional for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“Lord, Direct Our Hearts”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 

 The voice of self speaks loudly at times, and it will try to distract us at from doing that which is right and good in the sight of our Lord.

   

 

Psalm 119:36-40   (NIV)

“Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

preserve my life according to your word.”
 

 

What an awesome prayer this Psalmist recorded here in Psalm 119. As we sincerely ask Him to keep our heart turned in His direction we will quickly recognize when fleshly desires are trying to pull and tug us off of the paths of righteousness. He will faithfully reveal to us the things in this life that are of no worth so we can look away from them before they grip our heart. It is as we look to Him in this way that our life will be preserved blameless before Him. I encourage you to praise the living God today and purpose to keep the eyes of your heart toward Him! May we humbly keep our hearts open that we hear His precious voice.
 
Lord, we thank You this day that You are able and willing to preserve our life according to Your Word. We ask that You help us by the power of Your Holy Spirit as you direct our hearts and minds toward Your statutes and not toward our own desires. We rejoice in You and Your power to preserve our lives, in Jesus Name!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, January 30, 2018
“God Always Has Something For You”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Praise God our Lord always has something for us! As we awaken and walk into a new day may be reminded from Lamentations 3:23 that His mercies are new every morning!
 
Thank Him today for every KEY He can place in your hand for any problem you may face. He has keys for the smallest of problems. Each key from His hand opens up the depths of His wisdom and divine direction to walk you through any questions that you may have.
 
Praise Him for that LIGHT That illuminates the path of your feet as you meditate upon His Word for that light will dispel any shadows or darkness that are trying to cloud any decision making you are trying to do.
 
Draw close and bask in the rest of your Lord as He desires to comfort your heart and bring RELIEF to you from any sorrow or worry that may be hindering your heart and causing you weariness.
 
Lastly praise Him today for He has given you a PLAN for your day and for every tomorrow. In Him you have all the hope you need and praise God He gives you an abundance of grace to do His will.
 
 
 
Psalm 119:105    (ERV)
 Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps,
a light that shows the path I should take.


Monday, January 29, 2018

 

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, January 29, 2018
“Bearing Richer and Finer Fruit In Our Life”

 

 

 

by Dona Hake
 
John 15:1-8   Amplified Bible
Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

15 “[a]I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.   2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have given you [the teachings which I have discussed with you]. 4 Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me. 5 [b]I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.”
 
What a beautiful scripture to keep fresh in our hearts. Without Him we accomplish not one thing, yet in Him we can do all things! Whether we are trying to do things for Him or the things that involve our daily accomplishments, it would do us good to remind ourselves that we are pulling ALL of our strength and wisdom from His resources. He IS the Vine and we ARE the branches, let us abide in Him that we stand and grow in the nourishment of Jesus, the life giving Vine.
 
Today I ask you, are you abiding in Him? Another way of asking this would be are you connected to Him? My friend, this is where our life give power is going to come from. Everything that we need to get through another day comes from the power and nourishment of the Living Vine, Jesus Christ.
 
Now let us look at being branches on His Vine. Fruitful branches are true believers who by their living union with Christ produce much fruit. In the second part of chapter 15 verse two, it says “…He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]…”One may cringe at this word ~prune~. I want to emphasize at this point that pruning is a very good thing, and our Heavenly Father knows that well. He knows how to keep our walk productive and fruitful for His glory and purposes. To prune is to rid or clear of anything superfluous or undesirable. It is the cutting of undesired twigs and branches. The word superfluous is when something is more than sufficient or required and unnecessary or needless.
 
Our rest and joy can come from knowing that His pruning will always promote growth in us. I’m going to say that again, pruning WILL ALWAYS promote growth in us! Our Lord knows the appropriate time, and He knows exactly what we need pruned from our life. Today I encourage you to meditate on being submissive to the pruning that your Lord desires to do in you that He can continue to bear even richer and finer fruit in your life. This is all for His glory in order that His perfect will be accomplished in you.

 

 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, January 27, 2018
“Nourished As We Hunger For Him”
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Luke 6:21 Amplified
 
“Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness]
are you who hunger now [for righteousness, actively
seeking right standing with God], for you will be [completely] satisfied.”
 
I love how the word blessed  is defined as joyful and nourished by the goodness of our Lord.   Think about the word nourish for a moment, and what that word means.   It means to  supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.  When we hunger for the righteousness and the good  things of God, our spirit and soul will be nourished and filled with every blessing  that our Lord can give us.   Oh praise Him today for He is the Good Shepherd that will keep us and we will want for nothing!    He is the God that promises to supply all of our needs as we live to seek after His righteousness.   Let us declare that we are a people desiring to be nourished in our inner man with God’s goodness. 
 
 
 
May we make it our pursuit to seek to walk deeper in His  righteousness, for as we do we are desiring to walk in all that God is.   He is all good, He is all moral excellence, He is all virtue, and He is all pure!  Oh that we would actively hunger after His righteousness all the days of our lives for as we do, we will be satisfied and spiritually nourished in that desire.
 
Psalm 17:15 AMP
As for me, I shall see Your face in
righteousness; I will be [fully] satisfied when I awake
[to find myself] seeing Your likeness.
 


Friday, January 26, 2018

 

 

Devotional for Friday, January 26, 2018

“A Soul At Rest”
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

by Dona Hake

 

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.  If you look within,
you’ll be depressed.   But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”
Corrie ten Boom

 

There is such beauty to observe the believer that walks through adversity, and chooses to keep a steadfast focus on Christ. They chose not to quit or be bitter but instead they make the decision to stand back up in midst of their weariness, and they take hold of God’s courage. The reward to them is a soul at rest, and oh how beautiful it is. What a blessing it is to see such victory, and these are the testimonies that can bring courage to our hearts. These are believers that endured because they chose to look into the eyes of the One that cause them to overcome, and not be overcome by their circumstance. They look at Christ instead of what the world’s answers are. They look at Christ instead of their own ability.
 
The Lord has shown us in His scriptures that we need to hold fast, and continue to look to Him that we may have enduring strength. Trials can cause us to be stronger people if we permit them to. As we press in and keep our eyes on Him and seek His wisdom we will see that our patience is being worked and perfected by Him even when things around us do not look so perfect. Many times in this life things do not go the way we plan but we must take courage and try again, and persist in our faith. Keep looking to Jesus, permit your soul to take rest, and He will renew your strength.

 

 Proverbs 24:16

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…”

 

Hebrews 10:36

“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”

 

Let us live a life of pressing into God that we can walk and run in His enduring strength. Continue to do His  will, step out in new paths that He shows you, and patiently endure that you may receive the blessing of what you are hoping for!  Today I encourage your heart to keep looking to Christ, and live in His rest.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, January 25, 2018
“Blessing Others As You Desire To Be Blessed”
 
 
 

do onto others

by Dona Hake
 
 
 Matthew 7:12 (MSG)
“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior:
Ask yourself what you want people to do for you,
then grab the initiative and do it for them.”
 
 
I love this translation…in a nutshell it is challenging  us to examine our heart and ask ourselves the question,  What do we desire that people do for us, and then grab the initiative and do it for them.  It seems that the message from our Lord was to bless others as we desire to be blessed!   May this remind us to stop and take initiative to do the right thing, and treat people the same way that we desire to be treated. Oh that our hearts would rise above our hurts and self-centered focus,, and just be obedient and do good even to those that do not deserve it.
 
Many times we just need to stay aware of what our Lord is seeing, for too many times we miss the hurts and needs around us because we are too consumed by our own needs.   Let’s  make this scripture a prayer over our lives.    In everything, in every circumstance, do to others as we would have them do to us.   I believe these words spoken by Jesus are those of power and they are meant keep our hearts challenged in the love walk and live by this godly principle.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, January 24, 2018
“By the Light of His Face”
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Psalm 89:15 The Voice translation
“How happy are those who have learned how to praise You;
those who journey through life by the light of Your face.”
 
 
I love this scripture….May we learn to praise our God, and how happy we will be as we journey through this life by the light of our Lord’s face! Let’s rejoice that the light of His glorious face will illuminate our path. Some days the journey is smooth and some days the journey is just full of unexpected things , yet unexpected things can be times of opportunity for Him to do the unexpected and perform the impossible on our behalf.
 
The important thing about the journey is knowing that He has promised to be right there beside us, and He will never leave us. I know I share this truth with You often but it is important that we live and breathe this wonderful truth. May knowing that He is always with us burn deep in our souls. Take time throughout your day and look up for the glorious light of His face is upon you. Let not one thing in this life come between your walk with Him.
 
 
 
“The closer you walk with God,
the less anything can get
between you and Him.”
 
Lord we praise You this day that our path is gloriously illuminated by the light of Your face! We thank You that You give us joy in the journey and You lead and guide us into every truth. We declare this day that we will walk in expectancy of good things that You desire to do for us today! In Jesus Name, amen.

 

 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, January 23, 2018
“Jesus- the Restorer of My Soul”

 

Restorer

by Dona Hake

 
 
 
 
Today let us meditate on the truth that Jesus IS the Restorer of our soul. Even in the doing of His will our souls can grow weary. This is why we are cautioned in Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in…”
 
Today I want to encourage your heart that reaping time is coming, so let us walk as those that believe that our Lord is able to restore and refresh our soul as we serve Him and wait upon Him as He performs His will in our life. Praise the living God that He is able to keep us fresh, strong and built up by the power of His restoration. In Psalm 23 David wrote, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures and He leads me beside the still waters…” I love the words “He makes…” because sometimes that is exactly how it is. Because in those times that we push ourselves, our Lord may need to give us that gentle tug in our hearts,and gently lead us to lay down in His green pastures beside the still waters of His loving Spirit that will truly minister rest to our souls.
In order for us to regenerate our physical bodies one of the most important things is proper rest . And so it is in our soul…we must seek His loving restoration that we be strong and healthy in spirit. I encourage you today to be mindful of your soul’s need for your Lord’s refreshment and restoration.
 
Psalm 23:3 (AMP)
“He refreshes and restores my life (my self)”
 
 



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!