Monday, January 22, 2018

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, January 22, 2018
 
“…and the Sin Which So  Easily and
Cleverly Entangles Us…”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Today I will pick up with where I left off on our last devotional.   I shared this quote: 
 
 
“Ships do not sink because of the water around them;
ships sink because of the water that gets in them.
Do not let what is happening around you
get inside you and weigh you down.”
 
 We looked at  Hebrews 12:1.   We looked at weights being the “water” that gets inside our boats.  Today we will look at  sin that is left go can also be the “water” that will sink us.
 
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud
of witnesses who by faith have testified
to the truth
of God’s absolute faithfulness,
stripping off every
unnecessary weight and
the sin which so  easily and  cleverly entangles us,
 let us run with endurance and
active persistence the race that is set before us,”  
 
One time I saw the most touching video of a deer that was tangled up in netting in the woods, and it laid helplessly. It frantically and fearfully was trying to escape the trap it was in. There were some men that wanted to help it, and as they approached it, the deer began to panic. They spoke softly to it, and it soon seemed to understand that they were trying to help. They carefully cut away that which was entangling it and the deer went free. It was precious to see the deer set free from all the entanglements that would of surely caused it harm or death in due time.
We must be careful to be diligent and watchful over our souls that there is not a sin that is cleverly trying to put us in a position in which the enemy can entangle us and consume us. As we watch over our hearts and minds through prayer and fellowship with our Lord, He will help us to discern those clever attempts that the evil one tries to deceive us with. Let us run with endurance and active persistence that race that is set before us in Jesus Name!
 
 


Saturday,, January 20, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, January 20, 2018
“ This Is Why Ships Sink”
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
“Ships do not sink because of the water around them;
ships sink because of
the water that gets in them.
Do not let what is happening around
you get inside you and weigh
you down.”
 
This is a very powerful quote with a wonderful message that should challenge our hearts. Let us look at the following scripture in light of this awesome quote….
 
Hebrews 12:1 Amplified Version
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness, stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,”
 
The first words I want to look at today is the words stripping off every unnecessary weight. As I read this quote it reminded me of the fact that many times we are the ones responsible for sinking our own ships. How is that? you might wonder…I think about times when we pick up cares that we have no business trying to carry. It is amazing how we can just convince ourselves that picking up care and worrying about something is going to solve a problem. The Lord tells us in His Word to cast all of our care upon Him, for He is the one caring about us!
 
He does not want us to be burdened down with anything here in this journey on earth. He desires we run the race of our life with light hearts and minds that are free from care. He does not want us to try to solve problems in our inability but rather that we let that to Him. It is as we cast our care that we are really stripping off the unnecessary weight that tries to slow us down and burden us.
 
Today I want to challenge your heart to think about things you may be thinking about that have become a burden, and unnecessary weight and care in your mind. I encourage you to make a decision to just stop carrying it in your own ability, make a quality decision to give it to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer.


Friday, January 19, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, January 19, 2018
“Before You Speak…”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
As I was meditating upon this sound wisdom of what I should do before I speak the words “bottled up” came to my spirit. You know…those times that you to repress, try to control, or restrain something within you. These are usually things that are bugging us, and we are not dealing with them rightly.
Let us meditate upon what rich wisdom this is to think first before we speak unspoken thoughts. Sadly, there are times that we permit thoughts within our minds to remain, and remain unchallenged. It is then that these thoughts that are “bottled up” within us will cause us problems. If not dealt with according to our Lord’s instruction we will end up hurting or offending someone with our words. Let us think about what Jesus said about it…
 
 
 
 
“…For out of the fullness (the overflow,
the superabundance) of the heart
the mouth speaks. “
 
Matthew 12:34(Amplified Classic Edition)
 
 
Whether they are good thoughts or bad thoughts, the more they are accumulated within us, they will grow in strength. Let this be our prayer today that we may keep check over our unspoken thoughts and spoken words that they would be pleasing before our Lord…
 
 
“May my spoken words and unspoken
thoughts be pleasing even to you,
O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.”
 
Psalm 19:14
 
 
 
 


Devotional for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, January 17, 2018
“The Blessing of the Lord”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Psalm 139:1-5  The Living Bible 
O Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away You know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment You know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place Your hand of blessing on my head.

 

How awesome is this… Our Lord charts our  path.   He knows exactly when our hearts are weary and we need to follow His command and stop and rest.   Today as you go about your day I encourage you to be mindful of His plans for you as He works through your life. Be mindful and obedient to stop and rest as He instructs you to do that He may refresh and renew your strength.

 

Many times we can get so focused on the work that we forget that our spirit needs refreshed and our body needs rest. He desires to continually empower us with His strength and wisdom that we would not get weary in doing His will. Praise the living God today and be mindful that He goes before us and follows us, and His hand of blessing is upon our heads!   



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, January 16, 2018
“Let Us Be Real”
 
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
1 John 3:18-19 (ERV)
“My children, our love should not be only words and talk. 

 No, our love must be real.

We must show our love by the things we do.

That’s how we know we belong to the way of truth.”

 
 
 
Yesterday I shared about keeping the words that we speak. A faithful man or woman will see to it that they follow through with their promises no matter how big or small. I want to cause you to ponder the words ~our love must be real~. What does it mean to be real with our love toward people as we walk with Jesus. God’s love is always real, it is genuine, not counterfeit or artificial. His love is pure…ALWAYS. I challenge your heart today to walk in the love of your God, His real love. This challenge calls you away from trying to love people, and walk in love in your own ability.
 
As I experienced seeing God’s real love in action it changed my thinking as a young believer. My heart was broken of stubbornness when I accepted Him yet I struggled as I observed many Christians walking in hypocrisy. I know I had friends praying diligently for me, therefore the Lord brought special laborers to step into my crooked path to help me. He brought a special Christian couple into my life for me to observe, and see how they served the Lord. They lived in truth and they kept their word. If they said they would pray… they meant it. If they said they would be there for me…they were there. Their real love that only came from drawing on God’s love began to touch my heart and draw me closer to Him.
 
It is important that we know we are being honest with God, honest with ourselves, and therefore we will be in a position to show God’s real love. As we grow in His love we will walk away from selfishness, the very thing that inhibits us from giving our all for Him. God’s love positions us to be totally real and honest with those around us. The more we come to know God, His love and His ways, we will walk as the Lord walked. This world is looking for those that are walking in the God kind of love. My friend, there are many in this dark world that are truly searching for real love. Let us position ourselves on that hill, and be that light that cannot be hidden. Let us not hide our light under the bushel of our fears and apprehensions. God desires that we not just talk the talk, but rather walk the talk.


January 15, 2018



Saturday, January 13, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, January 13, 2018
“He Illumines Our Dark Times”
 
 
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 

 “the Lord my God
illumines my darkness.”
Psalm 18:28

 Today let us consider those times in which we are blindsided by life’s unannounced difficult circumstances that render us helpless, and our hearts are tempted to fear.    There are those times that we are going about our business and out of no where we are hit with having to make a difficult decision.   It may be so difficult that our mind and heart are in total confusion.   You cannot see in front of you nor can you see what is behind you.   If things seem unclear and in the midst of it all you are struggling to hear and see what to do, know this our Lord is our light.    Today let us proclaim, “The Lord WILL be a light in our darkness!”
 
God’s Word tells us in Psalm 119:105  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”   “The psalmist also proclaims in Psalm 119:112 “I have resolved to obey your laws forever, at every step.” I believe this kind of resolve in our heart will always cause us to hold fast to God no matter what we see or cannot see. This is the man that will not be moved by circumstance but in faith in God alone. We can be assured that our faith will be met by a God of total light because in Him is NO darkness at all.
 
 Lord, we thank you for Your light and divine direction in those times in which we need to see  which way to go. Thank you Lord for being our Great Compass as You guide us with Your light.  In Jesus Name! Amen.


Devotional for Friday, January 12, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, January 12, 2018
“God’s Kindness In You”
 
 
kindness given
 by Dona Hake
 
Galatians 5:22-23Amplified Bible
“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us]
is love [unselfish concern for others], joy,
[inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting],
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such things there is no law.”
 
The fruits of God’s Spirit in us are those things that will cause our light to shine bright in the midst of darkness and a world that has no hope.   Today we will meditate on His kindness in us.   It is as we stay aware of the Lord’s presence with us and in us that we will continue to grow in every one of the fruits of the Spirit.   As we commune with Him throughout our day we should be speaking to Him and listening for His precious still small voice.   His voice will instruct us, direct us, but also correct us as well.   Are you listening to His voice closely so He is able to instruct your way?
 
Have you ever been in an individual’s presence, and because of their close walk with God, you walk away feeling blessed, encouraged, and challenged in your heart?    As we look today at the fruit of kindness I think of those that I know that have purposed to develop a kind and gentle spirit.   They seem to walk in a sweet calm and carry a peace.  It is like a sweet aroma that follows them.   No matter how developed we are in any fruit let us never feel we are strong enough in any one of the fruits.   Every thing in God is eternal and has no limits.   Let us look at this quote from Mother Teresa…
 
 
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving

better and happier. Be the living expression of

God’s kindness:

kindness in your face,

kindness in your eyes,

kindness in your smile.”

— Mother Teresa
 
Lord, we ask you to help us to be vessels of Your kindness this day.   Help us to recognize and seize opportunities to give kindness to the one in need.    May we submit to Your plans for us that we can be used by You to touch someone’s heart.  We thank you that we can be the living expression of Your  sweet kindness to all around us. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, January 11, 2018
“Nothing Too Hard For Our God”
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
Jeremiah 32:17 (VOICE)
“Eternal Lord, with Your
outstretched arm and Your enormous power You
created the heavens and the earth.
Nothing is too difficult for You.”
 
Today let us ponder the greatness of the God that we serve. He is great and greatly to be praised! The works of His hands and the many testimonies of His love speak of His ability to do great things. There is not one thing too difficult or too big of a problem for Him to solve. It is when we lose sight of this that we see our problems or circumstances to be too big of a mountain for His Hands to deal with. Let us rest and wait upon Him for His strength and His answers rather than our own. My heart was reflecting upon this scripture as I was pondering this truth. Let us look at Isaiah 40:28-31…
 
 
 
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.
Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
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.”
 
Oh how very sad it is that there are those that have convinced themselves that God does not exist, and they are trying to explain away the wondrous things He created with His hands and the power of His spoken Word. If they can convince themselves that God does not exist, they can live by their own standards, and decide what is right and wrong for themselves.
 
Let us shine as wondrous lights on a hill for all to see. Look for opportunities today to share His love and testimonies in your life. May we be living testimonies for this world to see that a great, powerful and Mighty God is alive and doing wondrous things among His people. Today my prayer for you is that you walk with an awareness of His presence being with you, and that He will do above and beyond all you dare ask or think! (Ephesians 3:20)
 
 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, January 10, 2018
“…and This Is What God Is Looking For”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
“My hand made all these things and
brought them into being, says the Lord.
But here is where I will look: to the humble and contrite in spirit, those who tremble at my word.”
Isaiah 66:2
 
 
As I read this scripture I can almost visualize the Lord… He created everything that we enjoy. All the beauty, the great and the magnificent he observes, and then He steps back and proclaims something that means to much to His heart. As His eyes look to and fro He seeks the man or woman that possesses a humble heart and is contrite in spirit. His heart cherishes the man or woman that trembles at His Word.
 
I do not know about you but I want to know what God is looking for. Just think about it…after all the beauty and wonder of His creation He is still looking? I love this because it is reminding us that God’s eyes are moving about and seeking intently for the one that will ALWAYS put Him and His Word first and reverently respond to what He says. He is looking for those that even when they mess up they will admit they are wrong, and receive His forgiveness. He is watching for the man and woman that desires to be humble and respect His Word above their own opinions and thoughts.
 
Lord, help us be mindful of how awesome You are, and how the work of Your hands is beyond what we can comprehend. Oh God, You created the heavens and the earth. You created us, and before we were even born You knew every one of our days. You carefully formed us within our mother’s womb, and You have a wonderful plan for us. As we look at all the beautiful things that You have created, our hearts are in awe, yet you see something even more awesome than what Your hands have created, and that is the man or woman that respects your Word, and is humble and contrite in spirit. Help us this day to be in pursuit of maintaining a humble heart before you, and a determination to love and respect your Word. In Jesus Name!!!



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!