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!!!


Monday, January 8, 2018

 
Devotional for Monday, January 8, 2018
“Where Is Your Delight?”
 

tree planted by living waters

by Dona Hake

 
 
Our Lord desires that we delight in Him and His Word for  He desires that our hearts be full of joy as we follow and abide in Him.    As we daily follow Him and purpose to put His teachings first and foremost in our life, He has promised that our life would be prospered.  There is great reward for being diligent in embracing the Word of God.  
 
As we stand as trees along God’s riverbank we will continue to experience spiritual growth, and flourish in Him.      As we bear fruit in and out of season may we continue to  be mindful that our fruit is not for us alone for He desires that we are used abundantly in  blessing  those around us.  Today I desire to encourage your heart to  purpose to delight in Him and be a willing vessel in His hands.  Be willing to bless those He puts in your path as you live and abide in Him.  As we proclaim His Word many will be blessed and nourished from the  fruit that our lives bear.
 
 Psalm 1 :2-3  (TLB)

“…but they delight in doing everything God wants

them to, and day and night are always meditating

on his laws and thinking about ways to follow

him more closely.

 They are like trees along a riverbank bearing
luscious fruit each season without fail. Their
leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper.”

 

 

 
Today I rejoice knowing that I am standing strong in His promises.  I love that He has promised that we would bear luscious fruit as we live to serve and obey Him.   Watch over your heart diligently, purpose to delight in Him, and look for opportunities to be used as a righteous man or woman of God to nourish those in need around you.
 

“The lips of the righteous nourish many…”

Proverbs 10:21 NIV

 



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 

Devotional for Tuesday, January 9, 2018
“Jesus Our Hope, Jesus Our Anchor”

 

 

Jesus Our Hope

 

by Dona Hake

 

Hebrews 6:18-20  (ERV)

 

“These two things cannot change:

God cannot lie when

he says something, and he cannot lie

when he makes an oath.

So these two things are a great help

to us who have come to

God for safety. They encourage us

to hold on to the hope that

is ours. This hope is like an anchor for us. “
 
 
 

 

What a firm foundation we have in Jesus Christ.  He is total truth and nothing but the truth!  It is wonderful to know that all the words that proceed from God are truth and when He says He will do something, He will always keep His Word.    Today let us meditate upon the fact that our hope in Jesus is the anchor of our soul.

 

Where do you look to when you want answers?  When you are feeling like you are standing on shaky ground, how do you make your feet sure again?   It is only the Word of God and our hope in Him that can establish our foot steps and make them sure and solid.  We must always look to where we know the truth is, for His truth is what we can build upon. Our foundation will be strong and immovable when we build and anchor our hearts upon the Word of God.  Today I encourage you to look to the Lord of all hope and the One that has promised to anchor our souls.



Saturday, January 5, 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, January 6, 2018

 

“The Work of His Refining Fire”

 

Jesus A Refiner

by Dona Hake
 
 
Proverbs 25:4 (ERV)

“Remove the worthless things from

silver to make it pure, and a worker

can make something beautiful.”

 

 
You are so valuable and He loves you so much. As we read this scripture we can see that there is a process that we are all walking through as we grow in Him. There is a refining and purification that is taking place in our hearts as we deeply humble ourselves to His mighty life changing Word. Are our hearts humble enough to look up to our Lord in prayer and ask, “Remove that which is worthless in me Lord.” Here is another translation of Proverbs 25:4…

 

“Remove the impurities from the silver,
and the smith has material to make a vessel.”
 
 
The Lord our Refiner desires to bring us to a refined or a pure state; free from impurities. As our Purifier He will cause us to be free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates our hearts. God wants every bit of us so He can use us in wonderful ways to glorify Him on this earth.
 
 
Many times it is the pressures and circumstances that we experience that will actually expose to us the things we did not even realize were there. In the forty five years that I have known the Lord I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard people share from the depths of their hearts as they faced trials they never walked through before. Many at the end of the trial admitted that they experienced God removing things from them that positioned them to be used in a greater way. It is those difficult situations that can actually cause us to do the soul searching we need to do, and God is able to work in ways that exceed our comprehension. As we keep our hearts humble before Him I believe He will continue to refine and purify us that we can serve and be used by Him in greater ways. Praise be to the God who is the Refiner and Purifier!
 
 


Friday, January 5, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Devotional for Friday, January 5, 2018
“The Lord – Our Sun and Our Shield”
 

 

Lord gives grace

by Dona Hake
 
 

 

Psalm 84:11 (AKJV) 

” For the Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory:

no good thing will he withhold
from them that walk uprightly.”
 
As we walk uprightly before the Lord our God there should be an expectation in our heart everyday we rise. No matter what we face in our day , we can expect the Lord God to be our Sun and our Shield, and NO GOOD thing will be withheld from us. All good and perfect gifts proceed from Him!
 
What “good thing” are you in need of from Him today? Is it peace? Is it strength? Maybe you need a touch of healing in your body. He desires to pour upon us all that which we need for He is the only one that can satisfy our soul, and meet any possible need that we have.
 
Let us live to yield our wills to Him, and let us be vessels that draw upon His continual blessings, and truly live the abundant life that He desires that we live. Praise God that He is our Sun and our Shield, the God who is pouring out His grace, glory and every good thing to all that walk uprightly before Him!
 


Devotional for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, January 3, 2018
 
“God’s Peace –
What’s it worth to you?”
 
by Dona Hake
 
 We hear it said often, “Do not go into debt, and “Use your money wisely.“ Today we are looking at, and meditating upon that which none of us can afford. Yes, none of us. no how matter how much money we may have in our pocket we cannot afford to give up our peace for we simply cannot afford it. You cannot attain peace or joy by purchasing luxurious things or going on elaborate vacations, brand name clothes …the list goes on. While these things may be a blessing know this they do not bring the lasting peace, that God wants our hearts to possess.
 
 Today’s quote,
 
“Anything that cost you
your peace is too expensive. “
 
We have been given God‘s peace but we must forever remember that there was a price tag attached to His peace, and that was the blood of Jesus Christ. The first two thoughts that came to my mind when I read this quote this morning was my reaction to anything that would cost me my peace should be, “I cannot afford this.” and I’m not going there.” As we call on our Lord in our time of temptation of risking losing our peace, He will help us to be strong and remain in the truth we know, and not go to that place that would cause us to be robbed of our peace.
 
Many times as I shop I will see price tags on particular items, and my first thought is I can not believe that cost that much, and my second thought is I cannot believe people actually pay that amount of money for such a thing. We all have choices, and I encourage you to think about your choices today for many have price tags attached to them. Think about those things that the price tag may say “This will cost you your peace.“
 
This should encourage everyone of our hearts to give thanks to God for that precious peace, guard it with all that we have within us, and walk away from that thing that would surely try to rob us of the precious gift that was purchased with His blood.
 
 
 


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for January 2, 2018
“The Lord’s Purposes for You”
 
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

“Many plans are in a man’s mind,

but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.”
 
Proverbs 19:21 (AMP)
 
 
 
 
Yesterday we meditated upon how we must have a plan and then commit to it.   Today we are looking at a scripture regarding plans and purpose.   Many times it is sad to see an individual with plans or resolutions but they are birthed out of wrong motives or selfish ambitions.   As we understand our purpose for our life I believe our thoughts toward planning will always flow with our Lord, and witness to those that love us.  Let us look at purpose.
 
 
 
A purpose is the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. It is such a good and fulfilling feeling when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are flowing in the perfect will and purposes of our Lord.  Yet there may be times we are doing something that seems to be a good thing yet it is not God’s perfect will at that time.     The Lord desires that all our good deeds proceed from a right heart and not one of feeling obligated.  Let us be careful that all we do is instructed by the Lord.
 

Today I want to encourage your heart to establish your plans to fit hand in hand with His purposes.   May we be useful in the Master’s hands to perform His desires and not our own.   I must share something I overheard once while I was shopping that goes along with the truth of being in a position of being useful.   It made me giggle to myself for my Mother used to say this to me a lot. I was in a store and a mother was struggling trying to carry something and she looked at her child and said, “Don’t just stand there, make yourself useful and help carry something!”   How true this is for us as spiritual children!   Let us make a conscious effort to have our “hands full” of doing the will of God and accomplishing His purposes for He has a great work He desires to accomplish through us.    As we stay aware of how He desires to use us, we will not  stand empty handed, we will allow Him to make us useful as we live to do His will only and give Him glory!



January 1, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, January 1, 2018
“Making Plans”
 
by Dona Hake
 
For the past few days I have heard so many share their New Year’s resolutions. I am not sure why this has always bothered me. Maybe it is because most of the time people admit they cannot stick with their resolution. I find it very important to not only keep your word with others but to keep your word to yourself. In saying that I realize there will always be things beyond our control that we may not be able to do everything we hoped to do.
This ~resolution~ thing was really on my mind so as I was having my coffee this morning I was watching the news. Sure enough they were reporting about people’s New Year resolutions, and then they stated what the three most popular resolutions were, and they were…
 
 
“I want to be a better person.”
“I want to eat better.”
I want to lose weight.”
 
Then they had a motivational speaker on, and I absolutely loved what he said. He said, “Don’t make resolutions….you need to make make plans and commit to them!” He proceeded to say how he finds it interesting that most people do not even wake up every day and say “I resolve to do something.” He concluded in saying, “Ask yourself, what moves me forward?” This is a question that only each of us can answer, and I encourage you to ponder this.
 
Today I encourage you to make plans in your heart knowing that your plans are in accordance with His Word, and will for you.Maybe there are some heart and mind adjustments that need to be made within you. Every one is so unique and different, therefore each of our needs and concerns are equally different.
 
Know this…God is well able to make your crooked path straight…no matter how big or small those adjustment may be. So today think about it, and with God’s help He will guide you into a year of growth, change, and victory. Believe that His power is able to move you forward in His perfect will for your life, in Jesus Name!
 
 
Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
“Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.”
 


Devotional for Saturday, December 30, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, December 30, 2017
“When God Calls Us To the Impossible”
 
 
when jesus calls you to step out of the boad
 
by Dona Hake
We serve a God that wants to keep our hearts challenged to live by faith.   He longs that we obey His voice, and look for opportunities for Him to take impossibilities and make them possible.   We must dare to step out and serve Him even when it looks to us like we cannot do it. Today we will look at a wonderful account of Jesus doing the supernatural and inviting one of His disciples to join Him.
 
The disciples were in their boat, and Jesus had told them to head to the other side because He planned to meet up with them later. Jesus was spending time in prayer as He desired to be alone with His Heavenly Father. Matthew’s account of the story is as follows:
 
Matthew 14:25-31 (Easy to Read Version)
“Between three and six o’clock in the 
morning, Jesus’ followers were still in the boat. Jesus came to them. He was walking on the water. When they saw him walking on the water, it scared them.
 
“It’s a ghost!” they said,screaming in fear.
But Jesus quickly spoke to them. He said, “Don’t worry!
It’s me! Don’t be afraid.” Peter said, 
“Lord, if that is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
 
Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the  boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But while Peter was walking on the
water, he saw the wind and the waves. 
He was afraid and began sinking into the water. He shouted, “Lord, save me!”
Then Jesus caught Peter with his
hand. He said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”
 
I think there are so many lessons to learn from this portion of scripture. Peter always seems to be remembered for being the dear old soul that was always sticking his foot in his mouth. Isn’t it interesting that it was  the disciples that were frightened as they saw someone on the water walking towards them, but Peter was the eager, inquisitive one.  When he asked, “Lord, IF that’s you…tell me to come.” Peter was at least willing to get out of the boat. I will emphasize the following words “But while Peter was walking on the water…” Let us be reminded here that Peter was doing the exact same miracle that Jesus was.  Many read this story, and always emphasize his lack of faith, and doubting.
 
Even if it was only a few steps, I always think about the faith that was in Peter’s heart that caused him to try, and reach the Lord by way of the impossible.   I find it interesting as well that he was that  close to Jesus when he began to sink, and all Jesus had to do was reach out and grab his hand.  Really, Peter was almost there.   Victory was so close.
 
Peter was walking in the miracle yet it was his reasoning that made him  sink.  Think about it…Peter was on top of the water bypassing all laws of nature.   I can only imagine how wonderful and awesome those few seconds of his faith were.   Peter just simply permitted his reasoning to challenge and pull down his faith.  
 
There may be times that we are only an arm’s reach away from victory and circumstances seem to distract us.     Many times it is when we are closest to victory that the devil will try to distract us with the wind and waves of this life.    The devil loves to  tempt us to reason away the Word of God on which we are standing. Think about it…simple reasoning of what Peter’s eye’s saw and what his ear’s heard caused him to begin to go down.  I will leave you with this scripture:
 
 
Proverbs 3:5 (NASB)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.”
 
 


As we all enter this New Year we just never know the challenges that the Lord is going to set before us.  I encourage your heart to accept the challenges that the Lord sets before you, and  step out of your comfort zone, and walk toward Him with unwavering faith! …and lean not on your own understanding!

 



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!