Thursday, August 3, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Thursday, August 3, 2017
“Don’t Look Back!”

 

Dont look back

by Dona Hake

 I am sharing a testimony I remember hearing a few years ago  on a Christian radio station.   This young man was sharing his heart, and making emphasis on the power of keeping his  heart and eyes set on what God had set before him.  He also was declaring the importance of understanding how our past can affect us if we do not deal with it properly.  He spoke the following  words, and I spoke the words over and over in my mind till I could jot them down on paper.   I love to write things down that minister to my heart like this.  He said…

 

”The past is not really the past if

it is impacting your present.”

 

I thought these were powerful words to ponder.  Of course we understand that what happened twenty years ago or even yesterday is over and done with.  What we need to understand though is  if we dwell on any negatives of our past,  and allow them to hinder us in the present they will have power over us.   They will  affect our life in a very negative way.    Sometimes it is hard to fathom how much our past can torment us.  Memories can serve to torment us IF we allow them to do so.

 

Paul wrote in the Corinthians and he exclaimed that those in Christ are more than conquerors, and  in Philippians he spoke of the “race” in this life.   He declared the importance of staying  focused, strong, and purposed to continue in momentum, and he still did not consider himself a winner.

 

Philippians 3:13 God’s Word Translation

“Brothers and sisters,

I can’t consider myself a winner yet.

This is what I do:

I don’t look back,

I lengthen my stride,

and I run straight toward the goal

to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.

Whoever has a mature faith should think this way.

And if you think differently, God will show

you how to think. However, we should be

guided by what we have learned so far.”

 

Paul was proclaiming that until he crosses the finish line he needed to run with the good mental and spiritual habits of a conqueror.   He proclaimed that he was not going to look back, and he was determined to run straight toward the goal.   The heart of a conqueror does not look back.  He spoke of lengthening his stride or running a steady pace or course.  We must continually keep in front of us all of our goals both spiritual and personal, and run toward them with all of our hearts and strength that comes only from God!  
 
Lord, we ask that your Holy Spirit remind us that our past is over, and You give us the power to overcome tormenting thoughts as a result of bad experiences that we have walked through.   We desire to run straight toward the goal You have spoken to us.   Show us how to think when we get off course, and guide us by the understanding in our hearts.  We rejoice in You as we walk in Your perfect will for our life.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

 



Monday, July 31, 2017

 

 

 

Devotional for Monday, July 31, 2017
“Possessing the Pure Heart”
 

love covers sins

 

by Dona Hake

 

I can remember like yesterday when I would go to Sunday School.   I had a teacher that loved Jesus so much, and her passion was to share it with children.    I will never forget her beautiful red hair and kind eyes.   One Sunday our lesson was about how Jesus took our sins away by the power of His blood.     She stood in front us with her flannel board, and on the flannel board was a heart with black spots on it, and then there was a pure white heart beside of it.    Such a striking contrast…one heart bound up and the other was free.   All I can remember as a little girl was that I wanted the pure white heart. I wanted to be free, and I wanted no parts of black spots on my heart.   I wanted to understand how to keep my heart clean.

 

Thank God through His forgiveness, we can experience the pure white heart.  Along with forgiveness that keeps us free He desires to shed His unconditional love upon our hearts that we be merciful to those around us.

 Today I am encouraging you to desire a pure heart as you walk with Him.     His forgiveness is always there for us to partake of.   Nothing can stand in our way of possessing a heart that is pure before Him.  

Let us also look to Him to help us to be merciful and forgiving.  God’s love is so powerful and it can help us forgive wrongs done against us.  

 

1 Corinthians 13:5 (ERV)
Love does not remember wrongs done against it.”
 

Do not permit the enemy to convince you that it is okay to keep an account of wrongs done against you.   Unforgiveness is the enemy to our soul being free.  Let us enjoy the freedom that forgiveness brings to our hearts!  Today I leave you with this wonderful anonymous quote:

 

“Every person should have a special cemetery lot

in which to bury the faults of friends and loved ones.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free

and discover the prisoner was you”

(Unknown)

 


Saturday, July 29, 2017

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, July 29, 2017
“…and He said, Peace Be Still”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark 4:38-40 Expanded Bible
“Jesus was at the ·back of the boat [stern],
sleeping on a cushion. ·His followers woke
him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that
we are ·drowning [perishing]?”
Jesus stood up and ·commanded
[reprimanded; rebuked] the wind and
said to the ·waves [sea], “·Quiet! [ Peace!]
Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and it
became completely calm.
Jesus said to ·his followers, “Why are you afraid?
Do you still have no faith?”
 
In light of this portion of scripture I want to share one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors Francois De Fenelon…
 
 
“A word from the Lord stilled the raging sea and
a glance from Him to you, and from you to Him,
will do the same for you.”
 
Many times in the midst of turmoil in my life this scripture and quote have helped me, and my soul has been quieted and comforted by it. Permit the Lord of all peace to stand up and quiet the stormy sea that you may be facing. This IS the peace that passeth ALL understanding!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Devotional for Friday, July 28, 2017
“Loving The Truth of Our Lord”
 
 
love truth hate that which is false
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today I want to share with you about loving the truth.   The Word is truth and it is light to our souls.   God’s Word,  His truth  has been so freely  given to us.  It will strengthen, guide, and lift up our souls.   On the other hand the lies of the devil will pull us down, and lead us into wrong paths.   The devil loves to lie to us in order to create confusion and defeat in our lives. God is light and in Him there is no darkness, there never was darkness in our Lord,  and there never will be.   Oh that we would be quick to discern light from dark in our lives.   May we learn to hate what God hates and love what He loves.   In my walk as a believer I have found that the degree that I love His truth will also be the degree that I hate and despise the lies of our enemy.   The more I love His Word, the more discerning I will be in all areas of my life.    It is as one compromises the truth in their life that they will begin to accept and enter into compromise rather than reject the lies of the devil.
 
 
 
 In Ecclesiastes 3 the writer speaks of an appointed time to love and an appointed time to hate.  Know this…there are things that God hates, and because He hates certain things, we too should hate those things.     We need to hate anything that could potentially pull us away from His perfect will.   
 
 
 Today I want to talk about lying and falsehood.   God desires that our hearts be sold out completely and committed to His Word.   May we never ever think that we can pick and choose when we are going to walk in truth.   May our hearts desire to know that we are saturated in His Word.  May we be determined to walk in a way in which we never waver but stay true to every precept He has given us to live by.   May we never entertain thoughts of permitting ourselves to lie or live in the realm of being a pretender.   Falsehood is  lack of conformity to truth or fact.   When we live to serve our Lord in truth our spirit will cause us to reject darkness and the lies of our enemy.
 
 
 Psalm 119:163  (CEB)
 “I hate, I absolutely despise, what is false,
but I’m in love with your Instruction.”

 

 

Psalm 119:163 Good News Translation

 “I hate and detest all lies,
but I love your law.”

 
 
Today Lord we ask that You would give us discerning hearts for we well know that the devil can come as an Angel of Light.   He roams and seeks ways to devour us, therefore we ask that You help us be watchful over our souls.   Help us to be discerning.    We thank You Lord that Your grace is able to keep us strong and deliberate in our walk.   We ask that Your Word would grow deeper and deeper within us as we proclaim that we love Your law with all of our hearts. In Jesus Name! Amen.
 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, July 26, 2017
“He Leads Me To His Rest”
 
 
 
 
 
Psalm 23:2-3Living Bible
 
” He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me
beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength.
He helps me do what honors him the most.”
 
 
 
Today we are focusing on the word rest.    Many times this word seems to be more associated with a time of refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor.   Rest is also  relief or freedom especially from anything that wearies, troubles or disturbs one’s soul.   I believe our Lord desires that we live in His place of rest.
 
May we learn to stop striving in our own ability and ideas of our own.   His ways are higher and His thoughts are greater. I want to exhort your heart today to permit your Lord to cause your soul to live or abide in His place of rest.   Permit Him to lead you to that Word that will strengthen your spirit.   Allow those words of wisdom to bring light and direction to your heart as your are seeking Him for an answer to a problem.    Today I encourage you to draw upon His strength just as you breathe without giving it a thought.   It is His strength and rest that will sustain you that you can do His will that you have been assigned to do.   This my friends is what will help you to do that which honors Him the most!
 
  
 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

 

Devotional for Tuesday, July 25, 2017
“Clothe Yourselves…”

 

 

clothe yourself

by Dona Hake

 

One of the very first things we do in the morning is dress  ourselves for the day.   Maybe you are going to work, and you are required to wear certain clothing.   If one works on a construction site, there is certain safety gear that must be worn.   Whatever the day or occasion we dress appropriately.     Today we will meditate upon how our Lord has required us to clothe ourselves as His very own chosen.   I believe the Lord desires that we are thinking about “clothing” ourselves in the many good things He desires.  As you awaken in the morning ask Him to clothe you with the good things so you can be an instrument of Him.

 

Colossians 3:12 (CJB)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people,

holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves

with feelings of compassion and with kindness,

humility, gentleness and patience.”

 

As we make a conscious effort to clothe ourselves in the fruits of who He is we will truly be blessed, and we will be a witness to those that do not know Him.   Being kind, loving, gentle, and patient will always be easy when we are around those that are not challenging us.    Face it, it is so easy to be nice to those that are treating us right, but difficult people can cause us to really get off track with our love walk.   God’s way is always the higher way and as we react out of His love and purpose to remain clothed in  His Spirit we will be blessed.  Today let us be mindful that we are fully clothed in the goodness of our Lord!

 

Proverbs 11:17 (TLB)
“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind;

it is destroyed when you are cruel.”



Monday, July 24, 2017

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, July 24, 2017
“Our Lord’s Provision”
 
 
provision of God
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
The Lord will provide!   May we never permit this truth to become just a cliche to us that we speak.  These words are loaded with power for it is true  that we serve a God that is able to meet ANY need.   There is not a thing in our life that we may be lacking that is too hard for Him to take care of.
 
 
Psalm 23:1 (AMP)
” The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed,
 guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.”
 
 Let us ask Him for our His Daily Bread, for  He promises to fill us up  to overflowing all that our spirit needs to be nourished, and this Bread  sustains us for our day.  We must never try to carry yesterday’s bread into the needs of another day.   Recently I shared with you and cautioned you that you continue to grow in your faith.   We should never try to live off of the fumes of yesterday’s faith nor should we forget that each day has it’s need of fresh Bread from heaven.   Each day brings new demands and sometimes troubles, and it is important that we fill up and draw upon the spiritual nourishment He has for us.  He WILL provide us with spiritual food for the specific needs of our day.
 
There may be days in which we can experience the pressures and difficulties of this life but  remember to never be weary in well doing.  David reminds us in this Psalm that the Lord desires to be our loving shield as well as guide and feed us.  He longs to keep our hearts and minds at peace even as the battle may be going on around us.  
 
Let us meditate on the Lord as our wonderful and loving provider.   Praise the Lord for He will stay true to His Word and we will never lack any good thing.   What is it that you need in the present moment??  I encourage you to trust your Lord for He WILL provide!
 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, July 23, 2017
“Guard Your Heart”
 
 
are you guarding your heart
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Our Good Shepherd watches over us, and there is the devil who roams about seeking ways he can set us up to fall and devour us.    Our enemy  watches for our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.No, we do not live in fear of the tactics of the devil, for we know by the Spirit of the Living God that He is the greater One and He lives within us!    What a wonderful truth we have to hold fast to yet  we must be wise and very diligent to make sure we are guarding our hearts at all times. We must be ever so careful to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are keeping our hearts guarded with our diligent input of God’s Word and prayer.
 
 

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and

above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.”

 
 
We see from this scripture that our heart is able to contain springs of life from which we can draw. God wants our hearts to be full of Him and His life giving presence.    Sometimes I find my mind being preoccupied with things that are beyond my control, and oh how they can rob my peace. I can remember how the Lord once  ministered to my heart so sweetly yet firmly that because I was preoccupied with the cares of this world  that my heart was being left unguarded. I began to think about how diligent we are to make sure our doors to our homes are locked. We have passwords for our logins on different sites that we visit on our computers, and we are encouraged to make them so difficult in order that we are not hacked. We have become so knowledgeable in the realms of taking care of our bodies that we be healthy, and we try to follow a disciplined lifestyle.     I ask you today, “Are you guarding your heart with that same diligence?”    May we grow in our conviction of remaining diligent in keeping our heart guarded against that evil one that desires to pull us away from God’s perfect will.
Let us meditate on the advice from Paul in the book  of Philippians.   In this letter he wrote how we can keep the peace of God guarded in our hearts. This was his advice…
 
Philippians 4:6-9 Easy-to-Read Version
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask
God for everything you need, always giving thanks
for what you have. And because you belong to
Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over
all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do
this far better than our human minds.
Brothers and sisters, continue to think about
what is good and worthy of praise.
Think about what is true and honorable
and right and pure and beautiful and respected.
9 And do what you learned and received from me—
what I told you and what you saw me do.
And the God who gives peace will be with you.”
 
 
 

When we purpose to think on good things we are being proactive in guarding our hearts, and keeping them in the peace of God. I know for myself that when my heart is full and I mean FULL of God’s peace, faith,  and pure things I can  face the problems of this life in His strength. Today I encourage you to watch over your heart and your thoughts. Make sure you are not walking about your day with a heart that is unguarded, for God desires to keep it with His loving peace.♥

 


Friday, July 21, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, July 21, 2017
“Faith For the Moment”
 
fresh faith for today
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
  Acts 17:28,  
 “It is through him that we are able to live,
to do what we do, and to be who we are..”  
 
The Lord desires that faith in our walk be as natural as breathing. He desires that we live this life in Him just as we depend upon Him for our next breath. We need not labor to live for Him but rather we should press in to live and move and flow from His heavenly abundance, grace and strength. Let us continue to build our faith and be mindful that our dependency must be upon Him for every moment we live. The strength we received yesterday was for yesterday’s needs. Tomorrow is a new day, and we must look to Him for new strength and provision for the needs of today.
 
 
 
I want to share a quote with you written by Francois deFellelon…
 
“The comfort you find in a moment of faith will 
be completely inadequate for the next.”
 
 
It is our human nature to get caught up in moments isn’t it?   Some moments are so wonderful and just unforgettable.   In this life we will be blessed to experience joys that are beyond our belief.   There will also be those  times in which we release our faith, and we just know heaven and earth has been moved for us.   Oh the joy of those sweet victories!!  But know this my friend, we cannot live off of the fumes of yesterday’s faith and victories.
 
 
Today I encourage you to reflect on the wonderful victories the Lord has blessed you with but remember that today is a new day with new demands, circumstances, and sometimes obstacles that are going to try to hinder or stop you.   Look to Him with faith, new strength and grace for this day, and live and move in Him by faith as you serve Him fresh today!
 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, July 20, 2017
“By Your Light We Make This Journey”
 
by the light of your 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.”
 
 

Yesterday we meditated upon our Lord’s righteousness going before us.   As we let Him order our steps our ways will be established in all that we do.   Today we are going to meditate upon the light of our Lord.   Life on this earth is a journey, and by His light we make this journey as we live to follow Him.    Some days the journey is smooth and some days the journey is just full unexpected things that try to hinder or distract us in our walk with Him. The important thing about the journey is knowing that He has promised to be right there beside us, and He would never leave us.   Today let us think upon His righteousness goes before us, and the light of His wonderful face will enlighten our hearts!

 
When the journey gets rough we must purpose to keep our perspective. These are the days you may not feel like praising Him, and you have to command your soul to rise up from hopelessness and be encouraged. When you do this, you begin to praise Him regardless of what is going on around you. Therefore you are truly content and happy because you have learned how to praise Him even when circumstances are not conducive to singing.
 
We serve a God that is absolute light, life and love. As we stay in His presence there will be a fullness of joy. As we walk closely beside Him we can have absolute confidence that even though this world is dark, our journey will be illuminated by the light of His face as He goes before us. I love this awesome quote that reminds me to stick real close to Jesus at all times!
 
“The closer you walk with God,
the less anything can get
between you and Him.”
 

May we meditate today on how we need to stay close beside Him at all times. May we recognize immediately anything that would come to distract us, and take our eyes off of Him. Allow the light of His countenance to illuminate your journey, and walk in expectancy of all the good things He desires to do for you today!!!




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!