Thursday, April 9, 2020

Devotional 4/16/20
“Build Your House Upon the Rock”
by Dona Hake
“Everyone who comes to Me and listens to
My words and obeys them, I will show
you whom he is like: he is like a
[far-sighted, practical, and sensible] man
building a house, who dug deep and laid a
foundation on the rock; and when a flood
occurred, the torrent burst against that house
and yet could not shake it, because it had been
securely built and founded on the rock.”
Luke 6:47-48 The Amplified Translation
In this portion of scripture Jesus teaches, and speaks about the man that listens to His words and obeys them. One of the characteristics of this man that stood out to me  is to be far sighted. The farsighted man sees things at a distance more clearly than those things at hand.    This man does not permit present hindrances to weaken his vision or his faith.
Sometimes seeing into the distance with problems in front of our faces can hinder us. Yet Jesus shares here that the man that can look into the distance, and move forward with building is the practical and sensible one.
God simply desires that all,our thoughts, words, and actions  always be aligned with His Word  no matter what is going on presently, and no matter how hard it seems. We should always be looking into the distance, our great future!   We need to be moving forward with  vision in our heart for He has begun a good work in us, and He desires to complete it.  THIS IS  the man that has a rock solid foundation.  We need to be a people embracing the vision of walking strong and secure above any circumstances this life could bring. When you build your life upon the Rock, you WILL STAND!
Jesus also mentions in this scripture the word   torrents.   A torrent is a stream of water flowing with great rapidity and violence.   
It is an abundant and
unceasing stream of anything.

Jesus made it quite simple for us to build our foundations of all that we live by upon a rock. It is to come to Him, listen to Him, and obey Him. The opposite of this would be the man that WILL NOT stand. He is the man that does not draw near to Him , he does not listen to His Word and he simply goes his own way and does his own thing.
Let us be a people that are standing firm and strong on the Rock that will not be shaken because we have heard, heeded and walked in obedience to His Word!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Devotional 4/8/20   
“Our God Our Rock!!”
by Dona Hake
Before we read Psalm 27:2-6 I wanted to share with you a paragraph that the Voice Translation wrote right before these verses. I loved what they shared and I wanted to pass this on to you!
“The psalms provide us with a way
to think about and pray through the
various threats we face. Our enemies
today may not be the same as in biblical times,
but they are no less real.
Consider the threats on the horizon.
Some may be national. Others may be more personal.
Still they come to surround us and destroy us
if they could only get the chance. The reality is
there are times when our enemies appear to
have the upper hand and our cause is lost.
But wait and listen to the psalm!
All is not lost because, ultimately,
God is our light and salvation. The darkness will lift,
and our Savior will come. He will settle all scores,
and we will live in the beauty of His presence.”
Notes from the Voice Translation before Psalm 27:2
“When my enemies advanced to devour me alive, They tripped and fell flat on their faces into the soil. When the armies of the enemy surround me, I will not be afraid. When death calls for me in the midst of war, my soul is confident and unmoved. I am pleading with the Eternal for this one thing, my soul’s desire: To live with Him all of my days— in the shadow of His temple, To behold His beauty and ponder His ways in the company of His people. His house is my shelter and secret retreat. It is there I find peace in the midst of storm and turmoil. Safety sits with me in the hiding place of God. He will set me on a rock, high above the fray. God lifts me high above those with thoughts of death and deceit that call for my life. I will enter His presence, offering sacrifices and praise. In His house, I am overcome with joy As I sing, yes, and play music for the Eternal alone.”
Psalm 27:2-6 – The Voice
Over the next few days we are going to look at our God the Rock as well as references referring to the word rock. My heart is continuing to feel led to return to encouraging you relative to keeping your mind and heart strong in faith as we walk through COVID-19. Praise God THIS DARKNESS WILL LIFT!!!!  Let us look at a particular portion of the scriptures that I just shared with you.
“He will set me on a rock, high above the fray. “
Praise God as we keep our self tucked under the wings of the Almighty God we can experience and know that He is setting us high upon a rock. High above the fray! This word fray is really interesting in light of the Coronavirus. One of the many definitions for this word is fright. Fright is sudden and extreme fear; a sudden terror. Yes…this is what the Coronavirus to doing to many.
As believers we do not stick our heads in the sand but rather choose the Rock to stand upon. Am I saying that you will not be tempted to fear? No! With the news, opinions, lies, etc. about this whole thing it is no wonder confusion and fear has tried to torment us.  But by the power and grace of our Lord we can stand strong in this storm.
Today I encourage you to ponder and meditate upon these scriptures I have shared with you. Enter His presence with praise and permit your soul to be overcome with joy in Jesus name! Stay focused, and proclaim Who goes before you in this battle. HE IS our secret retreat and place of peace in the midst of this storm!  He is the Rock on which we stand.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Devotional 4/4/20
“Seeing Difficulties As Opportunities”
by Dona Hake
“My fellow believers, when it seems as
though you are facing nothing but difficulties
see it as an invaluable opportunity to
experience the greatest joy that you can!
For you know that when your faith is tested
it stirs up power within you to endure all things.
And then as your endurance grows even stronger
it will release perfection into every part of your
being until there is nothing missing and
nothing lacking.”
James 1:2-4. The Passion Translation
Seeing tests and trials as an opportunity for Him is God’s way for us to face adversity. When the “heat” of life is turned up we must remain spiritually hydrated. Continue to drink deeply!   We must keep on keeping on!  As we remain full our faith, we  will be stirred and WE WILL ENDURE.
Today is the day to rejoice in Him, press in, expect, and see all things as an opportunity for God to surprise you and do above and beyond all you dare ask or think!  (Ephesians 3:20)

“I will not be afraid of storms for
I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott

Friday, April 3, 2020

Devotional 4/3/20
“He Is Never Dry”
“What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways!
He won’t walk in step with the wicked,
nor share the sinner’s way,
nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat.
His pleasure and passion is remaining true
to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day
and night in the true revelation of light.
He will be standing firm like a flourishing
tree planted by God’s design,
deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss,
bearing fruit in every season of his life.
He is never dry,
never fainting, ever blessed,
ever prosperous.”
Psalm 1:1-3 – The Passion Translation
Today let us continue to meditate on drinking deeply. I love how this scripture states that we will be deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss bearing fruit
“…in every season of our life.”
This is the person that serves God with all of their heart, and they always have what they need. They are abundantly blessed as their hands are receiving from the One who promises more than enough for every need they face. This is the fruit of drinking deeply my friend.
I found a side note in The Passion Translation
for Psalm 1:3 to be very interesting.
This is what it said,
The metaphors found in this verse are paraphrased as follows…,
No matter what he sets
out to do
he brings it to
a successful conclusion.”
Today I pray that you continue to drink deeply of the Word of God. He promises to lead, guide and direct you in everything you put your hand to. It is then that all you set out to do will always have a successful conclusion!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Devotional 4/2/20
“Drinking From His Still Waters”
by Dona Hake
In many parts of this big beautiful world we have witnessed things being brought to a screeching halt. The effects of the Coronavirus have abruptly changed our schedules that we once experienced and called normalcy. There are various fears and anxieties that many are dealing with today. In the midst of so much coming to a standstill, the anxiety of all of this could tempt any one of us with apprehension and wondering what we will hear next on the news.
Let us look at Psalm 23 today as we continue looking at the word ~drink~. As I was meditating upon this word for you today my thoughts went to the word stillness and what that word meant.
For many years I have observed a particular parking lot of a restaurant that we love to go to. It is one of those parking lots that is so busy that you need to be extra careful driving through it. Now it sits eerily still, quiet and empty. This particular type of stillness is bringing anxiety to many. Today I want you to ponder in your heart that we need to know what His stillness is in the midst of all that is happening .
Many years ago I studied Psalm 23 and I read from a wonderful book by Philip Keller entitled “A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23”. He stated how sheep must be led to the waters of drinking. Only the shepherd knew where the best watering places were because thirsty sheep would drink from a mud hole because they did not know better. A good shepherd desires only pure water for his sheep. He also understands that moving water will frighten a sheep.  It must be water that is calm and still.
“He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside
streams of refreshing water. He soothes
my fears;…”  Psalm 23:2 – The Voice

“He offers a resting place for me in his
luxurious love. His tracks take me to
an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s
pleasure and leads me along in his
footsteps of righteousness so that I can
bring honor to his name.”
Psalm 23:2-3 The Passion Translation

Our Lord knows how to lead us to that still and pure drinking place where we will be safe and drink from the water that will restore our souls.
It is there that we need
to drink deeply!
Today I encourage you to be still and know that He is God. Follow His footsteps to that place where He wants you to drink deeply. He desires that your heart find true peace, and true direction for your life at this time.
“To know you is to experience a flowing fountain,
drinking in your life, springing up to satisfy.
In your light we receive the light of revelation.
Lord, keep pouring out your unfailing
love on those who are near you. Release
more of your blessings to those who are loyal to you.”
Psalm 36:9-10 The Passion Translation

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Devotional 4/1/20
“Drink Deeply”
“O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good;
How blessed [fortunate, prosperous,
and favored by God] is the man
who takes refuge in Him.”
Psalm 34:8 – AMP
Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! What a wonderful scripture to meditate upon. This scripture is calling upon us to do something though, and that is first of all taste and then see. The word we will be looking at over the next few days is ~drink~. The Hebrew root word for “see” in this scripture means to drink deeply.. Let us read this scripture from the Passion Translation now…
“Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God.
Experience for yourself the joyous mercies
he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in him.
Worship in awe and wonder, all you who’ve
been made holy! For all who fear him
will feast with plenty.” 
Psalm 34:8-9 – The Passion Translation
I encourage you today to let your heart be challenged by these scriptures. Do you desire to drink deeply of all of your Lord’s provision or are there times you simply sip from the still waters He has led you to? God desires that we be full of Him yet having continued thirst for Him.   Why?….so that we have more than enough to live on, and that we be in a position share with those in need. I encourage you today to drink deeply of all He has for you!
“As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks,
So my soul pants [longingly] for You,
O God. My soul (my life, my inner self)
thirsts for God, for the living God…”
Psalm 42:1-2a-AMP

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Devotional 3/28/20 
“Open Doors”
By Dona Hake
“Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover.
Knock, and the door will be opened for you.
For every persistent one will get what he asks for.
Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for.
And everyone who knocks persistently will one
day find an open door. “Do you know of any
parent who would give his hungry child, who
asked for food, a plate of rocks instead?
Or when asked for a piece of fish, what parent
would offer his child a snake instead?
If you, imperfect as you are, know how to
lovingly take care of your children and give
them what’s best, how much more ready is
your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts
to those who ask him?”
Matthew 7:7-11 The Passion Translation
“Open doors“ could mean so many things. It could be God’s voice telling you that it is time for you to move forward in a specific way. It could be the perfect timing in which He has brought peace to your heart. Sometimes open doors bring great change that require our heart to embrace courage that only comes from Him. Doors that are closed could mean we just need to quietly and continually seek Him. There are those times that we just need to patiently wait upon Him until certain doors open for us…when He is ready to permit them to open.
This Scripture calls to our hearts to be a persistent and enduring people. It speaks of the importance of being a persistent seeker of His perfect will in our lives. It also speaks of a fact that we need reminded of often… We have a loving Heavenly Father that wants to see things go well and wonderful in our life because He loves us so much. He requires that we seek Him with all of our heart, and lean not to our own understanding.
Today I encourage you to be  persistent and be diligent in the things of God. The God of Heaven and Earth desires to open your eyes that you can see more clearly. His ears are open to the cry of your heart, and remember He is attuned with you, and He knows your every need. We just need to ask…

Friday, March 27, 2020

Devotional   3/27/20
“Ask so you can see clearly”
by Dona Hake
On Wednesday we began our meditation upon the word ~open~. On that day we looked at Psalm 34:15. I love knowing that His ears are attuned to our prayers.
Today I want to direct your thoughts to those times that you may not understand something going on in your life, and things just seem so unclear. I feel at times when things seem hard to figure out, and our focus is blurry that the enemy can really take advantage of us. He uses this as an opportunity to steal the peace within our soul.    One of the temptations the enemy will try to position you in is for you to try to deal with your lack of understanding in your own ability….this my friend can be a dangerous place.
We must be quick to identify at any time in our spiritual walk when we are not seeing clearly. It is then that we need to promptly cry out to our God, and ask Him to show us in His Word what we need to see relative to our situation.
Remember He is attuned to our prayers!
I have had times that even before a prayer was on my lips that the Lord began to show me what to do in a given situation. He hears the cries of our hearts, and He knows us well. Let us look at these scriptures relative to our what we are meditating upon.

“Open my eyes [to spiritual truth] so
that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.”
Psalm 119:18 – Amplified Version
“Let me see clearly so that I may
take in the amazing things coming from Your law.”
Psalm 119:18 – The Voice
In the book of James he says if you lack wisdom you ask God and He will give it to you liberally. So today if you need to see something more clearly, or you need to identify a problem that has your spiritual walk in a blur… JUST ASK HIM!    Ask, and believe that He will open up to you that which you need, and that which  you need to see more clearly. Believe Him that He will clarify those things you do not understand, and He will guide you in the path that you are to walk, and make your path straight.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Devotional 3/26/20
“Open Your Heart and Give To Him”
“The wise men left Herod’s chambers and
went on their way. The star they had
first seen in the East reappeared—
a miracle that, of course, overjoyed
and enraptured the wise men.
The star led them to the house
where Jesus lay; and as soon as the
wise men arrived, they saw Him
with His mother Mary, and they
bowed down and worshiped Him.
They unpacked their satchels and
gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
“Matthew 2:9–11 The Voice Translation

The following is a side note in the Voice Translation. I found it very interesting what they are sharing as far as the significance of each one of the gifts the wisemen brought.

“These are exceptionally good gifts,
for gold is what is given a king,
and Jesus is the King of kings;
incense is what you expect to be given a priest,
and Jesus is the High Priest of all high priests;
myrrh ointment is used to heal, and Jesus is a healer.
But myrrh is also used to embalm corpses—
and Jesus was born to die. “
(side note in Voice Translation)
Today we continue with the word ~open~. Here in the Scriptures we see that the closer the wisemen came to finding Jesus they were overjoyed and enraptured. They were simply delighted beyond measure!! As they dropped to their knees they unpacked and opened their satchels and they gave to Him, and each gift had a special meaning.
Today I encourage you to meditate upon these Scriptures as you draw near to Him. As you  pray and seek Him, open up your heart, and give to Him. Give Him your gifts and abilities and of course always permit Him to flow through you as He wills. Also, give Him your weaknesses and imperfections for in them He will strengthen you and perfect that which concerns you.
Today permit the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to bless you with wisdom and revelation that you know not of … it is then that you will know Him in a deeper way.

“God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory:
I call out to You on behalf of Your people.
Give them minds ready to receive wisdom
and revelation so they will truly know You.
Open the eyes of their hearts,
and let the light of Your truth flood in.
Shine Your light on the hope
You are calling them to embrace.
Reveal to them the glorious riches
You are preparing as their inheritance.
Let them see the full extent of Your
power that is at work in those of us who believe,
and may it be done according to Your might
and power. Friends, it is this same might
and resurrection power that He used in
the Anointed One to raise Him from
the dead and to position Him at His
right hand in heaven.
There is nothing over Him.”
Ephesians 1:17-29. The Voice Translation-

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Devotional 3/26/20  
“His Ears Are Open”
by Dona Hake
We will begin pondering the word ~open~. Right now we have all experienced the inconvenience of restaurants, schools, and certain stores etc.… not being opened due to the Coronavirus. There are those that have no  job to go to, and this is causing great stress for so many. It is quite amazing how it is so easy to take for granted what we deem as normal and how easy things can change. Such things like this can cause the still waters of our hearts to be troubled at times.
Today we will ponder that God never changes. one of the many wonderful things about our God is that is His eyes are toward us and His ears are always open as we cry out to him for help.
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their cry for help.”
 Psalm 34:15 – Christian Standard Bible
“For the Eternal watches over the righteous,
and His ears are attuned to their prayers.
He is always listening.”  
Psalm 34:15 – The Voice translation

While we are all facing different inconveniences at this time I encourage you to remember in those times of frustration, lack of peace  or not knowing what to do… Call on the Lord for His ears are open to your cry for HE IS ATTUNED to your prayer!   He will perfect that which concerns you and He will lead and guide you each day. We can thank Him continually that His peace can permeate us in a time when we can feel the lack of peace all around us.
We serve a good God, and the Lord is our Shepherd and in Him we will have no want. What is it that you need to cry out to Him right now? Know that His ears are open to 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!