11.27.16

 
Devotional for Sunday, November 27, 2016
“His Countenance Upon Us”
 
countenance
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Numbers 6:24-26
 
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.”
 
 
 
One’s countenance is his or her appearance, and it is especially the look or expression of the face. I love this scripture because is shows us that we are able to shine the light and love of the Lord from our countenance as we permit Him to do so.  Oh that we would desire that His countenance would shine and be upon us!!  Have you ever met someone and you just know that they love the Lord, and it is because their countenance is a give away?  Their countenance if full of His Light, Life and Love.    I always think of that song as a little girl that we would sing in Sunday school, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…!”  As we spend time with the Lord, follow His Word, we will begin to emanate His peace and joy, and all that He is.
 
Our countenance reveals so much about us.  If someone knows us very well, they are able to discern quickly if something is wrong just by the look on our face, and the expressions that are coming from within us.    David understood that it was his soul that was disquieted and cast down, and  he understood that as he waited upon God that He would bring a saving health to his countenance as his soul experienced God’s restoration.  I love this Psalm so much, and since I have meditated on this one so much, there are times I find myself addressing my soul, and calling it to be quiet before God that He is able to restore me.
 
 
Psalm 42:11 Jubilee Bible 2000
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?  Wait thou for God, for I shall yet praise him, who is the saving health of my  countenance and my God.”
 
 
When one has good health in their body and mind they are experiencing soundness and vigor, and freedom from disease or ailment. When someone loses hope they may also begin to fear their future and feel as if they are a failure.  It is when we lose hope that our enemy, the devil can begin to try to speak lies to us that would cause a spirit of timidity within us.   Let us keep our mind renewed that our God has given us  a sound mind, and not a spirit of fear.    This is a real part of maintaining a healthy countenance before God and man.
 
2 Timothy 1:7   (AMP)
” For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and  cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love  and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
 
 

Today I pray that you receive this blessing from the book of Numbers. May He bless and keep you. Look to Him and gaze on His radiant face, and receive His grace for your day and your life. As you do so you will find your inward man lifted up as His countenance rests upon you with His great peace!



11.26.16

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, November 26, 2016
“His Word  – Our Shield”
 
our shield june 2015
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Proverbs 30:5 Expanded Bible

“Every word of God ·is true [passes the test;  is refined;
·He guards those [ They are a shield to those] who come to
him for ·safety [refuge].
 

God’s Word  is flawless.   God’s Word is true, and God’s Word must be our necessary food!   Yesterday we meditated upon the Lord giving us our daily Bread as we ask Him for it.   Oh let us praise Him as He so faithfully brings us the provision that we need to serve Him!  Today let us meditate on the truth that God’s Word is a shield to us.

 

We need not try to analyze it, we need only to believe it. He promises that His Word is a shield to those that place their trust in Him. In our day of battle we are promised that His Word will shield us and keep us. It is in those times when the fiery darts of the enemy come to penetrate our soul that the Word of God that we believe and speak will be a protection, a refuge, and we will walk in victory. Jesus stressed the importance and the blessing of living by the truth.

John 8:31-32 (PHILLIPS)

“If you are faithful to what I have said,

you are truly my disciples. And you will

know the truth and the truth will set you free!”

Oh that we would be diligent to know His Word that we may be free in every area of our lives. Let us never add or subtract from His Word either.

 
Proverbs 30:6
 “Add thou not anything to the words of him,
and thou be reproved, and be found a liar.
(Do not thou add anything to his words,
lest thou be rebuked, and be found a liar.)”
 
 
Again let us be reminded that God’s Word is perfect. May we never add our own thoughts or opinions to the Word of God because His Word is total truth and it need no more. I rejoice in the simplicity that God has laid out for us in His Word. Love His Word and live by it. He promises that as we do this, we will be free indeed!!!  Lord God we thank You that You are our Shield!!


11.25.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, November 25, 2016
“Our Daily Bread – His Provision”
 
give us each day
 
by Dona Hake
 
 

 Matthew 6:11 (DRA)

“Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.”
 
 

 Matthew 6:11 (VOICE)
” Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—”

 
The Lord knows our needs before we are even aware of them.    He also knows the areas in our hearts that are weak and needy.  Let us praise the One that formed us so intricately in our mother’s wombs.   Every part of our being was woven as a beautiful tapestry and formed into the being we are today.   We are here to give glory to His Name and He desires to give us exactly what we need to do His perfect will today!
 
His Word, His voice, and His grace are there for us to draw upon for each day that we live.   It can be so tempting to concern ourselves with things that we do not yet have to deal with. When we believe that He is faithful to give us exactly what we need, our hearts and minds will be at peace, and we will live in true contentment.   Oh how I love the scripture in Psalm 23, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures…”
 
Today let us ask Him with faith in our hearts for His Bread for our day.   Whatever you need He is able to give you.   As Him for the provision that you need for your spirit, soul, and body.    I encourage you to meditate upon the fact that God is faithful to give us the “bread” we need to get us through one day at a time. That bread promises to sustain us, and keep us nourished in our spirits.  Praise Him each day for He has promised to care for you, and you would not suffer lack.  
 
Remember though all that He showered upon you today was for this day, and tomorrow is a new day.   Each day meets us with new challenges, and needs.  Let us draw upon Him each day, and believe that His hand is willing to touch every area of our lives.  


11.24.16

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, November 24, 2016
“Thankful For His Inseparable Love”
 
 
 
nothing can separate
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today is such a special day!   As you gather together with family to celebrate this Thanksgiving I encourage you to ponder throughout this day the many blessings that you enjoy.   Sometimes it is easy to take fore granted the smallest of things that really are indeed blessings that we enjoy each day.   Today I want to encourage your heart to ponder a wonderful thing from our Lord and that is His great love, and He has promised that we can never be separated from that love.   What a wonderful truth…NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.   He is NEVER distant, and He will NEVER leave or forsake us.  We just need to believe this at all times.  Whether things are going great or it seems like everything is going wrong…NOTHING can separate us from Him and His love when we know and understand the depths of His love.
 
Romans 8:39 ERV
“….nothing in the whole created world—
will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown
us in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
 
Oh my friend, let us never stop thanking God for each and every one of His blessings.   We as a nation are so very blessed, and we have so much to be thankful for.   Let us be cautious though that material blessings do not take our heart from Him.   Let us stay dedicated in our hearts to serve Him looking to seek His righteousness and the things of His kingdom.   We purpose to set time aside to eat, sleep, work and play. Let us be ever so diligent to carve out moments during the day and dedicate them to sit in His presence and acknowledge Him. Talk with Him about how you feel and what you fear. Ask Him about everything that concerns you. He is bound to you by His love! Do not go by feelings and do not go by what you see. He is ALWAYS with you and nothing can separate you from Him. Praise Him because of His inseparable love for you!!
 
Father, today we give thanks to You for Your inseparable love!   Your love is incapable of parting from us. We give thanks for Your faithfulness that is brand new every morning.   Throughout our day we can come to You and You will faithfully listen to our cry.   Today we give thanks to  You for that inseparable love! 


11.23.16

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, November 23, 2016
“Be Thankful For His Grace At Work In You”
 
 
grace growing in it
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today let us meditate upon the beauty of the grace of our Lord.  I pray that you have been meditating and thinking about the many blessings in your life.   I am speaking of the blessings that money cannot buy…I am speaking of the blessings that only the Lord can give.    I am thankful today as I write this for you that when I pray and ask Him for His grace that I know He is going to pour it out upon me.   Some days I see His grace in different ways but I am amazed at times at His amazing grace and how it works.   God desires that we diligently seek Him for His grace, and we therefore  continue to grow in  it.  Seeking God’s grace, wisdom, and knowledge is all a part of tending to keeping our hearts that we grow strong in Him.  Let us look at how the beauty of a garden and how things grow in it also illustrates spiritual principals.
 
We are presently in the beauty of the season of fall, and winter is right around the corner.  We no longer have to concern ourselves with weeds interfering with our pursuit of a beautiful, thriving flower garden for our gardens will now be dormant for many months.   I love my gardens, but I must admit they are a lot of work.   It always amazes me how weeds just grow. They need no help at all. They will thrive, take over and eventually choke the life out of our beautiful flowers.
 
It is interesting how some things just grow all by themselves. I have to laugh when I hear someone say to a child, “You are growing like a weed!!!!” Funny expression, yet true. A child growing up is a good and positive thing yet there are certain things like weeds you wished would not grow so fast!
 
There is a very negative side to this though.   In life there are many things if left to themselves  will grow and thrive without any help at all.   Our negligence alone is all these negative things need to make them begin to take root in our hearts and minds.  Think about the sin of bitterness, hate and unforgiveness.  These things can grow and take root and ultimately weaken and destroy one’s soul.   God desires that we tend to the garden of our hearts that we grow deep and strong in His ways that we can glorify Him.
 
2 Peter 3:18

“Be careful that you do not fall from your

strong faith. But grow in the grace and

knowledge of our Lord and

Savior Jesus Christ. Glory be to him,

now and forever! Amen.”

 
We must purpose to feed on His Word that we remain strong in our faith that we not fall from it.     We must look to Him each day, and receive His grace and live by it.   How silly it would be if we ate a good dinner this evening, and think we could survive off of that meal for the rest of the year. No, we would become weak. Our body would become depleted in it’s much needed nutrition that we need for strength to live. As we ponder that thought let us also be diligent to ask Him for His grace and live by it each and every day.    Let us purpose to thank Him for His grace and knowledge, and grow in it.   
 
Today let us look upward as we pray and thank Him for the grace He offers us to live by.   Let us thank Him that He causes His grace to flow through us that we do not have to depend on our own ability but rather live by His!  Praise Him for His wonderful blessing of grace!!
 


11.22.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, November 22, 2016
“Our God, the Giver of Only Good Things!”
 
 
for god has not given
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity
(of cowardice, of
craven and cringing and fawning fear),
but [He has given us a spirit]
of power and of love and of calm
and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
 

Today may we meditate upon the fact that we serve a God of good and wonderful gifts!   He is a God of mercy, peace, and grace.   Every morning He meets us faithfully with His lovingkindness and tender mercies.   Oh what a gracious and loving heavenly Father we serve!

 

My heart cringes when I hear people speak about the Lord in ways that are not in accordance with His Word.   It bothers me so badly when I hear someone thinking that God sends bad things our way to teach us lessons.  It is as though God has some split personality, and we are on the receiving end of whatever mood He may be in. This is not true for our God is the giver of  ONLY good gifts, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The truth is that we live in a fallen world, and the Lord Jesus told us that there would be trials and tribulations but we were to be of good cheer for He has overcome this world.   He has equipped us with what we need to rise above the storms, and we need not fret nor fear.

 

 

Today I want to declare to you that there is something that God will NEVER give to you, and that is fear!  The truth is  that He is not the author of fear, but instead He has given us the spirit of power, love, and a calm well balanced mind. We can keep our mind focused, disciplined and have self control with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

Let us be reminded today to stay focused on all that He has given us through His love for this very special journey on earth. It is Him that can help us to remain disciplined and self controlled for the God given work He has for us. I want to leave you with this precious quote:

“If the Lord be with us,
we have no cause to fear,
His eye is upon us,
His arm over us,
His ear open to our prayer.”
Andrew Murray



11.21.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, November 21, 2016
“Wisdom From Above”
 
 
Wisdom from above
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
James 3:17 (The Voice)
“Heavenly wisdom centers on purity,
peace, gentleness,
deference, mercy, and other good fruits
untainted by hypocrisy.”
 

 

God’s wisdom will always be full of  these fruits. Wisdom’s fruits are pure, peaceful, and gentle.  God’s wisdom will always be respectful and merciful. It will never be touched with hypocrisy for it is pure, real, and it has been tested.   God’s wisdom or ways do not  change due to circumstance because it is not consistent with His character.  Our God never changes, and His wisdom never changes.   It will always be full of His good fruits.

 
 

 

When we ask God for His wisdom He desires to bless us with His pure thoughts and how He sees to do  a task or speak a word to someone. He desires to bless us with His good judgments. I encourage you today to seek wisdom before every task. Get God’s mind in all you put your hand to. As you ask God for His precious wisdom, believe by faith that it is going to flow into you, and flow forth from you to help you in any situation.

 
 
 
When people ask you for an opinion on something, stop and purpose to seek His wisdom before you speak. This is what people need, and this is what we need in our personal life…not our opinions, not our experiences, but rather the pure wisdom that comes from God above.
 


11.20.16

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, November 20, 2016
“By the Light of His Face”
 
 
 
 
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.”
 
I just loved the translation of this particular scripture. It makes me think more about how my life here on this earth is a journey. Some days the journey is smooth and some days the journey is just full of unexpected things that try to hinder me.   The important thing about the journey is knowing that He has promised to be right there beside us, He would never leave us, and He leads us by the light of His face!
 
In those times in which the journey gets rough we must  purpose to keep our perspective. Now unto Him that has called us to not be shaken or moved by what we see with our natural eyes.   He has called us to the life of faith, and believing before we see.   There may be times that you do not feel like praising Him in the storm but you must 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. Oh the blessing of experiencing the peace that passes all understanding and the joy that is unspeakable because you have chosen to dwell in the hiding place of your Lord.
 
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 Him 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.    Keep your head high and your eyes focused straight ahead for He is the light that illuminates your path.   Allow that light of His countenance to illuminate your journey, and walk in expectancy of all the good things He desires to do for you today!!!

 



11.19.16

 
 
Devotional for Saturday, November 19, 2016
“The Living Water Within Us”
 
but the water
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today let us meditate upon the living water of the Lord Jesus Christ.   When we receive Him as Savior , He comes to reside within us, and He is a never ending source of life, light, and love.   He is a spring of water within us that never runs dry!     If we do not keep our eyes on Jesus we can be lured into seeking our satisfaction in things other than Him.  Remember….the devil will come in the form of light and good things.  When we are not drawing upon the grace of God, and seeking Him with our whole heart, we can be deceived, and end up seeking to quench our thirst with the things this world tries to  offer us.    If we do not keep our eyes solely on Him even our blessings can become a distraction, so let us beware that as our soul thirsts that we are going to Him for every need.  Jesus explained to the woman at the well the meaning of the true spring of water that only He gives.
 
John 4:13-14   Amplified Bible
“Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.”
 
 
When you feel life problems and this world draining you of your strength and peace, stop and drink and soak up His living water within you that will strengthen and refresh your soul. Know that it will continue to nourish you, and it has no end. As this scripture translation says, His water “shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling, continually…”)   This gives such a beautiful image of His living water at work in our souls. It truly is the life flow from which we can draw upon whenever we meet uncertainty and overwhelming problems. God is gracious and He ever lives to cause that living water to minister and refresh us deep within!


11.18.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, November 18, 2016
“When You Know He’s Holding You”
 
you taught me how to walk
 
by Dona Hake
 
Today I want to share with you the importance of loving the truth of God’s Word.   I believe the more we love and do that which is right in the sight of the Lord, the more clear it will become to us when evil and darkness presents itself to us.   Many times I find it so hard to believe how believers can at times seem somewhat vulnerable to the strange ideas and  philosophies of this world.   Man-made ideas of living in peace and truly being free may work for a time but there is very little foundation.   Man’s wisdom will seem right but many times it is without the substance of what we are needing to really go forward with strong direction.   When one leans on their own ideas of they perceive to be “truth”, their foundation will be shaken to the core on their day of battle.
 
 
Now let us  look at how He desires to keep our feet strong, focused and purposed as we walk in the light of His truth. Did you ever have the electricity go down in your home during a storm, and on your way to the place where you have all your flashlights, candles, etc… you stub your toe because you cannot see two feet in front of you? The truth is that in this world, it is totally dark, and we need the Lord by our side at all times to teach us the way that we not stumble, and get ourselves in unnecessary trouble.  His Word is our beacon of light to lead, guide and direct us in the most difficult of ways.
 
Psalm 18:36 The Voice
“You taught me how to walk with care
so my feet will not slip.”
 
I will share a little memory with you about my Granddaughters.  In the summer time they love to help me  feed my fifty some huge goldfish in my pond.   When they were smaller it was hard for them to throw it far enough so they would attempt to stand on the rocks around the pond.    They knew though that Grandma had a very strict rule and that was  that they are NEVER permitted to stand on the rocks around the pond unless I was holding them securely.     They would fill their little hands up with as much food as they could hold and stand on a rock.   Many times the rock they were standing on would begin to move and I could see they would begin to fear so I would hold them even  tightly and assure them they would be safe.   It would not be long that they would just enjoy their time of feeding, and forget about being afraid of falling in for they trusted I would hold them and keep them safe.    
 
As we follow the Lord and walk with Him, there will be days where things seem shaky under our feet. As we trust Him and know that He is teaching us, and firmly securing us, we can rest knowing that our feet will not slip.   Instead of living in fear of the unsure things around us we can go forward being assured of His loving hand wrapped around us, and we can learn to enjoy our lives.  We can live in His presence in the fullness of His joy when we are assured that He is holding us closely and keeping us in all of our ways.    I am going to leave you with a handful of translations of Psalm 18:36. They all bring a little different perspective of the same truth.
 
Psalm 18:36 KJV
“Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.”
 
Psalm 18:36 Amplified Bible
“You have given plenty of room for my steps under me, that my feet would
not slip.”
 

Psalm 18:36 Easy-to-Read Version
“You cleared a path for my feet
so that I could walk without stumbling.”

 

 



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!