Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Devotional 3/18/20
“Consider This…”
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we need to be standing strong every moment of our life. In this time the world is facing the Coronavirus pandemic, and it is gripping so many with great fear. I want you to consider today how you can be used by the hand of God to touch people that need your help.
No matter where you turn whether it be in the news or conversation there are fears, overreaction, under reaction, opinions etc.… It can really set your heart and soul spinning if you let it bother you. Regardless of what you hear I encourage you to consider that you are continuing to guard your heart, and the answer of your mouth. We need to be bringing peace and comfort to fear, understanding to questions, and revelation of God’s love to those in need. 
I personally have set myself to seek out opportunities in this valley we are walking through to be a blessing wherever I am at.   A few days in the grocery store I walked in looking for particular items. With every aisle I turned into I was also  looking for someone that may need help or a word of encouragement. I found an elderly gentleman that needed help finding a particular food. With  shaky hands he held a list of things his wife had written for him. He told me she could no longer walk, and he too struggled walking. He was so grateful that I took time to lead him exactly to where he needed to be. We met up again at the toilet paper aisle and shook our heads and laughed together at the empty shelves. It’s the little things like that which can make someone’s day and make them feel loved and cared for.
Over the next few days we will be looking at the word ~consider~. Consider defined: to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on:
I am sharing this scripture for you to meditate on, and also that you may be able to share it with that one that is in fear. We are God’s light! We are the lamp that He wants to take into the darkness that the Coronavirus has brought. For such a time as this let us position ourselves to touch a person that may need the comfort and answers from God’s Word.
Consider this…
“Does worry add anything to your life? Can it add one more year, or even one day?  So if worrying adds nothing, but actually subtracts from your life, why would you worry about God’s care of you? “Think about the lilies. They grow and become beautiful, not because they work hard or strive to clothe themselves. Yet not even Solomon, wearing his kingly garments of splendor, could be compared to a field of lilies. If God can clothe the fields and meadows with grass and flowers, can’t he clothe you as well, O struggling one with so many doubts? I repeat it: Don’t let worry enter your life. Live above the anxious cares about your personal needs.
Luke 12:25-29 – The Passion Translation

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Devotional 3/14/20 
“When Mary Found Favor”
by Dona Hake
“Now in the sixth month [of Elizabeth’s pregnancy] the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly perplexed at what he said, and kept carefully considering what kind of greeting this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin and have no intimacy with any man?” Then the angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a cloud]; for that reason the holy (pure, sinless) Child shall be called the Son of God. And listen, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” Then Mary said, “ Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel left her.”
Luke 1:26-38 – Amplified Version
Today is our last day looking at the words ~find and found~. The Angel Gabriel found Mary for this was his assignment from God… Mary found favor, and her reaction…she was perplexed.  This poor young girl was bewildered and puzzled but the Angel Gabriel calmed and prepared her heart to hear more as he spoke these words… “Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God.“
I can only imagine how blindsided Mary was by this divine visitation. Of course Mary had questions… I know I would have if I were in Mary shoes! When Mary heard the angel say “With God nothing shall be impossible.“ She responded “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord: may it be done according to your word.”  Let us ponder this beautiful story, and think about times that the Lord has called upon us to do something outside of possibilities and our comfort zone.  He desires to use all of us for special purposes in our lives!

Today let us walk with expectation of surprises from God. You just never know how He may call upon you with a special assignment. As you purpose to follow God I encourage you to find His will, walk in His peace, draw upon His grace and remember that with God nothing shall be impossible!

Friday March 13, 2020

Devotional 3/13/20 
“Let Others See What You Have Found”
by Dona Hake
We continue our study on the words ~find and found~.   Today I encourage you to take a moment and ponder that moment you gave your life to Christ. Think about the surrender that happened in your heart as you found your new life in Him. Everything became new because of what Jesus did on the cross, and you experienced His wonderful forgiveness, and you found a new way of living.
As we ponder finding new life let us now meditate upon those who have not, for they are still lost. Let us look at the scripture in Matthew 5:13–16 TPT

“Your lives are like salt among the people. But if you, like salt, become bland, how can your ‘saltiness’ be restored? Flavorless salt is good for nothing and will be thrown out and trampled on by others. “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”

I want to look in particular to the few words within the scripture… “Let others see your light from a distance…” Know this, people are watching you, and they are watching your life. There are those that are listening to our words and we just will never know how much we affect people with our godly words of encouragement, and hope.  There may be those that act like they are not interested in living for Him yet just maybe deep inside they are hungry for something more. Let us keep a conscious awareness that we are showing the light of His  life to every man, woman or child that is lost, and needs to find their life in Christ.Let your light shine for Him!

Thursday, 3/12/2020

Devotional-   3/12/20   
“What Words are Found On Your Mouth”
by Dona Hake
In yesterday’s devotional we began our study on the words ~found or find~. I made the statement that in this life there will be days that troubles will find us.
Today I want you to ponder the question… what is the response or answer found on your lips?   I am referring to how we react with our words whether there is pressure or not.  How we answer this will determine how we walk through tests, trials, and the simplest of things in this life.
“On the lips of the discerning, [skillful and godly] wisdom is found, But discipline and the rod are for the back of the one who is without common sense and understanding. Wise men store up and treasure knowledge [in mind and heart], But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
Proverbs 10:13-14 Amplified Version
I will refer to us recently meditating on hiding God’s Word and wisdom within us. When we continue to hide and store up God’s Word there will be an abundance and overflow when we are faced with the pressures of this life.  As we grow our roots deep in Him we will find ourselves able to be very discerning in the face of any problem, and His wisdom will flow from our hearts, our mind, and our lips.

“Words of wisdom flow from the one with true discernment.”
Proverbs 10:13 a. TPT

Today I encourage you to observe what words are found on your lips with every answer you give. As we learn to take every thought captive, and seek Him with all diligence I believe that words of wisdom and great discernment will surely be found!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Devotional for 3/11/20   
“Find All You Need In Him”
By Dona Hake
Over the next few days we will be meditating on the words ~find and found~.   Let us look at what the Psalmist has written in Psalm 119.
“Trouble and anguish have found me, Yet Your commandments are my delight and my joy. Your righteous testimonies are everlasting; Give me understanding [the ability to learn and a teachable heart] that I may live.”
Psalm 119:143-144 Amplified Version
It’s called life. There will be days that troubles seem to find us. But we can turn it all around as we find our delight and joy in Him. Last week’s word that we looked at was hidden. In those days that trials find us, we can proclaim where our delight and joy is found because we have been diligent to hide it deep within us.. We can rest assured that we hold a position under His wings for this is where we will find our refuge.

“He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions, And under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.” Psalm 91:4 Amplified version
If we permit our Lord in our day of trouble, He will surely instruct us, and we can learn things about ourselves, and be a stronger person as we endure in our faith.
Even in the midst of tests and trials we can be a testimony of His gracious power that will rise up within us.   We will find that strength that calms us.
“Blessed [with wisdom and prosperity] is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, And whom You teach from Your law, That You may grant him [power to calm himself and find] peace in the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked and ungodly.”
Psalm 94:12-13 Amplified Version

Saturday, March 7, 2020

“Hiding Our Treasures Deep Within”
by Dona Hake
Over the past three days we looked at how God understands us deeply… all our fears, strengths, desires, and weaknesses. Most importantly He desires that His truth be enthroned deep within us.
We learned that truth always outlives a lie. Jesus spoke against the dangers of manifesting hypocrisy and false appearances. The “yeast“ of this starts as a grain, and it will  bring forth bad fruit if our heart is not being guarded.
The hidden man must be strengthened by the Word of God. Whether man or woman we should all be focusing on adorning that which is eternal, that which is used by Him for His great purposes. Today I will close this meditation of the word ~hidden~ as we look at Proverbs 2:1 -7 The Passion Translation.   These are words of Solomon to his son…may we heed them as well.
”My child, will you treasure my wisdom? Then, and only then, will you acquire it. And only if you accept my advice and hide it within will you succeed. So train your heart to listen when I speak and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment— then pass it on to your sons and daughters. Yes, cry out for comprehension and intercede for insight. For if you keep seeking it like a man would seek for sterling silver, searching in hidden places for cherished treasure, then you will discover the fear of the Lord and find the true knowledge of God. Wisdom is a gift from a generous God, and every word he speaks is full of revelation and becomes a fountain of understanding within you. For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom made accessible to his godly lovers. He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways, protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right. Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair, and be empowered to make the right decisions as you walk into your destiny.”
I encourage you to read over this several times and ponder it deeply. This scripture is posing several questions such as do we treasure wisdom? Do we except and heed to godly advice?  I love when it speaks of training our heart to listen, and open our spirit wide to expand our discernment.
We need to set ourselves to seek and watch for the hidden treasures that God has for us. Whether we be in prayer, reading His Word or hearing it from those that teach and preach to us… we must purpose to set ourselves to store up all that God has for us from His hidden storehouse!

Friday, March 6, 2020

“The Hidden Man of the Heart”
by Dona Hake
In the scripture we are going to read here in first Peter he calls all believers to humility, submission, and service: everyone to God, citizens to rulers, slaves to masters, wives to husbands, and younger to elders.  Let us read as he addresses the woman to focus on the hidden part of her heart.
“In the same way, wives, you should patiently accept the authority of your husbands. This is so that even if they don’t obey God’s word, as they observe your pure respectful behavior, they may be persuaded without a word by the way you live. Don’t focus on decorating your exterior by doing your hair or putting on fancy jewelry or wearing fashionable clothes; let your adornment be what’s inside— the real you, the lasting beauty of a gracious and quiet spirit, in which God delights.”      1 Peter 3:1,3-4 The Voice Translation

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:4 – BRG translation

While the woman is being addressed here, this is most certainly a truth that applies to all of us. We must all be careful to nurture, guard and build strong the hidden man of our heart. Our culture puts so much emphasis on the adorning of the outward man and woman…what you look like, what you have, etc… Beware of your focus for it will rob your hidden man if it is in the wrong place.
As we purpose to stay centered on His will and watching over our hearts we will all possess the beauty of a heart that is pleasing to Him. This will most certainly happen if one keeps their focus only on tending to the issues of their heart. This is where our Lord places great value, and He desires we guard it with all diligence. Today let us meditate on hiding His Word deep within us, and guarding that hidden man of the heart!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Devotional for 3/5/20   
“Let Nothing Is Covered Up”
by Dona Hake

I remember Roberts Liadon saying “Truth always outlives a lie!“ My heart has returned to this quote many times.   It bothers me especially in our political world  when it appears that someone is lying or living a lie, and  they are getting away with it.  The hidden lies that are covered in a man’s heart can surely be exposed by the hand of our God.     Today we continue with our meditation on the word ~hidden~. Let us look at Luke 12:1-3 The Voice Translation
“The crowds at this time were packed in so tightly that thousands of people were stepping on each other. Jesus spoke to His disciples, knowing that the crowds could overhear.
Jesus: Guard yourselves from the yeast that puffs up the Pharisees—hypocrisy, false appearance, trying to look better than you really are. Nothing is covered up that won’t be discovered; nothing is hidden that won’t be exposed. Whatever a person says in the dark will be published in the light of day, and whatever a person whispers in private rooms will be broadcast from the housetops.”
Many times one can be self deceived, and the fruit of that may manifest itself in hypocrisy, false appearance, and trying to look better than they really are. Jesus warned these people to guard themselves from this “yeast”.
I believe Jesus would speak the same thing in a crowd today. We live in a time where our culture puts pressure on us at times to feel we have to fit molds that the world says is popular and beautiful. Then there are times where people live in the deception of good works without faith. This yeast will surely feed self deception and lead someone down the wrong path.  Our God is looking for those that live their lives purely not hiding anything, and not being a pretender.
Today let us permit our Lord to examine our hearts very deeply that there be no “yeast” within our soul that would cause us to be disobedient, and living outside of God’s perfect will. May our hearts be open to the Holy Spirit’s correction in this area that we may live free of even one grain of deceptive “yeast” that could be hiding deep  within us.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

WEdnesday, March , 2020 
 “In The Hidden Part of My Heart”
by Dona Hake
I remember years ago I had a friend in my life, and I can remember the one thing about her that really stood out to me, and that was she just seemed to laugh all the time. To be quite honest some of the things she laughed at seemed odd to me.  The more I got to know her the more I realized that her laughter was her way of hiding pain deep inside of her. It was her way of hiding how she really felt. It finally helped me understand why I felt some of her laughter was out of place so to speak.
There are many people out there like that in this world. Their hearts are broken or they may be bitter.   They may be dealing with things that we know not of but yet on the outside they try to act as if there is nothing wrong. They have learned how to conceal pain, bitterness or weakness because they do not one anyone to touch that area of their life again.
The word we are going to be meditating upon this week is ~hidden~. Let us look at some words that are related to that word…
unknown , concealed, disguised, withheld or masked
(I encourage you to ponder these words with this study of ~hidden~)
God understands what makes each of us tick, for He knew us from the time we were formed in the womb of our mother. He knows all of our faults, all of our fears, and every weakness, and yet He continues to work because He has promised to complete this great work within us. He needs our help though… we must open our hearts to this great God in order that His light can shine upon every place within us.
I leave you with two translations of a scripture in  Psalms for you  to meditate upon, and I look forward to continuing looking at this word with you. Remember, God knows you inside and out and He still accepts you for who you are, and desires to work His great and wonderful will in your life!  All He needs is for you to humbly accept your need for Him to touch you deeply with the  transforming work of His hand.
“But still, You long to enthrone truth throughout
my being; in unseen places deep within me,
You show me wisdom.” 
Psalm 51:6 – The Voice
“I know that you delight to set your truth
deep in my spirit. So come into the hidden
places of my heart and teach me wisdom.
”Psalm 51:6 – The Passion Translation

Saturday, February 29,2020

Devotional for Saturday 2/29/20
“Flooded With His Wisdom”
                                                                                      by Dona Hake
Over the past few days we have meditated on the word ~deeply~. I have really enjoyed sharing this with you. We pondered how a deeper walk will come with a strong love and commitment for our God. A strong love for Him is when we love Him with every passion of our heart, with every thought, and with all of our strength.It is very important that we keep our hearts humble and resist pride in every form of it.
Today I leave you with the importance of growing deeply in His wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to use our knowledge. God wants to steer us in right paths with His wonderful wisdom that only comes from above. It will show us when and how to speak, it will show us when to start and when to stop. His wisdom will walk hand in hand with our faith in Him in any given situation! God’s wisdom in us is a wonderful thing to embrace.  As we walk in the reverential fear and respect for our God, He promises to flood our souls with His wisdom when we ask Him for it. We will lack nothing in him!
“Let the word of Christ live in you richly,
flooding you with all wisdom. ..”
Colossians 3:16a. TPT
“Where can wisdom be found?
It is born in the fear of God.
Everyone who follows his ways
will never lack his living-understanding.
And the adoration of God will
abide throughout eternity!”  Psalm 111:10 TPT

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!