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.”

 

 


11.17.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, November 17, 2016
“Doing Good and Right Before God”
 
 
let us not tire
 
by Dona Hake 
 
 Galatians 6:7-9 The Voice
 
“Make no mistake: God can’t be mocked. What you give is what you get.
What you sow, you harvest. Those who sow seeds into their flesh will only
harvest destruction from their sinful nature. But those who sow seeds into
the Spirit shall harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. May we never tire
of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we
shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist.”
 
 
As this scripture says, “May we never tire of doing what is good and right.” The Lord knew that we would be tempted to grow weary or the Spirit would not have led Paul to write such powerful words.   Many times we may purpose in our heart to do the right thing, and we make a decision that we are going to keep on doing that good thing, and then it happens.   It seems that the devil knows how to bring discouragement our way in what ever manner he can. Unfortunately many times it could come through the words of others.  Sometimes we just simply grow tired.
 
 
It does not take long living here on this earth to realize that discouragement can be such a powerful force, and the devil loves to use this tool to work against us…if we permit him to.   Make no mistake: God cannot be mocked!!!! People and circumstances may wear us down but as we renew our strength in the Lord our God,  and keep doing good, we will reap our desired goal! You may be in a situation in your work place where the strife among fellow workers is at an all time high. You purpose to do that which is right, and perhaps you are experiencing rejection as a reaction to you sowing good.  You may have someone that has treated you unkindly, and you have made a decision to be kind to them and reach out  whatever way you can, and they just continue to ignore your gestures.   God has promised that as we persist in doing good in the face of bad and evil doings that we WILL reap a harvest. When and how that harvest comes  is totally up to Him, His ways, and His timing. Our part is to just do the Word no matter if people or situations change or not.  I leave you with this strong confession and prayer over your life:
 
Lord, I desire to live to please You and do Your will!   I will purpose in my heart to not  tire of doing and saying the right things that are pleasing and in accordance with Your Word. I will persist because You have promised that the harvest is coming! I believe You will strengthen my heart as I look to You in my moments of discouragement. In Jesus Name.
 
God bless you as you continue to do that which is good for His glory and His kingdom.
 


11.16.16

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, November 16, 2016
“Are You Rooted and Grounded?”
 
 
 
rooted and grounded in the love of god
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
In a garden, in a forest etc…whatever is  growing above the ground reveals the strength of what is under the ground. If a root system is strong and deep, the tree or flower will be great and beautiful and withstand just about anything. If it be weak and not cared for, it  will not do well in the heat, and other elements the weather is capable of bringing.
 
 
Our lives speak and reveal what is rooted in our hearts. As we tend to our hearts in all the areas that the Lord commands, we will value the fruit of the deeply rooted good things He desires to work and produce in us. We have got to watch over the condition of our hearts just as we do a garden.
 
 
Today I want you to think about the love of God in your heart.   Are you rooted and grounded in His love?  How well do you  tend it?   Can you see that you are growing in the love of God or are you at a standstill? Quite honestly no matter how old you are in the Lord, this is a question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis.  
 
 
We have heard the quote “Bloom where you are planted.” It is important to know in your heart that you are staying connected with the Living God, and permitting Him to prune you when He sees fit.    As you seek Him, you are watering and drawing upon His strength alone,  you will be rooted and grounded in His love and all that He has purposed for your life.  I want to leave you with this prayer that Paul prayed.   It is an excellent prayer for us to pray over our lives and those that we love!
 
 
 
Ephesians 3:17-20 The Living Bible

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living
within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of
God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all
God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his
love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so
great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it.
And so at last you will be filled up with God himself.
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to
do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely
beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
 
 
 




11.15.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, November 15, 2016
“Amazing Isn’t It?”
 
amazing grace May 2015
 
by Dona Hake
 
Whenever I think about the day Jesus was crucified I often think about what it would have been like to actually be there in the crowd as He passed by carrying that awful cross after being bruised and beaten.   I cannot even imagine the pain and sorrow in the hearts that loved and  followed Him. It must have be so horrible for them  to watch the one they loved agonizing in His death. There were those that heard the words that He spoke while He hung there.    At one point while Jesus was agonizing in His torture, and suffering He looked down and said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Amazing, isn’t it? I think of the horrible pain and suffering His body was experiencing, and He still found it in His heart to speak that which was pleasing to His Heavenly Father. 
 
 
Two criminals hung on each side of Jesus dying a death they both deserved, and this was their conversation:    One of the criminals who were hanging to one side of Jesus was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are  under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:39-43 (NASB)
 
 
Amazing isn’t it??….that a man was being crucified for his crime, and up until his last breath he found enough strength to mock the Living Son of God ? The other one that was dying on the cross because of his crime and he glances in Jesus’ direction, and saw his need for deliverance, and believed that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. One of this man’s last words was a question to Jesus. “Will you remember me?” He believed that Jesus was who He claimed that He was, and this man’s last hope and prayer was for Jesus to remember him. Amazing isn’t it??? … that Jesus assured this man by giving him a second chance.  A second chance that he did not deserve in light of his crime.
 
This criminal was breathing his last painful breaths yet he was asking a question that would change his life for his life was redeemed by the Living Savior Jesus!  This would not be a second chance to do his life over again but rather he would have the  chance to live eternally in heaven with our Lord.  The grace brought to us by the Lord is amazing isn’t it?    
 
He gives us all second chances in this life every time He forgives us. When we humble ourselves to Him in our sin He simply forgives us, and wipes the slate of our heart clean. Amazing isn’t it?…He gives us something so precious, and we do not have to work for it because His Son did it all at the cross. The man on the cross did not deserve a second chance in the eyes of man, and the cross was his punishment. You see, this man’s heart was truly repentant, therefore he was with Jesus after he breathed his last breath.  Amazing grace…it’s just that simple yet oh how precious and beautiful it is my friend!
 
 
Maybe you feel you have done some things, and you do not deserve a second chance.   I want to proclaim today to you that we serve a God of second chances!   Today may I stir your heart to think about what Jesus did on the cross for any sin you have ever done. There is no sin that His love and forgiveness will not cover. If you need a second chance I encourage you to look in His direction and ask Him for your heart to be cleansed and be made right with Him.. He is faithful to forgive and bless us with new  beginnings. Amazing isn’t it?
 
 
 
 


11.14.16

 
 
Devotional for Monday, November 14, 2016
“His Perfect Love Dispels All Fear!”
 
Gods perfect love casts out all fear_edited-1
 
by Dona Hake
 
Let us meditate and confess the truth that God’s perfect love will always cast out fear!   There will be times that fear will try to strike at our  hearts, and we can be tempted to be shaken.   May we stop in those moments, and remember that Jesus has promised to never leave us or forsake us.    He has promised that He can cause our souls to lie down in green pastures, and sooth our restless souls.   In the reading of the Psalms you can find David speak to his own disquieted and anxious soul.   He always would end with the words “My hope is in God!”   As we quiet ourselves in His presence, and remember our hope,  we begin to receive the instruction of what we need to do, and in His time we see the manifestation of our prayers. Sometimes after we get through circumstances we take a deep breath in the Spirit, and  we may sometimes ask ourselves, ” Why was I so afraid? In light of this let us look at I John 4:18 from the Amplified version:
 
“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist],
but full-grown (complete,
perfect) love [a]turns fear out of doors
and expels every trace of terror! For
fear [b]brings with it the thought
of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid
has not reached the full maturity of
love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].”
1 John 4:18
 
I would like to share this little story about my dog Aasha with you.  I have shared this with you before but I will share it again.   My Aasha  just like many dogs just hates going to the vet.   The poor thing gets herself all worked up over the whole ordeal.   No matter how much we try to comfort her, she hates going to the vet.   One time  we took her when she was a bit younger, and she was quivering and shaking.   It was so pitiful.  With every bit of strength I had, I had to drag this 85 pound bundle of love and fur back into the doctor’s office. I had her there for a shot and a nail trim, but for her it was walking into the fear of the unknown!
 
There is one particular vet technician that was so calm, sweet and loving with her for she totally understands how to handle the German Shepherd breed. She sweetly calmed Aasha, and it wasn’t long that she was at peace. Aasha totally submitted to this woman yet she kept her eyes locked on me. All her fear seemed to leave as long as she could see me. My presence helped dispel her fears. After the exam, shots and nail trim, it was interesting observing her leaving the doctors office. She pranced out the door, and if she could have talked she probably would have exclaimed “Hey, that wasn’t so bad, when can we do this again?”
 
I want to refer back to the scripture in light of this little story. “Perfect love makes our fear leave and expels every trace of terror!” Next time fear knocks on the “door” of your heart try to remember to keep your eyes on Him and believe for Him to drive your fears away as you experience the power of His love, and presence making every trace of fear and terror leave you. Fear and torment must obey, and leave the premises of your mind and soul in Jesus Name.    Today let us ponder the power of His perfect love.


11.13.16

 
 
Devotional for Sunday, November 13, 2016
“Seeing Through the Eyes of Faith”
 
we walk by faith and not by sight
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
For the past few days I have been sharing about Peter stepping out of the boat, and walking on the water to walk toward Jesus. As I said yesterday we need to remember that out of all the disciples, Peter was the only one that ventured to release his faith, and step out of the boat.Today let us continue to meditate upon  how vital it is to stay focused on God, and His Word when we step out of the “boat” and attempt to walk in faith.
 
The lesson we can learn from Peter is that in a split second his focus and faith was hindered . You see, when he initially stepped out of the boat, there were wind and the waves, and his faith caused him to rise above all that  he saw or heard.  The wind and the waves began to distract him, and fear entered his heart.  May we learn from this story that broken focus can do so much harm to one’s walk of faith.   
 
As I was meditating upon keeping focus I started to think about blinders, and their use on horses. There is  definite purpose, and benefits to do such a thing, and that is for the focus and protection of both the horse and the rider. I would like to share some things that I found regarding using blinders on a horse, and I hope they will serve you as an interesting analogy, and give you greater understanding in the realm of focus, and teach us to rise above distractions.
 
 
The blinders cover the rear and side vision of the horse, forcing it to look only in a forward direction, and keeping it on track. Farming horses can be predisposed to distractions, and if they are pulling a plow or a wagon they might need blinders to stop them from losing concentration on the direction they are supposed to be headed. Race horses also need blinders to stay focused that they can run a race, stay on course, and not be taken by distraction.
 
 
In light of sharing about horses and blinders I want to refer to scripture that is all about our faith. Hebrews 11:1-3 is basically summed up in a few words…We walk by faith and not by sight. Many times it is the very things that we see that seem so sure and secure, yet those are the things that will hinder us the most from believing God to do the unbelievable. There are those times that we will need to purpose ourselves to look past everything that seems so real, and see into the Spirit in order that we can stay focused and stay in faith.
 
God’s Word is total light and life,and His Word will  keep us focused and on track in the fight, and in our walk. Let us be reminded that whenever we step out that God is there walking along side of us. As we look to His Word and refuse to be moved by what we see in the natural we will begin to see Him moving in our lives in ways we never have imagined.  I encourage you today my friends to walk by faith and not be what you see with your physical eyes!  It is then that our Lord will do the impossible!
 
“…now unto Him who is ABLE to above
and beyond all we dare ask or  think.”
Ephesians 3:20



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!