11.10.16

 
 
Devotional for Thursday, November 10, 2016
“You Were Made For a Purpose”
 
purpose do you know what it is
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Each one of us was created by God for a very special purpose, and it is God’s desire that we know what our purpose is!   I love that we were all born with our very own set of fingerprints, and they are uniquely ours!   I find that so amazing but our God is so amazing isn’t He?   Today I want you to know that you are special, and God has a special plan and purpose for you while you are here on this earth.
 
 
Many times individuals struggle with why they are here, and what are they to do with their life. As people begin to age they may look back on their lives, and they need to feel that they have made an impact on someone’s life or they desire to know that they have done great accomplishments. Only God can bring out of us all they He created us to be!   I will never forget the special words spoken to me when I doubted my ability to step out and do the unimaginable.   My brother in the Lord said, “Sister, deep within you there are surprises, and God wants to unlock them  and release them!”    I will never forget those words for they gave me courage to step out and do what I thought I could not do. It was confirmation to me to step into another phase of God’s purpose in my life.
 
 
It is so important to understand that God knew you before your mother gave birth to you. Every stitch and fiber of our being was  uniquely knitted together as He formed us in our mother’s womb. Within us He has placed gifts and talents that are an expression of Him.
 
 
Psalm 139:13-15  (AMP)
 
“For You did form my inward parts;
You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will confess and praise You for
You are fearful and wonderful and for the
awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are
Your works, and that my inner self
knows right well.  My frame was not hidden from You when
I was being formed in secret [and]
intricately and curiously wrought [as if
embroidered with various colors] in
the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].”
 
 
 
We need to confess and praise Him for how wonderfully He fashioned us for this life. Deep inside you there may be something that needs birthed. It may be a  gift, calling, or some type of creativity that is waiting for it’s awakening. I love how verse fifteen says that we were curiously wrought as if embroidered with various colors. I have never embroidered but I have always felt it to look as if it was a tedious craft. So it was with us as we were being formed within our mother’s womb. He gave great thought to every part of us and how He  fashioned us for the work of our life.
 
 
Next time you feel tempted to feel that you have no purpose or you judge yourself as a failure, I encourage you to stop and remember that the hand of a loving God formed you for a time and a purpose for such a time as this. As you walk with Him and commit yourself to Him, He will be faithful to lead and guide you and make plain your paths.
 
 


11.9.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, November 9, 2016
“The Enemy of Our Souls”
 
 
our very thoughs
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Today I want to share about how there are enemies to our soul.  One in particular is the realm of our thoughts.    Oh how our thoughts can rule us.   Our thoughts can cause us to say and do things that are so wrong.  There is a reason that God desires that we love His Word for it will always keep our hearts and minds and cause us to triumph in this life.  It is vital that we abide in Him, and as we do His Word,  it  will be  a well spring deep within us. We must do all that we know to do to protect it, and continue to deposit it so that we can draw upon it in our time of need. Today I will share about our thoughts and how they can be a potential enemy to our soul if we do not deal with them as God would want us to.
 
 
First and foremost we have to have it settled within us that God’s Word IS THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY. If I could underline this one hundred times, I would! No matter what happens in our day, and no matter what comes our way, we must be willing to turn our eyes away from what the natural is speaking, and turn our  eyes upon Jesus. I am sure that you can relate to the fact that many times situations have loud voices and our thoughts can have loud voices as well. It is what we do with the voice of our thoughts that will make or break us.
 
 
2 Corinthians 10:5 (Amplified)
“[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments
and theories and reasonings
and every proud and lofty thing that sets
itself up against the [true] knowledge of God;
and we lead every thought and purpose
away captive into the obedience of
Christ (the Messiah,
the Anointed One”
 
 
I believe there are so many avenues that the devil is trying to use in our world today where the Word of God is being fought against.  The devil well understands that he can turn our minds into a battleground of confusion and weakness if we do not guard ourselves.   Our education system, news media, etc…is trying to prove God’s Word to be false and invalid. There are arguments against it like never before. If we do not continue to refresh ourselves in the presence of God, and renew our minds with God’s Word this has the potential to wear us down. When one gets worn down they are on a fast track to being pulled into the deceptive current of this world’s thinking. This is so dangerous, and we must constantly keep our hearts and minds protected from such things. The world is trying to make God’s Word and ways look foolish so that we back away from the truth. The Word of God is the most powerful tool we have to live this life. His Word says in Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)
 
 
 
“For the word of God is living and active
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
and piercing as far as the division of
soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow,
and able to judge the thoughts
and intentions of the heart.”
 
 
If the Word of God is hidden within us, it will rise up in our time of need. It will cut through the deceptions that are trying to pull us down.   We will feel our heart being touched with His pure truth because His Word,as a knife is cutting deeply,  and dividing the lie from the truth. You will be able to clearly see the choice you have to make in light of seeing both sides and then the decision is yours.
 
 
 
 
God desires that we always choose life but He gives us the choice. If the Word is not hidden in your heart my friend, it will not be there to help you win the battles this world brings, and you will heed to the swift currents that sin brings. God desires that we choose life,  He desires that we choose to put His Word deep within our hearts,  and then He desires that we  guard it with all diligence  for from it flow the issues of this life!   Praise God for that life giving force that is well able to guard our hearts and minds!


11.8.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, November 8, 2016
“Quiet Rest For Our Souls”
 
and i will cause you to rest
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Matthew 11:28-29 (AMP)
 
“ Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”
 
 

I love how Jesus spoke here and said, “I will cause you to rest.”  Cause defined is when something is brought about.    I love that our Lord can bring about that which we need in our souls when we are lacking something.    Today let us meditate upon the fact that the Lord desires to bring our souls to rest. This scripture tells us how Jesus understood the nature of man and man’s temptation to do more than what he was created for. I think the biggest mistake we can make is to rely on our own ability and strength to accomplish things.  We in turn are capable of overworking our minds and bodies in a way that we were not made to do.

 
In verse twenty eight Jesus was giving an invitation to the overburdened and weary.   He spoke of relieving and refreshing our souls if only we go to Him, and lay our burdens down.  It reminds me of Psalm twenty three where the psalmist said in the very beginning “He makes me to lay down in green pastures” and “He leads me beside the still waters.” The first step in the right direction when weariness hits our soul is to to go to Him. Yes, simply GO to Him. Do not turn to your own means of rest and peace. Jesus proceeds to tell us to take His yoke.
 
 
Farmers used to yoke the young ox with the old experienced ox to train them. The old ox will take the major load, and the young one would walk  along and learn from him. If you read this verses in light of this, it brings so much light to the scripture. As we walk along side of Jesus, and learn of Him, things will go so much better for us. I think it is important to note that Jesus made a point to say immediately that He was gentle (meek) and humble(lowly) in heart. The opposite of these two things is the pride of man. So many times we resist God in some areas, and attempt to do things our way. We can not claim to have Jesus walking along side of us, and insist on doing things  our way, and in our own ability.
 
 
Jesus wants us to truly submit to His way and His Word. Jesus set us free from the bondages of this world. If you are under the yoke of sin, guilt, failures, anxieties or worry you need to consider humbly giving your burden to Him. Jesus has set us free from that weight that we are trying to carry.  Walk with Him today.   I encourage you to ask yourself if you are carrying anything in your life that has become a burden.   If you are, please consider the words of this devotional and humbly lay your burdens at His feet.


11.7.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, November 7, 2016
“Give What’s Been Given To You”
 
 
give to others
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
God is so good to us. Day after day we rise and He faithfully meets us as we look to Him. We enjoy all of His benefits, and we must never forget one of them. Daily we should have a renewed appreciation of all that He has done for He has done great things!
 

Today I want you to think about the many times that He has been there for you since you have met Him.   Think about the times that you have sinned in your heart yet you turned your heart to Him and repented,  and He forgave you once again.    Oh that we should praise Him for His endless mercies and lovingkindness toward us. As we draw upon His mercy, love and all the wonderful things that He has blessed us with, we must be mindful  to share it with others. So how do we do this? I want you to look at Colossians 3:12 with me:
 
 
“Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s
own chosen ones (His own picked
representatives), [who are] purified
and holy and well-beloved [by God
Himself, by putting on behavior marked by]
tenderhearted pity and mercy,
kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves,
gentle ways, [and] patience
[which is tireless and long-suffering,
and has the power to endure whatever
comes, with good temper].” (Amplified)
 
 
 
 
It can be easy to be so caught up in our outward appearance yet how much more should we be sure to be clothing our inner man appropriately with the beauty of our Lord.   As we are diligent to clothe ourselves by putting on behavior that is marked by being tenderhearted  and merciful, people will surely see us as a light in this world.   We  need to also be thinking about how we can live our lives prepared in our hearts and ready to help someone that may need God’s love, a word spoken in season, a listening ear,etc…  Today I want to encourage your heart to give to others that which the Lord has so graciously given to you.
 
As we have experienced God giving us answers to our prayers, and comfort in our time of need we need  to equip ourselves to be ready and share that same comfort and love with those in need. God does not bless us with all these wonderful and bountiful blessings for us to just talk about and keep to ourselves. He desires we pass them on and be a living testimony of His goodness!  The following scripture that I am sharing is addressing the giving of comfort to someone in need.   We need to be ready to bless those in need with the same comfort that we have been blessed with.
 
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (VOICE)
“All praise goes to God, Father of our
Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is
the Father of compassion,
the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we
endure the pain and hardship of life
so that we may draw from His comfort
and share it with others in their own struggles.”
 
 
 Oh how He can use us as we lovingly  share the life giving testimonies  with those that may be  walking through a similar experience that we have endured!   As you share what God has done for your life, it will be  a testimony of His love and care.   I encourage you today to pray for opportunities to be used as a vessel of giving His life, love and comfort to those around you.   He watches for those that are willing and ready to be used.


11.6.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, November 6, 2016
“What Is Integrity?”
 
 
God our integrity
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
What does the word integrity mean?    Here is a definition I found for us to look at and ponder:
 
 
Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral  character; honesty.

The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished:

 
 

Today we will meditate upon how our integrity which comes from following the Lord will guide us.    First I would love for you to read this short quote as we think about our Lord guiding us in the ways and path of integrity.

 
 
 
“God shall be my hope, My stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.”
William Shakespeare
 
 

If God is our hope, He is always ahead of us. No matter what is going on wrong or if discouragement seems to be bringing us down, may we look to Him as our hope for tomorrow.  If He is our stay, He is always all that we need in the present. He shall be the  loving Anchor of our soul, and we shall not be moved.  If He is our guide, He is all that we need while we are moving and if He is our lantern to our feet we will be moving in His divine  direction.  His light will go before us, and we will see that our path gets brighter and brighter as unto the noonday sun!
 
 
 
 As we practice  living, breathing  and moving  by the Spirit of the Living God we will be a people of integrity.  As integrity becomes our desire, every breath we take, and all we do will be to glorify Him and only Him.   From the depths of our being there will  be a natural desire to please Him and  do the right thing.  Oh the beauty of walking in the integrity of our God!
 
 
I am going to share two versions of scripture from Proverbs 11:3:
 

New Life Version
“The honor of good people will lead them, but those who hurt others will be
destroyed by their own false ways.”
 

Amplified Bible
” The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and
crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.”
 
 

 

We thank you Lord that Your integrity shall guide us, and that integrity will also draw people to You!  We praise You for being our Hope, our Stay, and the Lantern to our feet that we may exhibit integrity in our lives.

 



11.5.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Saturday, November 5, 2016
“Entrusting Our Lives To Him”
 
 
entrust your life to him
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Today let us meditate upon entrusting our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.  He desires that we commit our lives into His care.   Let us commit our lives to Him with total trust. Psalm 23:1  David stated, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”    As we look to Him for all our needs and concerns, we will lack for nothing.  As we entrust ourselves to Him, He promises to be our all whether all is well or all is falling apart.   He is our strength when we are weak, and He is our guide when we cannot see because of the trial we are walking through.  Paul understood a perfect strength in his time of weakness and this is what he had to say about it…
 
2 Corinthians 12:10
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,
in reproaches, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s
sake: for when I am weak, then am I
strong.”
 
 
Paul experienced a strength that did not proceed from his human strength but by the power of the Living God!    Have you ever had a time where your human strength and emotions had come to a place of weakness, and suddenly God infused you with fresh strength in your inner man, and you received direction and strong focus?   It is such an awesome and supernatural thing!  Yesterday I spoke of God’s drenching, permeating peace that is well able to surpass our understanding.   May we entrust our everything to Him that His strength, wisdom, and focus can permeate us!  
 
 
 
 
 
I encourage your heart today to know this…as you entrust yourself to Him, you are in a perfect place!   As we abide and dwell in that place of trusting in Him  we will experience great and wonderful things that are truly a testimony of God’s wonderful work within us.   Serving God is so exciting isn’t it?  Praise Him today as the Lord your Shepherd for He promises that you will lack not one thing!
 
 
 
 
 
 


11.4.16

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, November 4, 2016
“Drenched and Permeated In His Peace”
 
are you permeated in his peace
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Have you ever gotten caught in the rain without an umbrella?   I can remember a few times that I was  drenched from head to toe.   Today I want us to meditate upon the power of being drenched and permeated in the peace of our Lord.    Are you drenched and permeated in His peace?   These two words bring the idea of being soaked with His peace and then it penetrates our soul and your mind.   I believe it would do us good to keep a very close watch on that peace that promises to guard our hearts and minds.    I think of  those days that one thing after another seems to try and rob us of our precious peace that we possess in Jesus.  Sometimes our peace can be threatened even with the everyday dealings and responsibilities a day can bring.  Today we are going to meditate on growing in this…. no matter what or how many things we encounter …we are NOT going to permit our peace to be weakened by anything.   Let us hold fast and  stay drenched and permeated in His wonderful peace.
 
 
 

 

Let me start out with sharing about the power of being permeated. This word “permeate” is one I love to use because it gives me a visual every time I say it. It means to pass into or through every part of something to be diffused through, pervade or saturate.

 
 
 
 
Quite honestly I do not understand how anyone can live without God’s peace permeating their heart and mind. I see at times when believers just kind of get used to flying by the seat of their pants with their own composure and strength. That may get us through occasionally but  it will never sustain us like God’s peace can. God wants to give us His ALL because He gave His ALL when He gave His only Son for us.    He does not want to see us short changed in any way spiritually .  He desires us to posses His peace!
 
 
 
I encourage you to ask Him for His peace, and then hold fast to it!   Think about how precious that peace is that passes, pervades, and saturates our total being.   God is so good. 
 
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You,
and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3
 


11.3.16

 
 
 
Devotional for Thursday, November 3, 2016
“Guarding Our Hearts From Envy”
 
gods love does not envy
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
God desires that we guard our hearts with all diligence for this is the place in which He dwells.   Proverbs 4:23 speaks to us and tells us why:
 
“Keep and guard your heart with
all vigilance and above
all that you guard, for out of
it flow the springs of life.”
 
 
God desires that we allow no room in our heart for anything that could poison it, and cause it destruction.  He understands that it only takes a little bit of something bad that could become very big and destructive to our love walk and His will for our life.  Today we are looking at the sin of envy, and we will see it’s power and how it could poison our soul.  Envy denotes a longing to possess something that someone else has. Here is a quote that will make it even clearer for us:
 
 
 
 
“Envy is the art of counting the
other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.”
Harold Coffin
 
 
 
First of all I want to say that anyone of us can fall prey to this sin apart from the help of God. The devil can trick us into thinking it is okay to feel certain feelings such as envy . He will try to convince us that it is okay to feel envious as long as we don’t talk about it. You know…just keep it hidden. He cleverly understands the whole concept of hiding things from others and putting on a front of looking spiritual or good while the inside of you is being eaten up by a poison and weakening in your walk with the Lord.  Remember this for the Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:14 “…Satan himself poses as a messenger of heavenly light…”
 
 
 
 
Satan may try to deceive us, and cause us to be comfortable with any sin such as the sin of envy, but let us be sober and vigilant for he seeks to devour us with such deception.   As we purpose to grow in the love of God, we will be grounded in the fact that love simply is NOT envious!
 
 
 
 
Lord, help us this day to be vigilant and very cautious over our hearts.   Help us to recognize such sins as envy that we can quickly weed it out of our soul and be free to serve You in greater ways.   Continue to remind us of all that Your love is and all that it is not, and we know that Your love is not envious.  We thank you for Your Word as it leads, guides and protects our hearts everyday! 


11.2.2016

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, November 23, 2016
“Godliness With Contentment”
 
 
but godliness with contentment is great gain
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
I can remember sharing with a friend of mine about being content in our home.   We shared with each other how we love being in our home, and enjoy God’s peace and joy in the midst of where we dwell.    We discussed how it is so sad that some people just seem like they have a hard time being content with the simple little things in this life so they fill the void  with things that seemingly make them happy and content.   Don’t get me wrong…doing things and going places are nice, and can be joyful but it is not where godly contentment is found.   May we learn to enjoy the sweet and simple things of this life and the blessings that God has so richly and abundantly poured our way.    The Lord has called us to be examples in this world to live life in Him.   As we live in godly contentment, I believe that our life will speak to people in ways we would never imagine.  The Lord is looking for us to be at peace and contented no matter what is going on around us, for our fullness of joy is found in Him!
 
 
 
 
1 Timothy 6:6  (VOICE)
 
“This is ironic because
godliness, along with contentment, does put us ahead but
NOT in the ways some imagine.”
 
 
 
 
Lord, we ask you today to remind us by Your Holy Spirit to seek first heavenly things.     Help us to sort through what is important and what is not.    Cause us to see godliness with contentment to be  great gain.    We seek to be examples of living life in total contentment and peace.   We thank You that as we do this people will be drawn to You.


11.1.2016

 
 
 
devotional for tuesday, november 1, 2016
 
your future is in the hands of god”
 
 
its a new day
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
Philippians 3:13-14
“…but this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
 
 
 
Yesterday has past, today is here and tomorrow is coming. What happened yesterday is behind us.  May we thank Him for walking with us yesterday, look to Him today expecting good things!   Sometimes the memories of our failures, experiences or hurts from yesterday can try to hinder the present moment…but only if we permit them to.  I believe God is calling us to live in the moment, in His presence, and in faith toward Him.  If our yesterday has brought pain to us we need to  ask the Lord to bring healing to our heart, and ask Him for the wisdom we need to walk forward. It is important to remember that when we do walk through hardships that we should seek to embrace and pass on that wisdom that we have attained.    Never underestimate the power of sharing your testimony of what you learned as the Lord helped you through something.    Remember…we are His light and His mouth piece to speak to those hurting and in need.
 
 
 
 
God desires that we look forward into our future with faith in our hearts. It is a very bad mistake to live and dwell in our past. It is like trying to drive a car with our gaze continually in the rear view mirror. Yes, there are times we need to glance in our rear view mirrors so we can proceed cautiously. Those glances serve us  to proceed with caution that we do not make mistakes or put ourselves in danger.   May we be continually looking forward as the Lord walks beside us, and leads us and guides us in His paths that echo His Name.
 
 
 
I love this quote by John Mason.   I encourage you to allow it to challenge your heart.
 
 
“The future frightens only those who prefer living in the past.”
John Mason
 
 
Many times our minds may try to haunt us with reminders of our mistakes or failures from our pasts.  Know this…As we take our failures and mistakes to God, He will teach us from them, and we can actually grow stronger.  God does not want us to be fearful of our future but rather we need to rejoice in the days to come knowing that He is ready to use us as He wills as we give Him our all!   I leave you with this powerful quote…
 
“MY UNKNOWN FUTURE IS IN
THE HAND OF AN ALL KNOWING GOD”



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!