Friday, November 2, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, November 2, 2018
 
 
“…and Nothing Shall Make Them Stumble”
 
 
stumble
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
Psalm 119:165 (HCSB) “Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.”
 

When you purchase something brand new, it is a very wise idea to pull out the instructions, and follow them closely so your product works as you wished for it to. The person that tries to figure things out on their own apart from the instruction manual usually ends up frustrated. I thank the Lord that He has provided us with the Ultimate Manual to instruct us how to live this life, and that is the Word of God. He has given us every instruction for our journey, and all we have to do is abide by it, and follow it closely.

We need to love His Word more than our own opinions and past experiences. When we love His Word and instructions, He promises that our peace will be abundant. This peace will guard our hearts, guard our tongues, and keep us from stumbling. I thought it would be interesting to share some definitions I found on the word stumble. Remember…as we love His Word NOTHING will make us stumble…
 
 
 
Stumble defined:
* to strike the foot against something,
as in walking or running, so as to stagger or fall; trip,
to walk or go unsteadily: to stumble down a dark passage.
 
* to make a slip, mistake, or blunder,
especially a sinful one: to stumble over a
question; to stumble and fall from grace.
 
* to proceed in a hesitating or blundering
manner, as in action or speech.
 

I am thanking God today that He has made provision that we do not have to stumble. Have you ever walked into a place of business to find a “Wet floor” sign or “Caution Ahead” signs on the road?   Such words are there to warn us of possible danger, and as we heed to them we can proceed in safety, and confidence. The Word of God also provides words of caution, admonishment, and great instruction for us to walk in. I do not know about you, but I find great peace in knowing that God has provided every answer I need in His Word. His Spirit is here to guide us into all of His truth, and He will teach us things that we do not understand. The tricks of the devil will clearly be exposed, and we will remain guarded with His abundant peace.

 

I encourage you today that He has provided everything you need in His Word that your life can be permeated with great peace. I thank God for those times that He has reached down and lifted us back up when we have stumbled in our way. Great is His forgiveness and faithfulness. Great is His peace. Purpose to seek these things, enjoy them , and possess them as you serve Him everyday!



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, October 30, 2018
 
“Righteousness Shall Go Before Us”
 
 
 
righteousness will go before Him
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 

Psalm 85:11-13 BRG Bible

” Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.  Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.”
 
My meditation today is upon a few words at the end of verse 13 in Psalm 85. “and shall set us in the way of his steps.” Oh that we would long to know that our feet are firmly planted, and walking within the footprints of our Master. As I meditated on this I began to think of a small child on the sands of a beach finding some big footsteps of his or her parents. Walking along, the child carefully places her feet inside the big footprint, and purposes to walk in them, and allow those footprints to lead them. So it is with us as we desire to cling to our Lord and follow Him closely. His footprints are established in truth and righteousness, and we too should desire to stay within our Lord’s imprints as we walk. They are rock solid, and as we purpose to walk within His footprints we will always be within the borders of His will for our lives. There is great comfort and strength in knowing that His righteousness goes before us!
 
Lord, we thank You this day in which we can set our hearts to live for You and serve You.   Oh that our feet would be set deep within Yours as we trust in You.  Help us to be mindful of keeping ourselves in the way of Your steps and not wandering away.   Even in those times that Your way may not make sense to us, help us to understand that Your ways are higher than our ways, and You understand the big picture of the work in our life.  In Jesus Name, amen!
 
 


Friday, October 26, 2018

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, October 26, 2018
“Lord, Teach Us To Love As You Love”
 
 
lord enlighten our hearts to love
 
by Dona Hake
 
Nothing can separate us from His love, and His love is unfathomable. His love conquers all, and God’s love covers all things. God desires that His conquering love flow through us yet there are times His love is not able to flow freely. If we do not desire to look beyond our own ability to love, how is He able to love and flow through us and reach a lost and dying world? There is a cost to loving like Jesus, and it is a matter letting go of that which is holding us back. We must press in to love like Jesus love.
 

 

“Love,

to be real,

must cost –

it must hurt –

it must empty us of self.”
Mother Teresa
 

God is calling us to His high places of love. A wonderful place to meditate is 1 Corinthians 13 because this simply spells out what God’s love is and what it is not.
 

 

“Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious,

doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.

There’s no arrogance in love;

it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—

it’s not self-absorbed.

Love isn’t easily upset.

Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice;

but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!

Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along;

it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.

Love will never become obsolete.”

 

 



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

 
 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, October 24, 2018
 
“The Strong Roots of a Righteous Man”
 
rooted deep in him
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth.
Anonymous
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jeremiah 17:7-9

Amplified Bible (AMP)

“[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies

on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads

out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when

heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious

and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”
 
 
 
 
 
This tree that Jeremiah speaks of is the man who has totally trusted on the Lord God above. This tree thrives on the waters it is planted by. Notice the scripture does say that THE HEAT WILL COME and SO WILL THE YEAR OF THE DROUGHT. In our lives we too will face times where the heat is on yet we can know that because our roots of faith are strong, we need not fear nor grow weary. In the year of drought we can be free from care for we will NOT stop yielding fruit. The Lord IS our Shepherd and we shall not want!   Praise the living God that has promised to sustain us!  The man or woman with strong spiritual roots shall not be moved!
 
 
Proverbs 12:3
 

 

“…but the roots of the righteous can’t be disturbed.”

 
 
 


Monday, October 22, 2018

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, October 22, 2018
“Drawing Upon the Living Water”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

by Dona Hake

 
It is surely a fact that man without Christ lives in a state of never being truly satisfied. It is only the Lord that can fill the needs of every man’s heart. The Lord knows us inside and out, and only He can satisfy the thirst of our souls. Jesus explained to the woman at the well the meaning of the true living 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’s problems and this world draining you of your strength and peace, stop and drink of His water for it  will strengthen and refresh your soul.  Know that it is  the water of continual flow for  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 within us.  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 pour forth that living water to you!  Today I encourage you to lift your eyes and heart to Him.    Permit Him to pour His refreshing life into you.    Oh that our cups would spill over that we can refresh and lift up those around us!



Friday, October 19, 2018

 
Devotional for Friday, October 18, 2018
“We Are the Children of Light”
 
 
walk as children of light
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 

Genesis 1 :1-3    (DARBY) 

 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

And the earth was waste and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light. And there was light.

And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided between the light and the darkness. “
 
One of the first things the living God did  during creation was separate the light from the dark.    He saw it to be a good thing that light stood out from the darkness. Every morning we wake up to the light of day, and at night the sky grows dark  yet in this world we can see that spiritual darkness still hovers over the lives of people every minute of their day.      This darkness creates confusion and lack of direction to those that are lost.  Darkness in one’s life can bring great depression and lack of hope to a soul.   
 

For such a time as this, we are called to be lights in the midst of darkness.  He is watching for those that desire to shine like a light because He has  given the light that never grows dim.   Oh praise living God that within us burns a fire and light that will never get dim.  He desires that we be the light where there is no light.   Oh that our testimony of living for Him would cause those that are lost to believe there really is light at the end of their hopeless tunnel!

 

 
 
Luke 11:22 (CEB)
“People don’t light a lamp and then put it in a closet or under a basket. Rather, they place the lamp on a lampstand so that those who enter the house can see the light.”
 
 

 



Thursday, October 18, 2018

 
Devotional for Thursday, October 18, 2018
“Our Hope In God”
by Dona Hake
 
 


Yesterday morning I was so blessed to be able to hear an interview with Pastor Brunson . I was specifically touched by certain answers that he had given to the many questions that were asked.  The Turkish courts had convicted pastor Brunson of aiding in terrorism. Of course this claim was not true but even though  he was being treated unjustly, and imprisoned, he determined himself to keep his eyes on the Lord. He shared how his prison cell was made to only hold eight men yet there were 20 in his cell.   He shared his circumstances and the trials that went on within him and at one point he said, “I talked to God whether he talked to me or not.”  He purposed himself to not let go of his hope.
 
I thought about that statement he made, and it made me think about how many times people get  tempted to doubt when God seems quiet.  We can be tempted to think he is not there yet He always is with us whether He is speaking or not, and we can be assured He is always moving on our behalf as our total trust is in Him.  This statement made me meditate upon how we are never to to be moved by what we see or do not see nor should we be moved by what we hear or what we do  not hear.
 
He shared that in the midst of his troubles he began to write a song about God‘s love and faithfulness. His wife shared how when she was able to visit him that there was a glass between them, and they would take their hands and place them on the glass that separated  them, and touched each other and just pray together in agreement.  It was so precious.  Pastor Bronson is a vessel that is proclaiming the message of hope in the midst of no hope. At the end of the interview he was asked, “What words do you leave us with today?” Pastor Brunson proclaimed, “God is using this situation and He is using God’s people!“   Our Lord was able to take that which was meant for evil, and turned it into a victorious testimony.
 

May this remind us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Our hope needs to be in Him and in Him alone. Nothing can keep His work from going forward as long as we keep our eyes on Him. May our hearts be entwined with our loving God, and we will proclaim victory as we do His will in Jesus Name.



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

 
Devotional for Tuesday, October 16, 2018
 
“Calm and Trusting”
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
 
“Only by remaining calm and trusting in me can you be strong.”Isaiah 30:15 – ERV
 
~Calm~. A place of quietness, to be tranquil, to be still, free from excitement or passion. Calm implies an unruffled state, especially under disturbing conditions.
 
As we choose to be calm and trust rather than permit the unseen “whatever’s” to agitate and create turmoil within our hearts, we will be strong. The same Jesus that stood up in the boat with His disciples, and spoke, “Be still!” lives within us. He spoke to the storm and the raging sea and everything came to complete stillness and calm. May we also speak to to our own souls in times of circumstances around us that seem to be a raging storm in our life.
 
I encourage you to call upon Him in those opportunities in which we can choose either to be agitated and moved by circumstances or rather be calmed by the hand of our Lord as we trust Him with all of our heart.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

 
 
 
“He Is Ready To Overwhelm You!”
Devotional for Thursday, October 11, 2018
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
“Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity! Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything —every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – TPT
 
 

One can be stingy with money, but let us not think that money is the only thing one can be stingy with.  A person can be tempted to be  stingy with the giving of their time, and talents, etc. As believers we are blessed with an abundant life, for the scripture says He came to give us life and give it more abundantly.    Praise Him for He has made available to us every form of grace and provision for our life!   

His giving comes from above, and it is our provision to live this life for Him here on this earth.    Our God desires to open the windows of heaven to us, and pour out into our lives in a way that we are blessed above and beyond all we dare ask or think.  Above our  highest hopes and dreams…our God desires to pour great things on each of us in a unique way that we may be vessels to manifest  His love and glory.

How wonderful it is that we serve a God of more than enough! His store house is not controlled by this world but by the power of His mighty hand. He desires to overwhelm us with every blessing.  Let us reflect on all that has been poured into our lives from His heavenly windows.  Think about how you can give generously that which the Lord has entrusted to you.  Let us be generous givers in every way, shape, form and fashion of all that we have been blessed and overwhelmed us with.


“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”
Luke 6:38 – Amplified version



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

 
 
 
 
“Let Every Word”
Devotional for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
 
 
 
 
“Walk in the wisdom of God as you live before the unbelievers, and make it your duty to make him known. Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity. For then you will be prepared to give a respectful answer to anyone who asks about your faith.”
Colossians 4:5-6 The Passion Translation
 
How can we make Him known? How can we make unbelievers aware of His love and presence in our life?  As I am meditating upon these questions, the first word that came up from my spirit was ~ encounters~. Interesting that one of the definitions for encounters is to come upon or meet with ~ especially unexpectedly.
 
 
Wow! I love when good opportunities happen unexpectedly. These are great encounters!    I think of the many divine appointments God has unexpectedly presented to me in what seemed to be an ordinary trip to the grocery store, or in the midst of doing errands. I love those opportunities to share God‘s wisdom, His love, and the truth of His Word.   When our words are drenched and saturated with His grace, and our words are clear and full of truth they will surely touch a  heart. So today I am encouraging you to make Him known and expect those unexpected encounters. Be ready to give an answer to that inquiring heart about the living God the dwells within you!



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!