Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Tuesday, April 30, 2019
 
“Always Find Your Strength In Him”
 
FindYourStrengthInGod
 
 
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Philippians 4:13 (CEB)

” I can endure all these things through

the power of the one who gives me strength.”
 
 
 
 
What a blessing it is to know that we have all that we need for anything that we face. Let us look at this verse, and as you read it emphasize the first two words, “I can.” Many times when we are faced with adversity or we are feeling weak, the first words that we may be tempted to entertain in our minds are “I can’t do this.”  Today I want to encourage you to seek daily to find your strength in God.  As you seek and find your strength in Him, you will be able to proclaim, “I can do all things through His power who gives me great strength!”    In preparing for this particular devotional my original focus on scripture was John 10:10:

 

 
 
John 10:10 (AMP)
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill

life, and have it in abundance

(to the full, till it overflows).”
 
 
 
 
In this life we all face the thief, and he is the devil himself, He diligently seeks to steal and rob from us. He will try to kill our dreams, weaken our faith, and more than anything try to convince us that we cannot reach the goal of being overcomers in this life. He wants our strength to turn to weakness.  He seems to sometimes have the mysterious ability to make the smallest of things look gigantic, yet we serve the One that can bring all problems down to size if only we keep our eyes on Him.  Let us proclaim that any mountain can be moved by the hand of the Almighty God!
 
Paul spoke of when he was his weakest was when he truly experienced  God’s strength.  As we look to live in His strength we can know that no matter how things are going in the natural, He is with us, and He will make Himself strong on our behalf!   Today let us proclaim that His life flows in us in great abundance.   Let us draw upon His strength and grace that we can boldly say…  “I can do all things!”


Sunday, April 28, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Sunday, April 28, 2019
 
“My Lord! The Health of My Countenance”
 
 
countenance
 
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26  
 
 
We have all experienced walking through tough times, and we see how it affects our soul and emotions.One’s countenance is his or her appearance that is reflecting what is going on inside of them.   I love this scripture because is shows us that we are able to shine the light and love of the Lord from our countenance as we permit Him to do so.
 
Many times our countenance is a give away of what is going on inside of us even when we think we are hiding it so well. When one loses hope or they experience disappointment, they can feel sadness and gloom flood their soul, and this will always affect the soul.   In the Psalms David understood that no matter what happened that his hope had to be in God, and that He alone would bring health back to his countenance.
 
 
 

Psalm 42:11 Jubilee Bible 2000

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why
art thou disquieted within me? Wait thou for God, for I shall yet praise him,
who is the saving health of my
countenance and my God.”
 
 
 
Lord, I thank you this day for being able to live this life immersed in your joy, peace, and strength.   You are the One that is the saving health of my countenance!   As I look up to You this day I rejoice that Your countenance is shining down upon me.   Help me to  walk in the joy and peace and all the good things that You are.    I thank You that there are  lives that can be touched this day as I permit Your love to shine through me.   In Jesus Name! Amen!
 


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, April 24, 2019
“Looking At God’s Wisdom”
 
Heavenly wisdom
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
God’s wisdom is pure and untainted. God wants to bestow upon us His pure wisdom as we humbly desire and ask for it.   My friends, we  need it for every area of our life. 
 
 

James 3:17 (The Voice)

“Heavenly wisdom centers on purity,
peace, gentleness, deference, mercy,
and other good fruits untainted by hypocrisy.”
 
 
The dictionary defines wisdom as  knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.    We all  know that there is worldly wisdom, and James speaks of worldly wisdom as being evil and devilish at times.    As believers God desires that we look to walk in His wisdom, but we must understand what it is.   When we ask God for His wisdom He desires to bless us with pure thoughts and good judgement. His wisdom is full of mercy, peace, and gentleness. His ways and answers are not harsh or hypocritical.
 

There will be times in this life that we may be encountered with questions that are too difficult to give answers to. As believers we can feel that we always have to have answers for people’s questions and problems, and there will be those times in which  we could find ourselves at loss for words. In those times that we lack knowing the answers to questions we need to humbly admit that we do not know.  In saying that we do not know the answer, we can proclaim that  we KNOW the One who does have every answer we need, and He is faithful to answer the prayer of a righteous man or woman. 

 
As you ask God for His precious wisdom for any situation, believe by faith that it is going to flow toward you, and flow forth from you as pure fresh living water. This is what we need and this is what people around us need…not our opinions, not our experiences, but rather the pure, life giving wisdom that comes only from above.  Today we thank You Lord for giving us Your sweet wisdom that flows from Your heart to us that we may live and walk closer to You!


Thursday,April 18, 2019

 
Devotional for Thursday, April 18, 2019
“The Heart Full of Joy”
 
 
Heart of Joy\
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 
Psalm 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore.
 
 
 
 
The scriptures teach us in Psalm 16:11 that as we abide in the Lord’s presence there will be fullness of joy, and we know that the joy of the Lord is our strength.   We must continue to renew our minds to this, and not  permit anything to pull us out of His presence or pull us away from what the Word of God says about the situations that we are dealing with.   
 
Have you ever had a day in which you wished you had the power to do it all over again?   You know those days that seem to be one circumstance after another that tests us continually.   May we learn from our days.   God’s way is to abide in Him no matter how wicked those storms of life are.   He promises strength and joy in the midst of it all.
 
 

Today, I encourage you to stay mindful to do that which you know in your heart, and that which is right in His sight. They say “Hind sight is always 20/20 vision.”   This is so true especially  in those times in which I look back on my yesterdays that seemed to rob my joy and peace.    While we cannot do our day over we can certainly learn and partake of His provision for us to move on. We must continue to renew our minds, and not  permit anything to pull us out of His presence or pull us away from what the Word of God says about the situations that we are dealing with.  Thank God that He speaks to us even when we miss the mark. God is so good, and His mercies are abundant!



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for April 17, 2019
“His Inseparable Love”
 
nothing can separate
by Dona Hake
 
 
 
 

Romans 8:39 ERV
“….nothing in the whole created world—
will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown
us in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 
 
Such powerful words  written by the Apostle Paul.   Think about it.   There is not one thing in all of this earth that can separate us from His perfect love.  There is nothing that can keep us apart or divide us from His love,   There is no force, no nothing!!!!
 
No matter what we face or how hard the devil tries to discourage us we can not be kept apart from the presence of our Lord, and His life giving love.   As we remain under His Almighty shadow abiding in His love and walking in humility there are no barriers strong enough to keep us from Him, and His hand working on our behalf. 
 
May our hearts be dedicated to His love as He is dedicated to us.    You know we purpose to set time aside to eat, sleep, work and play. Let us be ever so diligent to carve out moments during the day and dedicate those moments to sit in His presence and acknowledge Him. Talk with Him about how you feel and what you fear. Ask Him about everything that concerns you. He is bound to you by His love! Do not go by feelings and do not go by what you see. Praise Him because of His inseparable love for you!!


Monday, April 15, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Monday, April 15, 2019
 
“How Is Your Hearing?
 
my sheep
 
by Dona Hake
 
Today let us look at our spiritual hearing…so do you have good ears, and if so….are you listening?   The Lord desires that we are keen and discerning to all that is going on around us.Have you ever heard when someone jokingly or not so jokingly says that an individual has selective hearing? Selective hearing is the capability to block out sounds and noise. It is the notion of ignoring certain things in one’s surrounding environment. Many times you can see this in small children. They may tend to hear only the fun and exciting things, but things such as “It’s time to clean up your toys, and get ready for your nap.” may not be one of those things that is eagerly heard. The question is are there times that we have selective hearing with the Lord, and we are unaware of it?
 
 
There are times we can all identify where we are reading the Word or hearing the Word of God, and our spirit has been pricked by the power of the spoken Word. We just know it was God specifically dealing with our heart yet we walk away, and do not take heed. We heard it in all of it’s power yet we decided not to listen and take heed with our hearts.  We can go home from church and proclaim what a good Word our Pastor shared yet not  apply it to our life. This too is selective hearing, and we need to be very careful and cautious over our hearts that we are not guilty of this. I found several translations of John 10:27 enlightening so I will share them with you for your meditation.
 

“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening

to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.” (AMP)

My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who

they are. They follow me…” (GW)

” My sheep recognize my voice, and I know them,

and they follow me.” (TLB)

“My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know

them intimately, and they follow Me.” (The Voice)

 
The word *know* means to be able to distinguish, as one from another. The Lord wants that we KNOW Him and we KNOW His voice!   He desires to we be discerning for there are many voices in this world.  Today I  encourage your heart to be listening closely for His voice. Many times His voice is loud and clear and many times it is a mere whisper. Be quick to recognize it and respond. God truly desires this intimacy with us as we heed to His Word,  and walk willingly along side of Him as He gently leads us.  May our hearts and spiritual ears be open to Him, and willing to do all He asks.
 


Friday, April 12, 2019

 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, April 12, 2019
 
“Let Our Praise Never Cease!”
 
Psalm 145 November 4
by Dona Hake

 

Psalm 145:1-3

“I will lift my praise above everything to You, my God and King!
I will continually bless Your name forever and always.
My praise will never cease—
I will praise You every day;
I will lift up Your name forever.
The Eternal is great and deserves endless praise;
His greatness knows no limit, recognizes no boundary.
No one can measure or comprehend His magnificence.”

 
 It is so easy to take things and people for granted. We must be purpose that we live with hearts that are full of thanks  to our loving God, and the loved ones and friends in our life.  Today I am encouraging you to think about how wonderful and good the Lord has been to you. Day in and day out He faithfully meets us as we open our eyes each morning. He is always there for us throughout our day. Even when we fall and mess up, again He is faithful. As the psalmist writes in verse three, “God is much greater than anyone can understand!”
 
I have pondered this word ~eternity~, and it never ceases to leave me speechless and in awe. This is just one of the many wondrous things about God that are far above and beyond our comprehension. Have you pondered today how great His love is toward you?  Is it not the most wonderful thing to know that He loved you enough to send His Son to die for you? Have you stopped and thanked Him today for His forgiveness and paused to try to figure out the depth of His compassion that forgiveness brings to you? I marvel as I think about how He not only forgives us but He totally washes us clean and restores our souls.
 

Let us think about more of His divine attributes…His grace and mercy recognizes no boundaries and they are new each morning as we face new challenges. No, we will never be able to totally comprehend His greatness, but we can always continue to offer thanks and worship to Him for all that He is to us! Give thanks to the Lord for there is no measure of His magnificence!

 
 


Thursday, April 11, 2019

 
 
“Devotional for Thursday, April 11, 2019
 
 
“Living By the Truth of the Living God”
 
 
living by truth
by Dona Hake
 
 

We live in a day and age in which living by the truth is not important.   This is so sad to me.  Just watch the news on any given day, and you will find there are those that do not base their opinions or decisions on any truth whatsoever.  It seems that some feel they can create their own standards, and by them they live.     This becomes what they see as truth on a matter.

 

I can remember hearing a woman  condoning and encouraging that it is okay when people tell little “white lies.” She exclaimed that some types of lies are just simply a polite way of dealing with people.   I personally feel this is absolutely wrong, and I stand firm that proclaiming that any kind of lie, no matter how small or white IT IS absolutely wrong. I can remember thinking as a teenager that is was okay to lie about certain things. I can remember as well how troubled it would make me feel inside. I did it because my friends did it, and I assumed it was okay. May I add that I can remember the day that the Lord totally liberated me to His truth, and I was able to live with a clear conscience!

 

So what is a white lie? This is what the definition of it is… “a minor or unimportant lie, especially one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness. “   Let us as believers be careful to guard our hearts and mouths that we do not proclaim lies to avoid dealing in God’s truth in a matter. 

 

I have heard it said before that the thing about telling lies is that you better remember exactly how you told it or some day you will get caught. There is so much freedom in being truthful to others, and most importantly being true to yourself. One of my most favorite quotes that I feel is an excellent one to live by was by William Shakespeare.

 

“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow,
as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

 
Today I encourage you to embrace truth in your heart. You know…God in heaven has promised to keep His Word and He never lies. He never changes and He is dependable. TRUTH is such a liberating way to live! Let us look to Him to teach us to walk in truth in every area of our life.
 

 

 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Wednesday, April 10, 2019
“The Undivided Heart”
 
 
Oh how our days can be so  full of things to do and places to go.   Our family, our jobs, our church, and places to be, and the list goes on. I think it can be quite the challenge at times to stay focused and know that you are doing exactly what the Lord desires you be doing.
 
I can remember many years ago a woman sharing the Word of God and I will never forget her words to this day. She said something like, “You must be careful of over committing yourself because even doing good things can be the wrong thing.” I would like to explain a bit further as to what she was implying. I am sure you have heard it said that sometimes you just have to learn how to say “no.”   Many times out of the goodness of our hearts we can want to please everyone and before we know it, we feel scattered in our focus.  Our life can be full of ~doing~ that does not serve purpose nor is it under the Lord’s instruction.   Sadly, some things may be being done out of obligation.  Over commitment in our life will surely get us into trouble sooner or later.   It is usually our spiritual condition that may weaken because our time with Him begins to suffer.
 
If we are not discerning there  can be things that  capture our heart, and the evil one will seek to lure us into justifying those things that are really robbing us from serving God. Each of us needs to know that all we are putting our hands and time to is approved by our Lord. Today I just want to encourage you give your heart to Him wholeheartedly and in an undivided way. 
Psalm 86:11 (MSG)
“Train me, God, to walk straight;
then I’ll follow your true path.
Put me together, one heart and mind;
then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear.”
 
Teach us Lord to walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite our hearts to fear and honor Your Name as we live wholeheartedly for You.    May the God we serve bless and prosper you this day!
 


Friday, April 5, 2019

 
 
 
 
Devotional for Friday, April 5, 2019
“Clothe Yourself In Him”
clothe yourself
by Dona Hake
 
 

When we gave our life to Christ, all things became new including our “spiritual” wardrobe!    The Lord desires that we are thinking about clothing ourselves in the many good things He desires.  As you awaken in the morning ask Him to clothe you with these good things so you can be an instrument for Him.

 

Colossians 3:12 (CJB)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people,

holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves

with feelings of compassion and with kindness,

humility, gentleness and patience.”

 

May we humbly ask Him to use us in special ways that His love and goodness would be made manifest through us.  As we make a conscious effort to clothe ourselves in the fruits of who He is we are pleasing Him and we will truly be blessed.   Paul was exhorting Christians here in this scripture to clothe themselves in the beauty of the Lord.   As we look at compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience one may be able to identify being stronger in one over another.  For instance, it is so easy to be nice to those that are treating us right, but difficult people can cause us to really get off track with our love walk.   Remember…. God’s way is always the higher way, and as we react out of His love and purpose to remain clothed in  His Spirit we will be blessed.   I encourage you to clothe yourself in Him daily, and ask Him to continue to grow and strengthen you in the fullness of all that He is!

 

 




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!