In The Process

In The Process By Kirk Hunt

So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

1 Samuel 1:20 NKJV
Please read 1 Samuel 1:1–22

Hannah accepted by faith Eli’s declaration (verse 17).  She went on with the process of her life in expectation.  In the process of her mundane life, a miracle came.  Her miracle demanded much work and labor, for decades.

Too often we end the story on the high note of the miracle.  Scripture records the addition work, effort and sacrifice demanded by receiving a God-given miracle.  There had to be a day when Hannah was tired of changing diapers, nursing Samuel and keeping up with her part of the household.  Work is not at all glamourous, but is absolutely a part of the process.

Where are you in the process of your miracle?  Are you working your part of the process?  Since you asked for the miracle, you asked for the work that goes along with the process.

Hannah cried out to God from the depths of her soul.  God’s response, through Eli, was not definitive to my ear, but Hannah heard with ears of faith.  She started the process, fully expecting Samuel.

Your breakthrough or miracle is part of a process.  While God is the source, you have a part in the process, especially after the miracle happens.  Faith sees it before it happens and faithfulness keeps you working long after you hold your breakthrough in your hands.

Think:       My miracle requires working the process.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to faithfully work during the process of my miracle from You.”

 

Copyright © July 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

See, Then Deliver

See, Then Deliver By Kirk Hunt

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,   I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.”

1 Samuel 17:34–35 NKJV

There was no time for a committee meeting or an appeal to the local animal control officer.  David saw the bear preparing to eat one of his lambs and he acted.  He delivered the lamb from certain death.  The optional analysis and discussion phase came only after the work was complete.

Had David not acted, the bear would have eaten the lamb.  Worse, she might have come to the conclusion that the flock would be a continuing source of easy meals.  Stripped of her dinner, the bear tried to replace the lamb with the annoying shepherd that struck her.

Your God-given vision will remain intangible and unsubstantial until you act.  Your vision is a distraction until start building it in the real world.   People cannot see your vision as you do, but they can see the work you do.

You do not need to consult with a committee.  You are the vision building officer.  Men and women, boys and girls need you to deliver the vision God has already given you. 

Act wisely.  Act promptly.  Act and deliver.

Think:       Act on the vision God gives you.

Pray:         “Lord, give me the strength to deliver what I see in my vision from You.”

 

Copyright © July 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

See, Then Go Out After It

See, Then Go Out After It By Kirk Hunt

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,   I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.”

1 Samuel 17:34–35 NKJV

As a shepherd, David saw and understood the situation.  An apex predator was preparing to eat one of the sheep from his flock.  David also saw with vision the dead lion, then went out after the lamb.

Sight is different than vision.  Sight sees the current facts and data.  As a rational person, you see the circumstances as they are. 

Vision is different than sight.  Vision sees a future set of facts and data.  As a rational person, you see the circumstances as they will be. 

I cannot tell you that your vision is without risk or effort.  In fact, I can guarantee you that your God-given vision will require, at a minimum, figurative blood, sweat and tears.  The Apostles and Prophets (almost all) lost their lives in fulfilling the vision they received from God.

You see a set of facts and data that do not exist yet.  God has sent you that vision in order to guide the work He wants you to accomplish.  The tasks you complete will change the situation and transform you.  See your assignment, then go out after it.

Think:       Go after the vision God gives you.

Pray:         “Lord, give me the strength to go after the vision You give me.”

 

Copyright © June 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Quiet Lions

Quiet Lions By Kirk Hunt

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!   My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

Daniel 6:21–22 NKJV
Read also Daniel 6:1–24

The angel snapped his fingers to get the lions’ attention.  “You are going to host Daniel for the night.  Sorry, but you will be hungry for the evening.”  The lion roars were deafening. 

“If you are going to respond like that, then you don’t get to open your mouths until tomorrow.”  After another snap of his fingers, complete silence fell on the lions’ den.

Daniel landed face down in the lions’ den, because he prayed.  His faith and faithfulness would not allow him to hide.  His love of God exceeded his fear of a powerful king, treacherous courtiers or hungry predators.

Godly people are, at times, thrown to the lions.  Too often, we are punished for doing the right thing.  Even men and women of the strongest faith are not eager for an eyeball-to-eyeball encounter with several Panthera leo.

God does not always deliver us from the lions’ den.  I wish I could tell you we are never lion chow.  What I can promise is that no matter where we go, or what we face, God’s will and grace remains sovereign.

Quiet lions greeted Daniel.  There may be lions roaring in your life, but the God of Daniel, your Father-God, can lead you in quiet security.  Walk with God, even among the predators.

Think:       God can silence the lions of your life.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to trust You through every episode of my life.”

 

Copyright © June 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Obey The Voice

Obey The Voice By Kirk Hunt

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.   And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NKJV

The front-line versions of the F-16 Falcon, F-18 Hornet and A-10 Warthog (uh, Thunderbolt) are single-seat aircraft.  Still, before hotshot pilots get to be lone combat aces, they fly the two-seat version.  They learn their craft from the voice of the instructor in the back seat

The instructor guides, exhorts and corrects.  In the heat of action and danger, his or her echoing voice and lessons are often the difference between defeat and victory.  No one interested in returning home safely would ignore wisdom and guidance in such a moment.

Moses, on the verge of his death, urged the nation of Israel to continue to obey the voice of God.  Jesus, preparing the Disciples for His sacrifice, urged the same.  He also promised the Holy Spirit would live inside any believer who would welcome Him.  No one interested in correctly living the Christian walk would ignore the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit at any time.

Christian men and women face the heat and action of this modern life, every day.  In the constant give, take and turmoil it is all too easy to do badly or say wrongly, destroying your Christian walk or your righteous witness.  The Holy Spirit and God’s Word have voices and speak.  Are you listening?

Think:       Do I seek to live by the voice of the Holy Spirit?

Pray:         “Lord, give me the Holy Spirit and the heart to live by Your law.”

 

Copyright © June 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Greater Love

Greater Love By Kirk Hunt

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.   Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 15:12–13 NKJV

Jesus taught, than demonstrated, the pattern of greater love.  Determine you love a group of people so much that you are willing to serve them.  If your love is great enough, even the threat of death will not stop you from giving your service.

On Memorial Day, Americans celebrate the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces of the nation.  Their great sacrifice for America is to be sincerely remembered and deeply appreciated.  Still, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for His “nation,” anyone who chooses to accept Him into their heart, sets the greater example. 

Jesus first gave up heaven to come to earth.  Then He agreed to live as a mere man, so that He would truly understand our lives.  Finally, He sacrificed His sinless life as the last and final payment for our sins.  

Jesus demonstrated His love for mankind on the Cross.  Men and women can freely kneel at the Cross and receive the salvation they so desperately need, from His willing sacrifice.  Jesus does not restrict the benefit of His service on race, nation or past behavior.  

The only restriction on salvation is your confession of sin and acceptance of Jesus as your Savior.  He has already proven His greater love.  Have you accepted His love?  Do you demonstrate His love in turn?

Think:       How am I demonstrating my greater love?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to love greatly for Your Name and people.”

 

Copyright © May 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Back Seat Companion

Back Seat Companion By Kirk Hunt

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.

Acts 14:19–20 NKJV

The F-15 Eagle is a key component of the US military.  The Eagle’s complex and sophisticated targeting systems allow it to fly and fight with anything from simple air-to-air missiles to super-heavy bunker busters.  Only a team, a pilot and weapons system officer (WSO), team can fly the F-15 to victory.  Two companions, but one mission.

While the pilot “drives the bus,” the WSO works targeting, defense and offense from the back seat.  Both must be skilled and tough.  Neither alone are enough to win.

You need a man or woman who knows the real you.  A strong soul you invited to help you walk God’s Path.  You need a Gospel sibling, who asks hard questions and waits patiently and lovingly for your answers.

There ought to be a Christian man or woman in your life with permission.  If they ask, you have to answer.  If they say it, you must consider their words. 

Your back seat man or woman helps you avoid the missiles and bullets of the enemy.  His prayers form a covering for your soul.  Her Godly advice keeps you working in His will and way.  It is a comfort, knowing he or she is there.

The Godly voice from the back seat is on your side.  She knows what you want to accomplish and intends to help you.  He “gets it” and “gets you.”  Still, their only concern is that you are doing God’s work, God’s way.  Who is in your back seat?

Think:       A Godly companion is a treasure and a necessity.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to find and be a Godly companion.”

 

Copyright © May 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Left For Dead

Left For Dead By Kirk Hunt

Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.   However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Acts 14:19–20 NKJV

Paul was not attacked by pagans or heathens.  The Apostle was stoned to “death” by pious, religious folk.  Their contempt and anger for Paul was so great that they did not bother with burying him.  They simply dragged his “dead” body outside of the city limits and left him for rot or wild animals.

Paul was nearly murdered for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by kith and kin, not strangers or foreigners.  Of course, Paul once had persecuted Christians in similar manner.  The saddest fact is much of the persecution against early Christians came from their own kinsmen, not the pagan Roman invaders.

Too often, modern, Western Christians blame the unchurched for difficulties or resistance in building God’s Kingdom.  Religious fratricide is the more likely reason saints and ministries struggle.  Outsiders are easier to blame but insiders are the more likely culprits.

Consider how you respond and are responded to, by fellow Christians.  Is there upset over differences of style or tradition?  How does your disagreement or conflict look to outsiders and unbelievers? 

You may not agree with other Christians.  Still, there are Biblical ways to work through our differences in grace and love.  Certainly, there are Nero-like folk (modern and ancient) who persecute Christians.  Make sure, my Gospel brother or sister, that you are not one of them.

Think:       Our greatest hindrances are too often religious folk, not the unredeemed.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to approach other Christians in Your grace and love.”

 

Copyright © May 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Buying Reconciliation

Buying Reconciliation By Kirk Hunt

But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”   And Jacob said, “No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me.

Genesis 33:9–10 NKJV

The murderous hatred of Esau did not soften; instead, it transformed into brotherly love.  Not suddenly with gifts, but slowly in the two decades of separation from his twin brother.  Whatever Jacob’s opinion of Esau before, he is delighted by his brother’s acceptance in reconciliation.  “You were pleased with me.”

Reconciliation is rarely a complicated business.  Restoring relationships is almost always a lavishly expensive affair.  The cost in swallowed pride and forgiven offensives starts high, then grows with each passing day.  Unwinding, or flat forgiving, old grievances can take more out of you than you think or know.

Jacob’s wealth and blessings could not buy off his conscience or wrongdoing.  He had to face his brother and fix their relationship.  Unsure of his brother’s response (400 men), Jacob faced the regional warlord with nothing but courage and determination.

The fortune in livestock Jacob gave to Esau was not a bribe.  It was an apology.  Esau’s embrace of Jacob restored peace and joy, too long absent between them.  Tears, of joy and relief, marked the return of brothers to each other’s life.

It is not too late or too hard for you.  Spend your time, money and tears on reconciliation.  Use your every skill and resource to restore the relationship.  It will be a bargain at twice the price.

Think:       Reconciliation is expensive but satisfying.

Pray:         “Lord, help me find the way to bring us back together.”

 

Copyright © April 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Profane And Idle Babblings

Profane And Idle Babblings By Kirk Hunt

But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.    And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort

2 Timothy 2:16–17 NKJV

 

It was not that long ago that cursing and foolish talk was a negative.  Men and women would demonstrate their education, or refinement, by speaking in words and phrases that you would proudly repeat to others.  It seems now that profane and idle babblings pervades throughout society and sadly the Church.

Foul language and foolishness are ugly, coming from unbelievers.  Such things are especially foul, coming from those who call themselves Christians.  Christians are called to be a peculiar people.  In this case peculiar refers to careful conduct that puts a positive light on Christ and fellow Christians.

All Christians are a witness regarding Jesus Christ.  Do you testify to the purity and grace of Jesus?  Does your conduct and speech draw, or repel, non-believers? 

Holding yourself to a higher, purer form of conduct and communication will make you stand out.  Trust me, they will notice.  Do they wait eagerly for you to slip up?  Some, yes.

What comes out of your mouth may not be cursing, per se.  You can speak the absolute truth with hurtful intent and wicked motives.  Deliberately, or thoughtlessly, injuring others with your words is just as wicked and sinful as anything else

Think:       Is my life and conduct profane or pious?  Am I thoughtful or thoughtless when I speak?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to be a good witness of You.”

 

Copyright © April 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

It Shall Be Well

It Shall Be Well By Kirk Hunt

And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

2 Kings 4:23 KJV
Please also read 2 Kings 4: 18-37

“It shall be well.”  The Shunammite heard her little boy’s breathing rattle to a stop.  She felt the living warmth fade from his body.  She laid his cold, still form down to take the only action she knew could help.

“It shall be well.”  Her grim determination testified to her understanding of her situation.  She wanted a different outcome.  Her every word and action demonstrated her unrelenting hope.

“It shall be well.”  Her heart and mind likely swam in grief.  Her faith carried her over all-too-human reactions and feelings.  As she drove hard over the miles, faith kept her in her saddle.

“It shall be well.”  Whatever you are facing.  No matter how it looks to the natural eye.  Regardless of expert opinion.

“It shall be well.”  Speak the words, long before you can see the outcome.  Testify to your coming success, despite your present setbacks.  Use your faith to warm the cold reality of your situation.

“It shall be well.” These words do not prevent hot tears.  They are a prelude to hard work.  Despite all of that, they are still warm comfort and unyielding hope.  Speak the words with real faith™.

“It shall be well.”  God is there, with you.  He sees your entire situation.  He cares.  Do you have the faith to speak the words?

Think:       Faith stands and acts, despite the circumstances.

Pray:         “Lord, I declare, in Your Name, ‘It shall be well.’”

 

Copyright © April 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Itching Ears

Itching Ears By Kirk Hunt

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;   and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV

If you are like me, you hate to be wrong.  Prayerfully, you are also like me, and you sincerely desire the discomfort of real truth over the illusion of fables or myths.   The lust for lies over truth is called “itching ears” by the Apostle Paul.

Human beings prefer to glide from win to win, with nary an uncomfortable factoid to be seen or felt.  God’s people, followers of Jesus Christ, are constantly being battered by inconvenient and even distasteful things like facts, data and Real Truth™.  Last I checked, all of God’s people are also human beings, therefore you may be vulnerable to itching ears.

The unredeemed may be misled.  After all, they do not have God’s power or the Holy Spirit to guide them toward truth or away from error.  God’s people do not have that excuse. 

God gives wisdom to those who ask it of Him.  You do ask for wisdom, do you not?  In order to ask for Godly wisdom, you must first turn your own desires toward the things of God. 

What do you allow yourself to want?  Do you sincerely seek God’s truth or justification for your lustful urges?  Are your ears itching?

Think:       I should direct my desires to God’s truth, no matter how my ears itch for something else.

Pray:         “Lord, give me Your wisdom and truth, no matter what.”

 

Copyright © April 2018, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.