Are You Blessed?

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Are You Blessed? By Kirk Hunt

 

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Matthew 25:34 NKJV
Please read Matthew 25:31–46

 

This Scripture is counter-intuitive to the common wisdom. The blessed are first, givers. Eternal reward is tied to providing for others.

 

Jesus wanted His disciples to earn eternal blessings. And, of course, that involves Him receiving from His faithful. The trick is that Jesus poses as the poor, the imprisoned and the distressed.

 

If you give, the way Jesus wants you to give, you run a risk. You may never receive anything here on Earth. Jesus only guarantees you will receive your eternal inheritance, after He returns.

 

It is that simple. Give now. Receive later.

 

Give to Jesus. Despite when He looks and smells like the homeless. Even when He looks like a convict behind bars. Especially when you have to “gown up” to be in the same room with Him.

 

There are tens (or hundreds, or thousands) you can bless with the gifts and benefits you think are so little. Before His throne, you will understand how your small contributions echo large in this present life, and the life to come.

 

Be a giver. Even though the receivers do not look like the image you have of Jesus. You are, and will be, blessed because you bless now.

 

Think:             Jesus want me to temporarily bless others so I can receive an eternal blessing.

 

Pray:               “Lord, I will bless others in obedience to You.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Are You Significant?

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Are You Significant? By Kirk Hunt

 

And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus

Acts 4:36 NKJV

 

He was a key figure. His name and words swayed the Apostles themselves. Barnabas was significant in the early Church.

 

Still, it appears he had no titles or rank.   He had a flashy nickname, but no official ability or authority to make decisions. Still, he managed to be in the middle of the growth of the Christian Church.

 

Barnabas convinced the Apostles to trust the conversion of Saul the Persecutor, into Paul the Evangelist. He travelled the Roman world, getting arrested with Paul for preaching the Gospel. When the Apostles needed a reliable, Godly man to look into events, they often sent Barnabas.

 

You can be significant in the Kingdom. Make yourself available for Gospel work. Be willing to do what needs to be done, regardless of who gets credit. Be an encouragement to others.

 

His words carried impact and weight. His presence was sought after by men who had been with Jesus. Barnabas was a man of Godly significance and eternal impact. A title or position might have messed that up.

 

Significance, especially in the things of God, is not measured by position, title or rank. It is measured by impact, influence and faithfulness. Be a Barnabas. The Kingdom can use all who are willing to be sent into the Gospel fields.

 

Think:             I can be significant in the Kingdom, regardless of my position or titles.

 

Pray:               “Lord, I am here to build Your Kingdom. Send me.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Are You Faithful?

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Are You Faithful? By Kirk Hunt

 

Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house.

Numbers 12:7 NKJV

 

Aaron and Miriam received the direct attention of God. His Shekinah glory cloud stood in the door of the Tabernacle and spoke with them about their brother’s faithfulness. Moses, the servant of God, was commended for his faithfulness.

 

Moses’ force of personality did not carry the day. His skills and abilities are not what God recognized. Moses was commended for his determination to be a man of God, carrying out God’s commands.

 

Moses’ siblings had started the fight. “We have skills.” “We have talents.” “We did not marry a foreigner.” God, in his sovereign omnipotence, settled the fight: “Faithfulness is what I value.”

 

Skills and talents are nice and good, but that is not what pleases God. Like any loving father, He is delighted when His sons and daughters are busy working at their assignments with diligence and sincerity.

 

Do not make it complicated. Build your skills and talents if you can. Work skillfully and cleverly, whenever possible. Remember that faithfulness is what pleases God most.

 

He seeks after hearts that seek Him. He is most honored by men and women, His sons and daughters, who use all they have for his purposes. You can choose to be the servant of God. Just be faithful.

 

Think:             God honors my faithfulness, no matter what others see or do not see.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to be faithful, first and foremost, to You.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

“Blessed And Blessing” Devotional Book

3D-748x1024I am excited to announce that my newest book, “Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions” is now available. The book is available in paperback, iBook, Kindle and at your favorite (e)Bookstore.

 

“Blessed and Blessing” is for the faithful men and women who are the hands, feet and face of  God’s present-day Kingdom. The devotionals direct saints into their calling, sustain them after they are there, and most of all, encourage them to finish strong.

 

-Cadreman

Goliath’s Sword

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Goliath’s Sword By Kirk Hunt

 

Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

I Samuel 17:51 NKJV

 

David stood over the prostate Goliath. The giant from Gath had been so contemptuous of David that he hadn’t bothered to draw his sword. David did not hesitate to use God’s provision against his enemy.

 

To David’s natural eyes, Goliath must have seemed the size of a tank, in size, arms and armor. To David’s spiritual eyes, the blasphemous Goliath was a walking dead man. Little did David realize that the giant’s sword would become his to use for the kingdom.

 

Goliath’s sword represents the tools and resources that God provides through your opposition. Like David, the giants in your life will not only fall, but their arms and armor will become yours to use for the Kingdom. God will make your enemies fund and equip you.

 

David used Goliath’s sword to finish off Goliath. David carried Goliath’s sword during his fugitive mercenary years. In my mind’s eye, I can see it hanging as a trophy, or ready for use, in David’s royal audience chamber.

 

Jehovah-Jireh is the God who provides. At times He sends angles with provision. Other times He sends faithful men and women to sustain you. The rest of the time, He makes your opposition provide for your needs and wants.

 

Think:        God will provide the tools and resources I need to complete my calling.

 

Pray:          “Lord, help me recognize Your provision, no matter who brings it.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.