More To Finish The Job

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More To Finish The Job By Kirk Hunt

Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’”

1 Kings 18:44 NKJV
(Please also read 1 Kings 18:41–46.)

 

Elijah’s victory on Mount Carmel was incomplete.  God caused the drought because of Israel’s disobedience.  The nation repented and returned to God.  Since God is faithful to His promises, the drought had to end to finish the job of restoration.

 

Quietly and alone, Elijah prayed for rain.  Elijah’s assistant ran back and forth, looking for an answer to the prophet’s prayer.  Finally, a single, small cloud became visible.

 

The big, flashy event is (probably) important.  Still, more is usually needed to finish the job.  Follow-up, and follow-through, are often the hidden key(s) to success for the Kingdom.

 

Elijah knew that God’s answer by fire did not finish the job of restoration of Israel.  God’s people were humbled by years of drought, famine and the decimation of the Ba’al cult.  Israel’s repentance needed to be answered with restoration of the rains and fertile fields.

 

Your victory was a lot of work.  You are rightfully tired and worn.  Do not stop now.  Finish the job God assigned you.

 

Think:                After the big event, finish the job God assigned you.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to complete Your job, Your way.”

 

Copyright © April 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

Short Prayer, Full Impact

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Short Prayer, Full Impact By Kirk Hunt

 

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.   Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

1 Kings 18:38-39 NKJV
(Please also read 1 Kings 18:30–40.)

 

The water-soaked altar was disintegrated.  God’s fire consumed all of the animal sacrifice, stone, wood and water in an instant.  The impact of Elijah’s short prayer, asking for God’s power, rocked the entire nation.

 

The prophets of Ba’al had spent hours imploring their pagan superstition.  Elijah spent perhaps sixty seconds asking the living God.  Without fanfare or furor, God answered Elijah’s simple prayer before all the people of Israel.  He re-proved Himself to His chosen people.

 

God responds to the depth, sincerity and earnestness of your faith.  Your faith may not be perfect, or without the taint of doubt.  Still, He responds to a heart that trusts in Him.  God still replies with fire to His sons and daughters who come sincerely to their heavenly Father.

 

You do not need long, complex or eloquent prayers.  You only need to know that God answers in strength and power those who love and trust Him.  It is just that easy.  It is just that simple.

 

Think:                God responds to the depth of your faith, not the length of your prayer.

Pray:                   “Lord, I come to you in faith and trust.”

 

Copyright © April 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

All Noise, No Substance

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All Noise, No Substance By Kirk Hunt

 

So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.   And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.

 

1 Kings 18:28-29 NKJV

 

For at least 8 hours (morning to noon to evening), the prophets of Ba’al screamed, yelled, leaped, jumped and otherwise made a lot of noise and sweat.  They wasted their time and effort.  Their invocations had no substance, power or effect in the real world.

 

The prophets of Ba’al failed from the start.  They put their faith in dead idols instead of our living God.  They literally bled with no chance of impact or effect.

 

High numbers of decibels or attendees do not automatically indicate anything of value.  A few men and women, who are determined to make a difference, always have the greater impact.  Substance always wins in the end.

 

Unfortunately, building God’s Kingdom, or Godly lives, requires wise and substantial effort.  The Grand Canyon did not appear overnight.  Doctors, lawyers and engineers study for years before they are competent in their professions.

 

God’s Kingdom, and Godly lives, come through faith in Him, then significant work in the real world.  As modern day people of God, make sure that you are acting with substance and significance.  Please, generate more for God than noise and sweat.

 

Think:                Progress with God and His Kingdom requires acts of substance, not just noise.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to serve You with acts of substance and significance.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

Modern Pharisees

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Pharisees In The Gospels

Modern Pharisees By Kirk Hunt

 

But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”

Acts 15:5 NKJV

 

The Gospels clearly record how this ancient Jewish sect opposed Jesus and His message of grace and forgiveness.  At best, the Pharisees were judgmental, harsh, unforgiving, graceless and snobbish.  Except for the fact they accepted salvation from Jesus, I pray you are not like them.

 

After the Holy Spirit fell on the Gentiles, the converted Pharisees wanted to impose the Mosaic Law (and probably all of the rabbinical commentary and regulations) on these new Christians.  Instead of embracing and promoting the new freedom and fresh grace of Christianity, they sought to impose old thinking and older rules.  Thankfully, Paul, Peter and the Apostles blocked their attempt to weigh down the Gospel with inflexible directives and man-made regulations.

 

Unfortunately, the Pharisee way of thinking did not die out before 100 AD.  A rules-laden, suffocating approach to the life-giving Gospel of Jesus is still with us and operating in the modern Church.  Opposition to the modern Church can largely be linked to Pharisee-like thinking and practices.  That should not be a surprise to saint or sinner.

 

Anytime non-Biblical rules, regulations or interpretation trumps the Gospel itself, you have a Pharisee-like problem on your hands.  Living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ is difficult enough.  Do not let anyone, including you, write-in additional rules and regulations.

 

Think:                Disciples are made using grace and truth, not rules and regulations.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to disciple people of all nations with grace and truth.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2016, Kirk Hunt

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