Loving Under Authority

Loving Under Authority By Kirk Hunt

 

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13:1–2 NKJV
Please also read Romans 13:1–14

 

The Apostle Paul commanded Christians living in Rome to obey the rule and authority of the Roman Caesars.  These same Roman leaders would eventually behead the Apostle.  Paul’s words, and example, remain a commandment for Christians today.  Our dual citizenship in God’s Kingdom, and a secular government, leads to complexities we answer through His love and grace.

 

Christians are good citizens of God and heaven, first and foremost.  When push comes to shove, His grace and love should flow out of us to the men and women who persecute us.  Especially when they respond with dogs and firehoses.  

 

Paul was beheaded for preaching the Gospel.  Traditionally, all of the Apostles, save John, were martyred for preaching Jesus.  The Apostles loved Jesus, and their pagan persecutors, more than themselves.  Instead of a clenched fist they used their loving hearts to turn the authorities to Jesus.

 

Through prayer and living as authentic Christians, the Apostles turned pagan Rome into a Christian nation.  No nation, or group, is so far gone that it cannot be brought, or returned, to Christ.  Are you willing to live, love and potentially die as a citizen of heaven?

 

Think:                I am first and foremost a loving citizen of heaven.  Regardless of the cost.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to live out my life as a testimony of Your love.”

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

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My Relationship With Poppa

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My Relationship With Poppa By Kirk Hunt

 

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Luke 2:52 NKJV

 

The day I was born, I was in relationship with Poppa.  At first, I spent most of my time with Momma, but over the years my time and intensity with Poppa grew.  Sometimes, Poppa and I had relationship, despite my protests.  Through it all, my love, respect and honor for my earthly father has only grown over the years.

 

Poppa has gone to God, but his voice and teachings continue to resonate within me.  My feeling about what or how he said things can be complicated.  My relationship with him remains simple.

 

The day you were born, you had a relationship with Father-God.  At first, you spent most of your time with parents and other leaders.  I am sure you have felt the desire for a deeper relationship with Father-God, even if you did not understand at first.  God’s heart has called to you from the beginning and will seek you out until the end.

 

Your relationship with a parent or other leader may have complicated your relationship with God.  Still, Father-God wants a close, personal and intense relationship with you.  He always has.  He always will.

 

Still, I pray that you will look past even a good earthly father to our eternal God.  Father-God loved you then, loves you now and will love you tomorrow.  No matter how complicated your feeling for God, your relationship with Him remains simple.

 

Think:                Father-God loves me.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to draw closer to You.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

 

Now Is The Time To Shine

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Now Is The Time To Shine By Kirk Hunt

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV
Please also read Matthew 5:1–20

 

Roman-occupied Israel was not quiet, placid or especially righteous.  Despite the occupying pagans, and corrupt leadership, Jesus commanded His followers to shine out in acts of faith and service.  Then, as now, Christians have a prime opportunity to put their salt and light to good use.

 

The darkness of this present age has inflicted pain and suffering.  God’s people have been equipped and empowered to respond.  Do we have a heart to bless?  Do we have a mind to obey?  

 

Salt preserves.  Light guides.  All of His true followers and disciples are simultaneously salt and light.  Through Scripture, Jesus commands us to reach into the darkness and save the lost. 

 

We are commanded to serve.  We are to use our faith-fueled acts of service to show God to a dark and dying world.  If there has ever been an opportunity to reach out to the lost and hurting, this is that time and place.  

 

Reach out to the men and women around you who are wounded and confused.  Regardless of their faith, creed or activities, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer.  Prove, through faith-fueled acts of service, that the God you serve loves everyone, without exception.  Pour out your salt and light until they see God.

 

Think:                I can show God to men and women through acts of faith-fueled service.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to obey You and Your commandments.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

 

Worship Anyway

Worship Anyway By Kirk Hunt

 

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.

Mark 14:3 NKJV

Please read one (or all) of the Gospel accounts:
Matthew 26: 6–13; Mark 14: 3–9; Luke 7: 36–50; John 12: 1–8.

 

Even today, an alabaster box (for perfume) is costly and uncommon.  Spikenard, which grows only in the Himalayas of Nepal, remains rare and expensive.  Mary spent over a year’s wages to worship.

 

The whispering Pharisees used her past to slander Jesus.  Jesus’ Disciples complained about the “wasteful” expression of her worship.  Given a say, it appears that Pharisee and Disciple would have denied her the opportunity to worship.  Despite them, or their intentions, Mary worshiped anyway.

 

The Bible does not confirm that Mary was a prostitute.  Scripture states she had been demon-possessed and a notorious sinner.  Mary did not let her past, or the murmuring busybodies, keep her from Jesus.

 

You have an opportunity to worship today.  Will you pay the price?  Will you walk past your history or circumstances and worship God?  Are you willing to ignore the whispers from without, or within, to worship Jesus?

 

Whatever it costs, He is worthy.  No matter what others do or say, Jesus is available to you.  No matter what has happened before, He waits for you.

 

The voices are noise and distraction.  If you want to, you can worship.  Everything else is just details.

 

Think:                I can worship Jesus, if I am determined.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, I worship You, because You are worthy.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

Which Voices Are Speaking?

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Which Voices Are Speaking? By Kirk Hunt

 

And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name.  I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 14:14 NKJV

 

To my dismay, people I know, treasure and respect make poor choices and take disreputable actions.  Despite what I know they know, their actions conflict with what I know of their character.  It seems that there are voices in their lives that lead them down these unworthy paths.

 

The false prophets of Jeremiah’s era assured the nation of Judah that their continuing sin and corruption would not be held against them.  Perhaps, the Babylonian conquest could have been averted, had Judah repented and returned to God.  The voices of the false prophets convinced Judah to remain in their sinful ways, and the great captivity fell on the nation.

 

There are voices in my life as well.  I trust, or trusted, certain men and women to speak into my life.  Now, sometimes retroactively, I screen their words through Scripture.  I am too often surprised at how poorly their words compare to the Word of God.

 

True prophets speak God’s truth.  Their voices match Scripture.  Their only agenda is to speak what God says.

 

You and I have voices, past and present, speaking to our hearts, minds and souls.  Only the true prophets should be listened to.  The routes you follow accurately report which voices you hear.

 

Think:                The voices I listen to must agree with Scripture. 

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to hear only Your voice.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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