Has Not Kissed Baal

Has Not Kissed Baal by Kirk Hunt

“Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

1 Kings 19:18 NKJV

Elijah stood alone on the mountain, speaking with God.  Despite the recent victory over the cult of Baal, God’s faithful prophet felt alone and vulnerable.  God points out, in plain simplicity, that thousands have not given into idol worship or kissed Baal.

You are never the only one to remain faithful to God.  You have brothers and sisters who never once give and bow their knee.  God’s true people never become intimate with and accepting of evil.  No matter how outnumbered or alone you feel.

Elijah watched God’s fire fall from heaven at his own prayerGod’s prophet, with a little help, personally executed Baal’s false prophetsStill, Elijah experienced a severe crisis and fled into the desert, convinced he alone served God.

Elijah came to understand that had never been alone.  By himself, perhaps.  Alone in the true worship of God?  Never.

No matter what is going on around you, you are part of God’s remnant.  You are part of the courageous and faithful few who refuse to compromise with evil and immorality. 

You have not bent your knee in compromise.  You have not kissed false worship or belief.  Neither have they. 

Continue to serve God in true and pure faith.  You may have to stand by yourself but you never stand alone.  Pray in pure devotion and watch God’s fire fall in your circumstances. 

Think:      Even when I am by myself, I am never alone among God’s faithful people.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to remain faithful even when I feel alone.”

 

Copyright © August 2019, 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.

Except This Foreigner?

Except This Foreigner? by Kirk Hunt

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?   Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

Luke 17:17-18 NKJV

They kept their distance per the Law but that did not stop them from calling out to Jesus for mercy.  They were lepers, men still alive, but rotting to death.  Jesus sent them to the priests to be declared clean of their living putrefaction.  None said thank you for their miraculous healing, “except this foreigner.”

He could not take another step.  His slow, cruel death sentence had been lifted.  His desperate separation from friends and family was ended.  His days of being despised and feared were over.

How could you not be grateful?  Why would you refuse to thank God for the enormous mercy and miraculous goodness you had just received?  Looking at his restoration, this nameless foreigner knew the priests could wait.  His gratitude on the other hand, could not.

So he did what the native-born would not.  He ran to Jesus and kneeled to Him in thankfulness.  The same voice that cried for mercy now cried out glory to God.

All ten received the same miracle blessing.  All ten had their miserable and degrading suffering ended through healing and restoration.  Only the foreigner, the man who should not have received anything, bothered with gratitude or appreciation.

What mercy have you received?  What mercy have you given?  Did you show gratitude to God for the privilege given to you or through you?

Think:      God’s mercy is for native-born and foreigner alike.  Am I grateful for what I receive?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to give and receive Your mercy freely, and with gratitude.”

 

Copyright © August 2019, 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.

Cast Your Bread

Cast Your Bread by Kirk Hunt

Cast your bread upon the waters,
For you will find it after many days.
Give a serving to seven, and also to eight,
For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 NKJV

Too often we worry too much about ourselves.  We are God’s people.  We are the sheep of His hand.  If we trust God, should we also worry or hoard His blessings?  Go ahead and cast your bread on the waters of circumstance.

I get it.  For a season, I fretted about something I had to give.  I give in faith and amazingly enough, I have never run out.  God taught me to give and trust Him to give again.  The people I served and blessed with my gift?  A bonus, over and above the approval of my God.

God commands our open, giving hands, and promises our hands will gather again.  And give again.  The advantage of giving per God’s Word is that He always provides more for us to give.  It can get to the point where we give out before His provision does.

First, we must act in faith, and purpose.  Then we must work in patient expectation.  Finally, we receive again.  God promised we will find more provision in the days to come, if we first give to others. 

God has already given to you.  Will you give to others?  Your obedience will please Him and bless you.

Think:      God promises that if I give, I will also receive.  Do I really trust God?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to freely give per Your commands.”

 

Copyright © July 2019, 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.

Gathering The Spoil

Gathering The Spoil by Kirk Hunt

When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.

2 Chronicles 20:25 NKJV

Jehoshaphat and Judah faced extermination.  A massive, three-nation alliance army from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir were marching against Jerusalem.  Soon, the victors would be gathering the spoil from the dead bodies of the vanquished.

God’s people often face extreme circumstances.  The king and people of Judah faced a malicious and murderous force, larger than they could defeat.  Faced with more than he could handle, Jehoshaphat ran to The Temple and pled his case to God.

The battle is not yours, but God’s.”  As part of His victory, there will be spoils, goods and valuables taken from the defeated.  Your part is to obey God’s Word to you.  And pick through the remains of your enemies.

Too often, modern saints face circumstances we cannot defeat:  The medical report.  A court verdict.  The broken relationship. 

The battle is not yours, but God’s.  You will have cleanup work after He is done.  Be grateful, and humble, considering all you will gain. 

God’s people are to be active and engaged in their own lives.  Still, more often than we like to admit, that means standing patiently and obediently as God fights His battle for us.  If you are truly one of God’s people, the threat against your existence makes it God’s battle.

Think:      The battle is not mine, but God’s.  I just have to clean up afterwards.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to faithfully and patiently let You fight Your battles.”

 

Copyright © July 2019, 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.