“Mother, Go with Me?”

“Mother, Go with Me?” By Kirk Hunt

And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!”

Judges 4:8 NKJV
Please read also Judges 4:4–9

Deborah sent for Barak, a leader and general of Israel.  She confirmed to him that God had already commanded him to fight Sisera’s army, and promised him victory.  Barak responded with “Mother, will you go with me?”

Barak faced a bigger, better equipped army with a history of brutally beating against Israel.  God told Barak to lead footmen against chariots (infantry against tanks) and promised him a win.  Barak, through faith, trusted God.  Still, who could blame him for wanting God’s woman to go with him?

If you are one of God’s people, you run a risk.  God, at any moment, may command you to face insurmountable odds with no assurance but His promise.  Barak faced the real risk of losing a battle that common wisdom said could not be won.  To his credit, Barak went in obedience and faith.

True saints with Real Faith™ follow God’s Word in complete confidence and trust.  Real saints, like me, might want a trusted man or woman of God to go along, just to keep repeating God’s promise.  Things are different when your life, legacy and liberty hang in the balance.

God, of course , delivered on His promises.  Barak went in with and trust.  Still, he kept a grip on Mother Deborah’s hand.  Your faith, like Barak’s, may not be completely perfect, but God always honors our obedience.  

Think:        Trust God Word in your life and purpose.  Take men and women of faith with you, to help.

Pray:           “Lord, my faith and trust is in You.  ”

 

Copyright © October 2017, Kirk Hunt

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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

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Subject To Authority

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Subject To 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.

Romans 13:1 NKJV

 

The Epistle to the Romans is generally considered to have been written sometime in the years 55-57 AD. Paul’s letter is addressed to Romans saints living under the reign of Nero in pagan Rome. Clearly not a government a devout Jew-turned-Christian wanted to be subject to.

 

Paul used his dual Roman-Jewish citizenship to preach throughout the Roman world. Frequently, he found himself in conflict with local government. Still, he remained faithful to his true King, even if he remained subject to a “local” government.

 

Paul’s direction to accept civil government is not based in politics or mere acceptance. With all of his earthly power and authority, Nero ruled in light of God’s sovereign and absolute command over all of creation, time and space. Our confidence as Christians is not in human rulers but in our loving God who appoints them.

 

Christians should be the obedient and dutiful subjects of God. In addition to our primary citizenship, we have a secondary obedience to an earthly government. The problem comes if the earthly conflicts with the heavenly.

 

Our solution is a simple one. We are subjects, first and foremost, of the Kingdom of God. A saint of God turns first to Scripture before he or she responds to a local government. It is our first loyalty to God that makes saints the best subjects of all.

 

Think:             Am I, first and foremost, a good citizen of God’s Kingdom?

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to be a loyal and faithful subject of Your Kingdom.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2015, Kirk Hunt

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The Need For Mercy

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The Need For Mercy” By Kirk Hunt

 

So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned.

Numbers 12:11 NKJV
(Please read Numbers 12:1 – 10)

 

Aaron and Miriam chose to sin in public, in addition to humiliating their brother, Moses. They knew better. God decided their punishment would be public, humiliating and without mercy.

 

Aaron, the mediator for the people to God, now needed a mediator to God for himself (and his sister). The sibling squabble was now settled, or at least set aside, as Aaron begged his little brother to go to God for mercy.

 

Consider for a moment your family and other close relationships. Who needs your mercy? Whose mercy do you need? Have you not been separated long enough?

 

This was not the first time Moses had been asked to intercede with God for the erring people of Israel. Still, this time he pleaded for elite leadership. This time he pleaded for his closest kin.

 

Someone among your friends, family or yourself, needs mercy. Reach out in love. Speak in humility. Listen with grace. Take, or forget, the blame. Just get the job done.

 

You can create a miracle of reconciliation and restoration with just a little courage. Do what must be done to start the flow of life-giving mercy among you and yours. You are just a call or text away from healing and renewal.

 

Think:             I have the means and ability to give, or receive, mercy. Do I have the courage?

 

Pray:             “Lord, help me to give and receive mercy, especially regarding friends and family.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Miriam’s Judgment

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Miriam’s Judgment By Kirk Hunt

 

So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.

Numbers 12:9–10 NKJV
(Please read Numbers 12:1 – 8)

 

The Shekinah, God’s glory cloud, departed the Tabernacle. The presence of God had left, but His judgment remained. Miriam was completely engulfed in leprosy, a slow, disfiguring and finally deadly, disease. The ancient Hebrews say it as symbolic of sin in the life of men and women.

 

As High Priest, it was Aaron’s job to diagnose lepers, then banish them from any contact with family and friends. Aaron would now have to designate his own sister as unclean and drive her out of the camp. There, on the outside of life as she knew it, Miriam would suffer disfigurement, disability and eventually death.

 

God’s judgment of Aaron and Miriam’s rebellion against Moses had been swift and final. They wanted to dwell in God’s presence, like Moses. They found out, there are more things in God’s presence than mercy and revelation. There is also justice and judgment.

 

Aaron and Miriam were right to seek God’s presence for themselves. They were wrong to seek Him in an attitude of envy and presumption. There are many things in God’s presence. His judgment is not the least part of His presence.

 

Think:             God’s presence is to be sought, but in reverence and humility.

 

Pray:               “Lord, I seek You in humility and reverence. Accept me in grace and mercy.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Stay Afraid

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Stay Afraid By Kirk Hunt

I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”

Numbers 12:8 NKJV
(Please read Numbers 12:1 – 7)

 

Miriam watched over her baby brother, Moses, in the bulrushes. Moses’s older brother, Aaron the High Priest served as Moses spokesman. Miriam and Aaron were skilled, insightful and anointed of God.  And not afraid to bad-mouth their brother.

 

They should have known better. Moses was the God-selected leader. They let their family spat boil-up into a mutiny against Moses’ God-spoken position and authority.

 

God-chosen leaders are God-chosen leaders. That does not make that man or woman perfect, but God’s authority rests on them. Rebellion against that anointed one is rebellion against God.

 

The Hebrew word for ‘afraid’, yare, can be translated as reverence. Miriam and Aaron lost their reverence for Moses’ position and place in God and before God’s people. They may not have been afraid to disrespect their brother, but they were afraid (not just reverent) to be confronted by God.

 

Should the spiritual leaders in your life live up to their assignments from God? Of course they should. Still, you should approach God’s men and women in light of their anointing by, and appointment from, God. Do not wind up standing before God as a mutineer.

 

Think:             My reverence for God should echo in my respect for His servants.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help my respect for You show in my respect for Your men and women.”

 

Copyright © April 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Being Offensive

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Being Offensive by Kirk Hunt

 

And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Matthew 13:57–58 KJV

 

Jesus grew up in Nazareth.  Luke 2 states, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”  How then did this same Jesus offend these same folks?

 

People want command and control over their environment.  That includes you.  Shockingly, for some folks, that includes God.

 

Jesus preached a new and disruptive doctrine of grace and love.  As proof of his God-given authority to do so, He performed miracles on a large, if not massive scale.  The men of Nazareth were offended, because Jesus operated without their permission or endorsement.

 

Jesus was offensive.  He preached Real Truth™ to the powerful and everyone else.  He did not need, want, or ask for, anyone’s permission.

 

When the City Fathers could not control Him, they got mad about it.  Their offense and indignation fed their unbelief.  When they refused to accept Jesus’ God-given truth and authority, they were also rejecting His miracles.

 

Living and speaking God’s truth will offend some people, 100% of the time.  You are still called to be His living letter, written to, and read by, men and women.  Be an  accurate, gracious and loving record of God’s truth.  It is up to your readers to decide how they will respond.

 

Think:            God I want to hear and believe Your Word, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to hear and believe Your Truth, no matter how it makes me feel.”

 

Copyright © June 2013, Kirk Hunt

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