I Am Not Lunch

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I Am Not Lunch By Kirk Hunt

 

Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

 

1 Samuel 17:37 NKJV

 

His fangs gleam. He looks me in the eye and licks his chops. The hellhound is happy to see me. He thinks I am lunch.

 

David’s hellhound came in the form of a 9 foot 9 inch tall fighting man named Goliath. King Saul lacked the strength, or faith, to face the Philistine. David’s faith, and experience with God, told him he would not be lunch. It did not matter how much Goliath shouted out a menu (1 Samuel 17:44).

 

Faith is not the absence of doubt. Nor does it ignore the facts and data. Instead, faith is belief greater than doubt or the expected outcome.

 

God’s people are never victims. We face our trials and tribulations with faith in God. We trust that His solution will see us through. Through Him we are not on the menu for anyone, or anything.

 

David won against Goliath through his faith in God. Turn and face the hellhound(s) in your life. God is with you. Though faith in His power, you will not be lunch. God’s champions are always victors and never victims.

 

Think:            No matter what I face, I choose to face it through faith in God.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to trust in Your strength.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2014, Kirk Hunt

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

Keep Your Awe

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Keep Your Awe by Kirk Hunt

 

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.

Luke 1:18 NKJV

 

The terrified and awe-struck man of verse 12 is gone.  In verse 18, a cynical skeptic answers the angel.    How do you know Zacharias crossed the line?  Read verse 20.

 

Every disciple of Jesus lives in obedience to the laws of gravity, thermodynamics and sock disappearance.  Still, we serve a God who can suspend, re-write, or reverse the laws of the universe at will.  The secret of balancing the two extremes is to simply maintain your sense of awe.

 

Faced with an angelic messenger, Gabriel no less, Zacharias was right to respond with reverence and even concern.  Yet his terror turned to disdain, all too quickly and easily.  The message defied the regular rules, but God declared it would happen.  What else is there to discuss?

 

Real Faith™ includes at least some awe.  Part of that awe comes from understanding that a big, infinite God loves small, finite people.  If our big God concerns Himself with little me, then anything is possible.  Anything includes very late-life babies.

 

The things of God often defy all rational explanation.  It is not crazy talk.  It is awesome.

 

Think:            My awe is a correct response to God and His love and concern for me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see You with the awe and wonder You deserve.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2013, Kirk Hunt

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

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.

Report To The Battlefield

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“Report To The Battlefield” by Kirk Hunt

 

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2 KJV

 

Just in case you didn’t notice, there’s a war for your soul going on. The enemy of your soul launches frequent attacks. Perhaps daily. It’s important that you report to the battle site and join in the fight.

 

The conflict is both close and far. The territory is simultaneously familiar and foreign. It is in the human mind where we fight to preserve our souls. It is in the twists and turns of our own personalities that the enemy seeks to defeat us.

 

The Apostle Paul gives us a simple command for the enemy’s defeat. Renew your mind. Transform yourself in God’s image and win the day.

 

Easily said. Not as easily done. Still, with God, nothing is impossible. “Let go and let God,” and victory is certain.

 

It starts with one step, report to the battle field. Your commander, the King of Kings is waiting to instruct and guide you. Are you ready for victory?

 

Think : The mind is the battlefield, but Christ is the General of generals.

 

Pray: “Lord, transform me in Your will and image. After that, the battle is won.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2010, Kirk Hunt

Excluded From Miracles

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“Excluded From Miracles” by Kirk Hunt

But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

Matthew 9:25 KJV

Most of Jesus’ miracles were committed in public. The miracles served as His credentials that His Word came from God. Certainly, excluding witnesses was unusual.

Whether with gracious ushering, or with gruff insistence, the “mourners” found themselves outside. The other Gospel accounts (Mark 5:22-42 and Luke 8:41-56) emphasize the limited audience for Jesus’ raising of the girl. The miracle became famous, after the fact.

Scorn and disbelief are the enemies of Real Faith. Faith are the acts you commit, in anticipation of what you do not see. Faith and disbelief cannot coexist in harmony.

Jesus’ told Jairus, multiple times, to believe. He did not rebuke his fear and grief. Faith is not the absence of hurt or concern, but is the presence of hope in God.

You can cling to faith, despite your circumstances. It is easy to understand a grieving father’s fears and doubts. I doubt your situation is easy or without issue. Regardless, you must put out your disbelief before your faith can work.

There’s a famous miracle in your future. If you’re willing to put out your disbelief. There’s the door of your heart. Who’s leaving?

Think: Disbelief and faith cannot coexist in your heart. One of them must leave.

Pray: “Lord, help my belief and faith in what You will do in my life.”

Copyright © March 2010, Kirk Hunt

Scorners

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“Scorners” by Kirk Hunt

And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

Matthew 9:23-24 KJV

Please read Luke 8: 49-53

Admittedly, they were professional mourners. These folks were paid to loudly “grieve” and play sorrowful music. The call for them to come came after a signature on the death certificate.

Still, they must have known of Jesus. Clearly, they understood what He said. Their response indicates they thought it through, rationally.

Scorn is more than disbelief. Scorn is active rejection. Scorn and contempt usually arrive, handcuffed together.

How do you respond to Jesus’ announcements and pronouncements for you and yours? Do you respond with faith and belief? Too often, we respond with scorn.

Our professionalism looks at the facts and figures and comes to the logical conclusion(s). Regular thinking can not see the things of God. You will probably react with scorn to Jesus’ impossible statements regarding your life.

Put your professionalism to the side. Check your regular thinking at the door. Respond with faith and trust to Jesus’ promises for you and yours.

True Faith is not mindless, but it is at odds with regular thinking. Choose to see with spiritual eyes. Decide to believe what Jesus says, despite the facts and data.

Think: Do I really believe what God says about me and mine?

Pray: “Lord, help me believe, not scorn, what You say for my life.”

Copyright © March 2010, Kirk Hunt