Becoming A Delightful Land

Becoming A Delightful Land By Kirk Hunt

“And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:12
Please also read Malachi 3:8–12

 

You can be a delightful land, if you choose.  All it takes is to be a giver.  If you are generous in fact and nature, men and women, boys and girls, will see the glow of God through your life.

 

Malachi 3:10 is a promise of God.  “If you give, He will bless.”  Your platform may be small or large.  Your capacity may be expansive or limited.  What matters is your determination to serve and honor God through what you give.

 

You can do your generous acts in secret and anonymity.  God’s omniscience will see your sincere heart anyway.  His delight, in you honoring Him, will still fall on your life.

 

Yes, your giving must include finances.  Your giving should also include your talent and especially your time.  Consider that your time, talent and treasure may not all go to the same recipient, at the same time.

 

Nor is your giving limited to your personal resources.  Channeling or enabling organizations and others is just as important as what you give yourself.  Becoming delightful is never a zero-sum game.  The more you do, the more you become able to do, and the richer your joy in service and giving.

 

God rewards His faithful daughters and sons.  Do what you can, right where you are.  Watch as you become blessed and even more blessing

 

Think:        Generosity of act and spirit, even in secret, makes you visibly blessed and blessing.

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to give so I can honor You.”

 

Copyright © June 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Are You Blessed?

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Are You Blessed? By Kirk Hunt

 

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Matthew 25:34 NKJV
Please read Matthew 25:31–46

 

This Scripture is counter-intuitive to the common wisdom. The blessed are first, givers. Eternal reward is tied to providing for others.

 

Jesus wanted His disciples to earn eternal blessings. And, of course, that involves Him receiving from His faithful. The trick is that Jesus poses as the poor, the imprisoned and the distressed.

 

If you give, the way Jesus wants you to give, you run a risk. You may never receive anything here on Earth. Jesus only guarantees you will receive your eternal inheritance, after He returns.

 

It is that simple. Give now. Receive later.

 

Give to Jesus. Despite when He looks and smells like the homeless. Even when He looks like a convict behind bars. Especially when you have to “gown up” to be in the same room with Him.

 

There are tens (or hundreds, or thousands) you can bless with the gifts and benefits you think are so little. Before His throne, you will understand how your small contributions echo large in this present life, and the life to come.

 

Be a giver. Even though the receivers do not look like the image you have of Jesus. You are, and will be, blessed because you bless now.

 

Think:             Jesus want me to temporarily bless others so I can receive an eternal blessing.

 

Pray:               “Lord, I will bless others in obedience to You.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2015, Kirk Hunt

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You Shall Lend

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You Shall Lend By Kirk Hunt

 

The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

Deuteronomy 28:12 NKJV

 

The promise of God (see verse 1) in this Scripture was originally for the people of Israel. They had not yet arrived in the Promised Land, but God was letting them know. Obey me and you shall always lend and never borrow.

 

I can tell you that if you fulfill the condition, God will fulfill the promise. Not just money, though that is an obvious possibility. There are a lot of things God’s people can “lend” to the “nations” around us.

 

The treasures of heaven are not just material things, like adequate food and shelter. Good physical and mental health is a treasure, straight from His throne. Peace of mind and spirit comes from God’s heaven, and cannot be purchased with mere money.

 

Obey God and follow his commandments. Before you know it, others will ask where you got all of your blessings. Lend those who ask the good things of God. The gratitude of those you bless is interest enough for the generous of heart.

 

Think:            His blessings are for me, and can be loaned to those around me.

 

Pray:               “Lord, thank You for Your blessings, especially the ability to bless others in turn.

 

 

Copyright © January 2015, Kirk Hunt

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God’s Back Pay

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“God’s Back Pay” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

Genesis 41:51 KJV

 

The birth of a son is normally cause for celebration and joy. Like any first-time father, I’m certain Joseph whooped with joy and pride. Still, the memories of the last 13 years brought some gravity to Joseph’s heart and mind.

 

“God has caused me to forget.” First, betrayal by his brothers. Then, years of slavery. Finally, false accusation and years of unjust imprisonment. In the glow of his back-pay, Joseph forgot about the prior years.

 

Perhaps you have been laboring long, hard and without just wages. God has been watching over you the entire time. Recording the hours. Banking your pay.

 

To others, it will seem you are an over-night sensation. It doesn’t matter how it looks to them. You know that God is simply delivering your back pay.

 

Just when they thought you were dead, God will deliver your best life yet. Even though you thought you were forgotten and cast aside, God will set you out front and in charge. No one delivers back-pay like God.

 

Stay faithful. Work to build His Kingdom. Trust that God has your back-pay. At the right time, in the correct place, God will make you forget all that happened before. In joy. With delight. Through blessing.

 

Think : God rewards the faithful.

 

Pray: “Lord, I thank You, in advance, for Your Kingdom blessings.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2010, Kirk Hunt