The Coat Is Just a Symbol

The Coat Is Just a Symbol by Kirk Hunt

And he recognized it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces.” Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days.

Genesis 37:33-34 NKJV
Please also read Genesis 37:31-35 NKJV

Jacob wept loud and long. His sons had convinced him Joseph was dead. As they watched the old man howl in grief and heartache, perhaps they realized, in that moment, that the tunic was only a symbol.

Joseph’s tunic (called a “coat” in the King James Version of the Bible) was a symbol of Jacob’s love and favor regarding Joseph. They could strip the coat off Joseph’s back, but they could not pull Jacob’s feeling off his son. Men and women can steal a symbol from you, but they cannot touch God’s feelings about you.

God gave you a calling or anointing. Do not confuse your title, certificate or badge with God’s love and purpose for you. A symbol is a poor substitute for the authentic article in your life.

The coat kept Joseph warm. The coat made Joseph stand out. The coat was just a symbol of Jacob’s love for Joseph.

I praise God for your title, office or certification. You worked hard. You earned it. Those outward things are just a symbol of Father-God’s love and purpose for you.

Think: Do I love the symbol or do I love God?

Pray: “Father-God, help me see the real article of Your love and purpose in my life.

Copyright © July 2023, Kirk Hunt

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Stick To The Calling

Stick To The Calling by Kirk Hunt

And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated. He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder.

2 Samuel 23:9-10 NKJV

Eleazar, the son of Dodo, fought against the Philistines so long and so hard that his hand cramped around the hilt of his sword. When it finally came time to let go of his weapon, he could not. I have experienced this same effect using construction tools. May your service in God’s Kingdom induce the same “stick to it” at least once in your life.

Alone, after all others retreated, Eleazar fought on. He fought with courage greater than his fear. His determination was so fierce that his hand froze around his weapon. He fought to the end because he could not let the enemy win or leave his calling in God.

Here and now, under the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, we fight for God’s Kingdom. In this era we serve and minister rather than swing swords. Still, our level of effort can all too easily match Eleazar’s exertions on that nameless battlefield.

Make no mistake: God brings the victory. A mighty man or woman of God is willing to be His instrument. Let God use you to achieve the impossible.

Think: Mighty are the men and women who stick to it in service to Him.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to stick to my calling.”

Copyright © July 2022, Kirk Hunt

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The Lord Has Blessed The House

The Lord Has Blessed The House by Kirk Hunt

Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.

2 Samuel 6:12 NKJV

King David heard the news and concerned himself with Obed-Edom. Obed-Edom’s faithful service involved having the Ark of God (aka the Ark of The Covenant) in his home. God’s presence and power made itself known with blessing of the man’s house and household.

After the tragedy of Uzzah, David placed the Ark in Obed-Edom’s house. Obed-Edom faithfully maintained the physical symbol of God’s presence on earth in his home. For three months, the power of God directly rewarded him and his. So much so, that a king looked on with longing.

Your faithful service in God’s kingdom is never without reward. No amount of money can purchase His peace. No level of fame gives His joy. Even the rich, or high, or mighty will look at His presence in your life and covet what you have.

It may not seem like much to you, but be faithful anyway. If God gave your calling, then it is important. And God’s blessing of you, and your house, will make it worthwhile.

Think: God blesses the house of men and women who serve Him in spirit and truth.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to serve my calling in spirit and truth.”

Copyright © June 2022, Kirk Hunt

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A Life Of Peril And Calling

A Life Of Peril And Calling by Kirk Hunt

In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren

2 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV
Please also read 2 Corinthians 11:22-28 NKJV

The Apostle Paul could have had tenure.  He had the intelligence, education and connections to establish a Christian Academy and live comfortably.  He could have taught and published with zero risk to himself.  Instead, he lived a life of peril.

Paul lived a life of danger, risk and suffering for the Gospel.  Paul’s history, and scars, gave him tremendous credibility among the Roman legions.  Some traditions report that Paul single-handedly evangelized the Praetorian Guard, elite soldiers and body guards of the Caesars.

Personally, I find more comfort in the scarred face of a veteran than the smooth skin of an academic.  I like living proof that it can be done, or at least survived.  I feel better knowing somebody else struggled, stayed with God, and overcame the same “little problems” I face.

Your scars are a blessing.  They give you knowledge and experience you could never get any other way.  They give you credibility with people you might not otherwise effect.

For someone, your scars are comfort and reassurance.  Struggling folks often do not want to hear from someone smooth and polished.  More often, they want to hear from a survivor.  They want to hear from someone just like you.

Think:      The scars, in service for God, are really a blessing.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to faithfully persevere in Your calling on my life.”


Copyright © October 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Can God Send You?

Can God Send You? By Kirk Hunt

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8 NKJV
Please also read Isaiah 6:1–10

Freshly purged of his sin, Isaiah was eligible to answer the call.  Standing in the very presence of God, Isaiah could not miss the call.  Isaiah’s answer echoes still: “Send me.”

Calling is not a spiritual form of conscription.  It is a Godly empowerment for a specific ministry or mission.  You can thwart a God-ordained call on your life, through disobedience and rebellion.

Isaiah chose the better path.  On hearing the call, he responded to God with willingness and obedience.  “Here I stand.  Give me the assignment.”

Calling is best exercised with joy and energy.  What is the difference between an exasperating drudgery and a soul-enriching adventure?  Do you respond God’s call as an inconvenient conscription or life-fulfilling opportunity?

There may be difficulties or dangers.  They might receive you with gladness or reject you with anger.  As much as you want good results, it is more important that you have good obedience.  Let God sort out the hearts that hear God’s Word, spoken with skill and grace.

Let God purge you of sin and error.  Listen carefully to His heart for men and women.  What He asks who to send, raise both hands.

Think:      Am I willing to let God purge me of my sin and impurity?

Pray:         “Lord, purge me of my sin so I can have fellowship with you.”


Copyright © December 2018, Kirk Hunt

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The King’s Purpose

The King’s Purpose By Kirk Hunt

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 NKJV

Mankind, through Adam, had caused the separation from God.  As any loving Father would, God made a way to mend the breech.  “God with us,” is both purpose and outcome.

Jesus willingly gave up the eternity and splendor of heaven to walk among us.  Not just for proximity but to give man back what had been lost.  Jesus restored direct access to, fellowship with, God.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifices, we can once against speak directly with God.  Because of His dedication to God’s purpose, we have been restored as God’s sons and daughters.  Jesus has restored walking with God in the garden.

Perhaps your garden is soft and grassy.  It could be that your garden is hard and rocky.  What is important is that you know you have a garden, and that God walks there with you.

We work, live and play in the garden where God has placed us.  Consider this Christmas that God with us is truer now, than it has ever been.  He came and restored the connection.  Now He calls to you, “Come walk with Me.”

You are part of His plan and strategy.  No matter how much you have surprised others, He saw everything about you, long ago.  Take time this season to simply walk with Him.  He has a purpose He wants to reveal you.

Think:        God’s purpose is to walk with me.  Do I walk with Him?

Pray:           “Lord, as I build Your Kingdom, help me to enjoy walking with You.”


Copyright © December 2016, Kirk Hunt

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The King’s Celebration

The King’s Announcement By Kirk Hunt

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:13–14 NKJV
Please also read Luke 2:1–20

Humble shepherds witnessed a celebration by the King.  Literal angels sang of the birth of Jesus, our Messiah.  Scripture does not mention an angelic worship band or praise dancers, but my imagination likes to add them to the scene.

After millennia, evidence of the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 could be seen by mere men.  Since the fall in Eden, sin kept mankind from full reconciliation with God.  Jesus’ birth was the (earthly) beginning of the process of restoring the fellowship on humanity with God.

And God celebrated.  The long separation of man from God would soon end.  Adam’s breech would be repaired by God’s own son.

Like Jesus, you were born for purpose.  God has a plan for you and your life.  And He will celebrate you in fulfilling the purpose He ordained for you.

The shepherds were not just passive witnesses.  The found their way to Jesus and joined the angels in celebration and worship.  God’s celebrations are open to any with a heart open to Him.

You too can be an active participant in God’s celebrations.  Find your purpose in the Kingdom and begin fulfilling it.  Join in with others who are completing the work for which they are ordained. 

Follow your calling.  Fulfill your purpose.  You may not see or hear a choir of literal angels, but you will feel His joy in your heart, nevertheless.   

Think:        God celebrates the fulfillment of His purpose in my life and others.

Pray:           “Lord, as I and others build Your Kingdom, I look forward to celebrating with You.”

Copyright © December 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Not Qualified To Disqualify





Not Qualified To Disqualify By Kirk Hunt


And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

1 Samuel 17:33 NKJV


King Saul was an extraordinary leader, anointed by God.  He led the scattered 12 Tribes of Israel through the transformation into a unified nation.  He led Israel to multiple victories over its aggressive neighbors, despite their technological advantages and greater numbers.  Still, he was not qualified to disqualify David.


Saul is talking to a youth who killed a lion single-handed.  David, a youngster, killed a bear.  Saul did not know it in this verse, but David was already anointed by God. 


Saul had greater position, rank, age, experience, skill and knowledge than David.  Still, that did not qualify him to disqualify David.  David’s qualifications came from God.  A mere king cannot overrule Jehovah-Sabaoth.


Despite his own anointing, David correctly obeyed and respected Saul as king.  Later, Saul would illegally, and immorally, seek to kill David.  David wisely refused to move against the anointed king of Israel.  David understood that Saul’s qualifications came from God and a mere shepherd–boy cannot overrule Jehovah-Sabaoth.


What has God anointed you to do?  Are you busy, fulfilling the calling on your life?  Be respectful, and obedient, of those God has placed over you.  Still, remember that Jehovah-Sabaoth has provided your qualification.  A mere man or woman cannot overrule God.


Think:                If God has qualified me, no one else can disqualify me.


Pray:                   “Lord, help me to live out the qualifications You have given me.”



Copyright © May 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Just Launch


Just Launch By Kirk Hunt


Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.”

Judges 6:39 NKJV


Gideon had already met an angel, face-to-face. He also experienced (even if briefly) the in-dwelling of God’s Spirit; a rare thing in the Old Testament record. With all of Israel’s military might gathered with him at Jezreel, Gideon hesitated to engage with the enemy. Despite his intensive experience with God, and an army at his command, Gideon failed to launch.


The miracles of a wet fleece, then a dry fleece were designed to assure Gideon that he was following God’s authentic commands. We can read ahead in Scripture to Gideon’s victory at the end of Judges 7. Gideon had to live through the actual battles and difficulties in order to enjoy the success God promised him.


Do not get me wrong. I have done the same thing. With all of God’s presence and assurance, I have hesitated to follow His command. Despite seeing and knowing much, I draw back because I do not know all.


As God’s people, we are to love and trust Him more than ourselves. We may not always have our own best interests in heart or mind, but He does. God guides human history with one hand while the other hand holds endless power. We can trust His call to launch.


Think:                I want the character to boldly launch when God commands.


Pray:                   “Lord, help me to have the courage and obedience to launch at Your command.”



Copyright © February 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Your Capacity


Your Capacity By Kirk Hunt

Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

Exodus 18:21 NKJV


Moses called for men of skill, ability and Godly character. The men who came forward were able to help with the governance of the people of Israel. While they were all high quality folks, they did not all have the same capacity.


Too often we think that more capacity means more quality. An ambulance has a low passenger capacity, considering its weight and chassis. Its capacity is matched, in excellence, to its purpose.


You have a capacity for ministry and service in the Kingdom of God. Do not compare yourself to others. Your capability is matched, in excellence, to your purpose in Him.


Should you seek to better yourself in skills, knowledge and capability? Yes, of course. Still, do not look down on yourself, or others, because of what is not done. Bless God that for is accomplished.


The “Rulers” of ancient Israel helped with governance, administration and teaching God’s Word. Because of their different capacities there was high caliber and intensely personal contact with everyone in the Exodus. At need, men with different capabilities could be quickly called in to help.


You are called there. You are called to do what you do. Be excellent at it.


Think:             Be a Godly man or woman of quality, regardless of the details of your capacity.


Pray:               “Father-God, help me to be a man or woman of excellence in Your Kingdom.”



Copyright © August 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Called To Follow

Called To Follow By Kirk Hunt


After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.”

 Luke 5:27 NKJV


Levi bar-Alpheus, better known as Matthew, was doing his job. Matthew’s employment effectively made him a collaborator with the Romans. Right in the middle of a regular workday, Jesus called Matthew.


There were no long speeches or grand statements. Jesus did not perform a miracle or otherwise demonstrate His power. Jesus commanded. Matthew responded.


Calling is not some mysterious, mystical event. It is a summons to follow Jesus Christ. Do not try to make it more complicated than that.


He speaks His calling in a clear voice. Still, the clatter and clank of the workday may compete. You will have to listen carefully.


Calling is straight-forward. Jesus calls us to leave our lives as we know them, and follow Him. Your calling will require change. It may require sacrifice.


All of the Apostles left their homes and livelihoods. They fanned out through the world, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They left, and went, in answer to their call.


Matthew was working a regular shift. Angels did not suddenly appear and blow trumpets. Still, his calling came, spoken by Jesus Himself.


Listen carefully. Jesus is closer than you think. His calling is clearer than you realize.


Think:             Jesus calls me. What is my response?


Pray:               “Lord, help me answer Your call, fully and completely.”



Copyright © June 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Proof Of His Love


Proof Of His Love by Kirk Hunt


But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 NKJV


No complex theological constructions.  No intricate philosophical weavings.  Just cold, hard facts.


God loved you first.  He proved his love, first.  His love for you continues, even now.


Paul is an especially good example of this proof.  He helped martyr Stephen.  At his conversion, Paul was actively (and effectively) persecuting the Christian Church.  Still, Christ died for Paul, also.


God loves you.  Always has.  Always will.


Christ died for you.  No matter what you did before.  Regardless of what you are doing now.


You can be reconciled to God.  Only you can say, “No.”  He has already spoken and proven his part.


How should you respond?  I suggest gratitude and relief.  His sacrifice makes salvation available to you.  All you have to say is, “Yes.”


Here is the catch: After you say “yes” to his love, you must return his love.  You will have to live differently.  Let his love help you change completely.


Start living out your love for him.  It is that easy.  God is already living out his love for you.


The idea is simple.  Do not make it complicated.  There is no tricky language in the verse.  He loved you first.  Respond to that.


Think:            God has already proven his love to me.


Pray:              “Lord, help me to accept the proof you have already given me.”



Copyright © August 2013, Kirk Hunt

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