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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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God’s Protection

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God’s Protection by Kirk Hunt

 

Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.

Genesis 37:18 NKJV

 

In another 5 verses, the sons of Jacob would betray their brother.  Murder would only be averted through greed.  Thankfully, the strength of God’s protection would exceed the strength of the threat. Joseph lived in, and through, God’s protection.

 

Joseph’s protection was not intended to avert all inconvenience or hardship.  Joseph would be separated from his father and brothers for 20 years.  He would serve as a slave, then convict, for 13 years.  Yet, in a day, he became the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt.

 

Perhaps you feel you are the focus of a hostile conspiracy yourself.  It may seem the only thing that anyone agrees on is that you are the target.  Their numbers and firepower do not matter.

 

God is your shield.  His protection will make sure you get to His purpose for you.  There may be inconvenience, or hardship, on the path.  At the end, you will fulfill your calling in safety and security.

 

God’s protection is deeper and stronger than their threat.  Your hardship or inconvenience will serve only to benefit you in fulfilling your purpose.  The conspiracies will not block your purpose, unless you let them.

 

Think:            God’s protection exceeds every threat.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be at peace as I live in, and through, Your protection.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2013, Kirk Hunt

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

He Removes The Opposition

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He Removes The Opposition by Kirk Hunt

 

Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

Isaiah 41:11 KJV

 

I am always the most puzzled by the rage of the opposition.  They see Christians as narrow and overly restrictive?  I disagree, but why all of the rage?

 

Whatever their reasons, God promises that they will not be able to block you.  As you live the Christian life in spirit and truth, you will advance.  To your destination and work in building the Kingdom.

 

Keep in mind that you must be living and moving in His purpose.  Your willful action contrary to God’s Word and purpose for your life puts you out there alone.  His protection for your life requires following your purpose for His Kingdom.

 

As you flow in God, your presence can be convicting (not condemning).  The silent witness of a man or woman seeking Him, can say a lot.  Very loudly.

 

If your life draws opponents, do not worry.  God is not worried about their anger or blocking actions.  No one can oppose the plans and calling of God.  No committee can vote down God’s anointing and purpose for your life.

 

Move forward in Him.  Follow your calling and build the Kingdom of God.  He will take care of those who would insert themselves between you and God’s purpose for your life.

 

 

Think:            A Christ-like life overpowers opposition through His power, grace and love.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to live like You, especially with my opponents.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2013, Kirk Hunt

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

He Is With You

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He Is With You by Kirk Hunt

 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  

Isaiah 41:10 KJV

 

After answering the call, everyone hits that spot.  The corner of limitations and exhaustion, is a scary-looking intersection.  And it is a long way from success.  Even the best of us question our purpose and mission.

 

Pause for a moment and reach out and touch Him.  He is right there.  Close at hand.

 

I wish I could assure you that angels will drop the very things you need in your lap.  Instead, you will likely continue in hard work and True Faith™, as you continue your calling.  You will continue your Kingdom building in His power.

 

His presence means power.  There is clarity when God is close.  Only peace can dwell in His presence.

 

The task is not any smaller, but His power remains greater.  You will shoulder and move loads using the strength God gives.  You will not fall, because He is holding you up.

 

Your purpose and mission remain the same.  Your human limitations are not the end of the journey.  The hand of our infinite God will see you through to the end.

 

Think:            Your power will carry me through to success.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to rely on You to finish my calling.”

 

 

Copyright © February 2013, Kirk Hunt

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

Who Calls For You?

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“Who Calls For You?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.

1 Kings 7:13 KJV

 

When Solomon needed a craftsman for the Temple, he wanted, and could afford the best.  He called Hiram, a man of mixed heritage, from the nation of Tyre.  How Solomon heard of Hiram, Scripture does not say.

 

Selected and called by the king, Hiram took his place as the lead of all of Israel’s craftsmen.  Hiram had a hand in designing and building all of the decorations, fittings, implements and even furnishings of the Temple.  Quite a call to service.

 

God has a calling for you.  Your name may not be in the diplomatic messages of nations (see 2 Chronicles 2) but it will come up.  How will you answer?

 

Scripture says Hiram “was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning.”  How did Hiram gain all of these qualities and skills?  Scripture is silent on that point.

 

What matters is that when the call came Hiram answered.  God had seen to it that Hiram had the skills and abilities needed to fulfill his assignment.  When God’s call comes, you will have the qualifications you need.

 

Your willing head and hands are the main thing.  If your heart and mind are determined to serve Him, He will take care of the rest.  When the call comes, give the right answer.

 

 

Think:             Will I be obedient to God’s call on my life?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to answer Your call.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2012, Kirk Hunt

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

“Speak For Yourself”

Speak For Yourself by Kirk Hunt

 

And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

1 Samuel 3:10 KJV

Read also 1 Samuel 3: 1–12

Samuel the Prophet of God was not always a mighty man of God.  “Hannah’s boy” fetched, carried and did the menial tasks.  God of course saw his sincerity and loyalty, and spoke from heaven.

 

It was a sleepless, confusing night.  Samuel recognized the Voice that spoke with authority and familiarity.  More than once He reported to Eli the High Priest, the closest and most familiar voice of authority Samuel knew.

 

Samuel answered the call from Heaven.  “God, I am listening.”  A young boy began a life-long dialog with God, just like that.  All he had to do was speak for himself.

 

The best relationships with God are a dialog.  The Master of all creation wants back-and-forth with the least of us.  God wants give-and-take with you.

 

The great Prophet started his real walk with God the night he spoke for himself.  No High Priest or electronics required.  If a pre-teen can have a private conversation with God, so can you.

 

Stop where you are.  No matter your past or present, God wants to talk with you about your bright and joyous future.  Answer Him for yourself.  He has words for you.

 

Think: God calls to me.  How will I answer?

 

Pray:   “Lord, I want to speak with You.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2012, Kirk Hunt