A Mother’s Nerve

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A Mother’s Nerve by Kirk Hunt

 

The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

Mark 7:26 KJV

 

She was not Jewish, or from Israel.  She came from the Phoenician coast of Syria.  In fact, she was a descendent of Greek conquerors.

 

To the Jews, this woman represented a corrupting foreign influence.   Certainly, she knew how the locals viewed her.  Still, she came to Jesus with her possessed daughter.

 

As only a mother can, she pushed to the head of the line.  Boldly, she asked for a miracle from Jesus, knowing she had no rights or entitlement.  She even refused to take “no” for an answer.

 

Somewhere along the line, someone needs you to have a mother’s nerve.  Be willing to ask for big things from folks who have every reason to refuse you or yours.  Be sure to have a strong expectation for your miracle.

 

This mother went away with her daughter cured.  She had the faith to approach.  She had the faith to ask.  She even had the faith to stay and contend for her miracle.

 

Faith is more than mere belief.  It is expectation that conflicts with the facts and data.  It demands acts, that lead to an outcome, that does not follow the flow of events.

 

Mom got her miracle.  Daughter got her healing.  Who needs you to have faith like a mother?

 

Think:            I should be bold and forward in seeking to bless and benefit others.

 

Pray:              “Lord, give me the heart and courage to seek Your good for others.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Keilah’s Champions

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Keilah’s Champions by Kirk Hunt

 

So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:5 KJV

 

The Keilah militia was no match for first-line Philistine troops.  At best, the men and women of Keilah would starve that winter.  It was possible that the Philistines might not let anyone survive to be hungry.

 

David went to God.  “Should I go save strangers?”  Twice, the answer came back: “Yes.”

 

The marauders were mauled.  David’s and his men out maneuvered, then out fought the raiders.  The champions of Keilah saved the day.  Only after did the helpers meet the helped.

 

As God’s man or woman, you are called to service in His Kingdom.  Often, that will involve providing help and healing to folks you have never seen before.  Service is at its most refined when given to pure strangers.

 

There is a modern-day Keilah crying out for you.  The need is matter of life-and-death, even if military maneuvers are not needed.  They need the light and life from Jesus that you carry.  Nothing else will save those souls.

 

You may not be one of them, still you are their champion.  You carry His power, healing and help within you.  You’ll have to get close and personal for them to receive it.

 

You have what they need.  Get out there and be a champion.  There will be time to learn names afterward.

 

Think:            In God’s service you might be a champion to complete strangers.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to become the champion someone else needs.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Despised For His Name

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Despised For His Name by Kirk Hunt

 

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

Matthew 5:11 KJV

 

Tuesday morning, at 9:40AM, I was a colleague.  My character would have been described as open and compassionate.  I was seen as intelligent and well-spoken.  10 minutes later, at 9:50AM, everything changed.

 

Did I really say and do so many mean-spirited things in 600 seconds?  Could I suddenly become heartless, judgmental and condemning in those few minutes?  All I am sure of is that the relationship, built slowly in the last two years, went up in proverbial smoke.

 

I confessed to my coworker, “I am a Christian.”  What really got me were his eyes.  I could see the loathing and disgust that suddenly clouded his view of me.  He would gleefully turn me in to anyone rounding up Christians.

 

I happen to know some of the hurts and wounds in his background.  Still, Scripture spells out clearly what is right and wrong.  If righteousness will not bend for me, it will not change for him.

 

My coworker rejected Jesus, not me.  That is why my heart is broken, for him.  Unless God intervenes, he could be lost.

 

Scripture commands me to find a way to love him, anyway.  Jesus’ Great Commission calls me to make him a disciple.  I’m praying that God will open his eyes to the Gospel.  While there is life, and the Holy Spirit, there is hope and a way.

 

 

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

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You Are Not Lunch

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You Are Not Lunch by Kirk Hunt

 

David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

1 Samuel 17:37 KJV
Please, read 17:22–57.

 

Israel’s soldiers did not want to face Goliath.  Just his extraordinary size made him a formidable opponent.  His superior arms and armor, on top of known skill-at-arms, made battle with him a fearful proposition.

 

David had faced, and overcome, fearsome opponents before.  His faith and conviction swayed even King Saul, an extraordinary warrior in his own right.  Still, a mere boy without conventional weapons, or any armor, challenged the champion of the Philistines.  “I will feed you to the birds, boy.”

 

The hellhound is happy to see me.  It drools with the anticipation of a delicious lunch.  “I will feed you to myself, boy.”

 

I triple-check the buckles of my faith.  I rehearse the victories God has already given me.  I un-holster my Bible.  I run toward the stench of brimstone.

 

Here in the real world, circumstances arise that are too much for mere men.  As a son or daughter of the living God, victory has been promised.  No matter how formidable your hellhound seems, God has success planned for you.

 

Armor up in faith.  Wield your Bible.  In the Name of the living God, you are victorious.  Since God is with you, you are not lunch.

 

Think:            My victory comes through God’s power.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me remember that I am already victorious through Your power.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2012, Kirk Hunt

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Working Solo

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Working Solo by Kirk Hunt

 

And he [Benaiah] slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.

2 Samuel 23:21 KJV

Benaiah engaged in combat at a disadvantage.  He had a walking stick.  The unnamed Egyptian had a battle spear.  The phrase “goodly man” recognizes the Egyptian as a substantial opponent.  Benaiah’s one-on-one victory is not to be lightly dismissed.

 

As Christian men and women, we often have to work (or fight) solo.  We come face-to-face with substantial opposition in our work and lives.  We must not back down.  Instead we should overcome disadvantage(s) to gain victory.

 

Of course, we never really work solo.  We always have the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives.  His Presence is too easily forgotten in front of a hostile executive committee.  The Holy One may not be our primary thought during a heated discussion with a coworker.

 

God will give you the resources you need to start.  Your preparation and His power will give you what you need to persevere.  All you need is the faith to start and the courage to stay the course.

 

Take what you have in hand.  Face the opposition.  Be gracious, generous and merciful in your victory.

 

Think: Even when physically alone, I am empowered by the Holy Spirit.

 

Pray: “Lord, help me live in Your power and skill at all times.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2012, Kirk Hunt

Mordecai’s Gallows

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“Mordecai’s Gallows” by Kirk Hunt

 

And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

Esther 3:2 KJV

 

Mordecai’s defiant and conspicuous act of disobedience does not match his lofty place in high profile politics. Why would an advisor to King Ahasuerus deliberately and pointedly break the king’s command? Mordecai’s unbent knees and straight back certainly made a powerful, and vindictive, enemy of Haman.

His character and integrity lead him to stand straight while others folded. “Consequences be hanged. I won’t do it.” Right on cue, Haman built a 75 foot tall gallows.

What around you needs to be challenged? Is there an injustice near you, crying out for correction? If there is, I suspect God has planted you there “for such a time as this.”

God does not always send angels. Sometimes, He sends saints. Mere men and women, just like you and I, who love God enough to be obedient. Obedient enough to stay while they build a gallows.

Mordecai refused to bow to Haman, because it was wrong. Legal doesn’t mean legitimate. Doing the right thing can be inconvenient. For them. For you.

God needs a man or woman, just like you, to stand against sin and wrong. Let His Grace give you the courage to stay the course. Trust Him to work out the details.

Think: Sometimes, as a Christian, I am called to challenge wrong.

Pray: “Lord, teach me to see the wrong and resist it, in obedience to Your Grace.”

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Men Of Integrity

“Men Of Integrity” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Nathan departed unto his house.

2 Samuel 12: 15a (KJV)
(Please read 2 Samuel 12:1-15)

 

Nathan humiliated David, a warrior-king. In front of the royal court, the prophet spoke God’s truth without hesitation or restraint. Then he stood there, watching for David’s reaction.

 

Speaking truth to power is a display of integrity. It takes courage to accuse and confront a man with David’s warrior credentials and royal prerogatives. Nathan knew David could order his death and chose to obey God anyway.

 

Repenting after God’s rebuke is a display of integrity. It takes courage to confess and repent in front of a crowd. David chose to retain his relationship with God rather than impress the courtiers.

 

Being a man or woman of integrity is not easy. It requires tough choices. It requires choosing to do what is right rather than what is convenient. Or less humiliating.

 

“You are the man.” Nathan’s love for God led him to speak the truth, rather than compromise. A powerful display of integrity.

 

The prophet walked calmly home. David’s love for God protected Nathan from retaliation. An authentic display of integrity.

 

You have choices today: God’s way or something less. Your choice reveals your integrity. Display the integrity that honors God.

 

Think: Integrity is about doing the right thing, no matter what.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to respond per Your Word and Way, no matter what.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt

Go With God

“Go With God” by Kirk Hunt


And she [Rahab] said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

Joshua 2:9 (KJV)


The fighting men of Jericho saw the two Israelite spies as a threat. Rahab saw them as an opportunity. Since Rahab is an ancestor of King David and Jesus Christ, I’m siding with her interpretation of events.


The important factor is that she saw God orchestrating events for Israel. She took steps to go with God’s people. She did not act on political insight. She did not respond to economic trends. She saw God’s manifest destiny for Israel and aligned herself with Him.


God is orchestrating events around you. He has an agenda for the nations and you. You have a choice: Move with Him or stay where you are.


In faith, Rahab made her choice, then acted on that faith. It is that simple. Look for where God is going, then go with Him.


God calls to you. He wants you to experience all of the good and wonderful things He has in store for you. He is moving and changing everything. Do you see that as a threat, or an opportunity?


Think: God is creating good for me and others. Will I go with Him?


Pray: “Father-God, help me to seek Your direction and purpose, then follow.”



Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

Onesimus’ Courage

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And I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

Philemon 1:10 (KJV)


I want video tape of the conversation between Paul and Onesimus. It’s one thing for the Apostle to risk his own life in confrontations with powerful men. It’s another thing for an escaped slave and all-but-convicted thief to do the same. Still, the Apostle convinced his newest Disciple to return to his master.


Onesimus’ crimes are two-fold. In the first part, A runaway slave deprived his master of his valuable services. In the second part , to steal a valuable object on the way out the door is to add insult to injury. The penalty for either crime could be harsh and brutal.


Onesimus’ courage is high indeed. He did the right thing, despite the possible consequences. With only a slip of parchment between him and the full-force of Roman slave law, Onesimus approached Philemon and asked for forgiveness and reconciliation.


Scripture does not record the exact outcome of Onesimus’ return to Philemon. What is important is that Onesimus made the effort to right old wrongs. He made the effort to put the past, once and for all, behind him.


Perhaps you have an open issue in your life. May I commend the courage of Onesimus to you? Philemon didn’t have the chance to be forgiving Christian man until Onesimus had the courage to seek reconciliation.


Think: Reconciliation starts with Godly courage.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to be reconciled with my family, natural or spiritual.”



Copyright © November 2010, Kirk Hunt

Weapon of Choice – Firearms

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“Weapon of Choice – Firearms” by Kirk Hunt


My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 2:2-4 (KJV)


Firearms and artillery have one thing in common: the barrel. The barrel must be perfectly straight. The barrel must be perfectly round. Even the rifling, the twisted grooves within the barrel, must be cut, then finished exactly. Without these features, the firearm will not be accurate or a weapon of choice.


Gun drilling is the limiting factor in making a firearm. It is a unique process with extraordinary requirements. I know from experience it is not easily done. It requires an expert craftsman, and patience, to complete correctly. Too often, multiple passes on the same barrel are needed for a good outcome.


God intends to use you to deliver His Word and grace to a dying world. That means the barrel of your life and soul must be perfectly straight, perfectly round, then grooved just so. With these features, you will be able to accurately deliver God’s grace and Word to others.


In order to achieve the needed level of perfection, God will have to work and re-work your life. He is the ultimate Craftsman. You can count that He can do all of the cutting, drilling and grooving correctly. Are you willing to submit to His expert Hands?


Think: God is remaking me as His servant (weapon) of choice


Pray: “Father-God, develop me in Your will and way, for Your Kingdom.”



Copyright © October 2010, Kirk Hunt

Weapon of Choice – Firearms

Weapon Of Choice – Swords

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“Weapon of Choice – Swords” by Kirk Hunt


But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Job 23:10 (KJV)


The katana is the primary sword of the samurai warrior. A real katana can slice through almost anything, with frightening ease. The katana, in the hands of master swordsmen, defended Japan for centuries.


Creating one of these beautiful yet deadly weapons is a complex, difficult business. At the center of the process is forging the sword. At the heart of forging, is folding.


Anywhere from 8 to 16 times, the steel is heated in a furnace, then folded on the anvil. That’s a lot of time in the fire. That’s a significant number of hammer strokes.


Folding purifies mediocre ore, making extraordinary steel. In addition the process builds in hardness for the cutting edge, or springy resilience for the back-body of the sword. The expert eye of the craftsman guides the entire process.


Perhaps you have been in the furnace, or on the anvil, in your life. The trials and tribulation you have faced have one purpose: To make you a weapon of choice for the Master.


He is building in the edge you need to speak truth, in love. He is giving you the resilience to weather hardship and trials, for His purposes. When you come out of the fire, you will be an extraordinary material. When you come off the anvil, you will be suitable for an exceptional purpose.


Think: God is remaking me as His servant (weapon) of choice


Pray: “Father-God, develop me in Your will and way, for Your Kingdom.”



Copyright © October 2010, Kirk Hunt

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