Into The Midst

Into The Midst by Kirk Hunt

20201213DevoTherefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:22-23 NKJV

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego called Nebuchadnezzar’s bluff. The king ordered them thrown into the midst of the furnace. Keep in mind, the heat of the furnace killed the men ordered to carry out the executions.

Integrity always has costs. Missed opportunities at profits or pleasures. Lost relationships or connections. Open derision or scorn from some. Naked opposition or attack from others.

The unbent knees of your integrity may start your journey into the midst of circumstances you never imagined. Or wanted. The flames in the midst of your personal furnace will be hot. The heat may hurt people close to you, whether they are friend or foe.

No matter where you go, God is there. He was present, before you got there. He is present, the entire time you are there. He remains present, even after you leave there. Rely on God’s power, no matter where you go or why you went.

It takes integrity to say “I will not serve your gods.” It takes courage to stay on your feet as they stoke the fires of the furnace. Maintain your Christian integrity, even in the midst.

Think: Am I willing to maintain my Christian integrity in the midst of opposition?

Pray: “Lord, help me to maintain my integrity before You, no matter what happens.”

Copyright © December 2020, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press. You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

We Do Not Serve Your Gods

We Do Not Serve Your Gods by Kirk Hunt

If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Daniel 3:17-18 NKJV

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego stood before the king and politely told him his power had limits. “We do not serve your gods.” Their direct, plainspoken words were likely to land them in a fiery furnace.

They understood the order. They understood the penalty for non-compliance. They were at risk of making the ultimate sacrifice for their integrity.

The snitches and tattle-tails had to bring these men to the attention of the king. These three ethnic minorities tried to find the quieter route to maintaining their integrity. Moral or principled stances are not amplified by decibels or press releases. They are magnified by quiet courage and uncomplaining determination. Faithful men and women stay on their feet despite brutal retaliation and unjust retribution.

Embarrassed before his assembled government, Nebuchadnezzar bellowed fearsome threats. The smell, smoke, and possibly heat of the furnace were proof that the king was not bluffing. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego said their words calmly and with unbent knees, proved they were not bluffing.

Having integrity in private is one thing. Keeping your integrity in public is a different thing. Are you bluffing?

Think: What am I willing to sacrifice to maintain my Christian integrity?

Pray: “Lord, help me to maintain my integrity before men and especially You.”

Copyright © December 2020, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press. You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

At The River’s Bank

At The River’s Bank By Kirk Hunt

But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.

Exodus 2:3
Please read also Exodus 1:8–22

 

At the river’s bank, Jochebed carefully laid her infant son in a waterproofed basket.  Driven by a mixture of fear, hope, desperation, ingenuity and determination, she sought life and safety for her boy in the Nile.  She risked the life of her helpless infant with crocodiles or drowning.  She saved him from the certainty of death at the hands of Pharaoh’s soldiers.

 

“Amram, I put the baby in the river today.  Now I am being paid by the royal court to raise our baby.  God is good.”

 

Desperate people do extraordinary things.  Some acts, in retrospect, are unwise.  Others actions demonstrate courage and determination despite stress and danger.  In some circumstances, you must do what you can with what you have.

 

Perhaps you stand at a river’s bank in your life.  Your circumstances have driven you in ways you never imagined.  Even in a place of risk and danger, God is still with you. 

 

Turn to His wisdom and guidance.  Ask Him to guide you in what He is blessing.  God’s direction may not make sense to others.  His guidance may not make sense to you.  His path remains the way to safety and blessing.

 

Think:        God sees and cares for me, even in the worst of circumstances.

Pray:           “Lord, guide me in Your wisdom, even at the river’s edge.”

 

Copyright © May 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Worship Anyway

Worship Anyway By Kirk Hunt

 

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.

Mark 14:3 NKJV

Please read one (or all) of the Gospel accounts:
Matthew 26: 6–13; Mark 14: 3–9; Luke 7: 36–50; John 12: 1–8.

 

Even today, an alabaster box (for perfume) is costly and uncommon.  Spikenard, which grows only in the Himalayas of Nepal, remains rare and expensive.  Mary spent over a year’s wages to worship.

 

The whispering Pharisees used her past to slander Jesus.  Jesus’ Disciples complained about the “wasteful” expression of her worship.  Given a say, it appears that Pharisee and Disciple would have denied her the opportunity to worship.  Despite them, or their intentions, Mary worshiped anyway.

 

The Bible does not confirm that Mary was a prostitute.  Scripture states she had been demon-possessed and a notorious sinner.  Mary did not let her past, or the murmuring busybodies, keep her from Jesus.

 

You have an opportunity to worship today.  Will you pay the price?  Will you walk past your history or circumstances and worship God?  Are you willing to ignore the whispers from without, or within, to worship Jesus?

 

Whatever it costs, He is worthy.  No matter what others do or say, Jesus is available to you.  No matter what has happened before, He waits for you.

 

The voices are noise and distraction.  If you want to, you can worship.  Everything else is just details.

 

Think:                I can worship Jesus, if I am determined.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, I worship You, because You are worthy.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

Flint Face

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Flint Face By Kirk Hunt

 

For the Lord God will help Me;

Therefore I will not be disgraced;

Therefore I have set My face like a flint,

And I know that I will not be ashamed.

Isaiah 50:7 NKJV

 

The opposition seems to come from every angle.  Neither kith, or kin, are returning your calls.  Doubts and uncertainties seem to crowd around you.  In these circumstances, your face feels more like mush than flesh.

 

Do you name Jesus as Lord?  Then you are not alone.  You cannot be abandoned.  And you will never be disgraced or abandoned.

 

The assurances and guarantees of Scripture demand that you take action.  You must be determined to face God’s purpose in your life.  You must unswervingly look to His purpose for your existence.

 

You are called and adopted by the King of heaven.  Still, despite your title and high position, you must act in faith and obedience.  And you must be firmly focused, and determined, to carry out His plan for your life.

 

You must be firm, despite the opposition.  You must have strength, greater than your fears.  You must be steadfast, even if others flee.

 

Finally, your face must reflect your resolve to see God’s ordained outcome.  You must act in faith and confidence in Him.  You must set your face like flint, in determination to see His salvation.

 

Think:                        I will set my face, hard, toward God.

 

Pray:                          “Lord, help me remember that you will bring me a proud and honored outcome.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2014, Kirk Hunt

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

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

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