Father-God’s Will

Father-God’s Will By Kirk Hunt

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

Matthew 10: 29 NKJV

Poppa made me get in the truck and go to work with him.  Did I appreciate learning a trade and work ethic?  Not at the time.  In retrospect, I am thankful Poppa compelled me.  Consider now the Father’s will.

We confuse God’s best path for us with pleasant things and placid events.  We act as if we think God only loves us when we lounge on flowery beds of ease and comfort.  Instead, He loves us most when He allows us to reach our limits in desperation and distress.  It is in the place of our extremes that we can best hear and respond to His voice.

He is omniscient.  He sees all of our situation, no matter where we are.  He is omnipotent.  No matter how far we are past our limits, He is well within His power.  He is omnipresent.  You cannot go where He is not or even get there before Him.

No matter how hard and difficult your circumstances, God is right there with you.  He is caring for you, despite your pain.  His strength carries you no matter how weak you feel.  His grace comforts you, no matter how many tears you cry.

The skills Poppa taught me have carried through my life.  I still do not completely understand all of God’s will for my life.  All I know is that I worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31).

Think:        One day I will understand God’s will for my life.  Until then I will be obedient.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to follow Your will for my life, regardless of how I feel now.”

 

Copyright © July 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Poppa’s Hands

Poppa’s Hands By Kirk Hunt

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.   My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

John 10:28–29 NKJV

The scene plays in my mind with thoughts of peace, safety and golden warmth.  I was 4, maybe 5 years old.  I sat on the front pew of Prayer Temple (now Nash Temple) and examined Poppa’s hands with rapt fascination.  To my innocent young eyes his hands seemed without limit and without equal.  50 years later, my opinion is better informed, but no less convinced.

Even then his hands were scarred and rough from years of hard labor.  His hands were strong from pulling electrical cable or cutting wires.  In later years I would watch him switch seamlessly from casual displays of raw strength to deft demonstrations of control and finesse. 

Despite how gnarled and unattractive they appeared, Poppa’s hands were a blessing of rare quality and strength.  Poppa ministered to, provided for and gave protection to his family and anyone who sought his help.  His hands were instruments of deliverance and provision.

Consider now the hands of Father-God.  God’s hands are omnipresent, omnipotent, guided by his omniscience and motivated by His bottomless love for you.  His hands are a place of peace, safety and warmth for every soul that will seek Him.  And even for some souls who flee Him.

I sit in Father-God’s hands.  It is a place of peace safety and golden warmth.  With each passing day, my opinion is better informed and more convinced of His love and provision for me.

 

Think:        The best place to be is in the hands of Father-God. 

Pray:           “Lord, guide me every day with Your loving hands.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Troubled Yet Strong

Troubled Yet Strong By Kirk Hunt

Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
And you have strengthened the feeble knees;
But now it comes upon you, and you are weary;
It touches you, and you are troubled.

Job 4:4–5 NKJV

It is easy, from the comfort of your living room couch, to complain about what is or is not happening on the field of play.  It is different when you are the one troubled by difficult circumstances, coworker miscues and unfair criticism.  Stay strong, no matter how much this life batters you, and false-friends or intractable enemies bad-mouth you.

In the 4th chapter of Job, Eliphaz criticizes Job.  Eliphaz does not complain that Job’s prior support of others was poor or incorrect.  Instead, he condemns Job for experiencing grief at the loss of his children, misery in the midst of his illness and distress in the middle of devastating losses.  “Thanks for the support, Eliphaz.”

I pray you have a long and prosperous life building God’s Kingdom.  Still, no matter how clean your living, or wise your conduct, difficulties will come to your doorstep.  Still, through your strength in God, you can live through your troubles and emerge victorious.

Job did not dance and sing through his sorrows and distresses.  His first and second responses were to turn to God and continue to trust Him.  Job’s trust in God and grounding in His righteousness gave him the strength he needed. 

What God did for Job, He will do for you.  Despite your troubles, are you strong enough to rely on God?  I pray so.

Think:        Despite my difficulties I can live in victory through the strength of God.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to be strong in You, despite my troubles.”

 

Copyright © February 2017, Kirk Hunt

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New Creature

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New Creature by Kirk Hunt

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

 

Welcome to a new year.  Last year had its challenges, losses and wins, but it is past now.  Ready or not, you are in this new year.

 

The year is not the only thing that is new.  If you are a follower of Christ Jesus, you are new also.  You are being transformed in His image.

 

The old you had advantages, but the new you is better.  The new you looks more like Him.  This year’s you acts more like Christ.

 

Each round of Bible study gives you greater understanding.  Each day of fasting gives you greater strength in Him.  Each prayer takes you closer to His mind.

 

The new you has a new year, full of new opportunities to build His Kingdom.  All it takes is the courage and obedience to exercise yourself.  You can do it, since His power is working in you.

 

The previous versions of you were good but today you are better.  He has called you to build His Kingdom, using your new abilities, skills and insight.  Follow your calling, knowing that you are better than ever.

 

Think:            Do my actions reflect that fact that I am a new creation?

Pray:              “Lord, help me to follow my calling and mission in new ways.”

 

 

Copyright © January 2013, Kirk Hunt

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The Preparation Of A Kiss

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“The Preparation Of A Kiss” by Kirk Hunt

 

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. (Luke 15:20 KJV)

Luke 15:20 KJV

He cringed when he saw his father running full-out toward him. As the older man came to a stop, huffing and puffing, he tried to start his speech. His father stopped him with a kiss.

 

Despite the stench of the pig-sty. On top of the putrid smell of disobedience. Without regard to who saw, or what they thought.

 

The father’s love had never wavered. His hope and expectation had yearned toward this day. All that was left was a way to express, joy, love and unrestrained welcome in one succinct act.

 

Perhaps the boy expected rebuke and recrimination. Instead, he received acceptance and affirmation. The joy of restoration outweighed every other consideration or concern.

 

Father-God’s love for you has never wavered. His divine providence and omnipotent preparation has worked for the day that you would return to Him. And he has joy, love and unrestrained welcome stored up just for you.

 

It does not matter what has gone before. His heart is ready to receive you. All you have to do is turn toward Him. He has a kiss for you.

 

 

Think: Father-God yearns to kiss me.

Pray: “Lord, remind me that You love me, no matter what.

Copyright © November 2011, Kirk Hunt

When It Is Still Raining

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“When It Is Still Raining” by Kirk Hunt

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:8 – 9 KJV

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The good news is that God always answers prayer. The bad news is that God’s answer is not always “yes.” “No” is an answer, like it or not.

 

There is no Scriptural description of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh.” Whatever his issue, Paul petitions God three times for relief or removal. God answers Paul with a clear “no.” Paul says “amen,” but it is still “raining” in his life.

 

We do not always understand God’s actions, but we always understand His faithfulness. Pain and sorrow invade the lives of Christians, but His love is always with us. Even in the low, dark places of our lives, God’s high power shines brightly in us, and through us.

 

Even in the pelting rain of your life, God loves you. His power in you is greater than anything you face. His grace is sufficient, strong enough, to carry you through whatever you face.

 

Think: God’s grace and love for me are constant and faithful.

 

Pray: “Lord, help me to love and trust You, no matter Your answer.”

 

Copyright © September 2011, Kirk Hunt

Some Dreams Get New Life

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“Some Dreams Get New Life” by Kirk Hunt

 

When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me why.” “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”

2 Kings 4:27-28 NIV

 

At daybreak, the Shunammite woman watched her little boy run and play. At noon, her dream lay cold and stiffening in an upstairs bedroom. The bitter reality of her situation called for action.

 

Common wisdom would call for a mortician. Instead, she sent for a driver. She put on her traveling clothes and her “game face.” She had work to do.

 

The facts and data said, “The dream is over.” Faith and hope said, “It shall be well.” To the driver, she said, “Go hard and fast.”

 

Sometimes, in the rough and tumble of life, a dream dies. Bitter distress is the normal reaction to such an event. As God’s people, we can respond with faith and hope. If God can bring a dream to life, He can give it new life.

 

At evening, the Shunammite’s little boy once again ran and played. Her faith had brought new life to her dream. What will your faith bring (back) to life?

 

Think: God gives life to our dreams. Sometimes, twice.

 

Pray: “Father-God, life and power are in, and with, You.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Some Dreams Do Not Die

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“Some Dreams Do Not Die” by Kirk Hunt

 

And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.

2 Kings 4:16 KJV

 

Her hands came off her hips and covered her mouth. Her dry, squinting eyes were suddenly wide and full of tears. Elisha’s prophecy released the hidden dream of her heart. The dream lurched from its dark cell into the bright sun of her life.

 

The tough, self-assured woman of verse 13 suddenly gave way to the tender, vulnerable girl of verse 16. Our dreams have power. Even our hidden dreams. Especially the dreams that should have died.

 

There you are, building the Kingdom. You have not asked, or expected, a reward for your faithfulness. God will select an unlikely place and space to fulfill your dreams.

 

God delights in bringing dreams to life. Probably the dreams you had forgotten. Especially the dreams you thought were long since dead.

 

Your season is coming. A season when you will hold something precious. A season you did not think possible.

 

Some dreams do not die. Some dreams linger, waiting for God’s power and the right season. Some dreams you did not ask for, but God gave you anyway.

 

Think: Nothing is impossible for God.

 

Pray: “Father-God, no dream is impossible with You.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Where’s Your Father?

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“Where’s Your Father?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

Matthew 9:27 KJV

 

My brothers and I all have “Where’s your Father?” stories. The details are different, but the plot remains the same. Despite our own credentials, in spite of our own accomplishments, men and women looked us in the eye and asked, “Where’s Poppa Hunt?”

 

It took a while, but we all individually figured it out. It was not that the sons of William lacked skills, accomplishments or credentials. Poppa simply commanded a lot of respect. We all learned to live in the shadow of his influence.

 

As Poppa’s Hunt’s sons, we have all completed tasks Poppa could not. Yet, when folks saw them done, they asked, “When did he teach you that?”

 

The blind men of verse 27 wanted their vision restored. They appealed to Jesus at the top of their lungs. Jesus , the son of David. After all, only a true son of David, a son of Father-God, could heal blindness.

 

The restoration of sight flowed from Jesus’ hands, but the credit went to Jesus’ Father. The power flowed from Father-God. “Look at what God has done!”

 

As you build God’s Kingdom, men and women will look you in the eye and ask “Where’s your Father?” Father-God simply commands a lot of respect. “Look at what God has done!”

 

Think: Find your source in your Father’s power.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to live as Your son.”

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

He Sees You

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“He Sees You” by Kirk Hunt

 

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Luke 15:20 KJV

 

“His father saw him.” Dad’s heart for his son gave him sight and insight. A “great way off” was not just a reference to the physical distance.

 

Dad scanned the horizon every day, looking for his son. He saw the boy coming home, in his heart. With faith that strong, his physical eyes were compelled to look for the physical manifestation.

 

The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24) is a parable, but it teaches an inescapable truth: God loves you and wants you back. Separation from Him is not normal. Reconciliation with Him is natural.

 

Perhaps you have left your faith in Him for a time. His love for you has never wavered. His arms are open to you, even now.

 

Perhaps you have kept your faith, but have stumbled here and there. He loves you, even still. Run back to his open arms.

 

God loves you. His arms are open and extended to you. Your heavenly Father will see you when you turn back to Him.

 

Think: Godly loves me. God wants me back.

 

Pray: “Father-God, I thank You for Your love for me and Your open arms for me.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2011, Kirk Hunt

“He Sees You” by Kirk Hunt

 

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Luke 15:20 KJV

 

“His father saw him.” Dad’s heart for his son gave him sight and insight. A “great way off” was not just a reference to the physical distance.

 

Dad scanned the horizon every day, looking for his son. He saw the boy coming home, in his heart. With faith that strong, his physical eyes were compelled to look for the physical manifestation.

 

The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24) is a parable, but it teaches an inescapable truth: God loves you and wants you back. Separation from Him is not normal. Reconciliation with Him is natural.

 

Perhaps you have left your faith in him for a time. His love for you has never wavered. His arms are open to you, even now.

 

Perhaps you have kept your faith, but have stumbled here and there. He loves you, even still. Run back to his open arms.

 

God loves you. His arms are open and extended to you. Your heavenly Father will see you when you turn back to Him.

 

Think: Godly loves me. God wants me back.

 

Pray: “Father-God, I thank You for Your love for me and Your open arms for me.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2011, Kirk Hunt

His Shadow

“His Shadow” by Kirk Hunt

 

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalms 91:1 KJV

 

I recently walked a section of the Rillito River Trail. Caught between the the intense sun of the Sonoran Desert and the asphalt, the heat seemed to drain all energy and vigor. Still, there were moments of relief and even restoration.

 

At various places on the trail, trees or structures give partial shade from the sun. While the easing of the heat is appreciated, there is not much relief in a bridge trestle. The tunnels under the major streets are a different story.

 

It is much cooler in the Oracle Road tunnel. The breeze carried away heat, and brought the sweet smells of the desert blooms. In the shadows I could gather strength for another burst of speed under the Arizona sun.

 

The “secret place” of God is a space of spiritual protection and sanctuary. It is a place to rest and recover, no matter what is happening. No matter what anyone else is doing or saying. Best of all, that secret place is just a prayer away.

 

God loves you. Stand under His love. There. In His shadow, you can receive the strength you need.

 

Think: God will shelters me in His love, if I ask.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to seek the power and restoration that Your love gives.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt

God Sets Your Limits

“God Sets Your Limits” by Kirk Hunt

 

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Job 2:6 KJV

 

Job lost his wealth in Chapter 1. The donkeys and oxen were rustled. The camels stolen. The sheep incinerated. Worst of all, his children died in a tornado.

 

I can not imagine Job’s grief, heartache and distress. Still, in the middle of loss and devastation, Job went in faith to God. Without hesitation. Without doubt.

 

In ultimate cruelness, the enemy of Job’s soul looked for more to take. He wanted to push Job past his limits. God, the lover of our souls, set limits on what Job would endure. In Chapter 2, Job lived through painful boils and scabs, on top of his other losses.

 

God, omniscient and sovereign, sets your limits. Believe it or not, this is good news. Even when it seems that you are beyond what you can endure, you are within what God allows for your life.

 

Often, that feels like the “scary version.” Do not be fooled. God has limited what will come. Even when it feels you can not endure more. Especially when you think the load is too much for any human, yet alone you.

 

We know the ending of Job’s story. He lived to raise a second set of children, and held even greater wealth. You may not know the ending of your story, but you know who writes your life. And it will be good news.

 

Think: God, who loves me, sets my limits.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to trust You and the limits You set for my life.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt