God Counts You

“God Counts You” by Kirk Hunt


But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:7 (KJV)


Matthew 10:30-31 repeats this passage from Luke’s Gospel almost exactly. Anytime Scripture repeats, you can count on it being important. And what could be more important, than the fact that you are important to God?


You are significant. You are important. You matter to God.


God peers through fog, rain and darkest night for your face. Despite the noise and clatter of churning stars and whirling galaxies, He listens intently for your voice. With all the universe requires of Him, nothing commands God’s attention like you.


Perhaps things have not gone your way in recent days. It could be that you have found yourself feeling lost and ignored. Nothing could be further from the truth.


All it takes is a moment. A second or two of facing toward a loving God who longs to hear from you. What could be more comforting? What could be more reassuring?


No matter what has gone short, or missing, or wrong, God is there. His eternal Hands are around you. As much as He cares for sparrows, He cares so very much more for you.


Think: God is concerned for me.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to have confidence in Your love and concern for me.”



Copyright © February 2011, Kirk Hunt

God Loves First

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“God Loves First” by Kirk Hunt


We love him, because he first loved us.

I John 4:19 (KJV)


It does not get simpler. God loved us first. No qualifiers. No fine print.


We are in a no-risk position. We are free to love Him because we know. Not that He might, but that He already has.


It is reassuring to know that the Master of all creation has already committed Himself. I do not have to worry that my love to Him will be unrequited. I have no fear that my love will not be answered.


Patiently God waits for us. First, to realize that He already loves us. All he wants is for us to love Him back.


He knows your back-story and history, but He loved you first. He knows where you are and what you doing, but He loved you first. He sees your flaws, blemishes and imperfections, but He loved you first.


You do not have to worry He will not love you, since He already does. There is only one thing you can do about His love: love Him back.


There are no qualifiers to worry about. There is no fine print to read. There are just a pair of open arms ready to hold you with infinite affection.


Think: God loved me first.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to have confidence and joy in Your love for me.”



Copyright © February 2011, Kirk Hunt

Shiny

“Shiny” by Kirk Hunt


And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.

Exodus 34: 30, 33 (KJV)


The cowering men were the senior leadership of Israel. They individually commanded the respect and obedience of hundreds of thousands of men and women. They personally witnessed God’s miracles in Egypt. You would think they could hold their ground against one man.


Despite all of their experience and station, they were not ready. They were not prepared for Moses’ appearance. They were not prepared for Moses to be shiny.


Moses spent time with God. Alone on the mountain, Moses spent time face-to-Shekinah with God. The result should not have been a surprise to anyone.


There’s lots of excellent reasons for you to spend time with God. Worship. Prayer. Devotion. Empowerment.


Whatever your reasons for spending time with Him, one side-effect is that you will begin to reflect His glory. No one spends time with God and comes away the same. God’s glory can rub off on those who seek Him.


After 40 days in God’s Presence, Moses got some glory on him. Especially his face. Isn’t time you got shiny?


Think: God’s glory can reflect in my life, if I spend time with Him.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to spend time with You so I can reflect Your Glory.”



Copyright © February 2011, Kirk Hunt

His Peace

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And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Colossians 3:15 (KJV)


Peace is not the absence of conflict or turmoil. Instead, it is the presence of assurance in God’s care and provision. I can be at peace in the middle of storm and conflict.


Thankfulness and peace are linked. Thankfulness is an attitude of appreciation and gratitude. It doesn’t mean I have all I want or everything looks good. It means that I recognize God sovereign place and space in my life.


I thankful because I have His peace. My thankfulness draws His peace. As you embrace the one, the other follows.


Christians should live in a state of peace. We should gratitude for the life and liberty that comes through Christ Jesus. He has given us the best, in eternity and this life as well.


Does that mean that all Christians live in great wealth or in serene circumstances? My bank account could use more zeros, to be sure. Still, I live in the wealth of God’s love and grace.


My circumstances are not themselves tranquil or calm at all times. Still, I rest in God. In the most violent of storms, I am confident in His care and provision.


Think: God’s peace and thankfulness are linked to each other and me.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to trust and rest all the more in You.”



Copyright © November 2010, Kirk Hunt

Not Alone In Exile

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Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

Exodus 3:1 (KJV)


He had once been the grandson of a Pharaoh. He had once been a member of the ruling elite of Egypt. He had once been important and respected.


40 years of exile later, the wanted posters had faded to blank in the desert sun. Only the keeper of the cold case files in Egypt might have known of Moses’ name and death-warrant. No one sought after the forgotten fugitive on the backside of the desert.


It isn’t hard to guess that Moses felt forgotten and alone in the depths of the Midian desert. An exile? Definitely. Forgotten? Not by God. Alone? Not for a second.


There among the sheep, Moses had time to spend with God. Far from the bright lights of Egypt, Moses had the time and opportunity to deepen his relationship with Jehovah-Jireh. Exiled, does not mean alone.


Where ever you are, you are not alone. God is there with you. No matter what happened before.


He longs to develop a deep, rich relationship with you. He calls to you through the silence. What do you say?


Think: No matter where I am, God is there and wants to spend time with me.


Pray: “Father-God, I want to have a deep and rich relationship with You.”



Copyright © November 2010, Kirk Hunt

Drawing Favor

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“Drawing Favor” by Kirk Hunt


The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

Proverbs 14:35 (KJV)


We all hope “the king” we work for is a diligent, moral statesman. Too many of us work for a selfish, corrupt despot. It does not matter what kind of man or woman employs you. You can have favor with anyone, if you first seek God’s wisdom.


God’s wisdom will lead you through, or around, every situation. No matter how it looks to mere logic and reasoning, there is a solution from God’s wisdom. A solution that builds His kingdom and advances His servants.


God’s solutions make you rich in goodwill, respect and influence. God’s solutions do not leave behind ill-will, broken relationships or sorrow. Of course, God’s solutions require God’s wisdom. Accept no substitutes.


You can draw the favor of men by first seeking the wisdom of God. Of course, if you seek after God, and His wisdom, you will find yourself drawing the favor of God. Having the favor of God in your life is a blessing beyond compare.


Wisdom is not reserved for the favored few. Wisdom belongs to any man or woman who seeks it from God. You can draw favor from the “kings” in your life. All you have to do is seek wisdom from the King of heaven.


Think: I can draw favor by seeking God’s wisdom.


Pray: “Father-God, develop Your wisdom in me.”



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

Your Keeper

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“Your Keeper” by Kirk Hunt


My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Psalms 121: 2-3 (KJV)


From time to time, I wake up in the small hours of the morning. In those restless, sleepless moments He is there. God has me surrounded with His love and power, even at 3:30 AM.


He is constant and steadfast in His vigil over my life and soul. While the rest of the world slumbers blissfully, God is focused on me. Most of all, He is keeping me.


I need a powerful, resource-rich authority to be responsible for me. I need the protection. I need the care and concern.


The creator of the universe is interested in my well-being. He is involved in every aspect and detail of my life. Nothing limits His authority, or power, in my life and safety.


God is your keeper as well. Every resource and authority is His. His is concerned for your well-being.


3:30 AM is not a choice time for me to be awake. For an infinite, omnipotent God, it is just as good a time as any other. Knowing that lets we rest in the loving arms of my keeper.


Think: God is my keeper, therefore I in safety and security.


Pray: “Lord, help me to remember that I dwell in Your care and concern.”



Copyright © October 2010, Kirk Hunt

Love God

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“Love God” by Kirk Hunt



 

We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19 KJV

 

On the Cross, Jesus gave the final atonement for sin. His sacrifice tore the Veil of Separation. Jesus repaired the rift that separated sinful man from Holy God.

 

What motivated all of this sacrifice and transformation? Love. We could not go to God, so He came to us. It is that simple. It is that easy.

 

His love is complete. His love is pure. His love is perfect.

 

No matter where you are today. No matter what happened yesterday. No matter what comes tomorrow.

 

God loves you. Completely. Purely. Perfectly.

 

Come close to Him. Feel the fond peace of His heart. Rest in the tender safety of His arms.

 

You can not earn His love, but He gives it all the same. You can never deserve His love, but He delights in you anyway. All you need to do is respond.

 

Your love might be incomplete. Your love may be impure. Your love could be imperfect.

 

He knows how you are. Still, He loves you. His arms are stretched out to the worst of sinners. His arms and heart are open even to you. It is that simple. It is that easy.

 

God loves you. Don’t ask. Don’t tell. Just love Him back.

 

Think : God loves me.

 

Pray: “Lord, I accept Your love for me.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2010, Kirk Hunt

You Are Not Forgotten

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“You Are Not Forgotten” by Kirk Hunt

 

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

Isaiah 49:15 KJV

 

Among the swirling galaxies and streaming pulsars, He listens for a single voice. Legions of angels come and go, but He anticipates a single face. Among the billions of souls that fill the earth, God is especially concerned with you, by name and fingerprint.

 

With all that calls to God, He has reserved a part of Himself for a precious child. Despite all that swirls through the infinite, He has a special focus on a single soul. No matter what else is happening, you have priority with God.

 

It doesn’t matter that someone else disappointed you. The track record of some mere human has nothing to do with Him. You are at the center of His love. You are an ongoing concern to eyes that never sleep or slumber.

 

Perhaps you are tired. Maybe you are hurting. You could be confused.

 

God has time to give rest to your soul. He will stop to sooth your hurts. Patiently, He will answer your questions.

 

You are not forgotten. He listens for your voice. He will be especially delighted to see your face.

 

Think : God loves me. He loves me more than even I can know.

 

Pray: “Lord, I accept the rest and restoration of Your love.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2010, Kirk Hunt

The Torn Veil

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The Torn Veil by Kirk Hunt

And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.   And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

Mark 15:37-38 KJV

In my heart and spirit I walk through the Temple. At the threshold to the Holy of Holies I pause. Only the High Priest should pass the Veil.

Once a year the High Priest would pass the Veil and offer a sacrifice for the nation. And he would do so, trembling. A sinful heart before the Mercy Seat would bring God’s judgment, not forgiveness.

The Veil, the barrier between sinful men and Holy God, has been torn. The ragged tear is evidence of Jesus’ sacrifice. He has made access to God free and clear.

I come before the Mercy Seat, trembling. Because Jesus’ Blood is on the Mercy Seat, I am free to stand before the Throne. I am grateful for the privilege to approach God freely. I am joyous that access to His Presence is not only open, but encouraged. I am humbled by the sacrifice that allows me this unequaled freedom.

In His Presence I am free. Free to talk, face-to-Shekinah, with God. I worship my Holy God. I commune with my Heavenly Father. I reach out and touch Him, knowing that with the Veil torn, His response is love, not judgment.

Think: I have access to God’s Throne.

Pray: “Lord, I thank You for free access to Your Throne and Presence.”

Copyright © February 2010, Kirk Hunt