“If It Is Your Will?”

“If It Is Your Will?” By Kirk Hunt

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,   saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

Luke 22:41–42 NKJV

The enormity of His coming trial and execution fell heavy on Jesus.  Alone, He appealed to God, the only One who could change the course of events.  “If it is Your will,” proves that Jesus went humbly and obediently to the Cross.

Too often we expect men and women to face the worst of life with a beatific expression and wise words of faith and encouragement for others.  Instead, when the worst of circumstances decent on us, we can do what Jesus did.  He went to God, and asked to be excused.

“If it is Your will” is the request of a faithful and obedient son or daughter who knows (or suspects) just how difficult events are going to get.  A real saint, with Real Faith™, will follow God’s path, no matter where it goes.  Still, in humility and obedience, we are allowed to ask our loving Father-God if there is another way.

Maybe there is a different way to fulfill God’s will.  Perhaps, as with Jesus, events unfold as we knew they would.  It is okay to ask in either case.

Jesus went to the Cross and bought our salvation with His perfect sacrifice.  As you face your place in His will, be strong in your faith and obedience.  And your prayer for a different path may draw an angelic encourager to stay the course.

Think:        God’s will is not always easy, even though it is always best.

Pray:           “Lord, I will follow Your will. Help me have the strength to stay Your course.”

 

Copyright © October 2017, 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.

Christians Do Not Fear

Christians Do Not Fear By Kirk Hunt

 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.   We love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 4:18–19 NKJV

 

In recent days it is hard to avoid the media fixation on anger among citizens, the world over.  There are many potential reasons for all of that rage, but most fall short of explaining the root or true cause.  Fear, on the other hand, easily explains the driving force of so much poor behavior in the world.

 

Remove fear of coming events and people will live without violence or unrest.  Even when conditions are harsh or difficult, they keep their heads.  When people become afraid of what will happen next, the torches and pitchforks come out.  Keep in mind that neither fearful mobs nor fearful individuals make good decisions.

 

Christians of course should never give in to fear.   We are loved by God Himself.  The Creator looks after His own. 

 

Consider also that His love drives out fear.  The more you allow His care and concern for you to saturate your life, the less room there is for fear.  Sound like a good deal to me.

 

If you are a son or daughter of God, you can trust in His love for you.  Things may not be easy, but you can live in the confidence of His care and concern especially for you.  There is no room for fear in a heart filled with God’s love.

 

Think:                God’s love for me drives out my fear.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to live out my life in Your love and without my fear.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2016, 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.

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Sometimes I Worry

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Sometimes I Worry By Kirk Hunt

 

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Matthew 6:30 NKJV

 

I believe myself to be a man of faith. Certainly, I was raised by and among people of faith. So why do I sometimes worry?

 

Like Peter, I sometimes look around and see the storm that rages around me. The world can be a scary, predatory place. So say the facts and figures.

 

Faith does not do away with facts and figures. Instead, Scripture says that I should not fret and worry but trust God. I know this in my head. Still, sometimes, my heart pulls in a different direction.

 

Faith is not the absence of difficulty or uncertainty. Faith sees through the smoke and haze to the source of all power and security. Real Faith™ always remembers that God is the sovereign source.

 

So I renew my confidence in God and act like a man of faith. Storm winds may still batter me, but I put my focus on the Master of storms. My faith may be imperfect, but the perfect source of all security and comfort remains my God and savior.

 

Think:             God is my source, so I should never worry, even during difficulties.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, help me to keep my faith in You.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

Fear’s Antidote

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Fear’s Antidote By Kirk Hunt

 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18 NKJV

 

Sometimes I fret and worry. The uncertainties of life are many. As a redeemed Christian, I remain vulnerable to the ebb and flow of the real world. Scripture proclaims that saints should not have fear. I know better that letting the fear in, but here we are.

 

My humanity makes me vulnerable to fear. I often stay away from the nightly news, because of the fear-inducing events and situations of the day. It is harder to stay away from the uncertainties of my day-to-day life. Life itself is a risk-filled endeavor.

 

I still have no excuse. I know that Father-God loves me. Through the grace of His Son, His love dwells in me. When I step out of or away from His love I am vulnerable to fear, in all of its unpleasantness.

 

John is right. Fear is torment. The antidote, of course, is God’s love. As I soak in His love, the fear is displaced. You would think I would have perfected my grip on God’s love by now.

 

So it appears my grip on love is not yet perfect. I am working on it. The antidote to fear is being perfect in God’s love. I am going to practice until I get it right.

 

Think:            The antidote to fear is the love of God.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to rest and shelter in Your love.

 

 

Copyright © March 2015, Kirk Hunt

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