Remembrance Of Chains

Remembrance Of Chains By Kirk Hunt

Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him.   So she said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?”

1 Kings 17:17-18 NKJV
Please read 1 Kings 17:14-18

 

Keening in grief, she rocked her son’s cold, limp body in her arms.  It turns out even a poor widow a precious valuable to lose.  Her heart was dominated by remembrance of past sin.

 

When Elijah entered the room, she immediately questioned the great prophet.  Do you wonder about her tone?  Bitter?  Heartbroken?  Angry?  All of the above?

 

Of all the emotions that surged through her heart and mind, guilt pushed to the front.  “Are you here to remind me about my sin?”  Her son’s life was a price for her past transgression(s).

 

You should remember from time-to-time.  What chains of sin or circumstance used to weigh down your soul?  How did God save you?

 

It is too easy to forget.  Human memory does not always remember God’s past salvation during a new crisis.  If He brought you through then, He will bring you through now.

 

God restored her and the boy, even when giving up seemed the only response.  The crisis called for more faith, not panic.  God specializes in hopeless cases and unbreakable chains.

 

No matter what you were then or now, He would love to break your chains today.  Are you willing to offer your situation to Him?  Can you trust Him, for the first time, or one more time?

 

Think:        God will not abandon me now.

Pray:           “Lord, help me remember all that You have done, and will do, for me.”

 

Copyright © April 2017, Kirk Hunt

 

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When Monsters Witness

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When Monsters Witness By Kirk Hunt

 

And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

Mark 5:20 NKJV

 

Jesus paused before getting in the boat. “Go home and be a witness,” He instructed the man he had just saved. Messiah then left the monster where He found him, but not as he found him.

 

Some folk recognized the formerly possessed man from across the street. Some only realized it was the same man after speaking with him for a while. All understood the complete change that had happened in his life.

 

Your witness is important. Only you can tell your story correctly. The evidence of your life cannot be denied.

 

You do not need to embellish or exaggerate. Just tell the straight story. Especially the part where God intervened in your life.

 

He-who-was-a-monster did not need to embellish or exaggerate. His calm, steady eyes told a story of healing and restoration. His rational, peaceful manner spoke loudly of supernatural power and grace.

 

Compassion from heaven fell on a man everyone else had written off. Power from God had healed and restored a lost cause. All he had to do was testify in short, simple words.

 

You have an account of what God has done for you. Be a witness. Just tell the truth.

 

Think:             Who better than you can tell your story of God’s power?

 

Pray:               “Father-God, help me tell the story of Your power in my life.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

When Monsters Come Home

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When Monsters Come Home By Kirk Hunt

 

“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Luke 8:39 NKJV
Read also Luke 8: 26-39

 

Not too many minutes ago, he was a monster. Now the soul behind the calm eyes is only intense about serving Jesus. Still, Messiah sends His new convert away. “Go home and tell them how God has blessed you.”

 

For most of us, “home” is a place of joy, comfort and security. What happens when you return home from the deepest and darkest places the enemy has to offer? Are you happy to return where you started? Are they happy for the recovered soul or leery of the returning monster?

 

More souls than the monster need healing. Those who dwell near, or in, the (former) monster’s lair need reconciliation and restoration. The folks at home need to hear the story of how God’s power can heal anyone. And how specifically God healed the monster they know best.

 

The former monster walked through the town and was recognized by everyone. He stood before the door in borrowed clothes and called out to the first of his victims. And once again, he had an improbable story to tell.

 

This time, he could be calm and collected. This time, only the voices of kith and kin whispered in his ears. This time, only the power of God controlled his actions.

 

Think:             Who better than the restored can tell the story of the power of God?

 

Pray:               “Father-God, Your power is supreme in reconciliation and restoration.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

When Monsters Confront You

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When Monsters Confront You By Kirk Hunt

 

And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

Luke 8:27 NKJV
Read also Luke 8: 26-39

 

Naked, encrusted in dirt if not filth, the monster came out to confront Jesus as he stepped of the boat. Of course, the monster had once been someone’s son, or brother, or husband, or father. That beloved soul is not visible in those crazed eyes.

 

Demon possession is not some fiction that exists only at the movie theatre. There are other dangers that transform men and women into monsters. Alcohol, drugs, gambling, and other addictions can transform the best of us into the worst of us.

 

Jesus, of course, undid the monster that confronted Him. After He cast the demon cast out, only the man remained. In those calmed eyes, the beloved soul could once again be seen.

 

You may know someone in the grip of possession. You may not recognize the soul who looks back at you from the mirror. Be it an addiction, or true spiritual possession, God’s power is the answer.

 

There are Godly men and women who stand ready to help. There are organizations such as Teen Challenge who assist those who want freedom and deliverance. Trust God and His power to recover any soul.

 

Think:             Addictions and other possessions are subject to the power of God.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, Your power is supreme, no matter what interferes in our lives.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2015, Kirk Hunt

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