Have You Seen?

Have You Seen? By Kirk Hunt

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1 NKJV

The Temple was just as beautiful and impressive as it had always been.  Then suddenly, it was pale in comparison.  The majesty, glory and presence of God filled a space unable to begin to contain so much power, might and eternity.  In that moment Isaiah saw the God of heaven as you should see Him.

Perhaps you are new in Christ.  You may be a seasoned veteran of God’s Kingdom.  Either way, you need to see again.  I pray that you will come into His presence, in His full glory.  I want you to see God, as He should be seen.

We are His children.  He loves us as no other can.  Still, He is a big God and we are a very small part of His creation.  We need to understand what it means for the God of all creation to concern Himself with us.

He is at the center of all things and He designs and plans in love and grace toward us.  With swirling galaxies and nebula, whirling around Him, He turns the loving eye of a father on mere men and women.  With all of creation clamoring to worship our infinite God, He concerns Himself with us.

Isaiah saw and understood.  A very big God, uncontainable in any earthly place or space, concerned Himself with one soul.  Have you seen that the God of creation concerns Himself with you?

Think:      Do I really see God in all of His glory and majesty?

Pray:         “Lord, help me to see You.”

Copyright © December 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Face Of Glory

Face Of Glory By Kirk Hunt

And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.

Exodus 34:38 NKJV
Please also read Exodus 34:29–35

Moses came out to the people and they retreated in panic and fear.  The face of their Lawgiver glowed with an unworldly light.  Moses’ time with God literally changed how the followers saw and reacted to their leader.

God’s people, especially pastors and leaders, should consider their approach to others.  How you preach, teach or minister should be done to meet your audience where they are.  Moses did not change his message, but he did help Israel to hear what God spoke.  He just had to shade the light of his face some (or a lot).

Do not get me wrong; I would that every saint of God, fresh from prayer, had a shiny face.  Still, our purpose is to build His Kingdom.  What does not make the message effective in reaching and changing hearts is a distraction.  Our job is not done until their faces are also bright with His glory

Your audience likely comes in fresh from the streets, rather than the prayer closet.  Meet them where they are, but help them get to where you are.  And where you are should reflect the glory of God.

Think:        Does my ministry reflect God’s glory?  Is it effective in reaching my audience?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to reflect the glory of Your Face .”

 

Copyright © January 2017, Kirk Hunt

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On The Mountain

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On The Mountain By Kirk Hunt

 

Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.

Matthew 17: 1-2 NKJV

 

Peter is my friend and brother. He does and says the things I would do, so I do not have to. There on the mountain, in the middle of one of the great mystical events of Scripture, he blurts out words. So there is no silence. Despite the obvious fact that God is speaking.

 

A mountain top experience is a time to hear God. It is an opportunity to hear Him speaking, in a deeper and often unique manner. It is an opportunity to listen. It is a chance to see what He wants you to see, farther and more precisely.

 

That does not mean you turn into a silent stone. Think clearly and deeply. Ask wisely and judiciously. Make the most of the opportunity. Being lead up the mountain is a special, not regular, event. God has decided He has something special to say. The experience may be mystical, but it will also be practical.

 

When you are on the mountain, get all that God is giving. Get all that you can while you are up there. You are going to need what He is saying.

 

Think:            When God speaks, do I listen clearly and completely?

 

Pray:               “Lord, reveal Yourself to me, and help me understand.

 

 

Copyright © January 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

Up The Mountain

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Up The Mountain By Kirk Hunt

 

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 17: 1-2 NKJV

 

You cannot see everything you need to see in the valley. You cannot hear everything you need to hear in the middle of the clang and clack of regular life. Sometimes, you need to go up the mountain.

 

Christians often speak of a “mountain top” experience. Jesus’ transfiguration is the prototype event. It was a place and space where Jesus revealed more of Himself to his Apostles.

 

The extraordinary display had a practical purpose. Jesus wanted them to see and understand. Something they could not see, despite their close proximity to Jesus.

 

His glory is part of His divine nature. His continuing unity with Father-God is part of the redemption plan. Even the “inner circle” of Apostles were changed by the experience and revelation.

 

God wants to reveal Himself to you. He needs you to peer into His glory. He wants you to see and understand His purpose.

 

Maybe you need to find a special spot above the tree line. Perhaps you just need to sit still in a quiet spot. Either way, God is speaking to you. Are you listening?

 

Think:            God wants to revel Himself to me. Am I in the right place? Am I listening?

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me find the right place and space so you can reveal Yourself to me.

 

 

Copyright © January 2015, Kirk Hunt

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A Fresh View

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A Fresh View By Kirk Hunt

 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

 

Isaiah 6:1 NKJV

 

King Uzziah had a long, eventful and influential reign. It is not unreasonable that even a devout and zealous young man might have his view of God influenced, or muddled, by a great leader. Isaiah still needed to see God directly and clearly. However he came to his vision, Isaiah experienced God in a fresh and direct way.

 

The Temple, a glorious edifice if ever there was one, was overwhelmed by something greater. God’s house, mere stone and timber, could not compare to the glory that flooded in. The holiest place on earth was suddenly re-sanctified by God’s presence.

 

Then, as now, no human leader is a worthy or adequate substitute for a direct relationship with God. Your experience of God needs to be direct and vital. No intermediary however anointed, or in tune with God, can have a relationship for you.

 

Did Isaiah have his vision before or after beginning his office as Prophet? Biblical scholars continue to debate the timing of Isaiah’s vision. First, or later, Isaiah saw God for himself. After seeing God for himself, neither Isaiah, nor his ministry, were ever the same.

 

Are you a seasoned saint, or just starting your walk with God? Seek a fresh view of God. See Him again, as if for the first time. You, and your ministry, will never be the same.

 

Think:            I need a fresh and direct relationship with God.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to see and know You for myself.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Humble Yourself

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Humble Yourself by Kirk Hunt

 

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

James 4:10 KJV

 

Even I murmured somewhat about the task: “Go door-to-door and explain this flyer.”  I did this kind of work in my youth.  I did not relish doing it again.

 

Still, I put on my jacket and gloves and marched out into the cold streets.  Not everyone did.  Some in our group were too good, or too important, for the task.  They packed up and went home.

 

For weeks, I faithfully did my best.  Admittedly, I watched and waited for something worthy of me to materialize.  Viewed through mundane eyes, the task did not qualify as worthy.

 

The work led us to a homeless shelter that desperately needed food and medical staff.  And to a wife and mother I helped find assistance.  It was my privilege to help restore a man, exhausted from helping others.  Ask them if my task was worthy.

 

Humility can manifest in many different ways.  I had to humble myself in order to sincerely complete the task, despite my opinion of its value.  Then I was humbled again by the outcome of my work.

 

The important people missed out.  Glory was hidden in the task.  Importance was disguised in a humble wrapper.

 

Some of Kingdom work is humble to earthly eyes.  Look with Spirit-filled vision to the glory within.  If you do your part, He will answer with His glory.

 

Think:            Do the humble work of the Kingdom and God will fill you with His glory.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to humble myself so I can receive Your glory.”

 

 

Copyright © January 2013, Kirk Hunt

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

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

Quietly Awesome

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“Quietly Awesome” by Kirk Hunt

 

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalms 46:10 KJV

 

Find a quiet spot. Sit down. Turn off all of the phones, displays and electronic gizmos. Just sit in the quiet of a gentle breeze and listen as the birds chirp contentedly to God.

 

It is in the quiet moments that God is especially God. He doesn’t need the 24 hour news cycle. You can see and hear His power and exaltedness in the rustle of grass or the warmth of a summer afternoon.

 

You have a part to play in the building of God’s Kingdom on earth. As important as your faithful work is, God is exalted despite it, not because of it. God will be exalted in the minds and hearts of men because of who He is, not because of what we do.

 

Take an opportunity to simply spend time with Him. Not in the stunning majesty of His awesomeness, but in the peaceful stillness of His quietness. While He is always more than we can know, he makes a place and space where we can see Him in calm and stillness.

 

Take the time to watch a sunset or doze in a sunbeam. The quiet peacefulness you hear is God’s glory and power. Watch him be exalted in the quiet stillness

 

Think : God is exalted, especially in the quiet moments

 

Pray: “Lord, Help me to see You in stillness and calm.”

 

Copyright © June 2010, Kirk Hunt