Which Voices Are Speaking?

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Which Voices Are Speaking? By Kirk Hunt

 

And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name.  I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 14:14 NKJV

 

To my dismay, people I know, treasure and respect make poor choices and take disreputable actions.  Despite what I know they know, their actions conflict with what I know of their character.  It seems that there are voices in their lives that lead them down these unworthy paths.

 

The false prophets of Jeremiah’s era assured the nation of Judah that their continuing sin and corruption would not be held against them.  Perhaps, the Babylonian conquest could have been averted, had Judah repented and returned to God.  The voices of the false prophets convinced Judah to remain in their sinful ways, and the great captivity fell on the nation.

 

There are voices in my life as well.  I trust, or trusted, certain men and women to speak into my life.  Now, sometimes retroactively, I screen their words through Scripture.  I am too often surprised at how poorly their words compare to the Word of God.

 

True prophets speak God’s truth.  Their voices match Scripture.  Their only agenda is to speak what God says.

 

You and I have voices, past and present, speaking to our hearts, minds and souls.  Only the true prophets should be listened to.  The routes you follow accurately report which voices you hear.

 

Think:                The voices I listen to must agree with Scripture. 

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to hear only Your voice.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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

 

“I Make Myself Known”

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‘I Make Myself Known’ By Kirk Hunt

 

Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.

Numbers 12:6 NKJV

 

Moses and God had face-to-Shekinah conversations. Moses had no means of compelling God to reveal Himself to a mere mortal. God chose to make Himself known to Moses.

 

Revelation and illumination are not common, but they are not reserved for an elite few. Hard work and dedication can get you some of the way there. In the end, God chooses.

 

Verse 7 records God saying, “My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house.” Faithfulness is a choice made by mere men and women who want to draw closer to God. No one, except you, can interfere with how well, or badly, you live before God.

 

The deeper things of God are not revealed through some secret formula or elite ritual. The candidate pool is drawn from ordinary men and women who seek Him out of simple love and unfeigned devotion. Robes and secret handshakes are far more hindrance than help in finding Him.

 

Do not make it harder or more complicated than needed. He chooses who to envelop with His glory-cloud. Let your quiet faithfulness and absolute sincerity testify for you before His throne.

 

Think:             Faithful men and women tend to be chosen by God for deeper revelation.

 

Pray:              “Father-God, I thank You for the revelation of Your Word and Spirit.”

 

Copyright © May 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Blessed Perception

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Blessed Perception by Kirk Hunt

 

But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  

Matthew 13:16 KJV

 

There is no equipment failure.  There is no some sensory denial field.  There is the choice you make.

 

You choose to look into His Word.  Or you choose to run.  Probably screaming like a little kid.  There is no third way.

 

Jesus was talking to His Disciples about the Pharisees.  He was also talking to His disciples about their choices.  You do not heal a sick soul by accident.

 

Looking into God’s truth can hurt.  A lot.  His Word is full of power and holiness.  His truth will react fiercely with your sinful nature and imperfect character.  There will be at least some fury and furor as His purity drives out your profane.  I know this from experience.

 

The good news is that His Word will heal you.  In ways you did not anticipate, yet alone desire.  Folks will see your change and want to know why and how.

 

In the end, you will be grateful for your transformation.  The folks around you will also be grateful for your healing.  After giving them relief, your healing will also give them hope.

 

It is a blessing to look into God’s Word.  Make the choice to be healed, by seeing and hearing His strong medicine.  Try not to flinch too much.

 

 

Think:            I want to hear God’s Word and truth because it will heal me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see and hear Your Word so that I can be healed.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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See, Hear and Live

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See, Hear and Live by Kirk Hunt

 

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 13:15 KJV

 

Healing can rarely be forced on someone.  For best results, you must cooperate with healing.  And the first step to true healing is knowing you need it.

 

The Pharisees of Jesus’ time knew all they wanted to know.  They were the judges of wellness and sickness.  Their interpretation of righteousness superseded every other version.

 

Jesus spoke to the elite few and they rejected Him, His message and they remained soul-sick.   Jesus spoke to the ordinary many and they accepted Him, His message and they were soul-healed.  The difference lay in the eyes and ears.  One group wanted to hear, see and understand.

 

Want to stay sick?  Easy.  Run from His Word.  Refuse to hear His truth.

 

Want to get well?  Easy.  Look into His Word.  Insist on hearing His truth.

 

Of course, His truth has a sharp edge, no matter how softly worded.  God’s Word hits hard, no matter what side of the tracks you live on.  The question remains: do you want to be healed?

 

You have a choice today: healing or sickness.  It is that simple.  It is that easy.

 

 

Think:            I want to hear God’s Word and truth because it heals me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see and hear You so that I can be healed.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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

Hear For Yourself

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“Hear For Yourself by Kirk Hunt

 

Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee?   I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

1 Samuel 3:16–17 KJV

Read also 1 Samuel 3: 1–18

 

Scripture (1 Samuel 4:18) describes Eli as physically “heavy.”  I In my mind’s eye, I have the  image of this large, bearded man begging a scrawny little kid to give him a message from God.  Or, worse yet, threatening a scrawny little kid.  Eli, the High Priest who made atonement to God for all of Israel, needed a young boy to tell him God’s Word.

 

In the modern era, under God’s “grace and truth,” you can hear from God directly.  God speaks through your Bible.  God speaks while you spend time in prayer.  His voice is often found because of fasting.

 

Spiritual disciplines are necessary to hear God’s voice but they are not enough.  A heart that wants to hear, and is willing to listen, is also necessary.  Eli as High Priest, was familiar with the things of God.  It plain that Eli heard God, but he did not listen to God.

 

No one can listen for you.  Soft or hard, God will give you the opportunity to hear from Him.  You must deliberately plant yourself before God, then listen for yourself.

 

Think: Am I listening for myself?

 

Pray: “Lord, I am here to truly hear You.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2012, Kirk Hunt

“Speak For Yourself”

Speak For Yourself by Kirk Hunt

 

And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

1 Samuel 3:10 KJV

Read also 1 Samuel 3: 1–12

Samuel the Prophet of God was not always a mighty man of God.  “Hannah’s boy” fetched, carried and did the menial tasks.  God of course saw his sincerity and loyalty, and spoke from heaven.

 

It was a sleepless, confusing night.  Samuel recognized the Voice that spoke with authority and familiarity.  More than once He reported to Eli the High Priest, the closest and most familiar voice of authority Samuel knew.

 

Samuel answered the call from Heaven.  “God, I am listening.”  A young boy began a life-long dialog with God, just like that.  All he had to do was speak for himself.

 

The best relationships with God are a dialog.  The Master of all creation wants back-and-forth with the least of us.  God wants give-and-take with you.

 

The great Prophet started his real walk with God the night he spoke for himself.  No High Priest or electronics required.  If a pre-teen can have a private conversation with God, so can you.

 

Stop where you are.  No matter your past or present, God wants to talk with you about your bright and joyous future.  Answer Him for yourself.  He has words for you.

 

Think: God calls to me.  How will I answer?

 

Pray:   “Lord, I want to speak with You.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2012, Kirk Hunt