Hope In The King

Hope In The King By Kirk Hunt

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

Lamentations 3:24 NKJV

I pray that in this New Year you will build God’s Kingdom.  Of course, it would be better (and easier) to do so from a place of great provision and extraordinary favor.  Your circumstances, rich or poor, renowned or reviled, do not define your hope.  Your hope rests in God.

The Book of Lamentations was traditionally written by Jeremiah, at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction by Babylon.  In the figurative or literal smoke of the burning Temple, grief is easy.  Still, Lamentations points to hope.  No matter what our circumstances are, we can rely on God.

Lamentations correctly points out the errors of Judah and her kings.  If anything, God’s judgment was overdue.  Still, there was mercy and grace for the Jewish people, despite God’s discipline.

Regardless of our circumstances, we are in the hands of a loving God.  Even when we are in rebellion against Him.  Even when we are disciplined by Him.  No matter your current circumstances, you can move forward with hope in God. 

Today, you are living in the love, mercy and grace of God.  God has not given you up or turned His heart from you.  No matter what circumstance you are in, you are still loved by Him. 

We can rely on God.  He cares for and nurtures us in all of our situations.  In this New Year, and every other moment of your life, Your hope in Him is never misplaced.

Think:        Do I put my hope in God, instead of my circumstances?

Pray:           “Lord, I choose to hope in You.”

Copyright © January 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Abide With The King

Abide With The King By Kirk Hunt

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Psalms 91:1–2 NKJV
Please also read Mark 4:35-41

Where you trust, you abide.  Do you abide under the authority, power and influence of God Almighty?  Consider how safe, secure and dependable you will be, living with God.

His safety does not mean you are free from concern.  God’s security will not excuse you to make poor decisions.  His dependability does not mean you go without tasks and duties. 

God’s shadow is a place of light, warmth and peace.  Under God’s authority, you are enabled to fully be His child.  Living in His influence will free you to follow your calling in His Kingdom.

The next season of your life will come.  Storms may batter your life.  Do not let your concerns become fears.  Make your decisions in light of His Word.  Carry out your tasks and duties in the light of His promises.

Overcome your fears.  Keep your faith.  Abide in His shadow.

Consider carefully your opportunity.  You can choose to continue or renew your relationship with the all-powerful (omnipotent), always everywhere (omnipresent), all-knowing (omniscient), God.  Except for  your uncertainties, what do you have to lose?

All you have to do is choose to live close to Him.  Dwell near His side and heart.  He has reserved space there, where He wants you to dwell. 

In safety.  With security.  Enjoying peaceful joy. 

 

Think:        Do I choose to abide under the shadow of the Almighty?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to choose Your influence for my life.”

 

Copyright © December 2016, Kirk Hunt

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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

 

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Rest In His Presence

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Rest In His Presence” By Kirk Hunt

 

And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Exodus 33:14 NKJV

 

It has been a long year. Take a moment to sit here and receive His restoration. Pause in His presence, and accept His rest.

 

There is a comforting space in His arms, just for you. He wants to speak special encouragement to your soul. He longs to speak the love of His heart, directly to yours.

 

Too many of God’s people engage in non-stop frenzy. Rush here. Speed there. If there is time to breathe than you are idle, if not lazy.

 

Playing through the rest notation in sheet music ruins the song. Playing a sport without proper rest exposes the player or team to mistakes in play and injury in their bodies. Champions rest.

 

Rest allows restoration. A pause allows thoughtful consideration of past results. Insightful and innovative strategies grow from deliberate stops in the action.

 

His presence is a pleasant place. Yes, there may be correction or conviction. Still, there will be affection and care beyond your highest expectations. Your Father calls to you. Let Him love you for a while.

 

Spend your money on a quiet, restful, place and space. Let the God of Heaven restore and replenish you. There will be time later for hurly–burly. Make time now for the warmth and caring that only He can give.

 

Think:                God’s presence empowers His men and women through rest and restoration.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, let me pause here, in Your presence, and receive Your restoration.”

 

 

Copyright © December 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

Peace On Earth

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Peace On Earth By Kirk Hunt

 

“Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:14 NKJV

 

An angelic host filled the skies with their presence, then filled the silence with praise for God. The shepherds could only respond with reverence and adoration for the new-born King. The angels left the shepherds with a deep, abiding peace. A peace that comes from knowing God Himself orchestrates goodwill for all of humanity.

 

It is harder to know God’s peace in the middle of today’s turmoil and chaos. God’s peace does not mean the absence of conflict or difficulties. The shepherds who witnessed the angelic choir lived under heavy-handed Roman occupation. All of them already had, or would, experience wars, uprisings and conflicts.

 

Still, the angels were correct then and now. God intends peace and goodwill for all mankind. That includes every man, woman or child, regardless of their background, race or beliefs. “They are precious in His sight.

 

During this Christmas season, stop and rest for a while. Seek out the peaceful silence that only God’s presence can bring. Let His goodwill flow in your heart and soul, despite the noise and chaos of this present world.

 

Consider how you can bring His peace and goodwill to a man or woman nearby. Or far away. Someone, needs to know that God still loves and cares for them. Be His hands and feet in bringing peace and goodwill to all men. They are all still precious in His sight.

 

Think:                God’s still offers His peace and goodwill to all men and women.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace and goodwill to all men.”

 

 

Copyright © December 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Prayer With The Saints

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“Prayer With The Saints” By Kirk Hunt

 

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV

 

Jeremiah the prophet had been jailed for speaking God’s truth.  At least this time, he was not in the mud and muck of the dungeon.  There in the prison courtyard, Jeremiah spent time in prayer with God.

 

Jeremiah had every reason to be depressed and broken.  The nation of Israel had taken to worshiping Baal and other idols, within Jerusalem itself.  Most of the other prophets of Jehovah God had been murdered.  The Chaldeans of Babylon were marching their armies straight to the city of Zion.

 

It is no surprise that Jeremiah wrote Lamentations.  What is surprising is that Jeremiah never gave up hope.  Jeremiah had hope because he never stopped speaking with God.

 

Too often, saints forget to sit and talk with God.  We rush from appointment, to event, to activity, without pause.  Then we lay awake at night, too upset or anxious to sleep.

 

A saint who prays develops a deeper relationship with God.  On the other hand, a saint who does not pray drifts away from God.  Which Christian saint do you want to be?

 

God may take you farther, and faster, than you want to go.  He might make you wait longer than you might like.  In either case, He will speak wonders in your ears and majesties in your heart.  Your soul will be awestruck, and satisfied, by speaking with Him.

 

Think:                        Prayer is a saint’s response to adverse situations.

 

Pray:               “Lord, remind me to speak with You at all times.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2014, Kirk Hunt

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The Trouble With Saints

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The Trouble With Saints By Kirk Hunt

 

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NKJV

 

Somehow, some of God’s people are convinced that the righteous do not have trouble. In this verse, Jesus says the opposite. Even saints struggle with problems in this life.

 

Still, Jesus commands us to have peace and joy. Trouble may come, but trouble will go. And Jesus will remain throughout.

 

Those words are easy when the trouble is minor and the solution is at hand. Those words are much harder in the hospital room, or jail cell, or a mortuary viewing room.

 

It does not matter how difficult the circumstances, Jesus remains. It may be more than you can bear, but not more than He can carry. You may not sense Him close, but He is immediately present.

 

You may not have done anything wrong. You may be as righteous as human beings can get. That will not keep trouble out of your life. Besides, that is not what He promises.

 

He promised that He has overcome the world. Your will overcome, through His power and grace. Do not let anything convince you otherwise.

 

Folks may not understand your peace of mind. They will be baffled by your joy, despite the circumstances. You have peace and joy because you know trouble passes through, while He remains.

 

Think:           Troubles come and go, while Jesus is present and remains.

 

Pray:               “Lord, give me your peace and joy, despite my trouble.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Peace In Your City

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Peace In Your City By Kirk Hunt

 

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

 Jeremiah 29:7 NKJV

 

How is the peace in your city? Is the place where you live quiet and tranquil like Mayberry? Or is your town a lot rougher around the edges?

 

Jeremiah was talking to the nation of Judah. Captive in Babylon, God’s people wanted freedom. Instead they received instructions from God to benefit their conquerors.

 

I pray your circumstances are much different, and exactly the same. God has set you where you are, to bring His Kingdom to that place. Not just through faithful prayer, but also through faith-fueled work.

 

Your “city” may be a municipality, but it could also be a workplace. Your neighborhood is a city that could use some peace. I suspect your (extended) family would cheerfully take all the peace you can bring inside its borders.

 

If your current place and space is not your natural culture, you will have to pray hard and work tirelessly. The more hostile the inhabitants, the more you will have to love then pray. God intends for you to be the change agent that place needs.

 

Your job is to transform everything around you. Pour His grace, power and light into your city until you have completely won it over. In doing so, His grace, power and light will benefit you in ways you have not dreamed.

 

Think:            God has assigned me to bring peace to my city.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to bring peace to my city.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Thankfulness In Peace

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Thankfulness In Peace By Kirk Hunt

 

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

Colossians 3:15 NKJV

 

Unity.  Peace.  Thankfulness.  All three concepts are bound together.

 

Keep in mind that unity is not the same thing as uniformity.  Unity is when the rough-looking biker-type is serving the vegetables right next to the skinny nerd dishing out the entrée.  And everyone in the food line is thankful they work together.

 

Spike and Specs work together they are both Christ-followers.  Since they are at peace within themselves, they can be at peace with others.  They are grateful, not just for each other, but for the opportunity to advance the Kingdom of God, here and now.

 

Which comes first, the peace or the community or the thankfulness?  Pick one and work for the others.  Do not even think of apologizing if you have all three, just send me the secret formula for that state of affairs.

 

Be grateful your peace comes from God and enables you to have unity with others, especially saints.  Be thankful for your community of saints, which gives you the place and space for peace.   The saints around you are enabled by, and thankful for, the peace of God that has rule within you.

 

Think:            I am grateful for internal peace for myself and my local Church.

Pray:              “Lord, thank You for peace, community and unity.”

 

 

Copyright © December 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Time With Him

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Time With Him by Kirk Hunt

 

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.  

Mark 6:31 KJV

 

Busy schedules can be a sinister, cruel trap.  Yes, the needs are great.  Surely, the opportunities are rich.  Still, below the surface of constant effort, lay the rocks of exhaustion and weariness.

 

Have you been busy in the Gospel fields?   Do you labor in the marketplace?  Then you are a good servant.

 

Still, the Master calls you.  He beckons from a quiet place where He can have you to Himself.  There is more to Christianity than labor and striving.

 

Do not go too many hours without spending time with Him.  Make sure He is in your meeting schedules.  Let His peace and joy flood through your soul on a regular basis.

 

Are you really His?  When was the last time you sat at His feet?  How long has it been since His presence blanketed your soul?

 

There will be times and days when you run non-stop.  It becomes all the more important to linger at a quiet place, resting with the Master.  The human mind and heart are not built for constant striving.  The mortal soul is not designed to be away from Him for long.

 

The lions and giants in your life will wait another few minutes.  Spend some money on a quiet chat with a loving Savior.  It will be a good investment.

 

 

Think:            No achievement should interfere with your time alone with Jesus.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be disciplined about spending time with You.”

 

 

Copyright © February 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Leadership Prayer

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“Leadership Prayer” by Kirk Hunt

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 

2 Timothy 2:1—2 KJV

 

Christians are called to pray for leadership. Are they in civil authority over you? Then you are to pray for them.

Paul would have been directing Christian men and women to pray for the Roman Caesar. Would you follow the Biblical commandment to pray for Nero, the great Roman persecutor of Christians? Just as you should pray for your local, state (province) or national leaders.

The commandment is to pray for them so that we can lead a “quiet and peaceable” life, here in the real world. They do not have to be believers. You do not have to be in agreement with their policy or decisions. It is God’s job to sort that part out.

There seems to be chaos and uncertainty through much of the world, these days. Do you really believe that regular men and women have the answers for so many difficult issues? We need unearthly intelligence and thinking to save our world.

As always, God is the answer. Pray that those who hold authority in the world get their orders from God. Only he has the solution that let us lead quiet and peaceable lives.

Think: As a Christian, I am called to pray for my leadership.

Pray: “Lord, help me to build your Kingdom, through prayer.”

Copyright © August 2011, Kirk Hunt

The Gold Door

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“The Gold Door” by Kirk Hunt

 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

 

In my heart, there is a gold-plated door. The door has no lock and not much of a latch. That is because of the grace and beauty of the nation on the other side.

Elected officials lead with wisdom and a spirit of servant-hood. Business leaders act with humility and fairness, looking to build the nation at the risk of making a profit. Justice rules with kind words from noble hearts.

Beyond the golden door, men and women, act with grace and move in generosity. Hunger has been banished. Injustice has been exterminated. Peace and joy rule the hand. It is a place and space where Christ is King in the hearts of the citizens.

I know all too well what is on the other side of my real front door. That door has a lock. I have reinforced that door against intruders.

I refuse to believe the nation behind the golden door is impossible. I do, however know where the dream will start to become reality. It will appear first in the hearts of God’s people.

It is not impossible. First, Christians must first make Christ King of their own hearts. The nation will follow.

Think: As a Christian, I am called to remake the world around me in His image.

Pray: “Lord, help me to build your Kingdom, here and now.”

Copyright © August 2011, Kirk Hunt