Rouge’s Gallery

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“Rouge’s Gallery” by Kirk Hunt

 

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39-40 NIV

 

Hebrews 11 is full of names. From a certain point of view, these men and women are of two completely different characters. The easy view is of Scriptural heroes and saints of God.

 

The names in Hebrews 11 are a rogue’s gallery of the imperfect and faulty. The list includes murderers, adulterers and the faithless. We are speaking of big failings and huge errors.

 

What should you expect? The man writing the list, once persecuted Christians. Paul is sticking up for people just like himself.

 

Still, with their stained records and flawed histories, all of them would gladly stand and testify. Of God’s grace. Of His redemption.

 

So what makes these folks examples to today’s men and women? Their faith. They did not stay face down in their errors and failings. They got up and kept trying to live out God’s Word.

 

Yesterday’s failing is not a disqualifier. Keep moving in sincerity and faith. I pray I will see your face and name in a rouge’s gallery of faith.

 

Think: Godly men and women are not perfect, but they are full of faith.

 

Pray: “Father-God, give me the faith to pursue You and Your perfection for my life.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2011, Kirk Hunt

Power Mothering

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“Power Mothering” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

Judges 4:4-5 KJV

 

Deborah was just a simple housewife, except the entire nation looked to her for leadership. Scripture does not record that Deborah birthed any children, but she served as mother to a nation. On her word alone, an army marched and brought deliverance to Israel.

 

You may not feel like a power Mom right now. Early morning feedings, late morning laundry loads and mid-afternoon taxi driving take their toll. Still, you can be a powerful mother in Zion.

 

Take time to keep up your relationship with God. Extend your leadership to those around you. Do not be afraid to ride with the troops to God’s appointments.

 

The modern nation needs power Mothers. We need women who are not afraid to follow after God. Don’t forget to lead others to their divine appointments.

 

The only real qualification for mother in Zion is a heart that seeks to build God’s Kingdom. That heart will lead you to bless and lead those around you. His power in your life will give you all the authority you need.

 

Think: You are called to be a power Mom

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to be a Mother in Zion, no matter my age or place.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2011, Kirk Hunt

Are You Listening?

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“Are You Listening?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:    And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.

1 Samuel 25:32-33 KJV

 

The high-born lady kneeled in the dusty road. She accepted blame before the local warlord for her husband’s error. She gave gifts of freshly prepared food and fresh-cut respect. Using diplomacy, graciousness and humility, she transformed murderous intent into life-affirming gratitude.

 

Warlord David recognized his peril. His anger, even though righteous and justified, had nearly plunged him into error and sin. Even in his anger, he remained God’s man and listened to reason.

 

Nabal nearly brought calamity on not just himself, but everyone around him. Despite his churlish and foolish behavior, he received mercy in its truest form. If not for his sake, then Abigail’s.

 

David listened to Abigail. He heard the truth, wisdom and righteousness in her words. He humbled himself before God and man to call off the attack.

 

Abigail listened, in horror, to the report of Nabal’s disrespect. She took immediate action to head off imminent disaster. With a heart full of God’s wisdom and Godly humility, Abigail met blood-thirsty anger with heart-winning grace.

 

Where are you in the picture? Are you listening? If so, are you taking action based on what your hear?

 

Think: Do I listen as God intends?

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to listen to Your truth and wisdom, no matter the source or circumstance.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2011, Kirk Hunt

God Fights For Us

“God Fights For Us” by Kirk Hunt


For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Deuteronomy 20:4 (KJV)


Jehovah-sabaoth is a name of God, and is often translated “The Lord of hosts.” Imagine God, in plate armor, in front of an endless army of war angels. Power incarnate, leads an unstoppable force.


Still, He commands His unbeatable army to stand still. He comes close, and points at the adversary. He asks you a single question: “Friend or foe?”


Is the problem in your life, whatever seems to be hindering or destroying you, a friend or foe? It is a simple question. Give a simple answer. Do not hesitate to give your answer.


Too many of us embrace an adversary as a friend. God will not strike down your friends. He will not move against what you welcome into your life.


Make a decision. Is that circumstance, condition or person a friend or an enemy? God will fight for you against true enemies. He will leave you to your (so called) friends.


Get real. Get serious. Whatever impacts your soul must line up as friend or foe. There is no third option. God’s army is waiting for you to decide.


Think: God will war against my enemies, not my friends.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to know who are the enemies of my soul.”



Copyright © February 2011, Kirk Hunt

Do Your Part

“Do Your Part” by Kirk Hunt


So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Joshua 6:20 (KJV)


Israel did not have siege engines to destroy the walls or gates of Jericho. Digging under the walls, if possible, would have required far more than seven days. Only God could execute the miracle of knocking down Jericho’s walls with a trumpet choir.


God’s intervention didn’t excuse Israel from their part. The soldiers and inhabitants of the city remained after the walls fell. Even after the miracle, the hard and perilous fighting to capture the city remained.


It is a miracle that you are where you are. God has orchestrated events for you. He has maneuvered you, and those around you, to be in the right places at the right times.


All of that, so you can do your part. God has set you up for incredible blessing and prosperity. Now you have to get off the couch and do your part in His plan.


Think: God has set me up, so I can do my part.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to do my part in Your plan for my life..”



Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

Big Shoes To Fill

“Big Shoes To Fill” by Kirk Hunt


And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

Joshua 3:7 (KJV)


Joshua followed Moses as the leader of Israel. Moses, the Lawgiver. Moses, the Deliverer. Moses who talked face-to-Shekinah with God.


Moses’ figurative shoes were too big for a mere mortal to fill. Joshua must have felt overwhelmed and over-matched by his appointment. Worse, it is appropriate that Joshua felt that way.


He was in good company. Moses gave excuse after excuse at the burning bush. The shoes of his assignment were too big for a mere mortal to fill.


It does not matter how you wind up with big shoes to fill. Perhaps you are following after a great Godly leader. Maybe you have an extraordinary new calling of your own. The solution is the same: God must magnify you.


“God does not call the equipped. God equips those He calls.” God will expand you to fill the task or role He wants you to complete. Either before or after your feet are in the shoes, God will give you what you need to fill them.


They may indeed be very big shoes. No problem. Look to God, because He is with you.


Think: God will expand me to fill the assignment He calls me to.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to rely on You and Your empowerment for the task.”



Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

Go With God

“Go With God” by Kirk Hunt


And she [Rahab] said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.

Joshua 2:9 (KJV)


The fighting men of Jericho saw the two Israelite spies as a threat. Rahab saw them as an opportunity. Since Rahab is an ancestor of King David and Jesus Christ, I’m siding with her interpretation of events.


The important factor is that she saw God orchestrating events for Israel. She took steps to go with God’s people. She did not act on political insight. She did not respond to economic trends. She saw God’s manifest destiny for Israel and aligned herself with Him.


God is orchestrating events around you. He has an agenda for the nations and you. You have a choice: Move with Him or stay where you are.


In faith, Rahab made her choice, then acted on that faith. It is that simple. Look for where God is going, then go with Him.


God calls to you. He wants you to experience all of the good and wonderful things He has in store for you. He is moving and changing everything. Do you see that as a threat, or an opportunity?


Think: God is creating good for me and others. Will I go with Him?


Pray: “Father-God, help me to seek Your direction and purpose, then follow.”



Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

New Soil, New Skills

“New Soil, New Skills” by Kirk Hunt

For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

Deuteronomy 11:10-11 (KJV)


Even in the current era, Egypt’s agriculture is dependent on irrigation. The farm lands of Egypt are a defiant green strip cut through the vast Sahara desert. The ancient Hebrews (or Egyptians) used human-powered machines and devices to move the river water to the growing plots.


Canaan would be a very different story. The rich fields of the Promised Land drew abundant water from the seasonal rains. Instead of the flat plains of Egypt, the farmers would have to grow their crops on hills and in valleys.


Perhaps you are facing a new era and circumstance. Your job/task/ministry remains nominally the same, but the situation forces you to approach it differently. Perhaps radically. This is part of God’s plan for you.


Your old expertise and experiences are not lost or wasted. Your smarts and skills are not the key to your God-given success. His providence and direction are your foundation and core. Do smartly and skillfully, but remember He is your source.


Think: God is my source, regardless of my situation.


Pray: “Father-God, help me to work out Your plan and strategy for my life.”


Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

Your New Possession

“Your New Possession” by Kirk Hunt


For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

Deuteronomy 11:10-11 (KJV)


It is the start of a new year. It can also be the start of a new chapter in your life. All you have to do is leave your spiritual Egypt and possess your spiritual Canaan.


Egypt was hard and harsh for the children of Israel. Their hands were calloused from forced labor. Their backs were scarred from the taskmaster’s lash. Despite it all, Israel had become strong, vital and numerous.


Still, God cautions Israel that the skills and strategies for success in Egypt would not work in Canaan. This new land would require a different approach. New skills and strategies would be needed to be successful in Canaan.


As you take possession of your new place in God, the same will be true for you. Your new and higher place will require different strategies for success. Your former skills will have to be modified, or even abandoned


As you Start this new season in your life, God has set you up. For better. For richer. For abundance. Listen as he tells you what you need to know.


Think: My new place in God will require new skills.


Pray: “Father-God, help me learn new skills, for the new place, You have provided.”



Copyright © January 2011, Kirk Hunt

Philemon’s Dilemma

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For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

Philemon 1:7 (KJV)


I expect that Philemon saw Onesimus before reading Paul’s letter. Whether measured in seconds, or hours, it would seem like an eternity to the men in the room. Would Philemon react against an escaped slave, or respond to a Christian brother?


The Epistle put Philemon on the horns of a dilemma. Would he live up to his (Roman) world-wide reputation as a generous, compassionate Christian? Could Philemon still do the right thing, facing the man who robbed him twice?


Circumstances can, and do, demand proof of our Christianity. Do you truly forgive? Are you authentic about reconciliation with a brother or sister?


Intellectual exercises in forgiveness are easy. Concrete episodes of reconciliation are rarely neat and simple. The facts, figures and emotions flood us in excruciating detail.


“Are you or aren’t you?” “Do you walk the talk?” “Do you or don’t you?” The questions may be undiplomatic, but the answers are critical.


Sooner, or later, someone or something will test your character as a Christian. Has it been all talk, or are you really a man or woman of God? What’s your answer to your personal Onesimus?


Think: Choose to be the Christian you talk about.


Pray: “Father-God, help me respond Your way, no matter the circumstances.”



Copyright © December 2010, Kirk Hunt

Not Alone In Exile

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Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

Exodus 3:1 (KJV)


He had once been the grandson of a Pharaoh. He had once been a member of the ruling elite of Egypt. He had once been important and respected.


40 years of exile later, the wanted posters had faded to blank in the desert sun. Only the keeper of the cold case files in Egypt might have known of Moses’ name and death-warrant. No one sought after the forgotten fugitive on the backside of the desert.


It isn’t hard to guess that Moses felt forgotten and alone in the depths of the Midian desert. An exile? Definitely. Forgotten? Not by God. Alone? Not for a second.


There among the sheep, Moses had time to spend with God. Far from the bright lights of Egypt, Moses had the time and opportunity to deepen his relationship with Jehovah-Jireh. Exiled, does not mean alone.


Where ever you are, you are not alone. God is there with you. No matter what happened before.


He longs to develop a deep, rich relationship with you. He calls to you through the silence. What do you say?


Think: No matter where I am, God is there and wants to spend time with me.


Pray: “Father-God, I want to have a deep and rich relationship with You.”



Copyright © November 2010, Kirk Hunt

Drawing Favor

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“Drawing Favor” by Kirk Hunt


The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

Proverbs 14:35 (KJV)


We all hope “the king” we work for is a diligent, moral statesman. Too many of us work for a selfish, corrupt despot. It does not matter what kind of man or woman employs you. You can have favor with anyone, if you first seek God’s wisdom.


God’s wisdom will lead you through, or around, every situation. No matter how it looks to mere logic and reasoning, there is a solution from God’s wisdom. A solution that builds His kingdom and advances His servants.


God’s solutions make you rich in goodwill, respect and influence. God’s solutions do not leave behind ill-will, broken relationships or sorrow. Of course, God’s solutions require God’s wisdom. Accept no substitutes.


You can draw the favor of men by first seeking the wisdom of God. Of course, if you seek after God, and His wisdom, you will find yourself drawing the favor of God. Having the favor of God in your life is a blessing beyond compare.


Wisdom is not reserved for the favored few. Wisdom belongs to any man or woman who seeks it from God. You can draw favor from the “kings” in your life. All you have to do is seek wisdom from the King of heaven.


Think: I can draw favor by seeking God’s wisdom.


Pray: “Father-God, develop Your wisdom in me.”



Copyright © November 2010, Kirk Hunt