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.

His Secret Place

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His Secret Place By Kirk Hunt

 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 NKJV

 

Have you ever wondered, where and what is God’s secret place? My only explanation is my experience there. I am quick to go to that place of safety and protection, since it is as close as a prayer from where I stand.

 

The Hebrew word cether means “cover” or “hiding place.” To dwell in His secret place is to be protected, and possibly undetected, by the adversities of life. There, under His influence and sway, the hard and harsh of life must stand back. And it is possible you cannot be seen at all.

 

Life in the real world is not always easy or pleasant. Even for God’s people. Still, we can step out of the heat and clamor, and into the cool and quiet of God.

 

You will have to go back out there. You will eventually have to face your circumstances, using the strength that God gives. Still, for a minute or three, you can be at rest in the security that only God can offer.

 

His secret place is sanctuary, rest and security for His people. There, under His influence and power, you can be at rest from the tasks and travails of your life. Only God can provide so complete a hidden sanctuary, in plain sight.

 

Think:             His secret place of protection and safety is only a prayer away.

 

Pray:             “Father-God, I thank You for Your place of sanctuary for me.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

Go To Him

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Go To Him By Kirk Hunt

 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

 

This simple and absolute promise seems too easy.  Show up where Jesus is and I get relief?  That’s it? 

 

We keep thinking there’s a catch.  There must be more to it than that.  Sometimes, we re-read the verse looking for all of the missing clauses and conditions.  Somebody must have left something out.

 

You probably need His rest more than you know.  Ask around.  Listen graciously.

 

I must confess there is usually a big obstacle.  I knew it.  You have to be obedient and present yourself to Him.  Me?

 

He loves you.  Just the way you are.  He’s asking for you.  Go to Him.

 

Rest is different from release.  The weight in your pack will remain the same.  What will change is your ability to carry the load.  Your attitude and spirit will become transformed.

 

Christian men and women work hard.  Often, harder than unbelievers, yet we live under the same conditions as the unredeemed.  The difference is our response.  We reply through His grace and in His joy.

 

Maybe you are doing too much.  It could be you are pursuing the wrong goal.  Perhaps you have the wrong attitude about the entire affair.  Go to Him.

 

His Love reaches out to you.  His Joy will restore you.  His Presence will give you rest, heavy pack and all.

 

Think:             He promises me rest.  I should take Him up on His promise.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, help me to rest in You, per Your promises.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

Fear’s Antidote

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Fear’s Antidote 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.

1 John 4:18 NKJV

 

Sometimes I fret and worry. The uncertainties of life are many. As a redeemed Christian, I remain vulnerable to the ebb and flow of the real world. Scripture proclaims that saints should not have fear. I know better that letting the fear in, but here we are.

 

My humanity makes me vulnerable to fear. I often stay away from the nightly news, because of the fear-inducing events and situations of the day. It is harder to stay away from the uncertainties of my day-to-day life. Life itself is a risk-filled endeavor.

 

I still have no excuse. I know that Father-God loves me. Through the grace of His Son, His love dwells in me. When I step out of or away from His love I am vulnerable to fear, in all of its unpleasantness.

 

John is right. Fear is torment. The antidote, of course, is God’s love. As I soak in His love, the fear is displaced. You would think I would have perfected my grip on God’s love by now.

 

So it appears my grip on love is not yet perfect. I am working on it. The antidote to fear is being perfect in God’s love. I am going to practice until I get it right.

 

Think:            The antidote to fear is the love of God.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to rest and shelter in Your love.

 

 

Copyright © March 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

Your Year of Release

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“Your Year of Release” by Kirk Hunt

And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:

Deuteronomy 15:12-13 KJV

Perhaps you made some mistakes. Maybe your start in life was less than ideal. Keep right on working for Him. Your circumstances will be transformed by His Grace.

During the sabbatical year, debts are forgiven. At the year of rest, freedom is restored to the captive. The weariest soul receives rest and restoration during the year of freedom.

God is a God of second chances. He knows that men and women often need to start again. For ancient Israel, freedom came in the form of the sabbatical year.

For us, redemption comes through the Cross and the blood of Christ. He died so you could go free. Even now, He is your advocate in heaven.

God knows our hearts and minds need rest. He sees our unspoken needs and hidden desires. Sooner, or later, He always rewards the faithful.

His freedom is more than release from bondage. He will load you down with benefits and blessings. You will walk, free and full, into a new life and opportunity.

He has commanded your freedom. Your blessings and benefits have been reserved for you. Get ready for your year of release.

Think: God will give me a second chance and a season of restoration.

Pray: “Lord, in faith, I receive Your freedom and restoration.”

Copyright © January 2010, Kirk Hunt