Gathering The Spoil

Gathering The Spoil by Kirk Hunt

When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.

2 Chronicles 20:25 NKJV

Jehoshaphat and Judah faced extermination.  A massive, three-nation alliance army from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir were marching against Jerusalem.  Soon, the victors would be gathering the spoil from the dead bodies of the vanquished.

God’s people often face extreme circumstances.  The king and people of Judah faced a malicious and murderous force, larger than they could defeat.  Faced with more than he could handle, Jehoshaphat ran to The Temple and pled his case to God.

The battle is not yours, but God’s.”  As part of His victory, there will be spoils, goods and valuables taken from the defeated.  Your part is to obey God’s Word to you.  And pick through the remains of your enemies.

Too often, modern saints face circumstances we cannot defeat:  The medical report.  A court verdict.  The broken relationship. 

The battle is not yours, but God’s.  You will have cleanup work after He is done.  Be grateful, and humble, considering all you will gain. 

God’s people are to be active and engaged in their own lives.  Still, more often than we like to admit, that means standing patiently and obediently as God fights His battle for us.  If you are truly one of God’s people, the threat against your existence makes it God’s battle.

Think:      The battle is not mine, but God’s.  I just have to clean up afterwards.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to faithfully and patiently let You fight Your battles.”

 

Copyright © July 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Are You Blessed?

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Are You Blessed? By Kirk Hunt

 

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Matthew 25:34 NKJV
Please read Matthew 25:31–46

 

This Scripture is counter-intuitive to the common wisdom. The blessed are first, givers. Eternal reward is tied to providing for others.

 

Jesus wanted His disciples to earn eternal blessings. And, of course, that involves Him receiving from His faithful. The trick is that Jesus poses as the poor, the imprisoned and the distressed.

 

If you give, the way Jesus wants you to give, you run a risk. You may never receive anything here on Earth. Jesus only guarantees you will receive your eternal inheritance, after He returns.

 

It is that simple. Give now. Receive later.

 

Give to Jesus. Despite when He looks and smells like the homeless. Even when He looks like a convict behind bars. Especially when you have to “gown up” to be in the same room with Him.

 

There are tens (or hundreds, or thousands) you can bless with the gifts and benefits you think are so little. Before His throne, you will understand how your small contributions echo large in this present life, and the life to come.

 

Be a giver. Even though the receivers do not look like the image you have of Jesus. You are, and will be, blessed because you bless now.

 

Think:             Jesus want me to temporarily bless others so I can receive an eternal blessing.

 

Pray:               “Lord, I will bless others in obedience to You.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Bring It

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Bring It By Kirk Hunt

 

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

Malachi 3:10 NKJV

 

God rarely invites men and women to test Him. Knowing how fragile we are, He does not usually dare mere humans. Still, in this verse, He throws out a challenge: “Bring it.”

 

Look carefully. There is no fine print. This is not a limited offer.

 

Test to see if you can out-give the creator of the universe. Try to exceed His credit limit. Check to see if He has enough to more than match what you have.

 

It may not be cash. Your blessing could be good health. Perhaps you will dwell in utter peace and absolute security.

 

Of course, you should give as an expression of your love and gratitude to God. After all, He has already given you so much. Still, he wants the opportunity to give you more.

 

Take the challenge. Make it your goal to push God to the limit of His ability to give to you. What have you got to lose?

 

Think:            I may give first, but God gives best.

 

Pray:               “Lord, I want to honor You with my giving.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Some Dreams Do Not Die

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“Some Dreams Do Not Die” by Kirk Hunt

 

And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.

2 Kings 4:16 KJV

 

Her hands came off her hips and covered her mouth. Her dry, squinting eyes were suddenly wide and full of tears. Elisha’s prophecy released the hidden dream of her heart. The dream lurched from its dark cell into the bright sun of her life.

 

The tough, self-assured woman of verse 13 suddenly gave way to the tender, vulnerable girl of verse 16. Our dreams have power. Even our hidden dreams. Especially the dreams that should have died.

 

There you are, building the Kingdom. You have not asked, or expected, a reward for your faithfulness. God will select an unlikely place and space to fulfill your dreams.

 

God delights in bringing dreams to life. Probably the dreams you had forgotten. Especially the dreams you thought were long since dead.

 

Your season is coming. A season when you will hold something precious. A season you did not think possible.

 

Some dreams do not die. Some dreams linger, waiting for God’s power and the right season. Some dreams you did not ask for, but God gave you anyway.

 

Think: Nothing is impossible for God.

 

Pray: “Father-God, no dream is impossible with You.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt