The Prize of Trust

The Prize of Trust by Kirk Hunt

Go and speak to Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for adversity and not for good, and they shall be performed in that day before you.

For I will surely deliver you, and you shall not fall by the sword; but your life shall be as a prize to you, because you have put your trust in Me,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 39:16, 18 NKJV
Please also read Jeremiah 39:11-18

Jerusalem fell, per God’s command. In the middle of the chaos and confusion, God stopped to speak reassurance and peace to a lone Ethiopian. Unlike the men and women around him, Ebed-Melech put his trust in God.

Ebed-Melech, an Ethiopian, stood out among the Hebrew people. I am certain there were men and women who frequently reminded him that he was just a foreigner and proselyte, therefore not really one of God’s people. Still, he continued to worship Jehovah-God in sincerity and truth.

As death and destruction fell on Jerusalem, Ebed-Melech watched in peace and security. The Babylonian soldiers tramped around him. As the Hebrew captives were matched off at spear-point, the foreigner and proselyte watched from his God-appointed safety.

I want to think he wept as God’s people were punished for their unrepentant sin. Meanwhile, Ebed-Melech, stood firm and at peace in his child-like trust and obedience to God. I wonder who, or what, those other folks trusted.

Think: Is my trust in God?

Pray: “Father-God, help me to trust in You alone.

Copyright © November 2022, Kirk Hunt

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Your Labor Counts

Your Labor Counts by Kirk Hunt

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

Your calling in God may weigh heavy on you at times. The level of reward or results may cause you to question the value of your efforts. Trust Scripture; your labor counts.

Poppa Hunt, as we drove along, would often point out buildings or structures he labored on. Unless a specific light was visible and shining at that moment, the results of his work were not visible. His labor was still there, and still providing a benefit to men and women he would never meet.

The classrooms of students you taught may never return to say thank you. The elder you lavished care and concern on may not remain to remember your efforts. The time and attention you invested in that project may never be acknowledged.

Your Kingdom work counted then and counts now. You may never know the impact and blessing of your labors. Just know, in faith, that your labor for God had an impact and will have a payoff.

Faithfulness is not always recognized by men and women. Human eyes may not see the effort and exertion you made on a project. Our omniscient God sees Your labor and faithfulness. In these days, and in the days to come, our God will reward your faithful labors in His Kingdom.

Think: My labor counts in the Lord’s work.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to labor in my calling with faithfulness to You.

Copyright © September 2022, Kirk Hunt

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Hear The Conclusion

Hear The Conclusion by Kirk Hunt

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
            Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.

For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV

The conclusion of the affairs of men and women is in the judgment and declarations of God. Our God, omniscient and omnipotent, sees and measures what we do. You will stand before His Throne and give account for all of your life, seen or hidden.

If you live righteously and build His kingdom, He sees. If you live in disobedience and rebellion, He sees. And His voice will be the conclusion of the matter.

Do not fret that the wicked seem to escape judgment. Do not worry that the righteous go unrewarded. God sees everyone’s secrets and hidden things. His justice will not be denied.

For a righteous man or woman, these verses are a comforting promise. The work no one recognized is seen and will be rewarded by Father-God. The secret sacrifices will be rewarded by God Himself, sooner than you think.

Alone before God’s throne, everything will be revealed and you will give account. Then He will speak and conclude the matter. For men and women who live according to the Bible and God’s calling, His judgment and justice will be a blessing.

Think: I will hear God’s conclusion about my life and work.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to live so I hear Your good conclusion of my life.”

Copyright © July 2022, Kirk Hunt

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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