At All Times

At All Times By Kirk Hunt

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17 NKJV

I hate the need for “at all times” calls.  “I know it is short notice, but…?”  “Can you come, now, then…?”  “I hate to ask but we are at the emergency room, so…”

I may grumble and grouse as I get off of the couch.  I do not always think the kindest thoughts on the way over.  Still, when I get there, I do all I can to be cheerful, joyous and helpful.

Love is not a feeling.  Love is a choice, followed by action.  Especially during 2 AM crises.

Being a friend, a Gospel brother or sister, can be inconvenient at times.  Godly men and women find themselves helping at the strangest times and oddest places.  Worse, you could be the one being assisted. 

I know what it is like to be the giver.  I also know what it is like to be the receiver.  Sooner, or later, you will know both sides.  It is part of the human condition and being part of God’s family. 

When you share your strength and patience, especially with a Gospel brother or sister, you are building God’s Kingdom.  As your Godly friend comes to help you, he or she is building into your life.  Either way, God is pleased.

One day, stuff will happen.  A night will come when your brother or sister will need you.  This is why God gave them to you, and you to them.

Think:        Real brothers and sisters help others, especially within the Gospel family.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to be a true brother or sister during adversity.”

 

Copyright © December 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Whom Do You Fear?

Whom Do You Fear? By Kirk Hunt

And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the Spirit of the Lord will carry you to a place I do not know; so when I go and tell Ahab, and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared the Lord from my youth.

1 Kings 18:12 NKJV
Please also read 1 Kings 18:7–16

Obadiah feared God then.  I fear God now.  After all, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

Many Biblical scholars and teachers ascribe cowardice to Obadiah for his reaction to Elijah in these verses.  A coward would not have attempted to hide the prophets from Ahab and Jezebel’s murderous purge.  Instead, Obadiah recognized his risk should God whisk Elijah away suddenly.

The Hebrew word used in these verses, yare, often translates “afraid,” but it also often translates “reverence.”  Obadiah respected the absolute and complete mastery of God over time and space, death and life.  After personally witnessing Ahab’s extensive international manhunt, Obadiah wanted assurance that God would let Elijah make the meeting.

God is, first and foremost, love.  God is also holy and righteous.  In an instant, God can issue verdicts and enact judgement over men and nations. 

I often run to Him, child to Heavenly-Father, but I also consider that His holy anger slew Uzzah, Ananias, and Sapphira for their less-than-righteous actions.  Obadiah refused to take God, or His true servant, lightly.  I seek to follow that same wisdom and prudence. 

Think:        God’s power over creation calls for a lot of reverence and at least a little fear.

Pray:           “Lord, Your power commands me in reverence and trepidation.”

 

Copyright © October 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Called To Integrity

Called To Integrity By Kirk Hunt

And Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in charge of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly.   For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)

1 Kings 18:3–4 NKJV

King Ahab ranks as one of the most wicked leaders of ancient Israel.  Yet, as king, Ahab called devout Obadiah (writer of the Book of Obadiah) to serve as his majordomo.  While there was wisdom in Obadiah’s selection, there was wisdom in how Obadiah answered his call.

Serving a corrupt, pagan king, Obadiah maintained his faith and integrity.  At great personal risk, he cleverly hid God’s prophets from Ahab’s murderous purge.  His work for the king always took a back-seat to his absolute obedience to God.

As God’s people, our service should always be conditional.  If they watched closely, they would know: “No matter how good his/her work for me, he/she serves God first and absolutely.” 

In this modern age, too many appear to worship at the altar of self and greed.  God’s people should be found (or uncovered) completely and only sold to Father-God.  Now, more than ever, we need men and women who serve with unwavering integrity and devotion to God, no matter who signs their paychecks.

Is your integrity and devotion above reproach? I pray your service to men and women is excellent.  I pray more your life and conduct before God is excellent and pure.

Think:        My service is always first to God, then to men and women.

Pray:           “Lord, I am yours.  Help me to serve You, even as I serve men and women.”

 

Copyright © October 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Evidence Which Dorcas Had Made

Evidence Which Dorcas Had Made By Kirk Hunt

Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.

Acts 9:39 NKJV

Dorcas’ life was on trial.  There was no judge.  No jury sat in a box.  There were plenty of witnesses, giving evidence.  Life and death hung in the balance.

Her life had impact.  Her good works were tangible and presentable.  The widows gave dramatic, emotional testimony of the life Sister Dorcas lived among them.

What will they say?  Will anyone hold up examples of how you built God’s Kingdom, here and now?  Will anyone speak, or cry, about how you impacted their life?

We know that God’s grace cannot be earned through works or purchased with gifts.  We also know that an evidence of faith is works.  So the tension is that God’s people should be engaged with good works knowing they are strictly the outward evidence of an inward condition.

As a saint of God, you are leaving behind a trail of evidence.  Is your case file thick or thin?  Does it point to a life of faith in God?  Would anyone feel compelled to any action or conclusion after listening to the witnesses?

After hearing the case of Dorcas’ life, Peter prayed that she would be restored to life.  God’s power raised her from the dead. The case of Dorcas’ life was compelling.  Is yours?

Think:        What is the evidence, and who are the witnesses, of my faith in God?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to outwardly demonstrate my inner faith in You.”

 

Copyright © August 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Now Is The Time To Shine

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Now Is The Time To Shine By Kirk Hunt

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV
Please also read Matthew 5:1–20

 

Roman-occupied Israel was not quiet, placid or especially righteous.  Despite the occupying pagans, and corrupt leadership, Jesus commanded His followers to shine out in acts of faith and service.  Then, as now, Christians have a prime opportunity to put their salt and light to good use.

 

The darkness of this present age has inflicted pain and suffering.  God’s people have been equipped and empowered to respond.  Do we have a heart to bless?  Do we have a mind to obey?  

 

Salt preserves.  Light guides.  All of His true followers and disciples are simultaneously salt and light.  Through Scripture, Jesus commands us to reach into the darkness and save the lost. 

 

We are commanded to serve.  We are to use our faith-fueled acts of service to show God to a dark and dying world.  If there has ever been an opportunity to reach out to the lost and hurting, this is that time and place.  

 

Reach out to the men and women around you who are wounded and confused.  Regardless of their faith, creed or activities, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer.  Prove, through faith-fueled acts of service, that the God you serve loves everyone, without exception.  Pour out your salt and light until they see God.

 

Think:                I can show God to men and women through acts of faith-fueled service.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to obey You and Your commandments.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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With Lovingkindness

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With Lovingkindness By Kirk Hunt

 

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV

 

In recent days my heart is heavy.  Too many of God’s people speak, or ardently follow those who speak, anger, hate and fear.  Christians should be reaching out in lovingkindness to refugees and radicals alike.  Instead with angry, unforgiving words we are pushing them back into the arms of error and sin.

 

God’s people are called to disciple all of the world.  That includes reaching out in grace and patience to Muslims, Wiccans and everyone else following error instead of Christ.  In order to reach a lost soul, you must first get close enough to touch them.

 

Exclusion, walls and isolation do not touch hearts and minds for Christ.  Jesus reached out to us in service (Romans 5:8) with lovingkindness.  Christians are commanded by Scripture (Matthew 28:19) to make disciples of all nations.  Disciples are only made (or maintained) by close, personal, prolonged contact.

 

Millions of refugees from “fallen houses” (Matthew 7:26-27) seek refuge in the stability of Christian nations (Matthew 7:25).  Are they receiving the gracious words and generous actions that flow from Jesus?  Are Christians obeying Scripture by discipling the nations who plead at the door?

 

The world has come to us, seeking the Gospel.  Christians have an unprecedented opportunity to turn back the darkness.  Are we salt and light (Matthew 5:13–16) enough for the job?

 

Think:                Disciples are made using open, serving hands; not angry, striking fists.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to disciple people of all nations.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Re-called To Serve

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Re-called To Serve By Kirk Hunt

 

“Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.”

John 21:18 NKJV

 

There, on the shore of the Galilee (also called Tiberias), the risen Jesus renewed Simon Peter’s calling. Jesus commanded Peter to “Feed His Sheep.” Then he informs Peter that, at the end, others will dress him and take places. Peter’s call to service will not be limited by his age or condition.

 

Scripture clearly says (v. 19) that this verse is a prophecy of Peter’s martyrdom. Tradition teaches that Peter was crucified in Nero’s Rome. Still, Peter’s call from Jesus is not to an ending but to Kingdom building service.

 

Saints I know speak of retirement from their ministries and lives of service. Yet, the next thing I hear from, or of them, is that they are deeply involved in a new approach to building God’s Kingdom. It may involve less running, jumping and lifting heavy things, but it is still important work. Work they are uniquely qualified to perform.

 

You may not be 15, or 35, anymore, but you are not excused. God’s Kingdom needs you to be where you are supposed to be, doing what you are called to do. Accept help, if you must, but keep moving for Him, regardless.

 

Think:            There is no retirement from the Christian Way.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to faithful to my calling my entire life.

 

Copyright © February 2015, Kirk Hunt

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After The Mountain

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After The Mountain By Kirk Hunt

 

Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him. Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child.”

Luke 9:37-38 NKJV

 

They went up the mountain to hear God. There on the mountain they received revelation. As they came down the mountain, they considered what they could share. Still, a single day after the mountain, the Apostles were met, and stumped, by the needs of the people.

 

There is always that special time after your mountaintop experience. It seems the problems bred bigger and tougher while you sat at His feet. God’s revelation to you does not seem to have any relevance to what you are facing.

 

His timing is perfect. Too often, His rhythm seems out of step, and tempo, with events. Trust Him. Even when you are faced by throngs with extra difficult issues.

 

Your deep, powerful experience remains valid. The needs you must now meet, head on, are part of His plan and purpose for you. Stay the course. Be patient with His path for you.

 

The boy was healed. The people were ministered to. Just one day after the Apostles’ revelation at the mountain top.

 

His timing is sometimes a mystery. At first. Grip your revelation from Him with faith. Face forward and do the work. You will use your mountain top, in His rhythm and timing.

 

Think:            Your mountain top experience matters, no matter what you face now.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to be patient with the timing and rhythm of Your revelation.

 

 

Copyright © February 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Keilah’s Champions

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Keilah’s Champions by Kirk Hunt

 

So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:5 KJV

 

The Keilah militia was no match for first-line Philistine troops.  At best, the men and women of Keilah would starve that winter.  It was possible that the Philistines might not let anyone survive to be hungry.

 

David went to God.  “Should I go save strangers?”  Twice, the answer came back: “Yes.”

 

The marauders were mauled.  David’s and his men out maneuvered, then out fought the raiders.  The champions of Keilah saved the day.  Only after did the helpers meet the helped.

 

As God’s man or woman, you are called to service in His Kingdom.  Often, that will involve providing help and healing to folks you have never seen before.  Service is at its most refined when given to pure strangers.

 

There is a modern-day Keilah crying out for you.  The need is matter of life-and-death, even if military maneuvers are not needed.  They need the light and life from Jesus that you carry.  Nothing else will save those souls.

 

You may not be one of them, still you are their champion.  You carry His power, healing and help within you.  You’ll have to get close and personal for them to receive it.

 

You have what they need.  Get out there and be a champion.  There will be time to learn names afterward.

 

Think:            In God’s service you might be a champion to complete strangers.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to become the champion someone else needs.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Who Calls For You?

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“Who Calls For You?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.

1 Kings 7:13 KJV

 

When Solomon needed a craftsman for the Temple, he wanted, and could afford the best.  He called Hiram, a man of mixed heritage, from the nation of Tyre.  How Solomon heard of Hiram, Scripture does not say.

 

Selected and called by the king, Hiram took his place as the lead of all of Israel’s craftsmen.  Hiram had a hand in designing and building all of the decorations, fittings, implements and even furnishings of the Temple.  Quite a call to service.

 

God has a calling for you.  Your name may not be in the diplomatic messages of nations (see 2 Chronicles 2) but it will come up.  How will you answer?

 

Scripture says Hiram “was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning.”  How did Hiram gain all of these qualities and skills?  Scripture is silent on that point.

 

What matters is that when the call came Hiram answered.  God had seen to it that Hiram had the skills and abilities needed to fulfill his assignment.  When God’s call comes, you will have the qualifications you need.

 

Your willing head and hands are the main thing.  If your heart and mind are determined to serve Him, He will take care of the rest.  When the call comes, give the right answer.

 

 

Think:             Will I be obedient to God’s call on my life?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to answer Your call.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2012, Kirk Hunt

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Will You Go?

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Will You Go? by Kirk Hunt

 

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isaiah 6:8 KJV

 

The call came at 6 am, Friday.  By 6 pm, that same day, I was making one-way flight reservations.  With 400 others, I flew to help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

 

Our jobs are mundane and unglamorous.   We walk for miles and knock on doors.  We repeat the same information, over-and-over.  We ask the same questions, time-and-again.

 

The purpose remains noble.  We concerned ourselves with the health and well-being of people we may never see again.  The long hours and cramped troop ship bunks are humbling.

 

Still, their faces will remain with me.  The husband concerned about his invalid wife.  The father, frantic about the sea wall, destroyed by the storm waters.  The mother, worried about food for her kids, and work for her husband.

 

God’s call is not always about the thousands and millions.  Sometimes, it is about the twos and threes.  And about being the one who is willing to go and serve.

 

Do not concern yourself with your qualifications, or your provision.  Be alert for His voice.  His hand will supply what is needed.

 

Your calling may be unremarkable and unseen, but it remains important.  Be willing to be sent.  “Send me.”

 

Think:            When God calls for servants, will I be obedient to the call?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be an obedient servant who answers Your call.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2012, Kirk Hunt

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

“Keep Doing The Right Things”

Keep Doing The Right Things by Kirk Hunt

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Galatians 6:9 KJV

 

I have been working out for a while.  Resisting the sugar cravings is no fun.  Despite all of the discipline, sacrifice and hard work, I am not advancing too quickly.  In fact, at times, my gains seem to have regressed.

 

Why do I continue?  Why sweat out so much effort for so little result?  Because, here and there, I see glimmers of the future.

 

There was the day I casually jumped ditches while carrying heavy loads.  There was the evening I man-handled stuff rather than suffer the inconvenience of looking for help.  My belly is not flat, but it is less round.

 

The diet and exercise could probably be better executed.  Still, they are much better than last year.  Next year will be better yet.

 

Consider your prayer, Bible study and fasting.  You are becoming more Christ-like, even if your growth is slower than you might like.  You are advancing, even when sometimes it feels like you are losing ground.

 

God honors your diligence and sacrifice.  Your old nature recedes.  Your new nature advances.  And here and there, you see glimmers of your future.

 

Do not trust your feelings.  Trust His Word.  The Holy Spirit is enabling your hard work.  Stay at it until you get your pay-out.

 

Think:            Keep up your spiritual disciplines, until you get your pay-out.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help to continue the disciplines that carry me to You.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2012, Kirk Hunt

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