Be The Strong One

Be The Strong One By Kirk Hunt

 

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Romans 15:1 NKJV

 

Now is the time to be strong.  Be strong enough to survive injustice.  Be strong enough to overcome fear.  Most of all, be strong enough to help others.

 

Often, our best ministry comes when we are most under pressure.  We are God’s best ambassadors when we stand after hurt and loss, then reach out to those who oppose us the most.  It is not enough to turn the other cheek.  You must also carry the burden (Matthew 5:38-42).

 

My heart has been torn by recent events.  Anguish and fear are not a help.  I have turned to God’s strength and grace.  They are the tools that bring reconciliation and restoration.

 

Strength is not a clenched fist.  Strength is found in skillful hands that bind wounds and uphold the weak.  An avenging spirit is not strength.  Strength is found in hearts and minds that pierce the chaos with wisdom and justice.

 

All Christians should be eager to respond with the strength they get from God.  Strength that refuses to hate.  Power that acts through wisdom and justice.  Might that overcomes fear and injury.

 

The solutions to today’s problems are neither quick nor easy.  The solutions to the issues we face require strength and fortitude to work through the chaos to God’s peace.  God calls you to take His strength, then serve others with wisdom and justice.

 

Think:                Strength is not a fist of vengeance.  Real strength chooses wisdom and justice.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to minister to others with Your strength.”

 

Copyright © July 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Thankfulness In Advance

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Thankfulness In Advance By Kirk Hunt

 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  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 15:57-58 NKJV

 

There is always joy and thankfulness in the victory lap.  When last did you dance a happy jig in the middle of the grueling drills?  Where you laughing and singing in the middle of the bitter battles?  Just as I suspected.

 

God’s people are always thankful for the victory, but we must remember to be thankful during the tests and trials.  Our joy should be visible, and contagious, even in the middle of difficult circumstances.  We can afford it, and are obligated, since we know the outcome.  Just as you suspected.

 

Still, in the middle of dirty, dangerous and difficult, we have to choose thankfulness.  Even though victory is assured, we remain human.  Our joy and thankfulness should be most evident, and authentic, in the heat of our toughest battles.  Just as they suspected.

 

Pay no attention to the little inconveniences of living through the battles, labors and incidents.  The heartaches and hardships will be worth it.  God has guaranteed our wins, so we love Him even more.  Just as He said.

 

Think:            “Flip to the back of The Book.  We win.”  -Various Saints of God

Pray:              “Lord, help me have joy and thankfulness since You have assured the outcome.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2013, Kirk Hunt

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The Courage of Retreat

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The Courage of Retreat By Kirk Hunt

 

So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

2 Samuel 15:14 NKJV

 

Absalom’s mutiny obviously threatened David.  The conspiracy also threatened the city of Jerusalem.  David had the courage to retreat to protect the precious city of Zion.

 

David could have made a stand against the usurper in the Capitol.  The mutiny could not end without bloodshed, regardless.  Still, the battle site makes a difference.  There would be less collateral damage, human and structural, if David fought Absalom outside of the city.

 

Grieved but calm, David retreated.  Absalom took Jerusalem without a fight, because of the king’s strength of mind and heart.  The battle would involve fewer innocents in the open countryside.  The city of Zion would not see fire or demolition if David retreated.

 

A single retreat is rarely the end of the story.  The usurper quickly began to think himself the victor through conspiracy.  David just did not want to make a mess in God’s city.  The king’s courage during retreat, and Absalom seeing strength as weakness, helped set the stage for David’s victory.

 

Perhaps you are facing a battle in your life.  A retreat may be the more courageous route.  What action protects others?  Seek God’s counsel in His Word and prayer.

 

Think:            Retreat is sometimes the courageous route to victory.

Pray:              “Lord, give me the courage to retreat to safeguard others and obey You.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2013, Kirk Hunt

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