Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed by Kirk Hunt

In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.

Psalms 31:1  NKJV

David fled from his father-in-law like a criminal.  King Saul viewed his loyalty, faithfulness and fidelity as crimes, fit only for death.  Still God never let David be ashamed.

Certainly, there is nothing like the fugitive life to teach you fear and paranoia.  Or perhaps the lesson David learned is faith and confidence in God.  God delivered David through His righteousness, at a time of His choosing.

Hunted as a fugitive, David did not despair.  Unjustly accused, David did not lose faith.  Despite these admirable responses, David remained human after all.  David cried out for deliverance and confirmation.

Christian saints, like all human men and women, are hurt and battered at times.  The storms and tempests of this life can stress and strain the best of us.  Despite those times our faith in God is never misplaced.

God’s faithfulness is unending and immeasurable.  No one who trusts in God will ever be disappointed.  Still, during a long, sleepless night, it’s too easy to wonder when His deliverance will arrive.

God is there.  You will not be left “holding the bag.”  God will not let your inconveniences be the end of you.

Put your trust in Him.  Stand and wait for His deliverance.  It may take a while, but God will not let you be ashamed.

Think:      Put your trust in God.  No matter how it looks, He is in control.

Pray:         “Lord, I choose to trust You.  You will not let me be ashamed.

Copyright © September 2019, Kirk Hunt

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A Son Trusts His Father

A Son Trusts His Father by Kirk Hunt

It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 118:8–9 NKJV

My toddler son came out of the 3rd floor apartment and launched himself at me.  He did not care about my 15-hour day, the rain slick stair steps, or the books and bags in my hands.  He put his trust in me to catch him and not let him fall.

He squealed in joy and delight as stuff tumbled down, or through, the concrete stair treads.  I clutched him to my chest in wild-eyed panic, my heart pounding.  In that moment the Holy Spirit asked me, “If he can trust you that much, why don’t you trust God that much?”

Father-God’s arms are so much stronger and longer than mine.  His power is so much greater than mine.  His knowledge is so much greater than mine.  I can always trust Him to catch me.

Years later, I still work to trust him.  No matter what leaders do, God is in control.  No matter how ill-behaved others are, I can have joy, safety and security in the arms of Father-God.

Do I trust God that much?  Of course I do.  My eyes may see the circumstances but my heart and soul never forgets that my loving Father will never let me fall. 

Men and women have let me down.  God has not and will not let me fall.  I will leap into His arms with joy and abandon.

Think:      God will not let me fall.  Why am I worried about what others do? 

Pray:         “Jesus, help me to remember to place all of my trust in You.”

 

Copyright © September 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Their Season In Your Life

Their Season In Your Life By Kirk Hunt

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

Hebrews 13:2 NKJV
Please also read Genesis 18:1-14

Abraham rushed around the camp getting dinner together for three men.  These men, often considered angels by Biblical scholars, came into Abraham and Sarah’s life for a very brief season.  They left behind the God-given promise of an infant born within twelve months to the venerable couple.  Abraham unwittingly entertained angels.  Have you, or are you now, doing the same? 

I am fond of the phase, “When God does not send angels, He sends men and women.”  You cannot know the impact a kind gesture has in someone’s life.  Conversely, who has helped you at key moments in your journey?  Your miracle may have been delivered by an obedient Gospel brother or sister.

Perhaps God’s instrument of blessing and advancement is known to you.  Bless and honor them for their obedience to God and you.  Cherish the time you have and release them to their next assignment with (tearful) joy and singing.   

Even if you do not see them, God has put His powerful agents in your life.  God’s faithful ones are obediently doing their part.  Honor their sacrifice and do your part as well.

Isaac was born per God’s promise.  Were the visitors angels or mere men?  All that matters is their season in the life of Sarah and Abraham.

Some of God’s “angels” are flesh-and-blood, just like you.  Human or heavenly, they are only in your life for a season.  Work your mission and be grateful for those who bless you in God’s work as they pass through.

Think:       Who has God put in this season of my life, and why?

Pray:         “Lord, thank you for the help of angels or Gospel sisters and brothers in this season.”

 

Copyright © August 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Your Season In Their Life

“Your Season In Their Life By Kirk Hunt

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:31 NKJV

Children are born helpless and vulnerable. Without the care and nurturing of a parent (or two) they would not survive. Yet, that is only a season in their lives. If parents are successful, weak and dependent kids become strong and independent adults.

Parents are in the lives of their children, for a season. Saints are in the lives of other saints, seekers and sinners for a season. What impact do you have while you have them? What legacy do you leave when they are gone?

You are in the lives of people for a limited time. Often, your time of direct and personal influence and interaction is shorter than you think (or possibly want). Whether you are ready, or not, your offspring, students, colleagues, or protégés will move into a new season in their lives.

Have you fulfilled your God-given purpose for the time you had? How will they explain your impact and legacy to other people, or even themselves? God only loaned them to you. Are they better for their time with you? What will God say when you return them to Him?

You are not responsible for the choices they make, but you are responsible for your teaching and example. They may not understand at first, but you understand now. What impact did you have in their lives? Look past the empty cradle, classroom or work floor to the Kingdom impact.

Think: Am I fulfilling my God-given purpose in this season of their lives?

Pray: “Lord, help me to faithfully build Your Kingdom in them, in this season.”

 

Copyright © August 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Changing Seasons

“Changing Seasons” By Kirk Hunt

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV

Would it be crazy if autumn did not follow summer? No matter how joyous and relaxing the summer, autumn will come. Whatever is happening now, a new season in your life will come. Hard work or ease, placid or chaotic, God loves you and is guiding your walk with Him.

No matter how difficult a season is, unless Jesus returns, there will be a better season in your life. Unfortunately, easy and pleasing seasons will give way to harder seasons. No matter the caliber of a particular time in your life, God remains unchanging and deeply involved in your journey.

Do not confuse your tears with God’s absence. He is there, no matter how much you sweat in your labors. Even when your blood is part of the sacrifice, remember that He gave His blood first.

Father-God remains with us, and loves us, no matter our place or space. The redemption Jesus bought for us remains ours through every celebration, grief or episode. The consolation and empowerment of the Holy Spirit is always with us. Disciples of Jesus Christ can face anything and be victorious.

The seasons will change. God remains the same. Rest assured, He has a loving plan for you in this season and the next. Go confidently in Him from where you are to where you are going.

Think: In every season, God is with me.

Pray: “Lord, help me to faithfully build Your Kingdom in this season.”

 

Copyright © August 2018, Kirk Hunt

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It Shall Be Well

It Shall Be Well By Kirk Hunt

And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

2 Kings 4:23 KJV
Please also read 2 Kings 4: 18-37

“It shall be well.”  The Shunammite heard her little boy’s breathing rattle to a stop.  She felt the living warmth fade from his body.  She laid his cold, still form down to take the only action she knew could help.

“It shall be well.”  Her grim determination testified to her understanding of her situation.  She wanted a different outcome.  Her every word and action demonstrated her unrelenting hope.

“It shall be well.”  Her heart and mind likely swam in grief.  Her faith carried her over all-too-human reactions and feelings.  As she drove hard over the miles, faith kept her in her saddle.

“It shall be well.”  Whatever you are facing.  No matter how it looks to the natural eye.  Regardless of expert opinion.

“It shall be well.”  Speak the words, long before you can see the outcome.  Testify to your coming success, despite your present setbacks.  Use your faith to warm the cold reality of your situation.

“It shall be well.” These words do not prevent hot tears.  They are a prelude to hard work.  Despite all of that, they are still warm comfort and unyielding hope.  Speak the words with real faith™.

“It shall be well.”  God is there, with you.  He sees your entire situation.  He cares.  Do you have the faith to speak the words?

Think:       Faith stands and acts, despite the circumstances.

Pray:         “Lord, I declare, in Your Name, ‘It shall be well.’”

 

Copyright © April 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Yet Will I Trust Him

Yet Will I Trust Him By Kirk Hunt

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.  Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

Job 13:15 NKJV

In the space of a day, maybe a week, Job lost everything a man can lose.  Job’s children died, his wealth destroyed or stolen, business wrecked, health lost and even his friends turned on him.  Still, Job declared, “Yet will I trust Him.” 

Authentic trust and true love are an active choice, not passing feelings.  Rich or poor, well or sick, do you love God first and truly?  It is easy to trust someone or something that heaps only blessings on you.  What happens when the flow reverses is the real test.

Battered and beaten, seemingly past human endurance, Job declared his faith in God.  Eyes and sores weeping in equal measure, a mere man decided that the God of heaven continued to have his confidence.  Armed with Scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit, am I capable of the same naked faithfulness.  Are you prepared to love God despite what he allows to happen in and to your life?

What would happen if the first two chapters of Job happened to you?  Would you remain faithful to the God of heaven?  Would you continue to love God, despite your losses and wounds?

Job illustrates the standard for trust in God.  There will come a time in your life when you will have to declare for or against God.  Will you continue to trust and love God despite the hurts and losses of the short run? 

Think:        Do I really trust God through bad times?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to always trust You, no matter the circumstances.”

 

Copyright © January 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Troubled Yet Strong

Troubled Yet Strong By Kirk Hunt

Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
And you have strengthened the feeble knees;
But now it comes upon you, and you are weary;
It touches you, and you are troubled.

Job 4:4–5 NKJV

It is easy, from the comfort of your living room couch, to complain about what is or is not happening on the field of play.  It is different when you are the one troubled by difficult circumstances, coworker miscues and unfair criticism.  Stay strong, no matter how much this life batters you, and false-friends or intractable enemies bad-mouth you.

In the 4th chapter of Job, Eliphaz criticizes Job.  Eliphaz does not complain that Job’s prior support of others was poor or incorrect.  Instead, he condemns Job for experiencing grief at the loss of his children, misery in the midst of his illness and distress in the middle of devastating losses.  “Thanks for the support, Eliphaz.”

I pray you have a long and prosperous life building God’s Kingdom.  Still, no matter how clean your living, or wise your conduct, difficulties will come to your doorstep.  Still, through your strength in God, you can live through your troubles and emerge victorious.

Job did not dance and sing through his sorrows and distresses.  His first and second responses were to turn to God and continue to trust Him.  Job’s trust in God and grounding in His righteousness gave him the strength he needed. 

What God did for Job, He will do for you.  Despite your troubles, are you strong enough to rely on God?  I pray so.

Think:        Despite my difficulties I can live in victory through the strength of God.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to be strong in You, despite my troubles.”

 

Copyright © February 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Which Voices Are Speaking?

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Which Voices Are Speaking? By Kirk Hunt

 

And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name.  I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 14:14 NKJV

 

To my dismay, people I know, treasure and respect make poor choices and take disreputable actions.  Despite what I know they know, their actions conflict with what I know of their character.  It seems that there are voices in their lives that lead them down these unworthy paths.

 

The false prophets of Jeremiah’s era assured the nation of Judah that their continuing sin and corruption would not be held against them.  Perhaps, the Babylonian conquest could have been averted, had Judah repented and returned to God.  The voices of the false prophets convinced Judah to remain in their sinful ways, and the great captivity fell on the nation.

 

There are voices in my life as well.  I trust, or trusted, certain men and women to speak into my life.  Now, sometimes retroactively, I screen their words through Scripture.  I am too often surprised at how poorly their words compare to the Word of God.

 

True prophets speak God’s truth.  Their voices match Scripture.  Their only agenda is to speak what God says.

 

You and I have voices, past and present, speaking to our hearts, minds and souls.  Only the true prophets should be listened to.  The routes you follow accurately report which voices you hear.

 

Think:                The voices I listen to must agree with Scripture. 

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to hear only Your voice.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Faith Versus Common Sense

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Faith Versus Common Sense By Kirk Hunt

 

And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

1 Samuel 17:33 NKJV
Read also 1 Samuel 17:1–58

 

The chief military leader and strategist of Israel evaluated the boy before him and passed judgment.  Military training and experience said the farm boy could not defeat the professional soldier.  Common sense said that Goliath, a giant, would massacre David.

 

King Saul had his issues, but he understood war and combat.  He knew that leather slings and wool garments are no match against steel swords and brass armor.  Using only rational thought and facts, David stood no chance.

 

David’s faith spoke a different story and outcome.  David understood that his defeat of the lion and the bear came through God.  David did not expect to out-match Goliath.  Instead, David expected God to deliver Goliath to defeat and destruction.

 

We are, or at least can be, instruments of God’s purpose and provision in the earth.  Your calling requires that you put your faith in God and obey His sovereign direction.  Scripture is full of examples where faith and common sense are at odds. 

 

Trust God.  Put your faith in Him and His power.  Watch the giants in your life fall.

 

Think:                Faith in God, not common sense, should always be our guide. 

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to live through my faith in You.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Take Him Or Her On Faith

Take Him Or Her On Faith By Kirk Hunt

 

If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.

Philemon 1:17 NKJV

 

Philemon looked from Paul’s letter to Onesimus’ face. Paul, who may have still had a negative reputation among some Christians, asked his Gospel son to take in a Gospel brother. On faith alone, Paul asked Philemon to simply accept and forgive the man who robbed him.

 

Philemon is arguably the most communication in Scripture. Paul sends Onesimus, an escaped slave, back home to Philemon, his owner. It is implied in the epistle, though not explicit, that Onesimus stole something during his escape.

 

Paul had to trust Onesimus to go back to his owner. Philemon had to trust Paul’s judgment and Onesimus’ change in character. Onesimus had to trust Paul’s judgment and Philemon’s generous and forgiving character. Do you see the thread?

 

Somewhere or sometime during your Christian walk, you will need to take someone on faith. You will have to trust that they are who they say they are, now. No matter what you feel, remember or see.

 

The most calculated judgments always carry a risk. You can never know for certain that it is really different now. You will have to take the chance that the words and character match and are real. You will have to open your arms, and heart, on faith alone.

 

Think:             Only faith with serve for some actions.

 

Pray:             “Father-God, help me to have faith in Your people, not just You.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Faith In The Rain

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Faith In The Rain By Kirk Hunt

 

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.

Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

Job 13:15 NKJV

 

What happens to your faith when you finish your prayer and it is still raining in your life? The checkbook is still empty? The hospital bed is still full? The casket lid is still closing?

 

Job lay on a literal ash heap, the only comfort for his own illness. His sons and daughters were dead. His wealth had become a dimming memory. Then his friends arrived to accuse him of secret sin.

 

Job’s faith in God remained strong. Job trusted what God was doing or allowing in his life. His confidence in his own integrity remained firm. Job was prepared to give an account of himself to any audience, including God Himself.

 

The rain of circumstances pours into the life of both the redeemed and unredeemed. Hurt and battered, saints look toward heaven in faith. The redeemed respond in faith, trust and continuing integrity before God. We trust God, even as the raindrops mingle with our tears.

 

The rain in your life should have nothing to do with your faith. God’s people trust that God is faithful and loving, even when our circumstances are difficult. Faith is not absence of difficulty. Faith is the presence of trust in God.

 

Think:            Is my faith strong when circumstances are difficult?

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to trust You despite the circumstances.

 

 

Copyright © March 2015, Kirk Hunt

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