Mature Understanding

Mature Understanding By Kirk Hunt

Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.

1 Corinthians 14:20 NKJV

 

Paul told the saints at Corinth to be clever but guileless.  The Apostle wanted them to be people of insight and cleverness, yet without being maliciousness or conniving.  Godly men and women should always have mature understanding and never be gullible or undiscerning.

 

Jesus, at Matthew 10:16, says the same thing.  “All smarts, no venom” is for you and I, here and now.  Intelligence, intellect and insight are not the opposite of faith, innocence and integrity.  In fact, saints should be the smartest folks in the room, because the Holy Spirit empowers the mind as well as the soul.

 

There are a lot of folks who want to sell you a lot of nonsense.  A suit, tie and holy mannerisms may disguise a malicious predator.  Just because you want to hear something does not make it right or righteous.  Be smart.  Be perceptive.

 

Mature men and women examine what is presented to them.  They are smart enough to know that the easy thing is not always the right thing.  God’s people never dismiss a good messenger because of an imperfect past or difficult message. 

 

With the Holy Spirit empowering your heart, mind and spirit, you can be mature and understanding in matters both sacred and secular.  Through God, you can be perceptive and insightful, without losing your holiness or innocence.  Still, you will have to be mature enough to do the hard work of seeing past the fake to the authentic.

 

Think:        The strong and mature consider what people want them to believe.

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to understand what I should choose for my life.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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Blessed Perception

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Blessed Perception by Kirk Hunt

 

But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  

Matthew 13:16 KJV

 

There is no equipment failure.  There is no some sensory denial field.  There is the choice you make.

 

You choose to look into His Word.  Or you choose to run.  Probably screaming like a little kid.  There is no third way.

 

Jesus was talking to His Disciples about the Pharisees.  He was also talking to His disciples about their choices.  You do not heal a sick soul by accident.

 

Looking into God’s truth can hurt.  A lot.  His Word is full of power and holiness.  His truth will react fiercely with your sinful nature and imperfect character.  There will be at least some fury and furor as His purity drives out your profane.  I know this from experience.

 

The good news is that His Word will heal you.  In ways you did not anticipate, yet alone desire.  Folks will see your change and want to know why and how.

 

In the end, you will be grateful for your transformation.  The folks around you will also be grateful for your healing.  After giving them relief, your healing will also give them hope.

 

It is a blessing to look into God’s Word.  Make the choice to be healed, by seeing and hearing His strong medicine.  Try not to flinch too much.

 

 

Think:            I want to hear God’s Word and truth because it will heal me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see and hear Your Word so that I can be healed.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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

See, Hear and Live

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See, Hear and Live by Kirk Hunt

 

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 13:15 KJV

 

Healing can rarely be forced on someone.  For best results, you must cooperate with healing.  And the first step to true healing is knowing you need it.

 

The Pharisees of Jesus’ time knew all they wanted to know.  They were the judges of wellness and sickness.  Their interpretation of righteousness superseded every other version.

 

Jesus spoke to the elite few and they rejected Him, His message and they remained soul-sick.   Jesus spoke to the ordinary many and they accepted Him, His message and they were soul-healed.  The difference lay in the eyes and ears.  One group wanted to hear, see and understand.

 

Want to stay sick?  Easy.  Run from His Word.  Refuse to hear His truth.

 

Want to get well?  Easy.  Look into His Word.  Insist on hearing His truth.

 

Of course, His truth has a sharp edge, no matter how softly worded.  God’s Word hits hard, no matter what side of the tracks you live on.  The question remains: do you want to be healed?

 

You have a choice today: healing or sickness.  It is that simple.  It is that easy.

 

 

Think:            I want to hear God’s Word and truth because it heals me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to see and hear You so that I can be healed.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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