Giver Of Victory

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Giver Of Victory By Kirk Hunt

 

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Acts 20: 35 NKJV

 

It is my privilege to be a platelet donor. To be a giver, I must endure pin pricks, needle stabs and intrusive questions. Still, I get to literally share my good health with others.

 

Treatment with platelets is a serious business. Serious burn victims receive platelets. Cancer patients receive platelets. Organ transplant patients receive platelets. “I will stay on this end of the donation, thank you.”

 

My platelets are a gift to those who receive them. They are fighting for their lives. I pray my small contribution is just what they need to win the battle.

 

You have a gift, given from God. It is precious and life-giving to those who receive it. Do you give it?

 

There may be some inconvenience in the giving. You may be a little drained after the donation. They are fighting for health, restoration or even just hope. Your contribution may be just what they need to win the battle.

 

There are epic battles being fought around you. Far too often the stakes are greater, and more eternal, than a beating heart. It may not be the literal blood from your veins, but you can spare something they need. I pray your contribution is just what they need to win the battle.

 

Think:             I really am more blessed to give than to receive.

 

Pray:            “Father-God, I thank You for every opportunity to be a giver.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2015, Kirk Hunt

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

An Angel Named Perseverance

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An Angel Named Perseverance By Kirk Hunt

 

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

 

James 5:11 NKJV

 

Perseverance is not one of the beautiful angels. There are no hidden secrets. There are no mysterious procedures. It is the simple act of staying at your tasks until the end.

 

Most Christians do not associate perseverance with skill or power. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit and very often, it is the difference between success and failure. Perseverance has great value in the secular world, and in the things of God. Perseverance carries and preserves us until His answers come.

 

Perseverance is a sibling to endurance and a cousin to patience. It is the link between hope and prayer. All champions have, or get, perseverance. That is because all champions eventually run out of fancy moves and clever strategies. All that remains then is refusing to give up until you get victory.

 

Perseverance does have a formula: Take the hits. Get up, if needed. Continue serving God. Repeat until you arrive in His Kingdom.

 

There is no magic or mystery in perseverance.   Just a willingness to continue until victory comes. You do want victory, right?

 

Think:            Perseverance may not be flashy but it is critical.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me have endurance until my change and answers come from You.

 

 

Copyright © September 2014, Kirk Hunt

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

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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You Are Not Lunch

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You Are Not Lunch by Kirk Hunt

 

David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

1 Samuel 17:37 KJV
Please, read 17:22–57.

 

Israel’s soldiers did not want to face Goliath.  Just his extraordinary size made him a formidable opponent.  His superior arms and armor, on top of known skill-at-arms, made battle with him a fearful proposition.

 

David had faced, and overcome, fearsome opponents before.  His faith and conviction swayed even King Saul, an extraordinary warrior in his own right.  Still, a mere boy without conventional weapons, or any armor, challenged the champion of the Philistines.  “I will feed you to the birds, boy.”

 

The hellhound is happy to see me.  It drools with the anticipation of a delicious lunch.  “I will feed you to myself, boy.”

 

I triple-check the buckles of my faith.  I rehearse the victories God has already given me.  I un-holster my Bible.  I run toward the stench of brimstone.

 

Here in the real world, circumstances arise that are too much for mere men.  As a son or daughter of the living God, victory has been promised.  No matter how formidable your hellhound seems, God has success planned for you.

 

Armor up in faith.  Wield your Bible.  In the Name of the living God, you are victorious.  Since God is with you, you are not lunch.

 

Think:            My victory comes through God’s power.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me remember that I am already victorious through Your power.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2012, Kirk Hunt

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