See, Then Deliver

See, Then Deliver By Kirk Hunt

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,   I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.”

1 Samuel 17:34–35 NKJV

There was no time for a committee meeting or an appeal to the local animal control officer.  David saw the bear preparing to eat one of his lambs and he acted.  He delivered the lamb from certain death.  The optional analysis and discussion phase came only after the work was complete.

Had David not acted, the bear would have eaten the lamb.  Worse, she might have come to the conclusion that the flock would be a continuing source of easy meals.  Stripped of her dinner, the bear tried to replace the lamb with the annoying shepherd that struck her.

Your God-given vision will remain intangible and unsubstantial until you act.  Your vision is a distraction until start building it in the real world.   People cannot see your vision as you do, but they can see the work you do.

You do not need to consult with a committee.  You are the vision building officer.  Men and women, boys and girls need you to deliver the vision God has already given you. 

Act wisely.  Act promptly.  Act and deliver.

Think:       Act on the vision God gives you.

Pray:         “Lord, give me the strength to deliver what I see in my vision from You.”

 

Copyright © July 2018, Kirk Hunt

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See, Then Go Out After It

See, Then Go Out After It By Kirk Hunt

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,   I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.”

1 Samuel 17:34–35 NKJV

As a shepherd, David saw and understood the situation.  An apex predator was preparing to eat one of the sheep from his flock.  David also saw with vision the dead lion, then went out after the lamb.

Sight is different than vision.  Sight sees the current facts and data.  As a rational person, you see the circumstances as they are. 

Vision is different than sight.  Vision sees a future set of facts and data.  As a rational person, you see the circumstances as they will be. 

I cannot tell you that your vision is without risk or effort.  In fact, I can guarantee you that your God-given vision will require, at a minimum, figurative blood, sweat and tears.  The Apostles and Prophets (almost all) lost their lives in fulfilling the vision they received from God.

You see a set of facts and data that do not exist yet.  God has sent you that vision in order to guide the work He wants you to accomplish.  The tasks you complete will change the situation and transform you.  See your assignment, then go out after it.

Think:       Go after the vision God gives you.

Pray:         “Lord, give me the strength to go after the vision You give me.”

 

Copyright © June 2018, 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.

God Sees

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God Sees By Kirk Hunt

 

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

 

Genesis 16:13 NKJV

 

In that culture and era, a woman had less intrinsic value. Hagar was a woman and a slave. Her status made her replaceable, expendable and potentially disposable. Still, she had the complete attention of the God who sees.

 

Jehovah Roi, or alternatively El Roi; God, who sees you. God is not just omniscient, but He focuses on His children. Whatever the world says you are, or are not, God sees you, and He is doing something about your situation.

 

No matter how battered and bruised you feel. No matter how alone and isolated you seem. God, sees you.

 

He has a plan. He has already plotted out an outcome. If you follow His path, you will receive all of the good He has prepared for you.

 

God’s supervision of your life does not mean your here and now is without difficulties. Hagar, a beaten, battered fugitive, encountered God at a nameless waterhole, in the trackless wilderness. God showed her a much brighter future than she could see or know.

 

Perhaps you feel alone. You may feel like no one sees you or cares about you. God sees. God cares. He will deploy His vision for your life. Just have the courage to stay the course He has set for you.

 

Think:           God sees and cares for me, no matter how difficult my situation.

 

Pray:               “Lord, You see and care for me. Give me faith to follow Your vision for me .”

 

 

Copyright © August 2014, Kirk Hunt

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

Open Our Eyes

Open Our Eyes By Kirk Hunt

 

And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

 

2 Kings 6:17 NKJV

 

Maybe your relationship with Jesus is so deep and rich that nothing surprises you. Perhaps your relationship with God is so intense that you and He discuss everything in detail. That level is my goal, not my current testimony.

 

Many mornings I wake up and wonder: How is God going to work it out? When? Have I been forgotten?

 

Don’t get me wrong: I trust God. He is sovereign. He has proven Himself over and again. If He says I should, I will. If He say it will, then it shall. Still, some days, my too human hearts longs to see. On occasion, He has let me peek.

 

Elisha obviously had a close relationship with God. Elisha’s servant lived and worked in the daily presence of God and supernatural miracles. Yet, he needed his eyes opened to see the divine power and provision around him.

 

God is too faithful to forget you. His power is more than enough for any circumstance. You need your eyes opened to see His presence and purpose in your life.

 

Wanting to see is okay. He understands His human children. If we seek His heart and purposes, He will let us peek.

 

Think:           I want to see God’s presence and purpose in my life.

 

Pray:               “Lord, open my eyes to Your power and provision for my life.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2014, Kirk Hunt

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

After The Mountaintop

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“After The Mountaintop” by Kirk Hunt

 

And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. (Luke 9:37 KJV)

Luke 9:37 KJV

Please read Luke 9: 28 – 37

 

I am in favor of mountain top experiences. Above the timberline you can see breathtaking vistas. In the thin air at the top, you can better see God’s visions and His glory. It is all good up there.

 

Peter, James and John witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration with wonder and awe. It is no surprise they wanted to stay on the mountain. Still, Jesus’ purpose, and theirs, was someplace else.

 

The moment of glory and ascendance was important. The ministry of the Disciples changed the world as we know it. But their ministries happened away from the mountain.

 

As much as we need mountain tops, our work is in the plains and valleys. Jesus stepped down from His glorious transfiguration and stepped into a sea of humanity. Off the mountain, He ministered to the hearts and minds of people.

 

Climb up and see His glory. Enjoy your episode on the mountain top. Just remember, your purpose is on the plains and in the valleys.

Think: I climb the mountain so I can minister when I climb down..

 

Pray: “Lord, help me to experience You in all Your glory, so I can serve and minister.”

 

Copyright © September 2011, Kirk Hunt

Tell Your Story

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“Tell Your Story” by Kirk Hunt

 

He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

John 9:25 KJV

 

It should have been a celebration. There should have been rejoicing with happy tears and ecstatic shouting. Instead the sour faces of a grim inquisition pressed the man. A man guilty of receiving miraculous healing.

 

That morning he was a blind beggar, dependent on the few coins tossed his way in pity. That afternoon light and color flooded through the once dead orbs he called eyes. How they calmed him down, I’ll never know.

 

Still, he finally faced the elite leaders of the synagogue. He didn’t need his new, beautiful vision to see their cynical, ugly intentions. Fearlessly, he told his story, regardless of the consequences.

 

What great and miraculous thing has Jesus done in your life? Are you willing to tell your story? Regardless of their intentions, they need to hear the truth of His power in your life.

 

Whether you face a joyous celebration, or a somber tribunal, tell your story. Explain the change. No one can tell your story better than you can.

 

Think : I need to tell my story of Jesus’ power in my life.

 

Pray: “Lord, Help me to tell my story of You. No matter what the audience looks like.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2010, Kirk Hunt