Obey The Voice

Obey The Voice By Kirk Hunt

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.   And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NKJV

The front-line versions of the F-16 Falcon, F-18 Hornet and A-10 Warthog (uh, Thunderbolt) are single-seat aircraft.  Still, before hotshot pilots get to be lone combat aces, they fly the two-seat version.  They learn their craft from the voice of the instructor in the back seat

The instructor guides, exhorts and corrects.  In the heat of action and danger, his or her echoing voice and lessons are often the difference between defeat and victory.  No one interested in returning home safely would ignore wisdom and guidance in such a moment.

Moses, on the verge of his death, urged the nation of Israel to continue to obey the voice of God.  Jesus, preparing the Disciples for His sacrifice, urged the same.  He also promised the Holy Spirit would live inside any believer who would welcome Him.  No one interested in correctly living the Christian walk would ignore the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit at any time.

Christian men and women face the heat and action of this modern life, every day.  In the constant give, take and turmoil it is all too easy to do badly or say wrongly, destroying your Christian walk or your righteous witness.  The Holy Spirit and God’s Word have voices and speak.  Are you listening?

Think:       Do I seek to live by the voice of the Holy Spirit?

Pray:         “Lord, give me the Holy Spirit and the heart to live by Your law.”

 

Copyright © June 2018, Kirk Hunt

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What Do You Preach?

What Do You Preach? By Kirk Hunt

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;   but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness

1 Corinthians 1:22–23 NKJV

Paul would preach the same Gospel to Jews and Greeks.  Some, from each group, would reject the message, for different reasons.  Why did he continue to preach and teach the same thing?

Truth does not require agreement.  No matter how much, or in what way, you or others disagree with gravity, you still fall from high to low.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is disruptive and convicting, in different ways, to different people.  That does not change the truth of Him.

 

Greeks, using logic and rational thought, viewed the Gospel as superstition.  Jews, using history and traditional interpretation, viewed the Gospel as heresy.  Both were, and are, uniquely wrong.

Two millennia later, some folks are still getting it wrong.  The truth of the Gospel is still the ultimate truth.  His truth is almost always disruptive and convicting, even to the best of us.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is still the only way to salvation.

As a Christian, you must find a way to respectfully and lovingly communicate the Gospel.  You must be prepared to just as respectfully and lovingly hear, or endure, the negative response some will give.  For the sake of the Gospel most of the Apostles died in violent, tortuous ways.  Saints in the western hemisphere rarely endure more than harsh words.

Mere disagreement, no matter who or how much, does not negate the Gospel.  Preach His truth.  Pray in faith they will receive and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Think:        God’s truth is the ultimate truth, no matter who disagrees.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to believe and teach Your Gospel, no matter who disagrees.”

 

Copyright © September 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Without Partiality Or Hypocrisy

Without Partiality Or Hypocrisy By Kirk Hunt

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

James 3:17 NKJV

The last few months have been disappointing.  I know partiality and hypocrisy exists in the world.  I suspected even the best of us can have the occasional episode.  I did not realize how blatantly, extensively and intensively it exists among those who are supposed to be the wisest among us.

It is directly related to the source of the wisdom.  Wisdom from above, God’s wisdom, is pure and consistent with God’s character, and God’s Word.  Since God’s wisdom restrains self-serving actions and motivations, men and women often seek other, easier ways to get what they want.

Of course, I expected a lack of Godly wisdom from unbelievers.  What I did not expect was the number of God’s people, especially “leadership,” who embraced earthly, ungodly schemes and cheats.  Suddenly, the actions and characteristics they decried, and held against, were okay on their side. 

Godly men and women are consistent and true.  Godly wisdom holds that what is good for you is good for them.  What God’s Word rebukes in others, rebukes in us as well.  Or would you have stoned the adulterous woman, but not the adulterous man?

God’s people are (still) the light of the world.  Using God’s wisdom, you can live without partiality or hypocrisy.  God’s people may not be perfect, but it should be obvious we live in and from God’s wisdom.  

 

Think:        God’s wisdom is never hypocritical or partial to anyone. 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to seek Your wisdom, above all else.”

 

Copyright © August 2017, Kirk Hunt

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At The River’s Bank

At The River’s Bank By Kirk Hunt

But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.

Exodus 2:3
Please read also Exodus 1:8–22

 

At the river’s bank, Jochebed carefully laid her infant son in a waterproofed basket.  Driven by a mixture of fear, hope, desperation, ingenuity and determination, she sought life and safety for her boy in the Nile.  She risked the life of her helpless infant with crocodiles or drowning.  She saved him from the certainty of death at the hands of Pharaoh’s soldiers.

 

“Amram, I put the baby in the river today.  Now I am being paid by the royal court to raise our baby.  God is good.”

 

Desperate people do extraordinary things.  Some acts, in retrospect, are unwise.  Others actions demonstrate courage and determination despite stress and danger.  In some circumstances, you must do what you can with what you have.

 

Perhaps you stand at a river’s bank in your life.  Your circumstances have driven you in ways you never imagined.  Even in a place of risk and danger, God is still with you. 

 

Turn to His wisdom and guidance.  Ask Him to guide you in what He is blessing.  God’s direction may not make sense to others.  His guidance may not make sense to you.  His path remains the way to safety and blessing.

 

Think:        God sees and cares for me, even in the worst of circumstances.

Pray:           “Lord, guide me in Your wisdom, even at the river’s edge.”

 

Copyright © May 2017, Kirk Hunt

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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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How To Vote

How To Vote By Kirk Hunt

You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men

2 Corinthians 3:2 NKJV

Dear Winston*,
               I often thank God for you as a friend and Gospel brother.  I have often turned to you for encouragement and advice, trusting that God’s wisdom is at work in your life.  While I have not always used your guidance exactly as given, I cannot deny the skillful and Godly nature of your counsel.  I am prayerful that I can now offer you direction on how you should vote this fall.

 

Your vote, despite all of its practical applications and greater symbolism, is nothing more than a choice.  A man of your wisdom and insight knows that choices can be categorized as either intellectual decisions or emotional reactions.  While no decision is ever purely intellectual or strictly emotional, one or the other dominates the choice(s) made. 

 

As your own experience has taught you, choices based on emotional reactions are almost never the best course of action.  Even in those rare episodes where an emotional choice worked out, you later found the facts and data that supported that path.  Conversely, when you sit in the ashes of a poorly made emotional decision, the clear-headed reasons you could have easily read and understood were right there, mocking you.

 

Neither the politicians, the political system nor special interests can overcome the good judgment of thinking voters.  Even when the choices seem dismal, the exercise of choosing, using facts and data, imposes rationality on everyone involved.  One choice is always better than the other, even if by a razor’s edge.  Set aside your emotional response and use your intellect and Godly wisdom to make a clear-headed decision.

 

Finally, I cannot urge you enough to vote this November.  Americans’ failure to participate fully and completely in the core mechanism of the democracy has impaired the function of the Government.  Those who do not vote are getting the America someone else chooses.

 

Your brother in Christ,
Cadreman

 

Copyright © September 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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* “Winston” is the fictional name of a real Gospel brother.

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Appoint Over This Business

Appoint Over This Business By Kirk Hunt

 

Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business

Acts 6: 3 NKJV

 

Can you be impartial yet considerate?  Can you serve others honestly and graciously?  Should we appoint you to important work?

 

The widows needed the distribution.  No one suggested otherwise.  Still, whose hands and feet would conduct the business effectively and joyously?  Whose head and heart would conduct the business with compassion and efficiency?

 

I am certain there were several Spirit-filled believers available who did not make the standard.  Good reputation requires time and focus doing the right things.  Wisdom comes from God, and from the hard work of seeking wisdom.  Salvation alone is not a passkey to all jobs.

 

Salvation opens the door to God’s work and benefit in your life.  God could instantaneously and radically transform your qualifications.  Typically, the Holy Spirit makes possible the long and sweat-soaked road to new abilities and characteristics. 

 

It is possible to be full of the Holy Spirit and have a less-than-good reputation.  Being saved does not automatically fill you with wisdom.  Because God gives us free-will, you and I get to choose. 

 

You choose your reputation and wisdom.  If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then you have God’s power to carry you forward.  Still, you must make the choices, and do the work, that qualifies you for your appointment.

 

Think:        Am I qualified to be appointed over business in God’s Kingdom?

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me be qualified to serve your Kingdom.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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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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Peter’s Sword

Peter’s Sword By Kirk Hunt

 

Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

 

John 18:10 NKJV

 

There were two weapons among the Disciples (Luke 22:38), but Scripture records only one sword being used: Peter’s. Did the swing come from skillful training or hard-bitten experience? Scripture does not say.

 

From the comfort of an arm chair, with the New Testament readily available, modern-day Saints criticize Peter. So did Jesus, in the moment (v. 11). Still, Peter’s sword teaches modern saints important lessons.

 

Peter thought ahead and equipped himself. Peter had the means, knowhow and willingness to protect Jesus and the other Disciples from the violent thieves of the era. You cannot choose if you do not have the means to change (or at least impact) the situation.

 

Peter was close and committed enough to take action. Too many stand at a distance from the lives of saints or sinners, or refuse to get deeply and personally involved. Presence and action are proof of caring.

 

Peter’s sword stroke was full of good intentions and sincere motivation. It was still the wrong act, at the wrong time. Right actions must be based on right thinking, not just right hearts. Peter made matters worse. Has that ever happened to you?

 

You are God’s agent for change. You will have to get close, have the right tools and take the right actions. I pray you are God’s wise, not just strong, instrument in the world.

 

Think:             I cannot help if I do not have the means, willingness and wisdom to effect change.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to be Your effective change agent.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2014, Kirk Hunt

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The Gift Of Direction

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The Gift Of Direction By Kirk Hunt

 

Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you

Exodus 18:19a NKJV

 

Jethro did not ask a question.  He did not make a request.  Jethro gave direction and expected it to be followed.

 

Scripture does not say if Jethro gave his direction out of the public eye.  Nor does it say if Jethro confronted Moses in public.  Scripture does record that Jethro delivered his payload of direction without equivocation or ambiguity.  It is not hard to imagine Jethro, pointing to his wrist sundial, and tapping his foot.

 

Leaders get input from a wide variety of people and sources.  Often, that input comes whether you want it or not.  I would not recommend that you accept direction from everyone.  Still, there should be someone in your life who has the prerogative of being bossy.

 

Moses followed Jethro’s direction to train then task others.  Maybe he was grateful for the direction.  Maybe it did not set well with him.  He followed his direction, regardless.

 

Godly men and women seek God’s direction.  If He does not send angels as His couriers, He most likely will send men and women.  And He does not always send the soft-spoken and gracious folks.

 

Good and wise direction comes from God.  Scripture does not promise that your ego will be stroked at the same time.  Still, seek God’s direction, regardless of the messenger.

 

Think:            Even leaders need to take direction at times.

Pray:              “Lord, help me hear the direction You send.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2014, Kirk Hunt

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How Do You Use Your Power?

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How Do You Use Your Power? by Kirk Hunt

 

And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

Luke 9:54 KJV

 

The Disciples wanted to command (not request) fire from heaven to destroy an entire village.  Admittedly, providing hospitality was an important virtue in that culture.  Refusing to provide for Jesus and the Disciples was, at a minimum, a serious breach of etiquette.

 

Even if a deliberate insult, flash-frying an entire village must count as an overreaction.  Despite teaching and training from Jesus Himself, the Disciples missed the lesson on power use.  Power should never be exercised without wisdom.

 

Did they have the power?  James and John certainly thought so.  Still, Jesus rebuked them on their purpose and motivation: “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.”  Broiling folk for insults was not the lesson Jesus was trying to teach.

 

God gives His saints power and wisdom.  Every exercise of power by a Christian should be done in further building the Kingdom.  For His glory.  For His purposes.  Certainly not as a naked display of willfulness.

 

Our modern culture needs us to use His power.  To heal the wounded.  To comfort the distressed.   To unshackle the spiritually imprisoned.

 

Are you a Christian?  Then you have His power.  Always use His wisdom when you use His power.

 

Think:           God gives us power and wisdom.

Pray:             “Lord, help me to use the power You gave with, and in, Your wisdom.”

Copyright © September 2012, Kirk Hunt

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Call For The Ephod

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Call For The Ephod by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.

1 Samuel 30:7 KJV

An unruly mob of trained killers were mumbling and looking David’s way.  Their homes had been burned.  Their wives, children and livestock had been carried off, captive.  Something had to be done.

 

David’s situation was exactly the same as that of his men.  Still, the troops blamed their own leader for their pain.  The gathering pile of stones was not a good sign for David.

 

David did not panic or breakdown.  He responded.  He called for the Ephod and started talking to God.

 

The word ephod has different meaning when used in Scripture.  In this verse, it referred to a means of determining God’s Will.  <http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/5790-ephod#anchor4>   David sought a rhema or Word from God.

 

Scripture does not say how the ephod worked.  All we know is that David received clear and fresh direction from God.  David then turned and faced the mob, and shared his revelation from God.

 

No matter what you are facing, you can call for an “ephod.”  You can receive a fresh Word from God.  Pray.  Study Scripture.  Fast.  He will speak to you.

 

You will get your rhema.  With a fresh Word from God, you can face your unruly mob of stone gathers.  Your revelation from God will speak life to the mob and the situation.

 

Think: I can always seek a fresh Word from God.  No matter what.

 

Pray: “Lord, remind me to seek a fresh Word from You.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2012, Kirk Hunt