After The Petition

After The Petition By Kirk Hunt

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.   Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” So they worshiped the Lord there.

1 Samuel 1:27–28 NKJV

Hannah’s petition received a favorable response.  God placed Samuel in her arms, then stepped back.  Hannah, in turn, stepped up.

She sacrificed her treasured son, just as she vowed.  She brought Samuel to the Tabernacle and committed him to God’s service.  Then, she turned and walked away, leaving her tender aged child with Eli, the High Priest.  Samuel became a great Judge and Prophet because of Hannah’s faithfulness in doing her part.

Too often, we think that we are done after the request is granted.  After God does His part, there is much more.  We must do our part.

And the price of our part can be high.  Ask Hannah.  Ask Apostle Paul.  Ask Jesus

We are instructed to bring our prayers and petitions to God.  Please, do so.  God set His calling on your life and that prayer is part of it.  When He answers your petition, you will have another part of your mission in hand.

Just remember that after God does His part, you need to step up and do your part.  There will be labor.  Sacrifice will be part of your portion.  No one said it would be easy.

Flinch, if you must.  Cry, if the pain is great.  Refuse to leave your portion undone.  Be faithful and do your part.

Think:       After God grants my petition, my work begins in earnest.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to faithfully work during the process of my miracle from You.”

 

Copyright © July 2018, Kirk Hunt

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In The Process

In The Process By Kirk Hunt

So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

1 Samuel 1:20 NKJV
Please read 1 Samuel 1:1–22

Hannah accepted by faith Eli’s declaration (verse 17).  She went on with the process of her life in expectation.  In the process of her mundane life, a miracle came.  Her miracle demanded much work and labor, for decades.

Too often we end the story on the high note of the miracle.  Scripture records the addition work, effort and sacrifice demanded by receiving a God-given miracle.  There had to be a day when Hannah was tired of changing diapers, nursing Samuel and keeping up with her part of the household.  Work is not at all glamourous, but is absolutely a part of the process.

Where are you in the process of your miracle?  Are you working your part of the process?  Since you asked for the miracle, you asked for the work that goes along with the process.

Hannah cried out to God from the depths of her soul.  God’s response, through Eli, was not definitive to my ear, but Hannah heard with ears of faith.  She started the process, fully expecting Samuel.

Your breakthrough or miracle is part of a process.  While God is the source, you have a part in the process, especially after the miracle happens.  Faith sees it before it happens and faithfulness keeps you working long after you hold your breakthrough in your hands.

Think:       My miracle requires working the process.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to faithfully work during the process of my miracle from You.”

 

Copyright © July 2018, Kirk Hunt

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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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Honor Your Birthright

Honor Your Birthright By Kirk Hunt

And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 25:34 NKJV
Please also read Genesis 25:29-34.

Too often we put all the blame on Jacob.  Scripture clearly states that Esau despised his birthright.  In exchange for a simple meal, Esau rejected the blessings of God and his earthly father.

You have a birthright in God.  Rich or poor, workhouse or jailhouse, God’s blessings, legacy and heritage are yours.  All you have to do is honor what God has guaranteed for you, despite today’s difficulties.

A birthright is a future benefit.  To receive it, I must not despise it or my present.  Easily said; not as easily done.

A moment’s inconvenience led a mighty man to disdain what was not immediately at hand.  Esau was so shortsighted and immature that he cast aside his legacy and heritage for a bowl of soup.  The worst part is I recognize this same attitude in myself.

From time-to-time, we all want immediate fulfillment.  Delayed gratification can sometimes be a hard path.  Going without today, even for a great tomorrow, has its difficulties.

Esau was having a tough day.  His twin brother should never have considered making the sales pitch.  Esau should never have considered selling out.

Do not let a difficult day (or season) sway your faith.  Keep your faith though the rough spots.  If you do not sell out, God will deliver your birthright at the right time. 

Think:        Do I honor the blessings, legacy and heritage I have in God’s Kingdom?

Pray:           “Lord, I honor the birthright I have in You.”

 

Copyright © January 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Go To Him

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Go To Him By Kirk Hunt

 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

 

This simple and absolute promise seems too easy.  Show up where Jesus is and I get relief?  That’s it? 

 

We keep thinking there’s a catch.  There must be more to it than that.  Sometimes, we re-read the verse looking for all of the missing clauses and conditions.  Somebody must have left something out.

 

You probably need His rest more than you know.  Ask around.  Listen graciously.

 

I must confess there is usually a big obstacle.  I knew it.  You have to be obedient and present yourself to Him.  Me?

 

He loves you.  Just the way you are.  He’s asking for you.  Go to Him.

 

Rest is different from release.  The weight in your pack will remain the same.  What will change is your ability to carry the load.  Your attitude and spirit will become transformed.

 

Christian men and women work hard.  Often, harder than unbelievers, yet we live under the same conditions as the unredeemed.  The difference is our response.  We reply through His grace and in His joy.

 

Maybe you are doing too much.  It could be you are pursuing the wrong goal.  Perhaps you have the wrong attitude about the entire affair.  Go to Him.

 

His Love reaches out to you.  His Joy will restore you.  His Presence will give you rest, heavy pack and all.

 

Think:             He promises me rest.  I should take Him up on His promise.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, help me to rest in You, per Your promises.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Peace In Your City

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Peace In Your City By Kirk Hunt

 

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

 Jeremiah 29:7 NKJV

 

How is the peace in your city? Is the place where you live quiet and tranquil like Mayberry? Or is your town a lot rougher around the edges?

 

Jeremiah was talking to the nation of Judah. Captive in Babylon, God’s people wanted freedom. Instead they received instructions from God to benefit their conquerors.

 

I pray your circumstances are much different, and exactly the same. God has set you where you are, to bring His Kingdom to that place. Not just through faithful prayer, but also through faith-fueled work.

 

Your “city” may be a municipality, but it could also be a workplace. Your neighborhood is a city that could use some peace. I suspect your (extended) family would cheerfully take all the peace you can bring inside its borders.

 

If your current place and space is not your natural culture, you will have to pray hard and work tirelessly. The more hostile the inhabitants, the more you will have to love then pray. God intends for you to be the change agent that place needs.

 

Your job is to transform everything around you. Pour His grace, power and light into your city until you have completely won it over. In doing so, His grace, power and light will benefit you in ways you have not dreamed.

 

Think:            God has assigned me to bring peace to my city.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to bring peace to my city.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Going Old School

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Going Old School by Kirk Hunt

 

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Jeremiah 6:16 KJV

 

As I research strength training exercises (lifts) I have discovered two different viewpoints.  One camp searches for ever faster, more “efficient” routines and techniques.  The other guys focus on classic, “old school” lifts.

 

The “scientists” want a faster, smarter (less sweaty) way to results.  The “grunters,” argue that the classic methods are the smartest way, but you will have to be patient.  I have decided on a path.

 

Old school requires less equipment.  The focus on quality over quantity makes you less prone to injury.  Of course, you must take your time and focus on the process.

 

Jeremiah called out to Israel.  God called His people back to His love and covenant.  Of course, Israel had a choice.  They could continue on the pagan road and its results.  Or they could choose the old path with God.

 

God calls to you.  He offers the power, blessing and peace that can only come from relationship with Him.  Of course, that requires Bible study, prayer and fasting.  God’s path requires that you take your time and focus on the process.  I pray you decide on the old path.

 

Think:            The path to God is the smarter way, even if you have to be patient.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me choose the path that leads most securely back to You.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2012, Kirk Hunt

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“Keep Doing The Right Things”

Keep Doing The Right Things by Kirk Hunt

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Galatians 6:9 KJV

 

I have been working out for a while.  Resisting the sugar cravings is no fun.  Despite all of the discipline, sacrifice and hard work, I am not advancing too quickly.  In fact, at times, my gains seem to have regressed.

 

Why do I continue?  Why sweat out so much effort for so little result?  Because, here and there, I see glimmers of the future.

 

There was the day I casually jumped ditches while carrying heavy loads.  There was the evening I man-handled stuff rather than suffer the inconvenience of looking for help.  My belly is not flat, but it is less round.

 

The diet and exercise could probably be better executed.  Still, they are much better than last year.  Next year will be better yet.

 

Consider your prayer, Bible study and fasting.  You are becoming more Christ-like, even if your growth is slower than you might like.  You are advancing, even when sometimes it feels like you are losing ground.

 

God honors your diligence and sacrifice.  Your old nature recedes.  Your new nature advances.  And here and there, you see glimmers of your future.

 

Do not trust your feelings.  Trust His Word.  The Holy Spirit is enabling your hard work.  Stay at it until you get your pay-out.

 

Think:            Keep up your spiritual disciplines, until you get your pay-out.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help to continue the disciplines that carry me to You.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2012, Kirk Hunt

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Leaders Work Too

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Leaders Work Too by Kirk Hunt

 

And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

Nehemiah 3:5 KJV

The men of Tekoa showed up and worked.  They lived a full day’s travel away from Jerusalem, but they understood the importance of walls around the Capitol city and the Temple.  They brought materials, tools and most importantly, themselves.

 

Still, the men of Tekoa lacked something: Official Leadership.  Obviously, someone worked out all of the logistics and details.  Real men, with a heart for God and the nation, but not the official leaders of Tekoa.

 

The regular men of Tekoa did what needed to be done.  The common citizens worked long hours in the hot, Mediterranean sun.  The common folk shared the risks of enemy attack and shared defense.

 

The wealthy and well-dressed leadership of Tekoa?  They were hard to find.  Or worse, easy to find, but doing nothing.

 

Real leadership is not a title.  True nobility is not an accident of birth.  Both require being in the thick of what must be done, even at the risk of dirt or danger.

 

Are you one of the common folks?  Lead out in what you know needs doing.  Be the leader who builds the Kingdom.

 

Are you leadership in the Kingdom?  Put your back in it.  Prove your worthiness for the title.  Demonstrate the reason you hold the position.

 

Think:            Building God’s Kingdom requires everyone, especially leadership, to work.

 

Pray:              “Lord, let me lead out in building Your Kingdom.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2012, Kirk Hunt

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Everyone Works

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Everyone Works by Kirk Hunt

 

And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters. (Nehemiah 3:12 KJV)

Nehemiah 3:12 KJV

The task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was a political, economic and even spiritual necessity.  The nation would continue to flounder, until the expensive, expansive and exhausting work was completed.  Under Nehemiah’s leadership, Israel took on this vital task.

 

Shallum, as an individual, shouldered repairing a section of the wall.  A resource hungry act, even for a wealthy ruler, Shallum looked for support.  Shallum’s daughters stepped forward and supported their father.

 

Did the daughters personally carry stone blocks and swing hammers?  Perhaps.  Scripture is silent on the exact nature of their support.  What is important is that in concert with their father, and the rest of the nation, they supported the important work of restoring Jerusalem.  Help is help, no matter what.

 

As a Christian, you are called to support God’s Kingdom.  If you can not do the actual, hands-on labor, then step up and give the support you can give.  Your part is needed.  Your part is important.

 

Others did bigger sections of the wall.  Still others completed the various gates and towers.  They all did their part in re-building Jerusalem.  What is your part in (re-)building a spiritual Jerusalem where you stand?

 

Think:            Building God’s Kingdom requires everyone to work.

 

Pray:              “Lord, I want to work on building Your Kingdom.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2012, Kirk Hunt

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

Profitable Saints

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Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11 KJV)

2 Timothy 4:11 KJV

 

Apostle Paul wrote these words from a prison in Nero’s Rome. Especially under house arrest, Paul would need reliable, capable, productive people around him. From all of the Christian men in the Roman world, Paul chose to ask for Mark.

 

Paul needed someone who could help. Paul needed someone who would help. A man or woman who’s output exceeds input is always in demand.

 

Mark had been less-than-profitable at one point. Prior errors do not disqualify you from serving in God’s Kingdom. The more profitable you are, the quicker everyone gets over your mistakes.

 

Profitable saints are the men and women who serve the Kingdom. They take on the tasks set before them. They do what must be done. With excellence. With grace.

 

Do you want to serve His Kingdom? Are you willing to be a go-to man or woman for the sake of the Gospel? All it takes is heart and hands that are willing.

 

You do not need to be perfect. You may have to learn to be effective. You must be a saint of God. After that, profitability will not be far off.

 

Think: I can be profitable for God’s Kingdom.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to serve Your with skillfully and effectively.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2011, Kirk Hunt