Free In The Truth

Free In The Truth By Kirk Hunt

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.   And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:31–32 NKJV

Lots of folks try to sell you the “secrets” of freedom.  There are other folks who claim that they alone know the truth.  Only Jesus and the Word of God have the truth, or can truly set you free.  Everything else is either an error or a con.

The truth is not free.  The price of truth is a lifetime of reading (studying) and thinking about (meditating on) God’s Word.  Knowing God’s Word, even imperfectly, leads to more and greater freedom than you can imagine.  Jesus wants you to abide in God’s Word.

Do not be intimidated by Scripture.  Set aside a regular time (preferably daily) and read your Bible.  Then think about how it applies to your life.  You do not need a Theology degree to begin hearing everything God wants to say to you.

Suggestion:  For a week, spend 10 minutes a day less on social media, and 10 minutes a day more on Scripture.  You will be shocked at the difference it will make in your understanding of God’s Word and His truth.

Jesus’ words (in red) are simple.  “Study my Word…the truth shall make you free.”  No one with a Bible is locked out of real truth.

Real disciples abide in God’s Word (Scripture).  Knowing God’s Word gives you the truth.  The truth makes you free.

Are you free yet?

Think:        God’s Word makes me free.  Do I seek His Word?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to love Your truth and righteousness.”

 

Copyright © February 2017, 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.

Believe The Truth

Believe The Truth By Kirk Hunt

And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,   that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 NKJV

Apostle Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians to warn God’s people to love the truth and reject lies.  The truth is often simpler and less complicated than the lie.  The problem is that the lie appeals to something sinful in us.

All too short a time after the establishment of the Church at Thessaloniki, someone was teaching that Jesus had already returned and raptured His Church.  Paul spoke against this apostasy but then addressed the deeper issue of loving the truth.

Paul states it is important for God’s people to cultivate a love for the truth.  He states just as clearly that men and women can take “pleasure in unrighteousness.”  Which do you choose; truth or unrighteousness?

Addicts believe the drug is a benefit.  Adulterers believe in their reasons to lie and betray.  Swindlers believe the money in your account is theirs, rather than yours.  Of course, there are subtler ways to believe a lie, rather than the truth.

Do you love the truth, rather than a lie?  Are you willing to believe a lie and be damned?  The choice is binary.  Either you seek God’s truth or you love the enemy’s lies.  Believing the lie means accepting a delusion that leads to condemnation.

Believing the lie requires that you set aside the facts and data.  Loving the truth makes it easier to spot the lies.  Seek His righteousness.  It is easier in the long-run.

Think:        Do I really seek the truth, or do I prefer unrighteousness?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to love Your truth and righteousness.”

 

Copyright © January 2017, 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.

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

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.

Face Of Glory

Face Of Glory By Kirk Hunt

And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.

Exodus 34:38 NKJV
Please also read Exodus 34:29–35

Moses came out to the people and they retreated in panic and fear.  The face of their Lawgiver glowed with an unworldly light.  Moses’ time with God literally changed how the followers saw and reacted to their leader.

God’s people, especially pastors and leaders, should consider their approach to others.  How you preach, teach or minister should be done to meet your audience where they are.  Moses did not change his message, but he did help Israel to hear what God spoke.  He just had to shade the light of his face some (or a lot).

Do not get me wrong; I would that every saint of God, fresh from prayer, had a shiny face.  Still, our purpose is to build His Kingdom.  What does not make the message effective in reaching and changing hearts is a distraction.  Our job is not done until their faces are also bright with His glory

Your audience likely comes in fresh from the streets, rather than the prayer closet.  Meet them where they are, but help them get to where you are.  And where you are should reflect the glory of God.

Think:        Does my ministry reflect God’s glory?  Is it effective in reaching my audience?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to reflect the glory of Your Face .”

 

Copyright © January 2017, 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.

Hope In The King

Hope In The King By Kirk Hunt

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

Lamentations 3:24 NKJV

I pray that in this New Year you will build God’s Kingdom.  Of course, it would be better (and easier) to do so from a place of great provision and extraordinary favor.  Your circumstances, rich or poor, renowned or reviled, do not define your hope.  Your hope rests in God.

The Book of Lamentations was traditionally written by Jeremiah, at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction by Babylon.  In the figurative or literal smoke of the burning Temple, grief is easy.  Still, Lamentations points to hope.  No matter what our circumstances are, we can rely on God.

Lamentations correctly points out the errors of Judah and her kings.  If anything, God’s judgment was overdue.  Still, there was mercy and grace for the Jewish people, despite God’s discipline.

Regardless of our circumstances, we are in the hands of a loving God.  Even when we are in rebellion against Him.  Even when we are disciplined by Him.  No matter your current circumstances, you can move forward with hope in God. 

Today, you are living in the love, mercy and grace of God.  God has not given you up or turned His heart from you.  No matter what circumstance you are in, you are still loved by Him. 

We can rely on God.  He cares for and nurtures us in all of our situations.  In this New Year, and every other moment of your life, Your hope in Him is never misplaced.

Think:        Do I put my hope in God, instead of my circumstances?

Pray:           “Lord, I choose to hope in You.”

Copyright © January 2017, 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.

Abide With The King

Abide With The King By Kirk Hunt

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Psalms 91:1–2 NKJV
Please also read Mark 4:35-41

Where you trust, you abide.  Do you abide under the authority, power and influence of God Almighty?  Consider how safe, secure and dependable you will be, living with God.

His safety does not mean you are free from concern.  God’s security will not excuse you to make poor decisions.  His dependability does not mean you go without tasks and duties. 

God’s shadow is a place of light, warmth and peace.  Under God’s authority, you are enabled to fully be His child.  Living in His influence will free you to follow your calling in His Kingdom.

The next season of your life will come.  Storms may batter your life.  Do not let your concerns become fears.  Make your decisions in light of His Word.  Carry out your tasks and duties in the light of His promises.

Overcome your fears.  Keep your faith.  Abide in His shadow.

Consider carefully your opportunity.  You can choose to continue or renew your relationship with the all-powerful (omnipotent), always everywhere (omnipresent), all-knowing (omniscient), God.  Except for  your uncertainties, what do you have to lose?

All you have to do is choose to live close to Him.  Dwell near His side and heart.  He has reserved space there, where He wants you to dwell. 

In safety.  With security.  Enjoying peaceful joy. 

 

Think:        Do I choose to abide under the shadow of the Almighty?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to choose Your influence for my life.”

 

Copyright © December 2016, 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.

The King’s Purpose

The King’s Purpose By Kirk Hunt

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 NKJV

Mankind, through Adam, had caused the separation from God.  As any loving Father would, God made a way to mend the breech.  “God with us,” is both purpose and outcome.

Jesus willingly gave up the eternity and splendor of heaven to walk among us.  Not just for proximity but to give man back what had been lost.  Jesus restored direct access to, fellowship with, God.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifices, we can once against speak directly with God.  Because of His dedication to God’s purpose, we have been restored as God’s sons and daughters.  Jesus has restored walking with God in the garden.

Perhaps your garden is soft and grassy.  It could be that your garden is hard and rocky.  What is important is that you know you have a garden, and that God walks there with you.

We work, live and play in the garden where God has placed us.  Consider this Christmas that God with us is truer now, than it has ever been.  He came and restored the connection.  Now He calls to you, “Come walk with Me.”

You are part of His plan and strategy.  No matter how much you have surprised others, He saw everything about you, long ago.  Take time this season to simply walk with Him.  He has a purpose He wants to reveal you.

Think:        God’s purpose is to walk with me.  Do I walk with Him?

Pray:           “Lord, as I build Your Kingdom, help me to enjoy walking with You.”

 

Copyright © December 2016, 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.

The King’s Celebration

The King’s Announcement By Kirk Hunt

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:13–14 NKJV
Please also read Luke 2:1–20

Humble shepherds witnessed a celebration by the King.  Literal angels sang of the birth of Jesus, our Messiah.  Scripture does not mention an angelic worship band or praise dancers, but my imagination likes to add them to the scene.

After millennia, evidence of the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 could be seen by mere men.  Since the fall in Eden, sin kept mankind from full reconciliation with God.  Jesus’ birth was the (earthly) beginning of the process of restoring the fellowship on humanity with God.

And God celebrated.  The long separation of man from God would soon end.  Adam’s breech would be repaired by God’s own son.

Like Jesus, you were born for purpose.  God has a plan for you and your life.  And He will celebrate you in fulfilling the purpose He ordained for you.

The shepherds were not just passive witnesses.  The found their way to Jesus and joined the angels in celebration and worship.  God’s celebrations are open to any with a heart open to Him.

You too can be an active participant in God’s celebrations.  Find your purpose in the Kingdom and begin fulfilling it.  Join in with others who are completing the work for which they are ordained. 

Follow your calling.  Fulfill your purpose.  You may not see or hear a choir of literal angels, but you will feel His joy in your heart, nevertheless.   

Think:        God celebrates the fulfillment of His purpose in my life and others.

Pray:           “Lord, as I and others build Your Kingdom, I look forward to celebrating with You.”

Copyright © December 2016, 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.

The King’s Announcement

The King’s Announcement By Kirk Hunt

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.”

Luke 1:30–31 NKJV
Please also read Luke 1:5–38

In Scripture, Gabriel is only called an angel.  Still, he appears in Scripture giving important messages from God.  Announcement of the coming Messiah and Savior surely qualifies as significant.

The announcement of Jesus was not made from the housetops or palaces.  The message was given in private to a young (probably teenage) woman.  The true King’s statement came quietly, but nevertheless with all of God’s authority.

Never confuse fury or decibels with significance and authority.  When the King makes an announcement about your life, you will know.  Do not worry about who else hears Him at the time.

Did Mary completely understand the significance of Jesus’ human birth?  Was she completely aware of her and His part in the reconciliation of man to God?  Two millennia later, scholars still wrestle with Jesus’ redemption of mankind.

Alone, in the quiet, God announced His purpose for Mary’s life, and all of mankind.  There would be glory and wonder, heartache and dismay, in fulfilling her purpose.  With full faith, if not full knowledge, she responded to God’s messenger with humility and obedience.

God has a purpose for you in His Kingdom.  Continue to seek Him until His announcement regarding you.  I pray you respond to His announcement with, “Let it be to me according to Your Word.”

 

Think:        How will I respond to God’s announcement of His purpose for my life?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to fulfill Your purpose for my life in Your Kingdom.”

 

Copyright © December 2016, 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.

 

The King’s Actions

The King’s Actions By Kirk Hunt

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.

Matthew 2:17 NKJV

King Herod actions cannot be seen as anything other than ruthless, cruel and monstrous.  He ordered the death of every male child in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas.  His purpose in murdering babies?  Preserving his station and power.

Warned through a dream from God, the wise men outwitted and outmaneuvered Herod.  Herod then resorted to brute force to achieve his ends.  From his position of power and wealth, Herod delivered death to the cradles and cribs of Bethlehem. 

The result?  God’s omniscience and omnipotence again thwarted Herod.  Jesus and His family found safety in Egypt.  Herod could never have overthrown the building of God’s Kingdom, but he tried.

The massacre of the innocents is not all that is recorded of Herod’s reign.  Herod established the Herodian Dynasty.  He also re-built the Second Temple, expanded the Temple complex, and brought water to Jerusalem.

Herod’s construction projects and political accomplishments are not the mainstay of his legacy.  Instead, he is remembered as a murderous, blood-soaked tyrant who impoverished his own people.

What actions are you taking?  Are they part of building God’s Kingdom?  When you stand before God, the True King, what will He say of your actions?

 

Think:        Are my actions designed to build God’s Kingdom, or something else?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to take the actions that build Your Kingdom.”

 

Copyright © December 2016, 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.

The King’s Intent

The King’s Intent By Kirk Hunt

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

Matthew 2:13 NKJV

 

It turns out that King Herod had villainous intent.  He did not intend to worship Jesus.  Instead, he wanted to murder Jesus in the cradle, as a potential rival.

 

King Herod’s intent conflicted with God’s intent.  Despite his position and power, Herod was frustrated in His purpose and Jesus lived.  The King of Kings’ intent was realized. 

 

Today is no different than yesterday.  Men and women of power and influence try to frustrate the plans of God.  Now, as then, the true King’s purpose will come to pass.  The question is whether or not you will follow the true King’s intent.

 

God could have stationed literal angels around Joseph, Mary and Jesus, but He did not.  God could have caused earthly zealots to protect Jesus and His family, but He did not.  Instead, God told Joseph to take action.  Obediently, Joseph gathered his family and escaped into Egypt.

 

We are called to take action per God’s intent.  Too often we worry about what others will, will not or should do.  God’s people should be quick to obey their true King.  Follow God’s intent, especially when it means our actions are contrary to what we or others intend.

 

Think:        Do I follow God’s intent or someone else’s?

Pray:           “Lord, help me to have Your intent for everyone around me.”

 

Copyright © November 2016, 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.

Freedom From Want

Freedom From Want By Kirk Hunt

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.   But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

1 Timothy 6:8–9 NKJV
Please read 1 Timothy 6:3–10

 

You must breathe oxygen to survive.  The newest ultra-high definition television is far less critical to your continuing existence.  You can never be free from need, but you can be free from want.  And Scripture commands you to avoid lust.

 

A want is always optional and not crucial to your (immediate) survival.  Want, carried too far, is lust.  Lust is an excessive desire for sex, money, power, adoration or anything else.   God Himself should be the chief and only real desire of your heart, mind and soul. 

 

Paul wanted Timothy to avoid falling into error.  He cautioned his young protégée against allowing lust to nest in his heart or mind.  What was true then remains true now.  Avoid the siren songs that call us away from God and toward the rocks of unbridled hungers.

 

Men and women need food, clothing, shelter and fellowship.  Nor is there sin in having more than the bare minimum for survival.  However, past the point of needs, wants too quickly turn into lusts. 

 

Consider the things you intensely want.  Does your desire for them control you?  Please, do not give up your freedom for wants.

 

Think:        Do I control my wants, or do they control me?

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to be free from my wants, except for You.”

 

Copyright © November 2016, 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.