It Shall Be Well

It Shall Be Well By Kirk Hunt

And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

2 Kings 4:23 KJV
Please also read 2 Kings 4: 18-37

“It shall be well.” The Shunammite heard her little boy’s breathing rattle to a stop. She felt the living warmth fade from his body. She laid his cold, still form down to take the only action she knew could help.

“It shall be well.” Her grim determination testified to her understanding of her situation. She wanted a different outcome. Her every word and action demonstrated her unrelenting hope.

“It shall be well.” Her heart and mind likely swam in grief. Her faith carried her over all-too-human reactions and feelings. As she drove hard over the miles, faith kept her in her saddle.

“It shall be well.” Whatever you are facing. No matter how it looks to the natural eye. Regardless of expert opinion.

“It shall be well.” Speak the words, long before you can see the outcome. Testify to your coming success, despite your present setbacks. Use your faith to warm the cold reality of your situation.

“It shall be well.” These words do not prevent hot tears. They are a prelude to hard work. Despite all of that, they are still warm comfort and unyielding hope. Speak the words with real faith™.

“It shall be well.” God is there, with you. He sees your entire situation. He cares. Do you have the faith to speak the words?

Think: Faith stands and acts, despite the circumstances.

Pray: “Lord, I declare, in Your Name, ‘It shall be well.’”

 

Copyright © April 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.

Itching Ears

Itching Ears By Kirk Hunt

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV

If you are like me, you hate to be wrong. Prayerfully, you are also like me, and you sincerely desire the discomfort of real truth over the illusion of fables or myths. The lust for lies over truth is called “itching ears” by the Apostle Paul.

Human beings prefer to glide from win to win, with nary an uncomfortable factoid to be seen or felt. God’s people, followers of Jesus Christ, are constantly being battered by inconvenient and even distasteful things like facts, data and Real Truth™. Last I checked, all of God’s people are also human beings, therefore you may be vulnerable to itching ears.

The unredeemed may be misled. After all, they do not have God’s power or the Holy Spirit to guide them toward truth or away from error. God’s people do not have that excuse.

God gives wisdom to those who ask it of Him. You do ask for wisdom, do you not? In order to ask for Godly wisdom, you must first turn your own desires toward the things of God.

What do you allow yourself to want? Do you sincerely seek God’s truth or justification for your lustful urges? Are your ears itching?

Think: I should direct my desires to God’s truth, no matter how my ears itch for something else.

Pray: “Lord, give me Your wisdom and truth, no matter what.”

 

Copyright © April 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.

See The Goodness

See The Goodness By Kirk Hunt

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

Psalms 27:13 NKJV

 

The road stretches out before me, narrow and barren. For a moment I consider not continuing. It is then that I remember His many promises, breathed in my soul by the Holy Spirit and confirmed in Scripture. I will walk on and see the goodness.

Even King David could not settle all of his problems and issues with swords or proclamations. He had to work our his own salvation with fear and trembling. Just like you and I. There were days he had to wait to see God’s goodness, in faith and belief.

It is not always easy; doing right, the right way. Laboring and staying faithful for promises you see only faith. Still, now is not the time to lose heart or hope.

Sometimes, as now, there are storms and difficulties. His promises remain certain. There will be better, even in the turbulence. His joy is in you, not in the circumstances.

Do not let anyone, even yourself, tell you that you lack faith or courage. Faith does not ignore the difficulties. Courage does not lessen the blows.

Your advantage is that you know it will be worth it. God’s goodness will be there and then, and eventually it will be here and now. Keep walking the long narrow road to God. Along the way you will find yourself living in the land of God’s goodness.

Think: No matter what I see now, I will live to see God’s goodness in the future.

Pray: “Lord, help me to have faith in Your promises, even in storms.”

 

Copyright © March 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.

Your Gift Makes Room

Your Gift Makes Room By Kirk Hunt

A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.

Proverbs 18:16 NKJV

God is against bribes, but He is for generosity. May the Holy Spirit convict (not condemn) you about graft, but He will commend you for giving. The gifts you give make room for you. What do you put in that space?

“Make room” is not just a reference to physical space. Your room may be the positive opinion of decision makers. Perhaps your gifts open the opportunity to witness to souls about Jesus. Are you wise with the opening made by your gifts?

As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, you have gifts and are a minister. Your gifts are not just for your benefit. You are intended and custom-made to benefit the men and women around you. By giving your gifts, you almost literally compel souls to make space for you in their lives. What do you place in that hard-won place?

The healing of a skillful doctor or nurse usually gets the gratitude of the patient. Even difficult students speak well of a key teacher who taught important skills and knowledge. The friend who comes through at midnight earns warmth from a friend’s heart. Given a door to another’s spirit, what will you choose to leave behind?

Your gifts lower defenses. Your gifts draw consideration. Your gifts soften hearts. What do you do with that precious opportunity for God’s Kingdom?

Think: My gifts open the door to interactions with men and women.

Pray: “Lord, help me to have faithful courage over what, where and when You command.”

 

Copyright © March 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.

Shammah’s Lentiles

Shammah’s Lentils By Kirk Hunt

And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines. But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

2 Samuel 23:11-12 NKJV

Shammah stood his ground in a field of lentils. I always imagine him alone, matching his soft brass knife against a squad (or maybe a platoon) of hard steel swords. Valiantly, Shammah fought the fight of his life over a patch of beans.

Why there? Why then? Why single-handed? Scripture does not say. The Bible only records that God used one man to bring about a great victory.

Shammah’s lentils are a symbol of the victories God gives despite impossible circumstances. To those without faith, it seems God’s men and women too often risk everything, against ridiculous odds, for nothing of value. Even God’s faithful sometimes feel alone and friendless against endless hordes.

You are not alone. Jehovah-Shammah, the God who is there, fights beside you. Like Shammah bar-Agee, God will bring about a great victory through you.

What has God called you to do? Champion the cause He set in your heart. Nurture the soul he put in your path. Despite all of the really good reasons you should pull back, push forward in God’s power.

It may seem that you are defending a patch of beans against impossible odds. Be confident in fulfilling the call of God. Be faithful and God will deliver victory through your faithful courage.

Think: If God sent me, the issue is not trivial, and the odds are not impossible.

Pray: “Lord, help me to have faithful courage over what, where and when You command.”

 

Copyright © March 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.

Endure

Gift Minister By Kirk Hunt

But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 24:13 NKJV

Endurance is the hallmark of a champion. Endurance allows you to continue on when others have given up in discouragement, or fallen in exhaustion. To win, you must first endure.

Athletes deliberately develop their endurance in order to better excel at their sport. The strategies of coaches, teams and individual competitors always include outlasting opponents. Military leaders may call it “toughness” but that does not change the fundamental character of staying on task after others have given up or fallen down.

Endurance is far more than physical stamina. A large portion of enduring is simply deciding that you will not quit. Often, athletes complain about “betrayal” by their own bodies. Their minds are fully prepared to continue, but their bodies stop at the edge of exhaustion (or worse). Physics or biology more often limit us than our mind-power or will-power.

Men and women of God have more than willpower to call upon. God grants endurance to those who ask, in His purpose. His power can suspend the laws of nature. His grace can give the gift of persistence. His mercy can push back the limiting results of poor decisions.

Who needs you to stay on task? What part of His Kingdom needs you to continue on after everyone else has given up or passed out? What stronghold, yours or theirs, needs just a few more strikes of the hammer before it falls?

You can be a Gospel champion. First, decide you want to endure. Second, ask God for what you need to endure. Everything after that is just time or miles.

Think: Endurance is not optional in the life of a Christian.

Pray: “Lord, help me to endure through your power, grace and mercy.”

 

Copyright © February 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.

Gift Minister

Gift Minister By Kirk Hunt

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 4:10 NKJV

You have a gift or gifts. God gave it (or them) to you as part of the “saints of God” package. Use them to minister, as a good steward of God’s grace.

Do not make it complicated or difficult. You have an ability, skill or talent that makes you uniquely valuable and useful, especially to the Kingdom of God. If you are not using it, you are not being a good steward of His gift to you.

You do not get to age out. There is no disability clause. Wherever you are, no matter whom you are with, you have a God-given gift. I pray you are using your gifts to demonstrate the many paths of grace. When God does not send angels, He sends men and women just like you.

In your eyes, your gift may not seem big or flashy. That does not mean that you cannot touch lives or impact souls. Use what He gave. Watch the blessings ripple out, farther and greater than you thought.

All of the gifts God has already given you can be used to build His Kingdom. The gifts you possess can benefit you, yours and others. All it takes is a heart willing to trust Him and a spirit generous enough to pass on His grace to others.

There may be sweat-stained headbands in your future. Your shirt might become tear-soaked. You may even have to put on a bandage or two. When you stand before His throne, such things will testify to your stewardship of His grace.

Think: I should be using my gift(s) to build God’s Kingdom.

Pray: “Lord, help me to use my gift from You to build Your kingdom.”

 

Copyright © February 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.

Still Know, Know Still

Still Know, Know Still By Kirk Hunt

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

Psalms 46:10 NKJV
Please also read Psalms 46:1–11

In these days of unending motion and turmoil, Scripture commands us to be still and know. While knowing requires some level of contemplation, that is not point of this verse, or chapter, of Psalms. Do you have a complete, instinctual and unshakable knowledge of God? Do you truly understand His unending power and absolute authority over all creation, especially your personal affairs?

As a Christian, you should have a deep and absolute knowledge of the fact of God’s power and authority. You should no more question the absolute greatness of God than the existence of gravity. After all, gravity is just one of many concepts He casually made up while creating the universe.

Christians do not seek the rules for their own sake. We pursue the Rules-Maker. What understanding we glean from the world simply magnifies His majesty.

Stop and take a few minutes to re-consider the immeasurable length, depth and breadth of our omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God. Reserve in your heart and mind an unmovable and unshakable knowledge of who He is and what He can do. In that paused moment decide, once and for all, how that knowledge will influence your everyday thoughts and actions.

God allows us to act with a great level of freedom. Do not confuse God’s restraint and allowance with a lack of power or authority. His grace and love is so great He does not make us, or them, robots.

Pause for a moment. Think about Him. Know that He is God

Think: I should stop and remember that God is a great and powerful God.

Pray: “Lord, help me to remember just how big you really are.”

 

Copyright © January 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.

Yet Will I Trust Him

Yet Will I Trust Him By Kirk Hunt

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

Job 13:15 NKJV

In the space of a day, maybe a week, Job lost everything a man can lose. Job’s children died, his wealth destroyed or stolen, business wrecked, health lost and even his friends turned on him. Still, Job declared, “Yet will I trust Him.”

Authentic trust and true love are an active choice, not passing feelings. Rich or poor, well or sick, do you love God first and truly? It is easy to trust someone or something that heaps only blessings on you. What happens when the flow reverses is the real test.

Battered and beaten, seemingly past human endurance, Job declared his faith in God. Eyes and sores weeping in equal measure, a mere man decided that the God of heaven continued to have his confidence. Armed with Scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit, am I capable of the same naked faithfulness. Are you prepared to love God despite what he allows to happen in and to your life?

What would happen if the first two chapters of Job happened to you? Would you remain faithful to the God of heaven? Would you continue to love God, despite your losses and wounds?

Job illustrates the standard for trust in God. There will come a time in your life when you will have to declare for or against God. Will you continue to trust and love God despite the hurts and losses of the short run?

Think: Do I really trust God through bad times?

Pray: “Lord, help me to always trust You, no matter the circumstances.”

 

Copyright © January 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.

Weapons Of Our Warfare

Weapons Of Our Warfare By Kirk Hunt

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds

2 Corinthians 10:3–4 NKJV

From his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. confronted the clergy who criticized his leadership during the Birmingham Campaign. King’s fostering of tension and even crisis did not involve violence or threats. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,” ought to be the strategy of activists the world over.

In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Dr. King declared the strategy of the Birmingham Campaign: “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.” The marchers did not carry bombs. Not one of the young teenagers facing fire hoses or attack dogs raised a gun.

God’s people have powerful weapons at our disposal: Scripture, prayer, fasting, personal sacrifice. We can change the culture. We can build the Kingdom of God. To do so, we must wield Godly (spiritual) not mundane weapons.

Too often, we try to use the mundane weapons of carnal men: media buys, political power, legal proceedings. Too often we avoid touching the hurting, comforting the distressed, confronting the wicked. God’s Church cannot change the culture comfortably or from a distance.

To change the culture, God’s people will have to deploy spiritual weapons. The scars of Apostle Paul’s beatings, stonings and whippings gave him the gravitas and credentials. When he spoke to the hardened men of the Praetorian Guard they listened and believed.

If you are truly a man or woman of God, you can have an impact. You have access to the spiritual weapons of God. Are willing to wield them as His faithful soldier?

Think: Our struggle to change the culture requires that we use spiritual weapons.

Pray: “Lord, help me to build Your Kingdom Your way.”

 

Copyright © January 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.