Put That On My Account

Put That On My Account by Kirk Hunt

If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.

Philemon 1:17-18 NKJV

Apostle Paul sent Onesimus, back to, Philemon. Paul’s letter to his Gospel sons was short and to the point: “Restore your relationship with your Gospel brother. If Onesimus owes you anything, put it on Apostle Paul’s account.”

Traditionally, Onesimus was the chattel slave of Philemon. Some scholars think of their relationship as a standard employee-employer dynamic. Others suggest they were biological siblings. Regardless of their exact history, Paul’s letter indicates that Onesimus stole money or goods when he left Philemon.

Forgiveness requires the shifting of a debt, or debts, to a different account. Someone accepts the loss and writes it off, without further comment or action. The forgiven surely benefits from the removal of their burden. Still, it turns out that the primary beneficiary of forgiveness is the forgiver.

With the debt(s) disposed of, restoration can begin. The pain and ill will of the past can be left behind. The self-poisons of anger and bitterness can be disposed of, once and for all. The Holy Spirit can then fill your empty spaces with love and grace.

Someone owes you something. Father-God asks you to shift that debt, a burden that crushes both of you, to His account. Trade your anger and resentment for God’s love and grace.

Think: Forgiveness involves shifting debts to someone else’s account.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to forgive my brother or sister.”

Copyright © June 2022, Kirk Hunt

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Through Faith

Through Faith by Kirk Hunt

who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Hebrews 11:33-34 NKJV
Read also Hebrews 11:30-40

Hebrews 11, written by the Holy Spirit through Apostle Paul, illustrates what happens when people act in faith. Through faith, men and women take action. Through faith, God’s people stand their ground, or go on the offensive, against hellions and hellhounds alike. And they win through God’s power.

Faith requires spiritual eyes. Faith requires you to act on what you know does not yet exist. People without faith will think your actions are insane or weak-minded. Some people with faith will think you have lost your way. You may wonder yourself, in the middle of the action.

The Holy Spirit will speak to you. Deep within your soul and spirit, God will reveal His plan and set you on your path. All that is left is for you to take actions that appear to have no rational basis in reality.

God’s people act to bring about a future, God-ordained reality. Always in hindsight, the rationality of saints is easy to see. Still, the first steps into the void can be difficult, even for men and women of the strongest faith. Trust God with, and for, your future reality.

Think:Faith is the substance and evidence of a God-ordained future reality.

Pray: “Lord, help me to take action based on my faith in You.”

Copyright © March 2022, Kirk Hunt

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Not Separate From His Love

Not Separate From His Love by Kirk Hunt

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:35 NKJV

Paul survived savage beatings, death warrants, and unjust imprisonments. He knew he would face similar difficulties until his last moments on Nero’s chopping block. Yet he boldly speaks his absolute confidence in God. No one can come between God’s people and the love of Jesus Christ. No matter what injustice you face, no one can separate you from our Savior who loves and cares for you.

I will confess, that in the middle of the trials and difficulties, I wonder. Like Job, I must have confidence in my life before God, and complete faith in His grace and mercy. I may be the least of His children, but He loves me most of all.

Today, millions of men and women, boys and girls, suffer in difficulties beyond their control and power. They are still God’s children, no matter what you do or say. You can whip and abuse those who God loves, but that does not change God’s heart about them.

They may not look like you. They may not sound like you. They may not confess Christ. God loves them just the same.

Whatever is happening in your life today, God loves you. Remember that in the middle of your trials and difficulties. Let that knowledge color how you respond to others.

Think: “God’s love for me and His children is unstoppable.

Pray: “Lord, help me to remember Your love for me, and others, at all times.”

Copyright © March 2022, Kirk Hunt

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Vote Against

Vote Against by Kirk Hunt

Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.

Acts 26:9-10 NKJV

People, even Godly folk, make mistakes or wrong choices. Godly men and women (saints) fix their errors when they can. When you discover you made the wrong choice before, vote against error now.

Before his conversion to Christianity, Saul of Tarsus was a vicious and merciless persecutor of Christians. After his conversion on the Damascus road, the same man became a strong supporter of those he once brutalized and murdered. He even changed his name to mark his new choices.

Listening to the very Jesus he once sought to stamp out, Paul the apostle wrote 14 of the New Testament’s 27 books. Each word he wrote down was a vote cast against his prior errors. Each book he completed became a repudiation of his prior life and choices.

Even Godly men and women can make wrong choices. The difference is that God’s saints, when confronted with their error, change their actions. Even if they need a little nudging, God’s saints vote against the wrong and choose the correct.

Think: You must vote against your wrong actions. Changing your name is optional.

Pray: “Lord, give me the strength to follow You correctly in grace and truth.”

Copyright © November 2020, Kirk Hunt

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Profane And Idle Babblings

Profane And Idle Babblings By Kirk Hunt

But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort

2 Timothy 2:16–17 NKJV

 

It was not that long ago that cursing and foolish talk was a negative. Men and women would demonstrate their education, or refinement, by speaking in words and phrases that you would proudly repeat to others. It seems now that profane and idle babblings pervades throughout society and sadly the Church.

Foul language and foolishness are ugly, coming from unbelievers. Such things are especially foul, coming from those who call themselves Christians. Christians are called to be a peculiar people. In this case peculiar refers to careful conduct that puts a positive light on Christ and fellow Christians.

All Christians are a witness regarding Jesus Christ. Do you testify to the purity and grace of Jesus? Does your conduct and speech draw, or repel, non-believers?

Holding yourself to a higher, purer form of conduct and communication will make you stand out. Trust me, they will notice. Do they wait eagerly for you to slip up? Some, yes.

What comes out of your mouth may not be cursing, per se. You can speak the absolute truth with hurtful intent and wicked motives. Deliberately, or thoughtlessly, injuring others with your words is just as wicked and sinful as anything else.

Think: Is my life and conduct profane or pious? Am I thoughtful or thoughtless when I speak?

Pray: “Lord, help me to be a good witness of You.”

 

Copyright © April 2018, Kirk Hunt

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