Matthew 5:6 - Craving and Yearning For God - The Ultimate Valentine!
Matthew 5:6 - Craving and Yearning For God - The Ultimate
Matthew 5:6 (MSG) You're blessed when you've worked up a good
appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
"Dad, I'm still hungry!" How many times have I heard those
words? When my son was going through a growth spurt as a kid, it was
unbelievable how much he could eat. He would literally get up from the dinner
table, rinse his plate, walk into the living room, and say, "Dad, can I
get something to eat? I'm still hungry." Our grocery bill was
through the roof.
These memories bring a smile to my face, and they also make
me think. Our heavenly Father has designed us, his children, to
hunger and thirst for more and more of him. He built that into us so we
would seek him out to help us soothe the deep ache inside us that
nothing else can satisfy. I kind of think that's a really big deal - the
Creator of the universe has gone to such lengths to draw me to him and
keep me there in his presence.
Someone once said, "You cannot tell a hungry child that you
gave him food yesterday." In the same way, I am learning that I
cannot tell my hungry spirit that I ate yesterday. I have to go to the
Father daily so that he can feed me. He wants us to be filled with the
food that only he can provide.
Father God, I can't imagine why you love me so much, but I'm
glad you do. Thank you for providing food for my soul. In Jesus'
name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny
To hunger and thirst for righteousness ultimately means that one
hungers and thirsts for God. And those who long for God - the real God,
not a false deity of their own imagination - will find Him and be
filled. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley]
A mark of the Spirit within us is a hunger to live out the will
of God. Without God's energizing, sustaining, and closeness our
fulfillment in life grows weak. By feeding on His presence and guidance, our
lives grow and mature. [Disciple SB]
No human agent can supply that which will satisfy the hunger
and thirst of the soul. But Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the
door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will
come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." "I am the
bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that
believeth on Me shall never thirst." Revelation 3:20; John 6:35....
As we need food to sustain our physical strength, so do we
need Christ, the Bread from heaven, to sustain spiritual life and
impart strength to work the works of God. As the body is continually
receiving the nourishment that sustains life and vigor, so the soul must
be constantly communing with Christ, submitting to Him and
depending wholly upon Him....
As we discern the perfection of our Saviour's character we
shall desire to become wholly transformed and renewed in the image of
His purity. The more we know of God, the higher will be our ideal of
character and the more earnest our longing to reflect His likeness....
The words of God are the wellsprings of life. As you seek
unto those living springs you will, through the Holy Spirit, be
brought into communion with Christ. MB18-21
Man becomes in Christ all that God requires a man to be, all
that he could never be in himself. . . . The faith thus exercised
brings the soul into vital union with God in Christ, and inevitably
produces righteousness of life, that is, conformity to the will of God."
(Vine's Expository Dictionary)
Come to Me with your gaping emptiness, knowing that in Me you
are complete. As you rest quietly in My Presence, My Light within
you grows brighter and brighter. Facing the emptiness inside you is
simply the prelude to being filled with My fullness. Therefore, rejoice
on those days when you drag yourself out of bed, feeling sluggish
and inadequate. Tell yourself that this is a perfect day to depend
on Me in childlike trust. If you persevere in this dependence as
you go through the day, you will discover at bedtime that Joy and
Peace have become your companions. You may not realize at what point
they joined you on your journey, but you will feel the beneficial
effects of their presence. The perfect end to such a day is a doxology
of gratitude. I am He from whom all blessings flow! [2 Cor. 4:6;
Mat. 5:3, 6; Col. 2:9, 10; Psa. 150:6] [Jesus Calling by Sarah
Former publisher of the New York Post J. David Stern was
sometimes accused of being absentminded. He denied it, of course.
Once, as Stern walked down Fifth Avenue on his way to a
meeting, he was approached by one of his old friends, who said, "David,
come have lunch with me."
Stern looked at his watch, shook his head, and said, "I'd
love to, but I can't. I'm already running a bit late for a meeting."
"Oh, come on, you can spare a few minutes for an old friend,
"Well, all right, as long as we go somewhere nearby. I really
do have to move along as quickly as possible."
The two men entered a restaurant, and as Stern ordered, he
wondered aloud what could be the matter with him. "I am not a bit hungry
today for some reason."
"Well, that's unusual for you, David," said his friend.
"I beg your pardon, sir," said the waiter, "but you just
finished eating lunch here about ten minutes ago."
Sometimes I think we tend to be spiritually absentminded too.
We come to the feast of the Word of God on Sabbath morning, but by
midafternoon we have already forgotten what we ingested, and we go on our way
as if we had not partaken of the richness of his grace.
Instead of being hungry for righteousness, we hunger after
wealth or power, and that hunger can never be satisfied. The more we
partake of those earthly "foods," the more of them we want. Just like
empty calories - they never really satisfy. But when God's Word and
his righteousness fill us completely, we will never be hungry again.
Dear Lord, please grant me greater hunger and thirst for you.
And then fill me, Lord, with your love and grace. Amen. [The One
Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Mary Hollingsworth]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE:
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDY:
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
LINKS FOR PROPHECY SEMINARS:
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
[March 21-26, 2016: Charlotte, NC in person with live streaming
and multiple outreach locations]
Revelation Today by Pastor John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: