May God cause his face to shine upon you in 2018!

May God cause his face to shine upon you in 2018!

Maintaining your Spiritual Hunger

According to the verses below our spiritual hunger level is of utmost importance. Our lack of spiritual hunger brings a woe unto us and it should be of great concern when we no longer yearn for the things of God!

Lu 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

Lu 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

Mt 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled

1. What is a hunger for spiritual things of God?

According to the Psalmist, a desire for God is what caused him to “rise early” to seek the Lord. In other words, we will know what our spiritual hunger level is like by what we make a priority in our lives!

Ps 63:1 David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Ps 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.

2. Benefits of having a hunger for God

Even though the promises of God are “yea and amen” they are not unconditional! Some of the greatest promises (including the Holy Spirit infilling and outpouring) are conditional upon our level of spiritual desire. There are laws against how much we may desire the things of the world and the flesh but there is no limit to our godly desires!

Ps 81:10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

3. Hunger is a gift of God that comes by a work of the Spirit

How do we activate a greater level of hunger in our spiritual lives? Even though hunger is a choice, it’s also difficult to just drum it up. If you find yourself lacking in spiritual desires begin to seek the Lord. You may have to repent of the lack of spiritual desires. Just as fasting in the natural will cause your flesh to hunger we can also refrain from being full of the distractions of the world so God can restore spiritual hunger.

Hunger for God and a disciplined spiritual life goes hand in hand! If your spiritual life is undisciplined you will struggle with a lack of spiritual desire. So hunger is a choice and it comes to the disciplined person but it’s also a work of the spirit within us. Let’s team up and cooperate with the great Holy Ghost and let hunger for the things of God be restored!

Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jer 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Closing: Influenced by Association

Hanging around hungry people will make you hungry. Let your desire for the things of God produce a spiritual desire in those around you!

Pr 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

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