Where the Hungry Are Satisfied

Where the Hungry Are Satisfied

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  MATTHEW 5:6 NASB

There is a big difference in the hunger of someone who missed a day of food or fasted for 30 hours, and those who never have enough to eat. The former is temporarily hungry; the latter will always crave nourishment.

This verse in Matthew talks about being always hungry, and always craving for righteousness. Jesus said that man is blessed, and he will be satisfied.

What I’ve been learning in this extended Daniel fast: you may be eating but you never really get satiated. You are still always hungry. And that translates to sustained spiritual hunger and thirst for righteousness.

We have become righteous only because of what Jesus has done on the cross for us. It is by grace through faith alone that we have been saved. But this righteousness in Matthew 5 isn’t talking about salvation. This sustained spiritual hunger is about pursuing the things that matter to God, going after and loving God even more BECAUSE of what Jesus has accomplished for us on the cross. After all, we only love God because He first loved us.

This sustained spiritual hunger isn’t just for Sundays, or during five-minute devotional, or a quick prayer so we get on with our day. This hunger means the affections of your heart are for God. And when you find yourself being pulled by something else, you immediately turn back and turn your love onto Him again. This hunger for righteousness means you protect your connection with the Lord that you will not allow anything to come between Him and you.

And Jesus is saying – those who constantly keep on being hungry for ME are blessed and will be satisfied. “I will fill your life with good things… Those who seek Me will find me when you seek me earnestly.”

As we go homestretch toward the last 10 days of our 40-day fast, God’s Word says He will satisfy what our hearts have been longing for. That’s always been God’s desire, so delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

“And my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying and seeking (craving, require as a necessity) My Presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, then I will be there for you: I will listen from heaven, forgive their sins and restore their land to health.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 MSG

What Do You Dream About?

What Do You Dream About?

If God were to give you permission to do anything you want, knowing that what you want to do or become is God’s dream for you, and He will give you unlimited resources to make it happen, what do you want to do?

What do you dream about?
Would you want to retire with prosperity and ease?
Would you make an impact in your community?
Would you want to make sure your children are well-cared for and married off well?
Would you empower others to become supernatural?
Would you go back to your country of origin?
Would you go and make disciples of ALL nations?

This isn’t some life insurance sales pitch. This is God asking us – what do we want to make use of our lives. What do you dream about becoming or doing for the rest of your life?

If our dreams are ‘possible’ to accomplish, all you need to pull it off is hard work and determination, and perhaps luck and lots of cash. It’s true of the dreams you have for your children as well. Why have dreams for them that are too small and can be accomplished by their hard work and determination? Why set them up to only try to achieve what they can accomplish on their own?

Instead, God wants us to dream big, impossible dreams because He is a big God!  God’s resources are so unlimited, and He longs for people who will dream God-sized dreams that He can accomplish with!

It’s time to wake up. It’s time for you to get hold of that dream God has placed in your heart. Today, write those dreams in the space below, and start to ask God for them to be fulfilled through you.

20 Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.  Ephesians 3:20