Sunday, January 12th, 2014
THE BLESSING OF BEING HUNGRY! MATTHEW 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.
What does it mean to be really hungry? I’m sure most of us have felt the hunger twinge of a missed meal and perhaps there are many of us who have gone days without food due to a fast, an illness or perhaps a tragic life event stole our appetite.
Hunger brings with it a desperate desire. You can’t think of anything else you just need sustenance-all you want is food. Not money, not fame, not power–food. You’re not trying to get respect, find friends or seek popularity–you need to eat.
Hunger creates focus. An animal goes on a hunt–not for recreation-but for food. A baby cries and the sound is specific-not for a toy or to be held–it’s for something to eat. Nothing else matters until the hunger is satisfied.
That is the blessing: FOCUS. When you get hungry, really hungry for God; a religion about God doesn’t satisfy-only a relationship with God does. When you are starving for more of God: truth trumps temptation. Your lust for the world is buried by your love for God. FOCUS!
Hunger for God pushes you into a Relentless Pursuit. Yes, it’s more than a vague interest, it’s an intense desire for The Savior. This passion to pursue His Righteousness is a hallmark of a true believer.
A beautiful Paradox. When you feel hungry, you eat, and you’re not hungry anymore. The food takes the hunger away-at least for a while. But Jesus speaks here of both being hungry and being filled at the same time.
D.M. Loyd says: The Christian is one who at one and the same time is hungering and thirsting, and yet he is filled. And the more he is filled, the more he hungers and thirsts. That is the blessedness of the Christian life. It goes on.
A.W. Tozer said, “To have found God and still pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.”
So….BE HUNGRY-BE FILLED-BE BLESSED—and repeat!
Key Verses: 1 Timothy 1:2
Prayer Point: grant me peace for things beyond my control
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
National Student Ministries Director:
Pentecostal Church of God
“Discover God, impact journeys, and inspire others to do the same.” That is the life theme of Joe and his wife Teena. They have been encouraging this generation with that statement since 1995.
Joe and Teena have successfully led two local youth ministries which grew to two hundred teens in each group before accepting the opportunity to lead students and leaders on the district level for the PCG. Early in 2001 they birthed a summer-long internship for graduating seniors and college-age students. Over the next seven years, they trained over 90 student leaders into ministry and saw their summer camps grow from 350 to 1,400 students and volunteer staff.
In 2007, Joe and Teena became the National Student Ministries Directors of the PCG.
2 Timothy 2:1-6
I love that the scripture identifies three different types of people in these six passages. The soldier, the athlete, and the farmer. All of these have a common characteristic, they “Stand Strong” without knowing the outcome.
The Soldier goes to boot camp and trains and is whipped into shape. He understands that he is in a chain of command. He learns honor and obedience; he learns discipline during this time. He is then shipped off to defend, protect and serve. He is placed in dangerous situations. He goes days without showers and survives on little food. He is asked to continue on in weather (hot or cold) that can’t be imagined. Why does he do this? Because he is a soldier and his objective and purpose is more important than his suffering, he “Stands Strong”.
What about an athlete? The Winter Olympics are coming up in February. These athletes that compete don’t just decide that they want to compete. They have been training for four years. Their sleep is scheduled, their diets are regulated, and their social life is monitored. Why? Because they have one goal and that is to receive a prize or a medal. Four years for a three minute race – WOW. Without strength and “Standing Strong” they will not obtain their goal.
Finally, consider the farmer. He plows, he sows, he waters, and he protects his crop. He has no guarantee that there will not be a drought or a flood. Why does he do this work and work this land year after year. Well, this land has been in his family for years and he is a farmer. He continually “Stands Strong” with the hopes of a great harvest.
We have no promise that things will be easy. Be Strong in the Lord and Stand in the power of his might not ours. If you are feeling weak, remember the soldier in the fox hole. If you are ready to quit and give up, remember the athlete that has no option but to keep running to get their prize. When you have no guarantee, remember the farmer and his crop. Even if they lose the entire crop they will be back next year. They “Stand Strong” and so can you. –
– Joe Skiles
At the tender age of 20, Trionna Frazier was having surgery Friday as a result of a stroke. Praise The Lord, Her surgery was successful! They were able to remove the clot in her brain that caused her stroke. Feeling and movement is returning to her left side and her Neurological doctor is very impressed with her remarkable progress. Thank you for your prayers for Trionna.
Jalynn Vaught shared this dessert recipe for the Daniel Fast:
Strawberry, Kiwi, Banana, Pineapple
Dressing is: Pineapple juice, Lime juice and honey
God bless you LFC Family and Friends! The first week has already brought miracles and the favor of God. If you have a personal testimony about what God is doing for, with or through you during the fast, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org