HUNGER FOR GOD
You can learn to be led by the Holy Spirit whether
you have been a Christian for two months or
twenty years. The first requirement is spiritual
You may be able to
fake spirituality at church, but you can't fool God.
He knows if you're hungry or not. And that
*hunger* makes all the difference
Matthew.5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and
thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Luke.6:21 - Blessed are you who hunger now, For
you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now,
For you shall laugh.
There's a promise of spiritual satisfaction to those
who hunger and thirst for the Lord
Hunger is usually a sign of good health. When a
person recovers from an illness, the first thing they
want to do is eat.
The same is true with spiritual hunger. When we
have a strong hunger for the things of God, it is a
sign that we are spiritually healthy.
Lack of hunger for God is an indication that
something is wrong with you spiritually
Spiritual hunger is one of the most important keys
to the presence of God and function in the
Without being driven by hunger for the things of
God, you will be ordinary
It is hunger that gives you access to the storehouse
of the spirit
Hunger also brings great delight to the heart of
God and is the most important quality that God
looks for in our lives.
*What is spiritual hunger?*
Hunger for God is the longing to encounter Him, to
be with Him, and to be filled with His Spirit.
Hunger is an active state, for it results in you
seeking out the object of desire that will satisfy your
It is a strong desire for God’s presence and power.
We see an example of this in the life of Moses.
When God told him that an angel would go before
them and cause them to possess the Promised Land,
Moses told God that he was not interested unless
God went with him.
*The presence of God was more important to him
than the blessings of God*. Exodus 33:15
Hunger is manifested by our dependence on God.
The day you learn to live and function outside God
is the day you know that your hunger for God is
Why is it that everyone that mentions the name of
the Lord does not carry him? Because genuine
hunger will separate those who truly seek Him
Thirdly, spiritual hunger is manifested by our
openness to the Holy Spirit and the word of God.
The way to know when you start backsliding is to
check your hunger for spiritual things
Jesus said that man shall live by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God.
If we have a hunger for God, then we will also
have a hunger for His word. We love to read the
Bible and meditate on His word.
Luke.4:4 - But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is
written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word of God."'
Three keys to understanding spiritual hunger:
1.Hunger is a gift.
I regularly thank God for the gift of hunger in my
life. Spiritual hunger is not something that you can
make up or take credit for...
It is a gift not of ourselves, but of God, as He draws
us near to Himself. It all starts with Him.
John 6:44 - No one can come to Me unless the
Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him
up at the last day.
You can't come to Him unless He draws you...
Meaning that he is the one that gives you the
hunger to run after Him
All my life I have always wanted to serve God even
when I was in the primary school.... Why? It was
the Lord that put that hunger there
When we sense a burning sensation in our hearts, a
tugging to get away and be with Him, to know Him
more, to read the Bible, to ask questions about Him,
to just be near people who know Him… it is not a
random emotion or a passing phase. It is the
drawing of the Holy Spirit.
Luke.24:32-And they said to one another, "Did not
our heart burn within us while He talked with us
on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to
It's a feeling that indicates the drawing of the Spirit
2.Hunger must be acted upon or it will fade.
An identifiable desire for God is the work of the
Holy Spirit drawing you closer to heaven’s
banqueting table, to deeper relationship with God.
If you don't act on the hunger for God in your
heart, it will fade away
Songs of Solomon.2:4 - He brought me to the
banqueting house, And his banner over me was
It is the Lord that will bring you to the banqueting
KIA! You can't draw yourself oooo
It’s an invitation to feast on the things that truly
satisfy the heart.
He’s stirring a hunger and awareness of your need
so that you will come to Him to be filled
Someone in this group.... The Lord have been
giving you signals in your heart to isolate yourself
and just be with him but you have been "too busy"
for him.... If you continue to ignore that leading, it
will fade away... And you will miss the goodies that
the Spirit have for you.
Isaiah 55:1 - "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to
the waters; And you who have no money, Come,
buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without
money and without price.
Isaiah 55.2 - Why do you spend money for what is
not bread, And your wages for what does not
satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is
good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
If you don't have money... Don't worry. You will
still buy wine and milk...
Guess what? You will buy without Money! Glory!
In the realm of the spirit, money is not the currency
for transactions... No. Not at all.
In the realm of the spirit, the currency for
transaction is hunger.
If you are hungry, You will buy enough
The Bible says, buy without money and without
Because the transaction medium is on the economy
of the spirit...HUNGER!
Hunger controls the economy of the Spirit!
There's a pretty simple spiritual law: If you feed
the hunger, it will grow. If you ignore the hunger,
it will fade. This leads to the next point…
3.Hunger begets hunger.
The more you get, the more you will continue to
The more you taste, the more you want. (Psalm
34:8) It’s a cycle of spiritual life and growth.
Psalms.34.8 - Oh, taste and see that the LORD is
good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
It’s a cycle of spiritual life and growth.
The opposite is true as well. The less spiritually
hungry we are, the less we will desire of God, the
less we will be filled. That is a cycle, not of spiritual
growth, but of spiritual apathy. Lack of hunger is
the introduction of lukewarmness.
Lukewarmness will often lead to backsliding
God loves to stir within us a desire that takes us
past a faint awareness of Him, and into a life-style
of walking with Him as our source of fulfilment.
"Blessed are those who HUNGER and thirst for
righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
This is the reason that you each you spend time to
fellowship with the Spirit, You feel fulfilled within
If you check yourself and you can't find your
hunger for God... Then you have drifted away from
the path of spiritual fire.
*How do we know that we are hungry for God?*
1. We will do anything ,go anywhere to meet with
In the natural, hungry people are desperate people,
they will do anything and go anywhere to receive
something to eat.
Hunger is one of the strongest motivations of a
In some countries, they will stand in long queues
all day long just to receive some bread. In the same
way, if we are spiritually hungry, we will do
anything even if it costs us money and it is
inconvenient to meet with God and to have His
reality in our lives.
2.We love to spend time in God’s presence:
If we are hungry of God then it is not difficult for
us to pray, read the Bible and worship God.
We experience the reality of that verse that says,
“deep calls unto deep".
Something in us yearns for something in God.
However, if we feel we do not have this hunger, we
can begin to draw near to God today by faith and
our hunger for God will begin to increase.
James says, “Draw near to God and He will draw
near to you.”
3. We have a desire to meet with other Christians:*
When you begin to *avoid* the gathering of fellow
believers who will motivate you into knowing the
Lord more, then know that your hunger for the
Lord is gone and you are on the path to death(
“We know that we have passed from death to life,
because we love the brethren. He who does not love
his brother abides in death.” 1 John 3:14
One of my favourite Psalms says that“Those that
are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish
in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth
fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;”
4.We lose our appetite for the things of the world*:
Although many things we do and watch are not
sinful, they should not control our lives.
Our love and hunger for God is often measured by
our lack of desire for the things of the world.
“Love not the world, nor the things of the world. If
anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not
5. We are joyful and excited about the things of
God: The Bible says that“the Kingdom of God is
not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and
joy in the Holy Spirit.” ROMANS 14:17
When our Christian lives become boring, it means
we may be losing our hunger for God.
Hungry people are always excited and enthusiastic
about the things of God and about following Jesus.
They love to talk about the Lord and what He is
6. We easily receive the blessings of God:The book
of Proverbs says,“A full soul loathes the
honeycomb, but to the hungry soul, every bitter
thing is sweet.” proverbs27:7
In the natural, hungry people are not fussy what
they eat, they will even eat a dry piece of bread, and
they will eat anything! Even “bitter things seem
sweet to them!” In the same way, those who are
hungry for God are easily edified and blessed.
They will always find something that blesses and
are humble enough to receive from anyone whom
Hunger for God will deliver the spirit to you
Hunger will download God to You
If you have not downloaded, You can't upload too
Your hunger will download God into your spirit.
Ask God to give you the gift of hunger: The Bible
says that if “we ask anything according to the will
of God, God will hear us, and if he hears us, we
have the petition that we have asked for.”
Hunger is the will of God
Ask God to born in you an insatiable hunger for
Without hungry, it will be difficult to chase after
Without being thirsty, You can't drink enough
It is hunger that deepens your capacity to carry
Open your mouth right now and speak in the Spirit
where you now.
Begin to talk to the Lord now....
Father we ask for your hunger to be born in us.
Somebody I see you.... After tonight, your Spiritual
life is coming back in Jesus name
I see another person, I see your prayer life fully
restored in Jesus name!
I saw another person... The Lord said He is
rewarding your hunger for the miraculous. You
will begin to walk in the miraculous.
Another person, it is your hunger for the word that
is being restored now, in Jesus name!
I see a lot of restoration going on tonight.
I see another person, your study life is being
restored now. In the past, each time you try to
study, You fall asleep... That situation is over now
in Jesus name.
Another person, the fire of the spirit is burning in
your heart now.... Go on and enter a some season of
prayers to maximize the drawing of the spirit.
Another person that have backslided... The Lord
said he has restored you now!
Someone that have been desiring the ability to
study the word of the with revelations pouring
down.... The Lord said that he has answered your
Oh I thank you oh Lord!
You are restoring things...
Thank you Jesus!
I feel the anointing of the Spirit.... Oh Glory
Somebody... This is the lowest you will ever be..
You will only move upwards in Jesus name.
Father we thank you for such a sweet moment with
you. Be thou glorified in Jesus name.
God bless you