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HUNGER FOR GOD

HUNGER FOR GOD

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

hunger.

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

supernatural

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

need.

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

gone

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

us?"

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

love.

It is the Lord that will bring you to the banqueting

house...

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

price... Why?

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

have.

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

yourself.

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

God:

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

man.

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.”

James 4:8

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(

spiritual 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;”

Psalm 92:13-14

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

in him.”

1John 2:15

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

doing.

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

God chooses.

In conclusion...

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.

ACTION POINT:

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

him...

Without hungry, it will be difficult to chase after

Him

Without being thirsty, You can't drink enough

water.

It is hunger that deepens your capacity to carry

God.

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!

Amen

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

heart desires...

Oh I thank you oh Lord!

You are restoring things...

Thank you Jesus!

I feel the anointing of the Spirit.... Oh Glory

Hallelujah!

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


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