Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (fully satisfied).  Matthew 5:6

You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.  Matthew 5:6 (TM)

     If you have a passion at for Him, “you will be satisfied,” this scripture says. But sometimes we aren’t “hungry and thirsty” for spiritual things; sometimes we get apathetic and don’t care about people or things of God.  So how do you get spiritual hunger? Pastor Rick Warren suggests:

  1. Remind yourself how much God loves you.

You don’t need to try hard to love God more. Pray that you will come to realize and believe how much He loves you.

Eph. 3:18-19 NLT - “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love really is! May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

  1. Stop filling up on junk food (salary, status, sex, position, possessions,etc)

What are you thinking about?  Take out the trash

Prov. 15:14 NLT - “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.”

 What are you hungry for?  - Are you interested in change or just interested in complaining about your life? Do you want to have passion for God?

  1. Make knowing God your #1 goal (not success or happiness)

 Jesus said in Matthew 6, “Your heavenly Father knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the kingdom of God your primary concern.” (NLT 6:32b33)

               Make Him your primary concern—not yourself, your comfort, or the story that you want Him to

               Write.…just God. One day at a time.

  1. Get into God’s word every day – You need to eat, whether you have an appetite or not.

I PETER 2:2 NLT - “You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk.”

            You don’t have to read; you can listen to the Word as you drive. Just get it into you.

  1. Have God-pursuing people around you. Appetite is influenced by association – Kids are hungry when the person with them says they are hungry.

Proverbs 2:20   “Follow the steps of good men and stay on the paths of the righteous.”

*Do you want more of an appetite for God? Will you begin by choosing these things?

Father, I know that I need You, not all the other things that I feel “hungry” for.  Let me be rooted and grounded in Your love, so that I will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from You. I pray this in Your powerful name, Amen.

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