Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013 … Who’s Hungry?

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 344

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – Please take your time to see a video of the poignant truth in song, performed by the group Hillsong, singing Jesus, You’re All I Need, exclaiming that our Lord will satisfy the hunger of our hearts. … And then to this link  to see another video of Mark Chapman singing You’re All I Want, expressing that our pursuit of Jesus is the only pursuit which will satisfy the hunger for God which God has placed in our longing souls.

Highlight Passage #1 - NLT: Psalm 53: 2  
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
Highlight Context - NLT: Psalms, Chapter 53 … GO TO THIS LINK … 

Reference Passage #1: Isaiah 53: 6 … … [NLT]
  6 All we like sheep have gone astray.  We have turned, everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.

Reference Passage #2: Matthew 5: 6 … [NLT]  
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. 

Reference Passage #3: John 6: 35 … [NLT]  
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty. ..."

 My Journal for Today: What about it, fellow Christian? How hungry are we – REALLY – to know God, … to be filled with the bread of life, … to be satiated by all He’s willing to give us to satisfy our desire to be filled by Him.

Years ago my mentor used to drill in to me that if I really desired to be blessed by God then I needed to pursue knowing my Lord as if I was absolutely famished for Him. Because, and you’ve read this in my past devotionals … to KNOW God is to love God, … to LOVE God is to obey God, … to OBEY God is to serve God; and to SERVE God is to be blessed by God.

But the first question is, “How hungry are we to KNOW our God?” Because the degree to which we desire to be filled by all He is willing to feed us, as believers, will determined how we are filled by His Spirit. Today, Os Hillman, closed his devotional by writing the following ...  

” Whenever someone must always rationalize and examine whether the things of God are beneficial to them, you know that they are not hungry enough for God. … God is looking for men and women who hunger to know Him. When we believe that we know all we need to know, we are in a dangerous place. “

And Hillman is so right on with this exhortation and warning. The day we think we’re filled with God is the day we’ve let our pride substitute for our pursuit of God; and that is more than dangerous. It is disastrous [!]; … because it is that day when we’ll hold back from our hunger to know God. And the symptoms are not desiring to be in God’s word daily, … not abiding in ongoing prayer, … and not desiring to love on and with the people of God; … and finally, this self-satisfying attitude is seen in trying to pursue life our own way rather than to use God’s word to find God’s will and walk in His way.

What about it, fellow Christian? Are we hungering after God today? Personally, I’m famished to know Him - even here this morning; and I’ll be back for more of Him tomorrow. How about you?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I hunger and thirst for You and only You. Feed me, Lord. Fill me with all You have to give this hungry soul. … Amen

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online blog entitled Today God Is First [TGIF], authored by Os Hillman. If you GO TO THIS LINK  on the date of my blog, you’ll find a link to read Hillman’s TGIF blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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