Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled.
Step Eleven says “In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.”
I am hungry to discover God’s purpose for my life. Because of that I am going to apply all the principles of recovery to my life so I can be best equipped to do what God wants when I discover what it is.
I am thirsty to taste this new way of living and experience all it has to offer me. I recently heard a sermon titles Ready-Set-Go. The speaker said the SET is all about being READY for what God had in store for us. That’s how I see step eleven – getting ready!
- How prepared are you for what God has in store for you?
John 4:13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst–not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
I’m thirsty for God-alive. I wonder, “Will I ever make it– arrive and drink in God’s presence?” Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. “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.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever.”
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Psalms 42:2 ~ Psalms 107:5 ~ Isaiah 55:6 ~ Matthew 5:6 ~ John 6:35 ~ Romans 12:20-21
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Replenishment in our souls is important. We cannot allow our spiritual pantries to get empty. So many people enter the recovery process and commence with a real appetite then starve themselves of spiritual nourishment. Some snack occasionally or indulge in junk food. The enemy is happy to have us attracted to his sweet desserts, ignoring the main meal. The Bible says “He humbled you and let you be hungry. Then he fed you with manna–something you did not know about before. It was something your ancestors had never seen. Why did the Lord do this? Because he wanted you to know that it is not just bread that keeps people alive. People’s lives depend on what the Lord says.” Deuteronomy 8:3
Spiritual appetite is cultivated by acquiring a taste for the nutritious foods of the Word of God and soul building exercises of prayer, fellowship. discipline and faith.
Those who trust in the LORD will become strong again–like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired. Isaiah 40:31
Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.They will never again be hungry or thirsty.
Psalms 107:5-7 ~ Matthew 5:6 ~ John 6:35 ~ Revelation 7:1