Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness – Production of The Holy Ghost

Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness – Production of The Holy Ghost

Hunger and thirst are defined as strong desires and cravings which can be likened to the panting of the hart for the water-brook. They are even described as fierce forces. And when there is a deep calling, there is another deep to respond to that call. Thus when hunger and thirst arise, there must be something to quench them. The boy who craved for sulphar in his body was found eating bicycle pedals and rubber objects. The desire for sulphar was satisfied by eating the rubber. There was the rubber to satisfy the desire for sulphar for the young boy. For the believer, there is the Word and the Spirit to satisfy the hunger and thirst for righteousness. These painful desires (hunger and thirst) are actually generated by the Holy Ghost. That is why there is a blessing pronounced upon those who hunger and thirst. Ordinarily, we would view hunger and thirst as states of deprivation. But there is a blessing when the Holy Ghost pushes the Christian to hunger and thirst for more of God. Therefore when we hunger and thirst for the Message of the Hour, it is actually God hungering and thirsting in us. It is God who hungers and thirsts, and it is God again who quenches both the hunger and thirst. This means that it is all God’s doing. It is God’s attributes coming back to attributes. Throughout the 7 church ages, God was raising hunger and thirst in human hearts and coming up and filling those desires again in his children. From the Ephesian Church Age up to Laodicea, God was raising messengers to each church age to quench the hunger and thirst of the day. Since God wants to satisfy our hunger and thirst, he appeared to Abraham as El Shaddai, which means the double breasted God. Abraham in his weakness had to suck strength from the breasts of Elohim. Even when Hagar is sent away from Abraham into the desert, she is given bread and water in order to quench both hunger and thirst. After all, Hagar is a gentile woman, which points to the fact that God is mindful of the gentile bride and will provide her with both bread and water. God will provide the gentile bride with the Word and the Spirit. God will quench both the hunger and thirst of the gentile church. Coming to the Lord Jesus Christ is not enough on its own. We need to take further action of believing on Him in order for our thirst to be quenched. When we are feeding on the Word, we are at the table. That is why the Message of the Hour itself is described as The Table. We eat at the Lord’s Table. We are at a banquet when we attend service. And when we come at the banquet, we have to eat and not just look at the food. We hunger and thirst daily. Since the hunger and thirst is caused by God, we need to turn to the right source to satisfy these desires. In the wilderness, the multitude hungered and thirsted for bread and water. Being hungry and thirsty was not the problem. But turning to rebellion in order to satisfy that holy hunger and thirst became the sin to Israel. God knows that we would hunger and thirst, so He has provided us with the 5-fold ministry for a balanced diet. That is why we must balance eating and drinking. Eating without drinking causes constipation while drinking without eating causes weight loss. That is why we need to read and pray, for reading is like eating while praying is like drinking. God is against a starvation diet. John is told to go to the angel and take the book and eat it up. Yet we must still be careful when eating to avoid obesity with too much and weight loss with too little. Let us satisfy hunger and thirst with the right things. The rich young ruler had a hunger and thirst for righteousness but he turned to the pursuit of money in order to quench it. He used the wrong approach to satisfy God-given desires. The Prophet says the rich young ruler had a ministry of evangelism but he forfeited it for material things. That is why when he grew old, he died and went to hell. Although on earth he had enough, in hell he was hungering and thirsting while Lazarus who ate crumbs from his gate was now filled in heaven. God reversed the positions after death. When God fills our hunger and thirst for righteousness, we become like God. We see how Abraham had a burden for his loved ones. He went after Lot to rescue him, which shows how we, too, must pray for our loved ones who are in the world. God was happy with Abraham’s behaviour and He came down in the form of Melchizedek and gave bread and wine to Abraham. At a spiritual level, we need to check and be alert to the signs of hunger which are as follows:1) weakness in the body, 2) irritability, 3) moodiness, 4) rumbling tummy 5) feeling empty. That is why when we feel down and out, like we do not want to come to church, that is the right time for us to come to the house of God. At the same time, thirst has got its own signals, which should not be mistaken with hunger. When the human body is thirsting, the following results: dehydration, dry eyes, headaches, sluggishness, nausea, dizziness, dry skin, constipation. Signs of thirsting in the spiritual realm are seen in dry-eyed confessions of believers, eye problems of looking at this brother or sister and always criticizing. We need discernment to know how to quench our hunger and thirst. These desires reflect how God felt in the beginning. He longed for fellowship with his children. God had a hunger and thirst to express His Attributes, which explains why He created us. Now we have to express the same attributes of God to the world. It is our turn now. The woman at the well came on her own for a meeting with Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ even dismissed the disciples so that He could talk to her directly on her own. Christ did not request the former husbands to be there in that private meeting. This shows that God deals with the individual at just that personal level. She had a holy thirst for the seventh man, the man Christ Jesus. But she went to other men to quench that thirst. That’s why when she came to the well, the subject was about thirsting/water. Christ had a more thirst to see her thirst being satisfied. At the end she left without giving him a drink because she dropped the pots. But she left filled with the Water of Life never to thirst again. The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s wisdom and developed a hunger and thirst, which caused her to take a long trip to Israel, risking her life in the process. But the good thing is that the Queen of the South was filled of her hunger and thirst. The Message of the Hour fills our hunger and thirst, which are the production of the Holy Ghost.

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