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Blessed are those who Hunger & Thirst

Matthew 5:6, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

Here is our next building block to a relationship with God. Each beatitude is built on the prior one. If you don’t recognize your spiritual poverty, you will never mourn over sin. If you never mourn over sin, pride will keep you from humbling yourself to allow God to take the lead. So, if you never allow Him to lead, you will never develop a hunger and thirst for that continual relationship with our Lord.

Are you thirsty? What’s your Favorite drink? For just one minute, I want you to picture whatever that drink is in your mind. It could be ice cold or maybe even hot! It could be soda, tea, water, or even coffee. Me personally I’ll take an ice-cold Coke Zero please.

Has there ever been a time where you were just so parched and flat out dying of thirst that no matter what you had to do or how fast you needed to go you were going to get that drink? In South Africa I’ve heard that you can sometimes see deer defying lions in order to drink at the river. Their thirst will not be denied. They must have a drink of water or they will die!

In our own lives there will be starvation and thirst unless we have a continual intake of the spiritual. This includes the Word of God; prayer; and, fellowship with other Christians. But the real question we should ask ourselves is how thirsty are we?

Are we thirsty enough to defy that old lion, the devil, who is going to and fro across this world seeking whom he may devour?

  • Are we thirsty enough to do more than just go to church on Sunday?
  • Are we thirsty enough to wake up daily, spend time in prayer, & reading God’s Word?
  • Are we thirsty enough to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him?

We must be thirsty Christians. Not for earthy water but living water. In John 4:13, Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Thirsty for Christ, for his teachings, for his example, and for his WORD. This should be our thirst! Remember that favorite drink that we talked about earlier, and the fact that there’s times we’ve wanted it so bad that we could taste it? We need that same mindset about Heaven: I want Heaven so bad I can taste it. I want to spend eternity with Jesus so bad I can taste it. We need to be Thirsty Christians and starve for righteousness!