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Daily Bread - July 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:15
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
for they shall be filled.

Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness - Part 1

The Lord requires that we learn to live by His Word, and walk by the
direction of the Holy Spirit. If we are not hungry, we will not live by His
Word; and if we are not thirsty, we will not drink of the things of the
Spirit. However, the spiritual life that has been given to us in Christ
Jesus causes us to be both hungry and thirsty for the things of God; and if
we are hungry and thirsty, then we will be filled.

God led Israel through the wilderness and allowed them to get hungry so
that He might teach them that men do not live by bread alone, but by every
Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3). It was by this
principal that Jesus overthrew the temptations of Satan in the wilderness
when He was tempted (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4). Jesus, as the model Son of
God, did not have a long protracted life of dealing with the same problem
over and over again; but with perfect obedience to the Word of God, He
delivered a deathblow to the devices of Satan.

God taught Israel that He alone could satisfy the thirst of their souls. He
showed them that if they would trust Him, He would give them to drink from
the spiritual Rock, Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:4). He testified of His
great provision supplied by Christ, Who when He was smitten would provide
the true water for every truly thirsty soul -a thirst that only comes when
His people are willing to walk wherever He leads them to go (Exodus 17:6;
Psalms 78:20). He testified of the blessing that would come once Christ had
been smitten, the blessing of an unending flow of these waters of life for
all who would follow. God made provision that would only require us to
speak to the Rock, Christ Jesus; and the waters of the Holy Spirit would
flow to our thirsty souls (Numbers 20:8).

As Jesus cried out by the Spirit in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit continues to
cry out today saying, "If anyone thirst, come and drink!" And just as the
Scripture says, out of the inner most being rivers of the Holy Spirit will
flow out, which are the rivers from on High (John 7:37-39; Isaiah 41:18;
Revelation 22:17). This is the source of all the life of God -the life of
Christ, the abundant life of the Spirit, that lasts forever! This is that
heavenly realm that fills men with every good and perfect thing, so that
they never thirst for a life of sin again (John 4:14).

Many have been born of God that have not been willing to fully step in to
the life that has been provided. The great things of God are on the inside
of them, but they are unwilling to allow them to be activated by obedience.
It's high time to walk with the Father, and let Him take us where He wills.
We must let the Holy Spirit teach us how to be hungry and live on heavenly
bread (John 6:32-33, 58). We must, through faithful obedience to His Word,
allow the Holy Ghost to show us how spiritual thirst will lead us to the
Rock where we can drink continually of His presence and be filled with all
His fulness (Ephesians 5:18, 3:14-21).
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