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Daily Bread - July 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:40
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
for they shall be filled.

Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness - Part 2

God has blessed our nation with plenty; and so when we are hungry we sit
down to a great feast at supper time, and find that there is always more
than we can eat. Because of such a bountiful supply, we are able to eat
until we are full. God, who is rich in mercy towards us, has also supplied
us with a feast of righteousness; and if we are thirsty and hungry, we can
drink and eat of His righteousness until our whole being is filled with His
goodness.

Hungering and thirsting are images of longing after God in both the Old and
New Testaments (Isaiah 55:1; Psalms 42:2; John 4:13, 7:37; Revelation 21:6,
22:17). The righteousness of God is something that we should long for more
than anything else (Matthew 6:33); but unfortunately, many of God's people
fail to even realize what righteousness is. Righteousness is defined by the
conduct and lifestyle of God Almighty. Righteousness is everything that
pertains unto life and godliness. It was modeled for us by Jesus; and He
died for us so that we could be dead to sin, and enabled to live in
righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). It is the behavior and disposition of love.
Righteousness is not man's vain attempt to please God; rather,
righteousness is the conduct of the redeemed (Luke 1:75-76; 2 Peter
1:3-11). However, unless a person is born of the Spirit, they will never be
able to fully realize the character and conduct of the Almighty; and their
attempt will be vain.

Jesus couples the Kingdom of God with the Righteousness of God, and places
them before us as that which we should desire above all other things
(Matthew 6:33). The righteousness of God has been made available to us as a
free gift. Our hearts and spirits have been recreated in righteousness and
true holiness by the Spirit of God, so that we can know and do those things
that pertain unto His righteousness (Ephesians 4:24; Romans 6:19). Let us
be thirsty today and come and drink of the righteousness that is supplied
by the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5:18). Let us be hungry so that we may
yield to God's abundant and rich supply of righteousness that is in the
Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17; Philippians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Romans
5:17,21, 10:6-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
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