25th, November 2016
Hebrews 5:11 - 14 (AMPC)
Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food. For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]! But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.
On one beautiful day, Jesus was performing miracles and healing the sick, delivering the demoniacs. Missing body parts were being replaced, the deaf where hearing and so many mighty works were being done. Gradually the crowd began to increase and grow and soon He had a multitude gathered together. To avoid the press of the people, He went up the mount and when everyone was settled down He began to teach a sermon that would later be known as the beatitudes. In His teaching, He declared those that hunger for righteousness blessed because very soon they were going to be completely satisfied. They all heard the message but very few (if any) got the message He was passing across. He was telling them that by due to what He is about to do, there would be an abundance of revelation and knowledge such that those that have always wanted to know the depths of the Father but couldn’t because of the limitations of the law were about to be more than satisfied. In line with divine plan, Jesus dies on the cross, the veil was turn in twain, the Holy Ghost was sent and the promise of complete satisfaction was accomplished.
Nevertheless, this passage of scripture points out a beautiful connection between hunger and satisfaction. Only the hungry can receive from the Father. When we were in sin, we were not satisfied with what we had; we desperately wanted (hungered for) righteousness and we got it. Those that haven’t desired to be righteous are still in their sin and those that are passive about it, those with the ‘someday I would give my life to Christ’ mentality, are also in their sin. Complete satisfaction is guaranteed for the hungry. As the scripture puts it ‘when you are full, you will not even eat honey. When you are hungry, even something bitter tastes sweet’ (Proverbs 27: 7 ERV).
If we desire to experience the depths of the Father, then we must not be satisfied with what we already have. We must be hungry for more. We must have a desire for something greater and must be willing to pay the price. How can we develop hunger? By making the desired our focus. Take the world of football for an example. The el- clasico though just a match between two teams have been made a big deal by media hypes and endless statistics comparison. At the beginning of the season the press is already speaking about it, predictions are being made, many activities are built around this one match to the point it brews hunger and interest in the heart of football fans.
In the same vein, build and sustain your hunger by building your life around your desired goal; keep talking about it, keep looking forward to it, imagine it, hang around those already manifesting what you hunger for and pretty soon you’ll be so stirred up to take concerted efforts to make it.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit as my teacher and my instructor in the Words of righteousness. Precious Spirit of truth, I expressly declare my dependence on you for in depth revelations of the Word. Please show me something new and deeper about the heart of the Father every new day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Isaiah 44: 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
Proverbs 27: 17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68