There are two attributes of the human species that hasn’t changed over centuries and doesn’t look likely to change; the constant hunger and thirst for food and water. Likewise in the spiritual realm, the spirit man of men hungers and thirsts for something to satisfy the craving within. This fundamental hunger and thirst manifests itself in many forms and through many things; hunger and thirst for affection, success, acceptance, peace, etc. Yet, it seems that when we satisfy one desire we go on a search of fulfillment of another desire, not knowing that nothing can fill that void but the unconditional and unrelenting love of God.
That is why it is important to understand that as a born again Christian, nothing in this world can satisfy you and your needs but Christ. The Bible says “In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden” [Colossians 2:3, AMP]. Therefore if Christ lives in you, then all these things are also hidden in you. That is why you don’t need to go looking for a successful career, happy marriage, successful and obedient children, riches, wealth or knowledge, anywhere else. Yet, many Christians do not achieve all of these things although it is readily available to us, and are still searching and looking for things to satisfy them.
Jesus said, “Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied” [Matthew 5:6, AMP]. The person who hungers and thirsts after righteousness is the person who not only believes in Galatians 2:20 but lives it out fully. This is the key to attaining and achieving what has already been purchased for you on the cross of Calvary. What you desire and long after is what you will be filled with and shall receive. This is so because what you hunger and thirst for, comes from what you dwell on constantly and what you ponder and dwell on will find its place in your heart, and eventually manifest in your actions of going after those things. That is why we are encouraged in Romans 12:2 to renew our minds in order to transform our lives to the lives God purposed for us before the foundation of the earth.
Even as a Christian, there are two desires you can have; a desire for the things of the Spirit or a desire for the things of the flesh; these two desires conflict with each other (Galatians 5:16-18). The Christian having the former desire is called “spiritual” with the other to referred “carnal”. A spiritual Christian will produce fruits as seen in Galatians 5:22-25, while a carnal Christian will bear fruits as seen in Galatians 5:19-21. Yes, it is possible to be born again and be as carnal and as worldly as an unbeliever, just because of what you are hungering and thirsting after. When you become born again, spiritually you are like a baby who needs to be feed on the right things to grow properly . Yet, if you desire the wrong things and feed on those things, spiritually your growth will become malnourished (Romans 8:5-8).
Just as the hungering and thirsting process in our bodies do not cease until we die, hungering and thirsting for God and the things of God should not cease until we join Him in His Glory. There are levels in Christ; higher heights to attain. Do not be content with the level you are at. Press in to deeper levels by hungering and thirsting for the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and after the things of God and all those things which you long for, shall be added unto you.
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