Psalms 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.” NASB
I believe there is a cry throughout the land for more of God in our lives. Unfortunately, too frequently it is nothing more than a longing that sounds spiritual but has no corresponding commitment or action to bring it into reality. Having more of God, being closer to God is not something available to only the select of the elect. It is available for every child of God. God wants all of us to come to His river and drink of the water of life. We can have as much of God as we desire, there are no limitations!
Isaiah 55:1 – “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”
Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
God has a river flowing, a continual river that will never be exhausted. It will never run dry and is plenteous in supply. It is a river that completely satisfies the longing of the soul. There is a truth that we need to grasp spiritual, in the natural a river at flood stage purifies that river. It washes away the debris and blockages.
The great truth is that when it comes to spiritual things, “Our appetites determine our spiritual condition.” We eat and drink what we want because we want it. If we want something bad enough, we will struggle for it, sacrifice to achieve or acquire it, and go to all lengths to get it. It is the same with spiritual things. If we lack spiritually it is because we have not become hungry or thirsty enough. God is not withholding His presence from us. He makes Himself available and it is up to us to press in and enter His presence.
There are some conditions to receiving His Spirit and fullness in our lives. We read in John 7:37-39 – “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
CONDITION NUMBER ONE – We Must Thirst.
Thirst means the ardent, eager, famishing, keen, and all-consuming craving and passion of the soul for complete union with God and with the fullness of His Spirit. That is the message of Psalms 42:2 – “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Then in Psalms 63:1, we discover the required passion of the soul – “O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly; my soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” That is echoed in Psalms 143:6, Isaiah 41:17 and Isaiah 44:3.
The simple reality is, “if we seek, we will find. If we are thirsty, really thirsty, He will give us drink.” That is the thirst and determination of Elisha in 2 Kings 2 with Elijah and the double portion anointing. He followed Elijah to Gilgal, then to Bethel, to the Jordan and refused to be denied or deterred from his quest to receive. Joel declared that this outpouring of God’s Spirit would be “upon all flesh.”
That includes you and me if we will refuse to be denied. I want to deal with this a little more and will do so in the next session.
God bless you and may your day be filled with His presence.