THIRSTING FOR GOD…


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.

THIRSTING FOR GOD – (Part Two) …


Psalms 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.”  NASB

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.”  NASB

Previously we stated that everyone can have as much of God as they desire.  We stated that if one is thirsty, truly thirsty for God and will press into His presence they can drink of the river of God and be filled to overflowing with His Spirit.  We also identified that there are some conditions attached to the Promise of His Fullness and the first condition we identified was “Thirst.”

Condition Number Two is “Come unto Me.”  Jesus requires us to seek Him and that implies a total surrender of our lives to do the will of God, as that will is revealed and understood.  It is a total surrender of our lives unto Him.  Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.  30 “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”  Then in 1 John 1:7, we discover, “but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  He must have control!  He must be LORD!  He must find us a yielded vessel!

Condition Number Three is “Drink.”  That almost goes without saying and is almost too obvious to require addressing but we must for clarity.  This is speaking of the whole-hearted reception into our lives the gifts, fruit, and operation of the Spirit of God.  I encourage you to examine the details of 1 Corinthians 12:1-13.  Also, take to heart the declaration of the apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” 

We also need to remind ourselves of the declaration of Revelation 22:17, “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” 

Condition Number Four is “Believe on Me as the Scripture has said…”  That means to both believe and obey in totality, the fullness and entirety of God’s Word and pursue Him and His purposes totally.  Remember the directive of Jesus to the disciples as He was preparing to ascend into Heaven in Matthew 28:20?  He said, that they were to teach those they discipled to observe all the things He had commanded. That moment was expanded upon in Mark 16:15-20.  Our LORD declared in John 14:15, that if we love Him, we will obey Him.  In Acts 1:4-8 we read of the outpouring of the fullness of the Spirit of God. 

I believe and declare that if we want more of God, we can have more of God!  If we want to be filled with His Spirit, we can be filled with His Spirit!  The solution is to become Thirsty, Come to Jesus, and then Drink in belief and obedience.  Therefore, my question again, “Are you thirsty?”  “How thirsty are you?”

God bless you as you allow Him to quench your thirst for more of Him!  Have a fantastic day!

THIRSTING FOR GOD…


Psalms 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.”  NASB

I believe that I am hearing and sensing a cry and a longing across the land today wanting more and more of God.  Sadly, sometimes it is a longing that is not coupled with the commitment and determination to have more of God.  There are no actions coupled with the longing and it becomes nothing more than a wish not a pursuit.  Sometimes it is from a lack of instruction or understanding.  The pew is not taught by the pulpit the provisions of the promises of God and the pathway into His presence.

I am convinced that having more of God, being closer to God, and being filled with His Spirit is not something that only the select of the elect can attain.  It is for ‘whosoever will come.’  God wants all His children to come to the river and drink of the living water.  I believe it is possible to have as much of God as one desires and there are no limitations on His presence.

Isaiah 55:1 is an incredible declaration, “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, declares, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  God has a river flowing and it flows all the time!  It is a river that will never run dry.  It is a river with a plenteous supply.  It is a river that completely satisfied the living soul.  In the natural, a river at flood stage purifies that river by washing away all the silt and debris.

The truth concerning spiritual things is that our appetites determine our spiritual condition.  We eat and drink what we want to eat and drink because we want it.  If we want something bad enough, we will struggle to obtain it, sacrifice to get it and go to incredible lengths to acquire it.  It is the same in God.  If we want more of God and if we are hungry and thirsty enough, we will get more of God!  God is willing to fill us to overflowing but we must come to the water and drink.

I must qualify this by saying that there are some conditions to receiving this fullness of the Spirit and His power in our lives.  Jesus said in John 7:37-40, “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 is “Thirst.”  Without being thirsty we will not press in to drink.  Being thirsty as revealed in the Psalm and in John 7 is to have the ardent, eager, famishing, keen, and all-consuming craving and passion for complete union with God and the fullness of His Spirit.  That is far more than just a longing or a wish.  It is a condition where it is life or death to us.  Without more of God, we feel we will perish, and nothing can stand in the way of our pursuit of His presence, person, and power.

I want to quote five passages to illustrate this truth.

Psalms 42:2 – “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?” 

Psalms 63:1 – “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.”

Psalms 143:6 – “I stretch out my hands to Thee; My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land.” 

Isaiah 41:17 – “The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.” 

Isaiah 44:3-4 – “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, and My blessing on your descendants; 4 and they will spring up among the grass like poplars by streams of water.” 

If we seek, we will find!  If we are thirsty, truly thirsty, He will give us drink!  Elisha had that thirst as is revealed in 2 Kings 2.  He followed Elijah from Gilgal to Bethel to the Jordan.  He refused to be denied and received a double portion.  Joel declared that this outpouring would be “upon all flesh…”  That includes you and me if we will allow it to become a reality in our lives.  Are you thirsty?  Are you really thirsty?  Then let’s press in and drink and out of that filling with the Water of His Spirit impact the world for God!  

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

ANYBODY THIRSTY??? REALLY THIRSTY?????


Spiritual Blog - Thirsty

John 7:37-39 – “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ” If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will 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.”  NASU

 

WOW!  Today is another beautiful morning, as I awaken and sit before the Lord enjoying the solitude of my quiet place.  Darkness fills the air in the natural and light fills my heart in the spiritual.  My coffee tastes especially good this morning, the Word is incredibly refreshing and the communication with the Lord enlightening.  He asked me this question from the passage in John’s Gospel, “Are You Thirsty, Really Thirsty?” 

Jesus cried out at the last day of the feast a question that would have been applicable to every person there.  “Is anyone thirsty…”  Then He gave the solution to quenching that thirst, “let him come to Me and drink…”  This is not the first time that we’ve seen water regarding the people. We saw it in Exodus 17 Israel was encamped a Rephidim, but there was no water to drink and God through Moses’ hand provided water from the rock (a type of Christ).  Now, Jesus was telling the crowd if you have a thirst there is water that will quench it permanently for once you drink of this water there will be an inner river flowing out of your being to continually satisfy.  Remember the woman in Samaria (John 4) whom Jesus asked to give Him a drink and ultimately told her that there was water that she did not know about that would quench her thirst permanently?  Water that would become a fountain of water from within that would spring up into everlasting life was what He was offering her.

That Water of Salvation is available to everyone but ONLY those who THIRST find it.  If any man thirsts let him come unto Me and drink.  He speaks of the power of the Holy Spirit within our lives who will provide that continual flow of the waters of salvation in our beings.  He is offering that continual connection to Himself and the Father to whoever will come to Him and drink.

How do we drink?  We confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead.  We confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins.  We find that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  We drink from the fountain filled with blood that flows from Emmanuel’s veins.  We come to the Cross and receive the sacrifice that Jesus offered to pay for our sins.  We receive Him into our lives as Savior and as Lord!  He is the Water of Life, a continual flow from the throne of the Father, to us who are thirsty!  But, we must become thirsty or we will never seek that flow!

Today, allow your hunger and thirst for righteousness to be satisfied by turning fully to Jesus with your heart, your soul, your mind and your spirit.  Once you taste this water you will never thirst again! As you begin your day, go forth from the fountain of life having drunk from His waters and be satisfied!  Once you have quenched your thirst at His fountain go forth and share that water with others who are searching and thirsty!

Blessings as you go through your day!  May the Lord provide all that you need to do all that your heart desires on this day!