[SW266] 01/20/2017 message notes by

Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2017

“Hunger For the Holy Spirit”

I have been asking the Lord, “What creates hunger for You?” It’s because I so want to see Christians hungry for the Holy Spirit.

He brought to mind particular scriptures, and from those, I had His answer —

They become hungry when He humbles them and allow them to be afflicted, and when they repent, He answers their hunger!”

I thank God for His kindness in humbling me and causing me to be afflicted so I would become hungry and repent! He could have written me off! But He is full of mercy!

This is music to God’s ears, from any believer! He loves hungry hearts who honor Him when they receive what they lack!

Beloved, God’s kindness to us is repentance (Romans 2:4).

Texts:  Matthew 5:6  — for righteousness (to hunger and thirst means you realize you don’t have it, and when you realize your lack and turn

to Him, He will fill you with it!

Psalm 107:4-9 — Lack of food and water lack because of sin of                    unbelief. And He met their lack when they

cried out to Him.

Hunger and thirst results from lack. When you lack, you hunger and thirst.

The Apostle Paul had a godly jealousy for the straying Corinthian church, to present them to the Lord as a pure bride (see 2Corinthians 11:2). It is the same for me.

How beautiful are the feet of the one who brings Good News! Here is the lack — righteousness! God has humbled you and allowed you to be afflicted! But look! He is your one and only Provider who will give you HIS righteousness, if you repent!

Do you know that it is impossible for you to believe what you have not heard, what has not been preached to you (Romans 10:14)? So I must preach it!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6).

Psalm 107:4-9 —

The situation of His people, Israel — desert wandering, lack of food and drink, physically hungry and thirsty!

Why? God was disciplining them.

Deuteronomy 8:5 “Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.”

Why did He discipline them? Because they refused to enter the Promised Land. They didn’t think they could defeat the giants there. So He sent them into the desert, where they wandered for 40 years! And . . .

Deuteronomy 8:3 “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”

They lacked food and drink, and their lack led to hunger. When they hungered and cried out to God, He fed them and gave them water.

But do not forget that there were those who continued to sin after He fed them. Those died in the desert. These things were written for our instruction (1Corinthians 10:11).

Let’s be sure we understand this. He disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:9) for good and NEVER for evil purposes. Why does He discipline?

— So you may share His holiness (Hebrews 12:10), and

— So you bear the fruit of righteousness, even His righteousness, that is, His character (Hebrews 12:11), His divine nature (2Peter 1:4).

But those who do not repent will die in their desert.

So how does this apply to you and me?

God the Father disciplined me. He humbled me by allowing a physical affliction — MS — to come upon me.  It was His kindness to me, leading me to repent. He desires none to perish, but all to come to repentance (2Peter 3:9).

In my MS desert wanderings, I realized, “Something is missing in my life, and I think it’s God.” I began to see that I lacked.

That led me to church. I joined and soon became a member of the church board.

That led me to Tommy Tenney’s The God Chasers, given by my pastor to everyone on the church board.

When I read it, I saw that I lacked intimacy with God. I did not really know Him, nor did I hear from Him.

That led me to cry out, “I want to know You that way!” I was hungry!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)!

Then my pastor had vision of me being healed, and spoke it from the pulpit.

That led me to talk with my pastor, and to obey him when he said I must pray and ask God if I was right with Him. It wasn’t about healing. It was about knowing Him. I was hungry.

So I prayed and asked, “Am I right with You, Lord?” But there was no answer.

Then the pastor asked, “Do you have any unforgiveness in your heart?” He didn’t mince any words — he was very direct and bold!
That led me to see that I had not forgiven my first husband. We must forgive, or God will not forgive us. Holding a grudge is sin.

That led me to see that my sin stood between God and me.

That led me to repent and ask Him to take my sin.

The kindness of God is repentance. He offers it to you!

That led me to true salvation, finally becoming RIGHTEOUS, the thing I lacked, the thing that made me right in God’s eyes.

That led me to healing.
That led me to being filled with the Holy Spirit so I could be Jesus Christ’s witness here, just as He commands, and be filled with His righteousness —

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)!

He did all that to show He is God, and He disciplines His children for good purposes, and not evil purposes (Hebrews 12:10), if they will turn back to Him in the midst of their affliction.

He disciplined me for good, and not for evil. And He received and yet receives glory for healing me and making me His witness here. And He will do the same for you!

And He continues to take me on, from image to image and glory to glory. Every day, He teaches me so He can be seen ever more clearly in me. And He will do the same for you!

I tell you the truth, He will answer your hunger and thirst when you cry out to Him, just as He did me!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)! So cry out to Him!


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