WHAT IS IT TO HUNGRY AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS
Luke 6:21 Charles e Whisnant
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
5:6 hunger . . . for righteousness. Those who seek God’s righteousness receive what they desire, not those who are confident of their own righteousness. Reformation Study Bible
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Unsaved people thirst for happiness and hunger for fulfillment, but they seek Many people have a hunger for the wrong things. And seek it in the wrong places : 2 Peter 2:22. Isaiah 55:2
Jesus knew they were hunger and offered Himself as Bread Jeremiah 2:13. John 2:15-15
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? ASK YOURSELF? Power? Praise? Possessions? Pleasure?
Your answer will determine whether or not you are in the kingdom.
What is interesting is people are breaking their backs to get all they can and what is cool is that Christians will get it all anyway in the Kingdom. On God’s condition we inherit.
Having the right spirit, the right heart and the the right ambition gets us into the kingdom
Which is saying: All I want, God is Your Righteousness, all I want is to be meek before you.” I Corinthians 3:22-23
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HUNGER AND THIRST? AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS?
A right kind of desire. To be needy. Idea of genuine thirst.
Examples: (1) Moses (2) David: Psalms 23; 42:12 and 63:1. (3)
Paul: Acts 9:3-9; 18:9-10; 2 Corinthians 18:9-10 Philippians 3:10
J.N. Darby said: “To be hungry is not enough, I must be really starving to know what is in God’s heart toward me.” Luke 1:53 and Psalms 107:9.
WHAT IS IT WE ARE TO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR?
The prophet Amos said Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the [same] maid, to profane my holy … Read the entire book of Amos … The people – That make a prey even of the poor afflicted ones, who walk with dust on their heads.
The church wants happiness that is earthly not necessary spiritual. A spiritual feeling. But righteousness nans to be right with God.
Means to seek salvation. Righteousness is equated with Salvation: Isaiah 45:8; 46;12-13; 51:5; 56:1; 61:10
DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY? Hunger and thirst after salvation. Secondly this mean an increasing in holiness which is sanctification. Philippians 1:9. Its not getting a piece here and a little there but its getting as much as we can continually. In fact we are never totally satisfied. Like David said: Psalms 17:15
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M REALLY THIRSTING AND HUNGRY AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS?
What satisfied you? What do you think about yourself? What is your appetite about?
One a scale of 1 to 10 what is your appetite for the Word of God? Jeremiah 15:16 is this true in your heart.
WHAT IS THE RESULT OF THIS HUNGERING AND THIRSTING?
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS: Psalms 107:9; 34:10; 23; Jeremiah 34:14; John 4:14; 6:35.