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HUNGERING AND THIRSTING AFTER GOD
Episode 24030th June 2024 • Live Behind The Veil • The Epistles
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Summary:

Our relationship with our Father deepens as we hunger and thirst after righteousness. The Holy Spirit brings the answer of our seeking Him with a whole heart. True communication, answer to prayer and a relationship that has no end.  

Show Notes:

  • People cannot be “taught” into the kingdom of God, it must come by revelation through the Holy Spirit.

  • It’s our hungering and thirsting after the Lord that opens up that deep relationship with Him.

  • As we enter into this one on one relationship with the Lord, the Holy Spirit begins to make the Word come alive to us.

  • Our hungering and thirsting after God starts with our human initiative.

  • Because our relationship with the Lord is on His terms and not ours, our human initiative turns into spiritual initiative as we mature in Him.

  • Everything has changed, and the way I look at things is different now because I am hearing from God.

 

Quotes:

  • Two people can be in a room, and they can be hearing the same words. One can open his heart to the Lord and hear what God is speaking to him, and the other one never get it, never understand it.

  • It's about existing by the relationship you have with Him in the Spirit.

  • I know that a lot of people will tell you how to get there But the only way you're gonna get there is to hunger and thirst after God.

  • When you have a relationship; you develop that relationship with the Lord, come to know who He is, then the word becomes alive to you.

  • It's a simple thing. It's simply opening up your heart to know who the Lord is. "Lord, I want to know you."

  • That's why we were saying spirit, soul, and body, because so much of this actually starts in human initiative.

  • ...as we grow and mature, that human initiative turns into spiritual initiative.

 

References:

John 16:13

(Bringing life)

Revelation 3:20

 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Jeremiah 29:11-14

(Seeking Him with all your heart)

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Takeaway:

If you want a personal relationship with the Lord, you must hunger and thirst after Him, there are no short cuts. It’s through this relationship with Him that the Holy Spirit begins to reveal His Word and we begin to see by revelation His kingdom. You begin very simply, just cry out to Him with all of your heart.

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Hungering and Thirsting after God

Introduction:

Ken::

Two people can be in a room, and they can be hearing the same words. One can open his heart to the Lord and hear what God is speaking to him, and the other one never get it, never understand it. There are two ways, two ways of functioning, and this is why teaching often is really a handicap. You cannot teach a person into the kingdom.

Only by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, about the words that you're hearing can bring a life into you that sets you afire. Only by the anointing of the Holy Spirit that penetrates.

Lois::

The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay.

Dale::

It's by the Holy Spirit, that communication.

Ken::

It's about a relationship. It's about knowing God. It's about existing by the relationship you have with Him in the spirit. I tell you there's no substitute for that. And I know that a lot of people will tell you how to get there. But the only way you're gonna get there is to hunger and thirst after God. Really get hungry really want to know Him. And once you know Him, you're gonna go. Oh My God, the world looks so different today. Everything has changed. The way I looked at things before is not the way I look at them now. And I'm hearing from God because He's speaking to my heart.

Debbie::

And the word comes alive to you. When you have a relationship ; you develop that relationship with the Lord, come to know who He is, then the word becomes alive to you. The Holy Spirit makes the word come alive to you, in you; and through you. It's not a difficult thing. It's a simple thing. It's simply opening up your heart to know who the Lord is. "Lord, I want to know you." I want to know your word. I want to be filled with Your Spirit. I want to be led of the Spirit. I want to know exactly what You want from me. Because He reveals, the Holy Spirit reveals. the Lord to us.

Dale::

That's why we were saying spirit, soul, and body, because so much of this actually starts in human initiative. When we're talking about hungering and thirsting, we're using words that describe human emotion, human thinking, and God uses that. There's a part of our human being that God created for that specific purpose.

And as we grow and mature, that human initiative turns into spiritual initiative. And God is very good about swallowing that human initiative up, and turning it into spiritual initiative. Because just what you're saying, Ken, it's about a relationship. He wants a relationship. The beautiful thing is, the relationship's gonna be on His terms.

And that's where human initiative stops, spiritual initiative takes over, spiritual drive, walking in the spirit takes over.

Ken::

It's so important to reach into this relationship in the Lord, like a little child. Simply open up your heart to the Lord, lay aside all of your human characteristics and things that you've thought. You know all the different things about the way a human thinks. And I know a lot of people think when I really come to know the Lord, it's going to be difficult.

I have to change my life. No, you'll have to let the Lord change your life. Oh, but then even when He changes my life, how will I walk with? He will enable you to walk with Him by the same word you came in to know Him

Debbie::

If you want to know Him, if you want the Lord will meet you; you cry out to Him ,He will meet you. You want to know who He is. That's the way to do it.

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