Hungry and thirsty

John 7:37: 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.

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I woke up this morning with a hunger in my stomach, an indication that the food consumed the previous evening had digested and feed my whole body. My thoughts turned to what it means to be hungry and thirsty for Jesus. Perhaps the blog of Ezekiel consuming the Word of YHWH is still fresh in my spirit. Jesus often related to being thirsty and hungry.

Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied

John 4:13-14: Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

John 7:37: 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.

Revelation 22:17: 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. (Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/God-Quenching-Our-Thirst)

These verses clearly indicate that we should have a hunger and thirst for our Saviour, a desire to be filled with His word, His Spirit, and to be quenched with His love. However, there is an implication that we need to approach Him, sit at His table, to be renewed and strengthened. We are to be spiritually nourished to complete the work that He has planned for us. A healthy breakfast consists of good portion of the Word, a serving of praise and worship, and a good dollop of prayer to equip you for the day. Don’t forget to enjoy some fellowship and snack on moments of wonder at His majesty throughout the day.

If you spend the day on the couch with the Word, you may become spiritual obese. God intended His people to spread the Word, to shine His light, not to hide it in the lounge. We are not to hoard the blessings, and keep revelations to ourselves. Yeshua commanded His disciples to , “Go therefore into the nations and make disciples.” He did not say, “You sit in your comfy chair and keep the love that I have revealed to you all to yourself.” His command is to action love, to serve others and thereby to proclaim His love. To shout His love from the rooftops, and bring esteem to the Father – these are not passive actions. I encourage you to listen to the song Rooftops by Jesus Culture (https://youtu.be/4-gLdIO5G-Q)

You are called, you have been chosen, and set-apart, to be ambassadors for Yeshua. As His bride, we need to ensure we have a healthy diet, that will fill our spirit with His goodness. It is what you put into your mouth that will determine the shape and health of your body (physical). Similarly, what comes out of our mouth, shows what our heart is full off. Matthew 15: 18-20, “18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” Yeshua made this comment as some Pharisees had noted that the disciples had not washed their hands before eating. Yeshua made a very simple statement that is a word of caution, that what is in our spirit (heart) comes out of our mouth.

We feed our spirit with images, sounds, and desires. The eyes are the windows of the soul, what view do your eyes allow your mind to see? What reading material do you consume? Matthew 6: 22 -23, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” As a child my mother would always tell me to eat my carrots so that my eyes would be healthy. But these verses are not telling you to eat veggies, rather that you need to consume the very Word of YHWH, that you need to be filled with the Spirit of YHWH so that you are full of light. If you are full of light then you will provide light to others, not from a couch though. There are many verses in the Bible that refer to the eye of YHWH, as being His Spirit, which is where I draw the connection about your eye sight being spiritual sight.

Another opening in our head, are our ears. Matthew 13: 15, “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Ears are very important and what we listen to feeds our spirit. I would actually like to focus on: who do you listen to? There are so many different voices that demand your attention. It is so important to make sure that you are not listening to lies, to doubt that devalues your standing with YHWH. Do you hear your Father, and His love songs to you? Guard you mind and watch carefully whose voice guides your dreams and thoughts. Don’t entertain negative self-talk, or put yourself down. One word that we all use to often is JUST. I am just a teacher, I am just a Mum, just a Dad… NO!! Don’t minimise who you are with this word. There is the philosophical saying: You are what you think you are. I would argue that I am who the Father says I am. The Father does NOT create junk, you are wonderfully and fearfully created for His purpose. He did not create us to become polluted by false beliefs. Keep your mind healthy, feed on the Word, train your ears to hear His voice. If you are not sure how to hear, then I encourage you to go to Him and ask! Read John 17, the most beautiful love letter to those that believe Yeshua is Lord and Saviour. When you read the Word, you need to chew it over, digest it and make it part of your being. Pray in spirit and Truth, break bread, and anoint your head. Know that you are set-apart for Him.

Be spiritually fed so that you will be hungry after a day of spending that energy on Kingdom building. Sit down and refuel so that you are energised, and ready to go out in His strength. Yeshua invites those that are thirsty to come and drink, being thirsty means you have been exercising. Take not the invitation is to come to Him and drink from the Living Water. It is not poured into your mouth, you need to be position yourself and drink.

There is an old Sunday School song that comes to mind: Watch your eyes, what your eyes what you see. The next verse is watch your ears, watch your ears what they hear. The chorus: There’s a Father up above looking down in tender love. However, His Spirit is within you.

Father, may Your Spirit open up our eyes, and ears, that we might hear Your voice and see Your love. Fill us with Your Spirit so that our inner-being radiates You to the world around us. Send us out Lord filled with spiritual anointing for the glory of Your Kingdom. Let us be hungry for Your Word and energised to shine in this broken world. Feed us, we are Your flock and we desire Your presence and love. Amen.