“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled”
Being filled is a spiritual state. It is the result of Grace and Love being the nature of God Himself. Grace is given on the basis of faith. Faith is the conduit through which God transacts His Being to us.
“By whom also we have access by faith
into this grace wherein we stand…”
Faith is the open door by which the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is poured without measure into the hearts of those who know deeply of their need for it. Hungering and thirsting after God is the result of the eyes of faith gazing into the riches of Christ and laying hold of its reality. Such lives cannot be contented with promissory notes, faith’s need is to acquire, to have, and to hold the real “substance” of God in our lives. Its very heartbeat is to “apprehend” to “lay hold” of the power of Him to live godly, purely, and freely unto Him in this darkened world.
Many in our day are content with words while the very language of faith as written in the New Covenant can be summed up in its exhortations to be held in the power and wonder of Christ. Where His grace is beckoning us to fullness, the richness of heart, and reality of His life gripping us and bringing us to full obedience to His Lordship.
A few examples… (please read the context of each that we might receive the full import of God’s heart)
“That I may apprehend…” Phil. 3:12
“So run, that ye may obtain…” 1 Cor. 9:24
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.”
1 Cor. 9:25
“…that they may lay hold on eternal life” 1 Tim. 6:19
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. “
“If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead…”
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain”
2 Corinthians 6:1
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
1 Cor. 15:10
Grace received by faith produces a life filled with the dynamics of the Life of Christ to reach out, to press in, to labor abundantly for the glory of His Name.
May the Lord ever fill us with the fire to hunger and thirst after HIS righteousness. May we know the seeking of the true Kingdom where He is King over the unruly heart of man.
The promises of God are to the hungry.
The promises of God are to those who thirst.
The promises of God are to those who overcome.
“To Him that overcometh
will I give…”
See: Appropriating Life
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance;
to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him,
the greatest human achievement.”
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