Whether said by ourselves or our mothers, at some point in our lives we have probably all heard the phrase, “If you’re being picky about what you want to eat then you probably aren’t that hungry.” (In my case, I’ve heard it a lot from my husband as we agonize to agree on a decision for dinner. 😉 )
Am I the only person that becomes pickier the more hungry I become? When I am REALLY hungry, I want something that is good and going to calm my appetite for more than a few hours. These are the times that I want to eat some of my favorite homemade from scratch meals, NOT McDonald’s.
The last few years, I have been spiritually hungry for revival. I am at the point that fun little sayings that make me feel good do not do it for me. I want the real presence of God, no matter the cost. If it steps on my toes, so be it. Fast food theology isn’t working here, I’m starving!
Are you hungry enough for your revival to eat the Bread of Life, or would you rather a quick greasy fix?
Our world is hurting. People are lost. Unbelievers have experienced enough counterfeits to know that some of what the church is putting out there for them is not going to satisfy their hunger. If they know that… then why don’t we know that as we fatten ourselves up with the junk that isn’t good for us?
We all know that a big delicious Thanksgiving meal takes work. Lots of work. But we all look forward to it and know that in the end it is going to be so worth it. We are craving that meal so badly that we spend days if not weeks planning it. That’s hunger!
Prayer, fasting, time in the Word of God, witnessing to others… sacrifices!
While “feel good” sermons and thoughts may help us momentarily, do they help us grow to trust God in the bad times? Do they challenge us to want to live more Christ like?
Picking and choosing which scripture to follow, sometimes out of context, while ignoring other important passages can be very dangerous. Beware of food poisoning!
Because church fads come and go, but God’s Word lasts forever.
Just because something may be working for someone else, it does not mean it works for everyone. Follow your own convictions and have a personal worship experience.
While reading books by wonderful Christian authors can contribute to our revival, we cannot be comforted by them alone. We need to get on our knees, open up the Bible, and experience the comfort that only the Holy Spirit can bring.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. – John 6:35 NKJV
I visited a local church last night for a benefit singing (I had a wonderful time!) and the congregation was made up of people from many different churches, all gathered under one roof. There was a sweet presence of the Lord in that place and a friend of mine (also from my church) looked at me and made the comment, “Ya know, if all the churches would just come together in unity, there wouldn’t be a devil in hell that could put a stop to us.” So true! The Bible calls for love and unity, one mind and one accord.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”- Psalm 133:1
But here’s the problem, we can’t even find that under one church roof alone, much less expect it from more than one congregation of churches.
When it comes to one church, the members within don’t live in true unity as they should, creating discord and division through backbiting/gossip/etc. And instead of supporting fellow Christians through love and encouragement, churches tend to separate themselves and have a “We’re better than you are” mentality. Meaning, if you don’t go to our church, you might as well not even be a child of God. No, this isn’t how we want to be, but how the devil wants us to be. Satan would love to drive a wedge between all of God’s children because he knows what we are capable of if we live in one mind and one accord. It scares him (and it should!).
In reality, we should be able to all come together with pure worship for the God that created us all . When we get to heaven, the church that we went to will not matter, but our relationships with the Lord and others will. Once we become determined to unite as the body of Christ (like He called for us to) within our own church, it will be natural for the Church in general to join together as the body of Christ. And there really wouldn’t be a devil in hell that could put a stop to us!
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”- Ecclesiastes 4:12
Ready to challenge the devil? Embrace your brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter where they choose to attend church services. Go even further than that and embrace those who have not yet entered in to the salvation and freedom of Christ, and encourage them to do so. Satan really, really hates that!