Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day. . .

Exodus 16:3
And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

The people were wrong. No one has ever died of hunger. Long term malnutrition and starvation kills, but mere hunger does not. Hunger is uncomfortable, but it is not an indication of impending death. The world tries and is hugely successful in creating hungers within us. We are led, and manipulated by our hungers. Hunger makes us predictable and vulnerable:

2 Kings 7:12
And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants, I will now shew you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we be hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and get into the city.

Your enemy can use your hunger to invade your city, and thereby lead you into captivity. Credit card debt is a result of being overcome by the desires of hunger. Drug addiction, alcoholism, addiction to pornography, sexual perversions and addictions of all kinds, morbid obesity. . . all these are problems of hungers compelling destructive behavior.

The physical and the spiritual are surely in opposition to one another. I truly feel. . . and I speak to myself, that the more I feed the hungers of my flesh, the more difficulty I have in the spiritual and I want to emphasize, that I’m not speaking now of the illegal and immoral. . .but the more I hunger for the latest technology. . . the latest fashions. . . the newest car. . . etc. etc. etc. . . . the less time my mind spends seeking after God.

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.

Truthfully. . . can I even fool myself into thinking that I hunger for righteousness with anywhere near the intensity that I hunger for the latest iPad, the latest mobile phone, or other technological offering from Silicon Valley? Sadly I must admit, that my physical hungers very often far surpass my spiritual hungers. . .

Any addiction. . . any hunger tries to sell you the lie that it will be satisfied by feeding it. When I struggled and fought to quit smoking, how many times I fell for the lie, that all I needed was just one toke on a cigarette, to make things right. . . My hunger was speaking to me in its death throes. . .telling me just one toke, and I’ll go away. . . When the truth of the matter is, that the only way to kill a hunger is to totally deny it. To give in to it once, feeds the dying coals of that fire. . . giving it fuel to burn again. . .

John 6:35
And Jesus said unto them,
I am the bread of life:
he that cometh to me shall never hunger;
and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Find freedom in Christ. Fill yourself in Him, and with Him.

John 8:36
If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed.

It is not only the addicts and alcoholics who are in bondage and slaves to their hunger. . .Find freedom today in Christ. . .

I love you my God. . .
I thank you for giving me a path to freedom in You. . .
I thank you my God. . .


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