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Monday’s Blog: Blessed Are Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

We continue our series on the Beatitudes this week with Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Do you hunger to live a life pleasing to God? Do you seek Him daily as a greater necessity than food and water?

If we desire to live for God and seek Him with all our hearts, why do we sometimes feel unfulfilled? The amplified version for Matthew 5:6 says, “… for they shall be completely satisfied!”

I believe one of the main reasons why we have a hard time feeling completely satisfied in our walk with Christ is because we set too high standards for ourselves. We expect more from ourselves than God does. We set the bar at where we think we are acceptable to Him. And the more we grow, the higher we raise that bar.

As I grow in my relationship with Christ, I have a greater tendency to fall into works of the flesh, thinking I need to do more to please God. God may expect more from us as He gives us greater responsibilities, but His love for us never changes. He loves us when we don’t follow Him the same as He loves us when we do follow Him. God’s love for us isn’t based on what we do.

… you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions … For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

—Ephesians 2:1-9

One morning, after days of exhausting myself “trying” to please God, I awoke to envisioning Him looking down on me with a big smile, saying “Good morning, my child. I love you!

Despite my shortcomings, God reached down and took my anxiety and guilt away and filled my spirit with joy at the revelation of His love.

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn … The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

—Isaiah 51:1-3

We sometimes need a refreshing reminder of God’s unconditional love for us. When I know God is pleased with me, not because of what I do but because of His love for me, I fall less. When I am filled with His love, I am not easily led astray, seeking to find satisfaction in other things. When I know God’s smiling down on me, I am completely satisfied because His approval is all I need to sustain me.

God’s love is always more than enough to satisfy us. If we are not satisfied in our walk with Christ, we are not receiving the love God wants to give us. Jesus fills us with everything we need when we receive Him into our lives, but we need to continually reach out to God to keep us filled. If you are dissatisfied in your walk with Christ today, run into the arms of your Heavenly Father and ask Him to fill you with a greater revelation of His love.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

— 1 John 3:1

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**Prayer for the week**

Heavenly Father,

We praise You that Your love is more than enough to completely satisfy us. We pray that You would give every one of us a greater revelation of Your love this week. May we always come to You and not the world when we are hungry and thirsty. For You alone can  fill us.

In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen!

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8 comments on “Monday’s Blog: Blessed Are Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

  1. Lily Brenner on said:

    I am so thankful for your article! I see myself far too often trying to do things for God in my own flesh to prove to Him how much I love Him. Your article has helped me to see all I have to do is receive His love! Oh, don’t get me wrong I know I am to trust and obey, let Him grow my faith, and His love is so worth it!

  2. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Lily:) I am so happy it blessed you. I don’t know how many times I’ve posted and read messages on God’s love, and God still needs to remind me that I don’t have to try to win His love. We already have His love.Thanks for the wonderful comment. God bless you!

  3. Dave Moore on said:

    Great word Amanda. We can sometimes confuse condemnation with conviction. The enemy is sly and we must stay close to God so that we know the difference. The Holy Spirit will never condemn us. We need to learn to discern between the voices that we hear, our own, the liar’s, and the Holy Spirit’s. Peace comes when we listen to God.

  4. Amanda Beth on said:

    Great comment, Dave! We need to learn to discern the voices we hear and listen only to God’s voice. Thanks for sharing. God bless you:)

  5. Kerry Johnson on said:

    Powerful post, Amanda. So very true.

    Last year I read Charles Swindoll’s book, The Grace Awakening, and it opened my eyes to the often forgotten world of God’s grace. I realized I’m much harder on myself than God is on me. I’m doing, doing, doing for Him, when He simply wants me (us) living for Him.

    Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you to write this, and for sharing it. I’m looking very forward to reading and reviewing your book. :)

    God Bless,
    Kerry

  6. Amanda Beth on said:

    Thank you, Kerry:) I’ll have to get that book. God’s grace is all we need. He knows how to get us where we need to be. We can’t get there on our own.
    Thanks again for offering to review my book. I pray you enjoy it.
    God bless!

  7. Mark Hunter on said:

    100% correct. I set a VERY high bar for myself and become quite disenchanted when I don’t attain my goals in my walk with God. It’s nice to be reminded that God doesn’t set bars for us to jump over – all he wants from us is Love.

  8. Amanda Beth on said:

    Amen! Great comment, Mark! All God wants from us is love.

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