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The Filling Hunger, The Quenching Thirst! (4 of 8)
Series: THE "BEATTITUDES"
Matthew 5:6; John 6:47-59; Isaiah 55:1-2
Hunger and thirst are two of the most basic appetites we have. They come in varying degrees: we often express these appetites verbally in ways like this:
"Boy, I could eat a horse!"
"Man, I'm starved!"
"If I don't get something to eat pretty soon, I'll die!"
"I'm so thirsty my tongue is sticking to the roof of my mouth!"
"I'm dying of thirst!"
Of course, we don't really mean that our appetites are really that bad ... we use such statements to indicate the strong desire at the moment we express them.
Our lives are governed to a large degree by our appetites. God created these to keep our lives in proper order, they are quite normal. Only when these appetites are fulfilled with the wrong things do we have problems. There are a variety of appetites that drive our lives:
i.e. food, water, air, ambition, sex, power, love, etc.
Sin is nothing more than God-given appetites fulfilled in improper ways: i.e. appetite of power: God's use of power is for us to be servants to others; the sinful or improper use of power however is directed toward controlling others! God's created appetite of sex is designed for a couple to find joyful fulfillment and bonding in marriage; sin's use of sex however is outside of marriage, all of it outside of God's plan.
Jesus now talks about "appetite" in this 4th beatitude, only He specifies what our "hunger and thirst" should be satisfied with: we are to "hunger and thirst FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS!"
PROP. SENT: The Bible will teach us that we should have a driven appetite for God's righteousness, found in Christ; only then can we be FULL of happiness or truly experience being "blessed" or happy.
I. APPETITES Matt. 5:6; John 6:47-59
A. Desire Matt. 5:6
1. We are a people of many appetites ... we are a culture driven by desires to fill these many appetites.
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