TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
When you seek Me first and My righteousness, I can add so many things to your life – good things that move you forward to your destiny. When you hunger for My presence above all and seek Me, I will fill your life to overflowing.
HUNGRY FOR GOD!
Paul was a man who put God first. The reason we’re still talking about Paul 2,000 years after his life ended is not because he was a Marvel-comic superhero, or because he had some kind of tripped out Jedi-juice or special X-gene.
He was a normal guy who did extraordinary things. The reason he was able to do extraordinary things that impact all our lives today, on the other side of the world, speaking a language that wasn’t even invented when Paul was alive, is simple. Paul put God first.
You have no idea how important it is to put God first. I’m afraid I don’t have any idea either, and I tell you what, I want to change that. I’ve done good in a lot of things and I’ve also failed in a lot of areas. However, any time that I revisit the practice of putting God first, everything in my life starts to get accelerated.
That’s why you fast – pardon the pun – but it’s the truth.
When you fast, you can’t ignore the fact that you haven’t eaten. You can’t deny it or out- think it. You can’t be a part of something else and forget about it for a while. It’s not easy to fast.
When you fast, you’re unplugged from a machine that you’re always plugged into and you’re so aware of it. That’s why fasting makes such an impact. It brings on a hunger, an emptiness, that illustrates our need for God.
That’s how it is when you don’t put God first. You get empty, even hungry in your life. You try to satisfy your needs with money, fame, family, accomplishment, ministry – and all these things are good. They’re just not God.
Go after this. Fast. Try one day this week. Twenty-four hours is a great way to start. Drink only water and every time you are tempted, cry out to God. When your stomach growls, open your Bible. When you think you can’t take any more, pray. This is a great way to learn how to put your hunger and thirst for God before your own comfort, wants and even needs.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6
FROM MY SERMON SERIES FIRST THINGS