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Summary: Spiritual Transformation series based on the book by Donald Whitney: 10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

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How's Your Spiritual Health?

Sermon One: Do You Thirst For God?

Sermon series based on the book by Donald Whitney: Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

Also referenced in this sermon is chapter two of Thirsting After God by Keith Price

Prepared by Thomas A. Gaskill for Sunday May 22, 2011

Introduction:

Just the other day I went to see my medical doctor that my physical health could be examined. They checked my temperature, blood pressure, red and white blood cell count, sugar level, cholesterol, uric acid, etc.... After receiving my test results the doctor wrote out a couple of prescriptions to help facilitate good health and also told me to eat right, exercise regularly, get plenty of rest, (and play golf). He told me to breathe deep for a minute six times throughout the course of the day. He told me to take a good multivitamin and drink plenty of water. Probably many, if not all, of you here today can relate with my experience. It is good and necessary to take care of our bodies if we desire to live a long and productive life.

Here's my question for you: “How's your spiritual health?” Have you had a spiritual checkup lately? What would the doctor find if he or she were to examine your soul? Listen to these diagnostic questions for our spiritual health presented to us by a doctor of ministry Donald Whitney in his book entitled Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health:

1.Do you thirst for God?

2.Are you governed increasingly by God's word?

3.Are you more loving?

4.Are you more sensitive to God's presence?

5.Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?

6.Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?

7.Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?

8.Do you still grieve over sin?

9.Are you a quicker forgiver?

10.Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

These are well put diagnostic questions for our spiritual health. Today, I will be focusing on the first of the ten questions: “Do you thirst for God?” Do you desire Him, yearn for Him, want Him? Do you seek Him?

Read Psalm 42:1-2 (Amplified Version)

Everyone is wired to thirst for more. But not everyone's thirst is healthy. Dr. Whitney says there are three kinds of thirst:

Thirst of the empty soul

Thirst of the dry soul

Thirst of the satisfied soul

1.Thirst of the empty soul

a)unconverted natural person without the Holy Spirit who thirsts after:

money, sex, power, houses, lands, sports, hobbies, entertainment, transcendence, significance, education

Always searching and never resting. Turning from one pursuit to another

b)Keith Price in his book Thirsting After God calls them mirages:

The mirage of pleasure:

entertainment, fun, drugs, alcohol

The mirage of power

always want to climb higher up the corporate ladder. Fail to recognize that true power is found in submission to Christ.

The mirage of possessions

“The more we have, the more we want! And the more we get, the more we leave behind. Neither getting nor leaving can bring joy.”

The mirage of knowledge


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