Summary: Her faith had moved Jesus to heal her, her hunger and thirst for Jesus....not her condition and certainly not her pleas, brought about the miracle she was so desperately seeking! Amen?
If you can't make them drink, leave them thirsty!
Matthew 5:6 NKJ
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled!
The MSG bible says it this way....You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
Everyone was created with a different personality, a different set of fingerprints and a DNA makeup known only unto them.
God created each of us in His image, but yet each uniquely different, no two of us the same...."what an amazing God He is!"
It has been estimated that 106 billion people have been born to and have walked on earth since the beginning,
Can you imagine 106 billion different sets of finger prints, again I say
"what an amazing God He is!"
While all different in many ways, there are at least two things we all share in common with one another.
We all hunger and thirst, most of us have no problem eating, but the thirsting part for most people, leaves room for improvement,
because if you ask anyone how much water they drink, hardly anyone ever says the right amount, their suppose to.
Something so important to our well being, we heed so little importance to partake of.
Illus. Do you know the importance of water to our physical bodies? When our bodies fail to retain the right amount of water, dehydration sets in.
It is the water in our body that determines the vitality, strength, and energy associated with daily living. Think about these facts associated with our body and water:
Ø The human body is ⅔ water.
Ø The body absorbs cold water faster than hot water.
Ø By the time you are 70-years-old, you will have
required 1½ million gallons of water.
Ø Studies show that increasing water consumption can
decrease fat deposits. Water is a natural appetite
Ø If you loose 2% of your body’s water supply, your
energy will decrease by 20%.
A 10% decrease in water,
you will be unable to walk, and a 20% decrease – you’re dead.
Well, I think you get the point.
And what is true of the physical is also true of the spiritual.
Because God has made you with a spirit, soul, and body that get thirsty, if you fail to satisfy that thirst, your spirit, soul, and body become dehydrated.
And I got to thinking, what is our thirst level, when it comes to the things of God?
Sure we all have a thirst for God when we come to salvation....you know with lots of questions....but as our relationship grows....
How much do we truly thirst for the things of God in our lives?
Not just when things are going wrong in our lives, but on a continual basis!
Because our text indicates, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
So the degree of our desire, indicates how much of Gods righteousness we have in the gas tank!
Are you one of those who can drive on empty and not be bothered by it, or do you like it better when the gauge reads half full or more?
And then we get to the question, is the tank half full or half empty?
Isn't it interesting that God left it up to us to decide, how much righteousness we could have in our tanks, or in our lives, at any given time?
Isaiah 44:3 MSG.
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring;
When I think about the word thirsty, I wonder about the different degrees of the word.
(slightly thirsty) Like, when you realize I haven’t had a drink since lunch, at 5 in the afternoon and your kind of thirsty,
But you wait until supper, because you don’t really want to spoil your appetite.
(pretty thirsty) When you are working out in the hot sun on a humid day,
And you drink all the water, or tea your brought for the whole day by 10:30, but your pretty sure you can make it to lunch time with know problem.
(desperately thirsty) you are so thirsty, you can't even swallow and there’s no way you can wait any longer, you need a drink and you need it now.
And all you can think about is drinking the bottom out of the well!
It doesnt matter the circumstance that caused your thirst, you just know that you are willing to go to any extreme, to have your thirst quenched!
This morning, I want to speak to you about being thirsty for God.
What is your thirst level for the things of God?