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Summary: Hunger and thirst are two of the biggest motivators, having these for righteousness is a major asset for the kingdom.

They who hunger and thirst

Matt. 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

We Americans have more to make life easier than any other people of any other time. We have the finest homes, the best clothes, eat the best food, yet we have more suicides, more divorces, more people in jail, more mental illnesses than any other people of any other time. For most life is a grim desperate unhappy affair. We would do well by living these 8 principles we call the Beatitudes, following these and we will be blessed.

Our greatest ambitions should be not how much we can possess, but how right our lives can become!

Hunger and thirst are two of the greatest motivators, are we motivated toward a life of righteousness. Not religiousity, not legalistic religion, put a right relationship with God. Having a hunger for God that cannot be satisfied by a mid-afternoon snack, having a thirst for a right relationship with God that cannot be satisfied by a cold drink or a cup of coffee. But satisfied by a lifelong lifestyle that pleases HIM.

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are grieved over the unrighteousness which they live in. They cry out for personal and social righteousness, they are homesick for heaven. H.G. Wells once said; “Somewhere maybe a person who is a very bad musician yet be passionately in love with music.

Having this hunger or thirst is not perfection, it is longing for that perfection. It is never being satisfied with what we have already done, but looking forward to what we can do. It is always striving for more.

It is a lifelong pursuit

1. It is having the right attitude toward sin and getting rid of the things that trip us up.

Hebrews 12:1-3

HEB 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart

Proverbs 15:9

The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

2. It is a never-ending pursuit of being a disciple of Jesus

Isa 51:1 "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;

1 Tim 6:11ff But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Then we have this promise:

1. We will be His Children

1 John 3:10 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

2. We will have this heavenly home we long for

2 Peter 3:13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

3. We will be satisfied

A MAN NAMED BOB BECAME ENVIOUS OF HIS FRIENDS BECAUSE THEY HAD LARGER AND MORE LUXURIOUS HOMES THAN HE DID. SO HE LISTED HIS HOUSE WITH A REAL ESTATE FIRM, PLANNING TO SELL IT AND TO PURCHASE A MORE IMPRESSIVE HOME. SHORTLY AFTERWARD, AS HE WAS READING THE CLASSIFIED SECTION OF THE NEWSPAPER, HE SAW AN AD FOR A HOUSE THAT SEEMED JUST RIGHT. HE IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE REALTOR AND SAID, "A HOUSE DESCRIBED IN TODAY’S PAPER IS EXACTLY WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR. I WOULD LIKE TO GO THROUGH IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!" THE AGENT ASKED HIM SEVERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT IT AND THEN REPLIED, "BUT BOB, THAT’S YOUR HOUSE.”

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