Friday, April 13, 2012

50 Days of Holy! Come Starving


50 Days of Holy!


"Come Starving"
by

Woven Leader Cheryl Simpson

It’s morning! Stretch! Time to get up, feeling full of life, so thankful for the blessings God has given. Praise the Lord for health, family, friends, provisions and the list goes on.
But first: breakfast! What will it be today? Oatmeal with blackberries? Protein drink? Greek yogurt and a banana? I've hardly eaten breakfast and I'm already planning lunch and dinner (and even tucking some almonds into my purse for a snack). Then I am reminded of Jesus words in Matthew 5:6,  
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied."
As part of my morning time with the Lord I recently started journaling. By reading back over my thoughts, I see a theme of righteousness. John MacArthur, author and theologian, writes about living a righteous, sanctified, holy life.
"Your appetite for righteousness should equal your appetite for food and water. True holiness begins with a love for Christ himself. That is what compels you toward greater sanctification. In Him you were saved which is the beginning of sanctification and in Him you have every resource necessary for progress in holiness.”
MacArthur quotes from J.N. Darby:
“To be hungry is not enough; I must be really starving to know what is in God’s heart towards me. When the prodigal son was hungry, he went to feed upon the husks, but when he was starving, he turned to his father."
Selah! Stop and consider...
It reminds me of King David when he came hungry, thirsty, starving, before God:
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night (Psalm 42)."
Are you hungry? Or are you starving?
The difference is our desperateness.

So often we say we say we are hungry, but really just wanting to feed our own desires. It's unusual to be really starving. Isn't this true of our spiritual life also? We come to God just to feed our desires, to present Jesus with our list. When we are truly starving and desperate, when we know that nothing will satisfy us but the love of Christ, it's then that we genuinely come before Jesus, experience the closeness of the Holy Spirit, and get our lives in a right standing before God.

I pray that you will allow yourself to Come Starving before our Holy God, with an insatiable appetite for His Holy Spirit to fill you and redeem the broken places in your life, as you willingly surrender them to Him.

TRY THIS:  Sometimes our hearts grow numb to the Lord. We are used to having what we want when we want in. We can gain a whole new God-perspective by denying ourselves of things that we enjoy: watching television, eating three meals a day, a favorite snack, an hour of sleep.
  • Determine in your heart that you will replace one thing you treasure with more time spent in prayer.
  • Fast that item for a week or once a week for a month.
  • You will be surprised at how your appetite will turn toward your spiritual needs and you will experience Him anew!
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Cheryl is the grateful wife of 36 years to Ken. They have two children and five granddaughters. Previously a public school teacher, she now spends much of her week doing pastoral care for her church, Newark Church of the Nazarene.
She is a Woven Woman: a Woman of Virtue!

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