Are You Hungry For A Move of God
Matthew 5: 6
4 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.
Hebrews chapter one begins by saying that Christ is "the radiance of the glory of God and the express image of His person.
The introduction to the Book of Hebrews is that Jesus is in a category on His own for He is the exact representation of God’s person.
Do you want to see the beauty, and the splendor and the glory and the majesty of God?
Look unto Jesus. He is far superior to the angels. He is far superior to Moses, the great leader, the greatest prophet to arise in all of Israel.
Jesus is greater than all of the prophets for He is more than a great prophet.
He is God in human flesh. He is greater than Israel’s high priest for He is the ultimate High Priest, the One who would go into the Holy Place once and for all to pay the price and give the sacrifice.
God did not make a covenant with us who would not be able to keep it but made an everlasting covenant with his son and when we accept his plan of salvation we are drafted into that covenant as sons and daughters of the most high God.
His new covenant is better than the old covenant.
When He shed His blood on that cross two thousand years ago, it was not something that had to be repeated over and over again like the shedding of the blood of goats and bulls and sheep or any other animal.
Christ’s blood was like no other blood that flowed on the face of this planet. He made a covenant with His eternal blood so that you and I once and for all could be forgiven.
By this covenant, He says in Hebrews chapter 10, "Let us draw near" into that holy place”. You and I have been given access into the very holy of holies because a High Priest has gone in and offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.
You and I can now come into the presence of a Holy God.
All of this was done by Jesus. God’s son Jesus did not do away with the law which was like a doctor diagnosing our problem, but fulfilled its requirements to pay our sin debt and bridge the gap between us and God. The law was then put aside as a requirement for sin which could never be a permanent solution to mans sin problem.
God raised Jesus up for our justification and through faith in him and his finished work; we can become the children of the Living God.
God has given us something to pursue, a dream to pursue. We find it in Hebrews 12:14: "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."
What is the purpose?
What is it we are pursuing?
Peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."
We define holiness as something just for us, but as we study the history of great revivals when the holiness of God comes we find that people are broken in humility.
What happens is that peace is made between brothers and sisters in Christ.
All the barriers that have been erected by man and by Satan and by the flesh are torn down.
Racial barriers, denominational barriers, barriers of broken fellowship, past hurts and pain are torn down when we get in the pursuit of peace with all men and the pursuit of holiness.
God is righteous and we need to have the same desires that he has.
When something is wicked before us, we need to call it what it is.
When something is pure and holy before us, we need to hold on to it.
We need to have a burning desire for it.
Our passion desire and hunger should be on the things that are pleasing to God.
Are we hungry? Do we have a strong desire for God to control our lives?
We need to spend time in God’s word and presence, kneeling before Him and meeting with Him.
He wants to revitalize and renew us.
If we do not maintain a prayer life and make that a regular part of our Christian walk, we will not be able to cope with all the trials and tests that are sure to come our way.
The desire for God and his righteousness should be a driving force in our lives.
Jesus said that we are to go into our closets in private and it is in that private place we are to pray unto the Lord and that is the hidden place where Satan cannot hear our prayers where we are covered by the shield of His love.
When we dwell there, that is where the powers of darkness cannot pervade for it is our private time of knowing God so well and experiencing Him so well that we drink of the wine of Christ and experience the life that He purchased for us as new creations through the blood of His atoning sacrifice.
We are formed and held there in the secret place where God’s mercy meets God’s judgment and together we are formed before the foundations of the world by the palm of an all knowing God who loves us and ransomed us through His sacrifice.
We can experience liberation form the powers of darkness and the anointing of the Lord will fill us to the overflowing nature of the everlasting glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When we abide in the secret place we are hidden from the enemy and the enemy cannot touch us therefore in that secret place we are hidden from the enemy the forces of darkness cannot prevail against us so therefore we can pray in the power of the Holy Spirit without fear because God has given us a sound mind and strength to pray in the power of His Spirit thus defeating the powers of darkness, through the anointing and indwelling presence of Christ within us who gives us strength to be an overcomer.
We can use an illustration of placing our hand in a glove.
By itself the glove can do nothing but when we place our hand in it then it not only has a living substance in it but it also has the strength of the life that is in it.
Because we have been redeemed, Christ is now dwelling inside us and we not only have the power of attorney to act in his name but we have the strength of that power within (Christ in us the hope of glory) which causes us to declare that we can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.!
The bottom line is that it is the deep calling unto the deep.
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