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The Hungry

December 9, 2016

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The Hungry

As human beings,  we get  “hungry”  —  eat something  —  and our stomachs  are satisfied.     That’s a physical body  eating table food  to satisfy  a physical hunger.     But,  even a person  with a full stomach can still feel  “hungry”  and unsatisfied.     There is a need  not being met.

When the virgin Mary  went to visit Elizabeth,  who was pregnant with John the Baptist,  Mary sang a song  of praise  to God.     In Luke 1:53,  Mary sang  about God,

He has filled  the hungry  with good things;
And sent away  the rich  empty-handed.

Mary was not talking  about physical food.       She was speaking  of our spiritual hunger  for righteousness  that can only be satisfied  by God.     We all have a soul  —  and deep down inside,  we know  there is a God  and that everyone  will be judged  by Him  in the end.     The souls  of people can be  “hungry”  to get  to know  the true God  and desire to live  righteously  in fellowship  with the true God.     They are not satisfied  with myths  and false doctrines  that they know are not true.

“The hungry”  are  “hungry”  for the truth  about the real God.     Here’s the good part.     God knows  when a person honestly wants the truth  about Him  and is willing  to live according  to God’s truth.     God has promised  to fill these spiritually  “hungry” people  “with good things”  —  that is the truth  about full salvation  through faith  in Jesus.

But,  God also sends  “away the rich empty-handed”.     Those who imagine  they are spiritually  “rich” with man-made religions  and traditions  will not become satisfied  with God’s  “good things”.     They don’t want God’s  “good things”  —  only their myths and traditions.     So,  they will remain  “empty-handed”.

All this is why  Jesus says  in Matthew 5:6,

Blessed are those  who hunger and thirst  for righteousness,  for they shall be satisfied.

Getting satisfied  with the “righteousness”  Jesus freely gives all  who believe  in Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for filling us  with Your “righteousness”,  satisfying our needs.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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