Hunger Points us to a Necessity Not food, but righteousness satisfies “right-wiseness” Vine - Whatever conforms to the revealed will of God. Thayer - The condition acceptable to God
Romans 6:19, 22 For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. Righteousness > sanctification > eternal life
James 2:21, 23 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?…and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God. Obedience a statement of belief = righteousness
Hunger Demands Regular Attention Acts 2:42 - continually devoted Hebrews 10:25 - habit of forsaking discouraged Acts 9:26 - fellowship of brethren was worth the effort 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 - life void of worship brings death
Acts 17:26-27 …and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27. that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
Fame popularity notoriety etc., etc. Hunger can be Satisfied Foolishly Recognition Shall it be satisfied by…
Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die!
Hunger can be Satisfied Foolishly Recognition Success Shall it be satisfied by…
Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself; 5. I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees; 6. I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees. 7. I bought male and female slaves and I had homeborn slaves. Also I possessed flocks and herds larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. 8. Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures of men--many concubines. 9. Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. 10. All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor.
Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. 11. When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?
Alcohol Drugs Money Sex etc., etc. Hunger can be Satisfied Foolishly Recognition Success Escape Shall it be satisfied by…
Ecclesiastes 2:2-3 I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?“ 3. I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives. Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures of men--many concubines
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. 11. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Hunger can be Satisfied Foolishly Recognition Success Escape Shall it be satisfied by… Soul hunger is only satisfied by righteousness! Not avoidance righteousness Not perfection righteousness
Hunger Motivates us to Action Don’t know enough? Hosea 4:6 Don’t think we can? 1 John 2:1-2 Not quite ready yet? 2 Cor. 6:1-2 So why don’t we seek righteousness like food?…
Hunger means “get up and go for it.” Satisfaction will only be found in God’s right-wiseness Are YOU in a condition acceptable to God?