Who Are Those Starving For Righteousness, is post 4 in the Beatitude Series and will help you understand the reason God wants us to possess this Kingdom quality.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,Matthew 5:6
For they shall be filled.
Who Are Those Starving For Righteousness?
Many people do not know what it entails to indeed be hungry or thirsty to such an extent that you would die unless you get something to eat or drink.
The wage for a working man in Palestine was one denarius, which was barely enough to make a living for himself.
Besides having on average meat once a week, they will be close to intense hunger, starvation, and thirst.
Similar to today, a lot of people did not enjoy the luxury of opening a tap to drink undefiled water.
Taking all of this into consideration helps us understand why Jesus used the point of starvation to describe this Beatitude: To Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness.
Jesus describes someone who has such an intense hunger that will not be satisfied with a small meal as consolation, or someone who is thirsty and will literally die if they get do not get something to drink.
He is describing someone spiritually starving for goodness, and for evil to be overcome by good (Romans 12:21).
How To Become Starving For Righteousness?
When we are starving for God we have the natural desire to spend time with Him, in His Word and prayer, we experience hunger and thirst that cannot be easily satisfied.
As a result, it is our natural desire and choice to follow Christ and live pure Godly lives, and our moral values will be equal to those of God to be holy, just as He is holy.
God tells us in Ezekiel 36:23 that the nations shall know that He is God, when He is hallowed IN us, before their eyes.
God wants people to recognize Him in us, for us to radiate His characteristics to an evil, dying world.
To live in righteousness will also mean that we will be rejected while doing good by some who are defensive of the Holy Spirit.
In spite of that, we will have a sense of peace and contentment knowing we are pleasing the Father’s heart.
In Philippians 3:18-21 Paul explains he gave us a pattern to follow, so we can know how to walk. He adds that there are many who wander, but they are the enemies of the cross of Christ whose end will be destruction. Their god is in their stomach, and their glory in their shame, their minds are set on earthly things. While we wait for our Lord Jesus Christ, we can know our citizenship is with Him in heaven, and He will transform our lowly bodies to match up to His radiant body.
Complete satisfaction, peace, and contentment belong to those who hunger and thirst for goodness and righteousness. They are The Starving For Righteousness, and God will fill and bless them.
Let’s Get Practical
Application: We can apply this to our own lives by praying that the Lord will help us to die to ourselves, similar to the grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies (John 12:24). As well as that we would not avenge ourselves, but leave it to God to repay (Romans 12:19)
Promise: When we do not love our own lives, but surrender it all to Christ, hating our lives in this world, we will be able to keep them for eternal life. Furthermore, if we serve and follow Christ, then we will be with Him and God will honor us (John 12:25-26).
Prayer points: Pray that we will have the desire not to be overpowered by evil, but to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
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Who Are The Poor In Spirit? is post 1 in The Beatitude Series on the blessings taught by Jesus in Matthew 5. Post 2 in The Beatitude Series will explain to you Who Are Those Who Mourn? and how they will find consolation from God. Who Are The Meek? is post 3 in The Beatitude Series where you will learn WHO they are, HOW it can be obtained, and WHAT their reward will be.
Everything in Him, unto Him, and to glorify His Holy Name!
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