The hunger for God precedes revival – Part 22
At all times, it is the hunger for God and the desire to see his people return to the path of holiness that inspires revival. Hunger or passion is the mother of whatever God wants us to do for Him. God gives us the passion in the area He wants to use us.
No revival takes place without passion for God’s presence. Every vision originates from His presence, as we stay in His presence we get revelation of His plans. Myles Munroe defines passion as the “stamina that says, “I’m going to go after this, no matter what happens. If I have to wait for ten years, I’m going to get Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. Does passion come from? First, it comes from your sense of purpose. You are pursuing something that gives your life meaning. If you become distracted or opposition stands in your way, your destiny still pulls you in the direction of your desire because you can’t imagine not fulfilling it.”
The Psalmist says, “Passion for your house has consumed me; and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me” (Psalm 69:9 NLT). Passion is the inner fuel that drives one to make sacrifices and forego the comfort of life in other to seek after God. Passion makes one to sacrifice his career and time for the pursuit of a heavenly vision. Passion motivates one into action. Passion stimulates inner vision. It propels one to work towards a specific goal or target.
David wrote in Psalms 63:1, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek Thee; my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.”
David expressed his hunger for God’s presence as “my flesh longeth for Thee.” Although he was king and had access to the finest the kingdoms of Judah and Israel could provide, he describes it as a “dry and thirsty land.” When one is truly hungry for God nothing else can satisfy one’s soul but God Himself.
The hunger for God drives us into His presence. It spurs us to constantly read His word to know about Him. The hunger for God leads us to make sacrifices, far beyond our ability in order to get acquainted with Hm. Paul was willing to forgo all his earthly attainments for the sake of winning Christ. His hunger to know Christ led him to express these words. “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness, which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:8-11 NKJV).
The hunger for God is one of the greatest gifts God can give to a believer. It is a terrible thing to live without desiring after God. Those whose heart are after God can easily identify with these words of Isaiah, “LORD, we show out trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name. In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you…”
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