As we continue to look at what Jesus taught His disciples in preparation for their three years of ministry with Him, we need to be reminded that the disciples had no spiritual background. Because the Pharisees accused Jesus of being with sinners when He ate with the friends of the disciples. When I look at the lives of the disciples I am encouraged because Jesus used ordinary people who just wanted to follow Him and allow His presence to flow through them and impact the world. The next truth Jesus taught is found in Matthew 5:6 which says: “ Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”. AMP They shall be completely satisfied”. This verse highlights our basic desire for the things of the Lord. It is important that we repent (Change the way that we think) and therefore are born again, but we cannot stay with that basic change to our lives – there must be a desire to live God’s way ( Righteousness). We must never forget that we receive God’s favour when we desire to live by His standards. The word hunger and thirst are such powerful motivating words In the natural we cannot by-pass these strong desires and we do everything in our power to fulfil those needs. This should describe my desire for God’s ways. Also, I want to draw your attention to the meaning given by the Amplified Bible “  shall be completely satisfied”. Because when that happens there is a compelling motivation to live a certain way. As I look back over my working life when I found satisfaction in what I was doing the time just seemed to fly and I would leave work without any work-related stress. If this can impact you in the natural surely it should be our spiritual experience. Proverbs 27:20  warns about not living God’s way, “The eyes of a man are never satisfied”, however, it is a different situation spiritually, Psalm 63: 1-5 says: “My soul shall be satisfied when I praise the Lord”. Psalm 17:15 says: “As for me, I will see your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied when I awake in your likeness”. Psalm 36:7-8a says: “How precious is your lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of their house”. As I look at these verses it has become very clear to me that I will experience God’s favour when I find my satisfaction in living God’s way. This is the challenge we all face all the time for we can be tempted to find our satisfaction in many other things which in themselves are not bad but our first desire is to find our satisfaction living God’s way. I want to close with Psalm 42:1-2 which says: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you O God, my soul thirsts for God, the living God”. In this season of your life let this be your experience.

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