Are You Hungry?

 

John 6:28-59
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

Introduction:

- When we are hungry we know by our stomachs… When were hungry spiritually we know by our hearts…

- When you are hungry physically your stomach growls… When you are hungry spiritually your heart yearns for some spiritual food…

Beloved… If you are not hungry this morning you need to be!

Do you know why? Because;

 

I. God Gives A Promise to Bless Those That Are Hungry…
Matthew 5:6
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Spiritual hunger will produce a few things in our lives… and will be made manifest by our appetites… I’m talking about the things we long for in our hearts and lives…

Things like;
A.  Serving God… (Expound)
B.  Righteousness Living - Not self-righteous… (Expound)
C.  A desire to be in His House… (Expound)
Psalm 122:1
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

D. A desire to be close to God… (Expound)
Psalm 145:18
 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

Hebrews 10:22-23
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

James 4:8
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

- Drawing nigh to God begins with repentance… look at the second part of James 4:8;
James 4:8
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
(Expound)

Not only does God promise to bless those that are hungry… He also promises to “Fill our Hearts”

 

II. Filling Our Hearts
Acts 14:17
Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

A. More than anything else… God wants to fill us with His Spirit…

- But notice here church that God puts the emphasis on our hearts… not our stomachs…

- A full stomach is fulfilling but only temporarily! No matter how much you eat today… guess what… tomorrow you’ll be hungry again… (Expound)

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

- Not their stomachs… but their hearts… (Expound)

God promises to both “Bless” and “Fill” the hearts of His people… but only those that are “Hungry”…

 

III. Only For The Hungry

Psalm 146:7
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry.

A.    He will satisfy… but only the hungry…
B.    He will feed the hungry sheep…

And how does He feed His sheep? Through His Word and His People…
Remember what He said to Peter… “feed my sheep” (Expound)

God promises to “Bless” and “Fill” the hearts of His people… who are truly “Hungry”… And how does He fill it… with a “Balanced Meal”

 

IV.  Balanced Meal

A.   Word of God… That’s you digging it out for yourselves…
B.    Prayer… That’s you spending time with God every day… not just talking, but listening as well… (Amen)
C.   And finally Preaching… Not just coming to church and setting on the pew… but coming with a heart ready and expecting to receive a Word from the Lord… (Expound)

 

Conclusion: 
If you came here this morning with a poor appetite it’s my prayer that when you leave here you will be more hungry for God's Word…

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