Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. Today, we seek to understand the nature of spiritual hunger.
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The Nature of Spiritual Hunger
Jesus said," Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew Chapter 5, Verse 6.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast, we discuss the nature of spiritual hunger. Spiritual hunger is the result of our becoming new creatures in Christ Jesus. This new creature is our born again souls, and needs nourishment, thus the spiritual hunger. And this new creature also utilizes spiritual energy which needs to be replaced. Speaking of the struggling soul, Jesus has said, “Come to me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Spiritual work results in spiritual fatigue. Thus by coming to Jesus, doing the Father’s will, we renew our minds and our spirit.
The creation of our spiritual nature begins with the creation of our soul, whose existence is manifested by a peculiar hunger for righteousness, and an unquenchable thirst for truth-a perfect relationship with our heavenly Father. Our souls grow and are sustained by yielding to these urges of righteousness and truth. Though some may through evil or sin try to satisfy or otherwise dull these urges, they are always present, and only grow stronger in the face of attempts to satisfy them through material means. No amount of physical stimulation of the physical body can satisfy these ever increasing urges, and neither can any amount of intellectual stimulation of the mind gratify these insatiable urges, for these urges do not originate in the body or the material mind, but in the soul.
These urges are stimulated by the Father's spirit, and can only be adequately satisfied by communing with the Father's spirit, in effect drinking the waters of truth and eating the bread of righteousness, The more the soul communes with the Father's spirit, the more the desire to commune increases, indicating the growth of the soul. This inner process of drinking the waters of truth, and eating the bread of righteousness, spiritual communion, is reflected in the outer world by a deep abiding peace that defies mortal logical attempts to comprehend, “the peace that passes all understanding.” This inner communion enables the soul to discover the spiritual values of routine experience and allows the spiritualizing mind to comprehend their meanings.
Gradually such an inner communion results in the ever increasing quality of the fruits of the spirit, and causes our souls to respond to our outward moral environment in an unselfish manner, even a divinely loving way. This continuous communion with the Father’s spirit causes us to view reality differently from the way our non spiritualized brothers and sisters view it. We gain a spiritualized consciousness of a never ending progressive life, and therefore view the universe as friendly, despite any temporary appearances to the contrary.
This communion with the Father’s spirit causes us to become surcharged with faith, and to display a forbearance that begins to approach that timeless state in its manifestations. This communion with the Father through His Son, Jesus causes us to reject all temptation to thwart the divine will, reacting to all moral and spiritual situations with the same response: "Not my will, but your will be done." We are sustained in our battles with evil by the increasing revelations of divine goodness which are exerted in the very face of evil. We know that divine goodness is eternal, and that evil is temporary, therefore we exercise patience. We equally know that truth is eternal while error is temporal.
But the most amazing manifestation of our inner communion with the spirit is the domination of our souls by love. Our souls reacts to our moral environment with ever increasing love, followed by amazing new manifestations of love. This love flows through us, basking us in the process. The more we love the more we becomes like the One who is love-eternal.
This love unlike the human affection known by the same name is not dependent on reciprocation, and has no need for the object of its bestowal to give it back in return. But the grateful recipients of such love are mightily moved in their hearts to love others even as they have been loved. The radiant light of our souls bathe all who are near by while the endless mercy and forgiveness never ceases.
This concludes today’s message on understanding the nature of spiritual hunger. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.