Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | April 21, 2021 | THE BEATITUDES | Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst

Blessed [ nourished by God’s goodness ] are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. - Matthew 5:6

Blessed [ nourished by God’s goodness ] are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. - Matthew 5:6
Blessed [ nourished by God’s goodness ] are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6

Beloved brethren, our Lord during His teachings on the sermon on the mount reveals eight distinguishing virtues and graces that made Bible believing believers like you to be blessed here and hereafter.

The forth of this distinguishing virtues, is insatiable passion and lounging after Christilikeness and godliness.

An insatiable desire for eternal things, much more than earthly pleasures.

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

This attribute, reflect the likes of Moses, who esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:

Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

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

See it again.

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

There is a world of difference, between this gracious attribute than, what the majority of those who profess religion in Christ, church today have.

This is because, they are following Christ for bread alone. See what Jesus said.

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

See the characters of the people, Jesus, spoke to and begin to examine yourself too.

They spend money and their time on things without eternal value.

Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:

1 Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

The church of the Laodecian was a typical example.

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

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

Beloved, look at this important beatitude again.

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

The beautitude marks a distinct stage in our Lord’s argument. It showcase a lifestyle of those who had an earnest longing for that right relation to God in which they were so lacking.

This is the positive stage. Intense longing, such as can only be compared to that of a starving man for food,. Such is sure to be satisfied.. But then, this lounging is after righteousness. After heavenly things. See how the scriptures described them.

Psalms 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Psalms 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

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;

Psalms 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Beloved, this is the singular pursuit and attribute of heaven bound believers.

Because you are desirous of living eternally with God, you are under compulsion to pattern your lifestyle after this nature of Christ.

The good Lord shall help you to attain it in Jesus name.

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

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