When you are hungry, you just want to eat and get full! There are a lot of ways to fill up, especially in America where there is food on every corner - but many of those options are just junk that satisfies for a moment and then leaves you with regret later.
In today’s message, Pastor Dennis talks about filling our hungry souls. Just like filling your body, there are good and bad options for fulfillment of the soul. If we will choose to desire higher things and seek God, we can be filled in a way that is so satisfying, we will never hunger again!
Scriptures used: Psalms 27:4-5, Colossians 3:1-2, Matthew 5:6, John 4, Luke 10.
For the complete sermon notes, look below.
“One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
Psalms 27:4-5 NKJV
The desires of the flesh will never make us content. David has sought out the pleasures of sin and the lusts of the flesh. But then, David had asked for a change in his desires, to make in him a new heart. “Higher desires extinguish lustful fires.”
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV
In Matthew 5, during the sermon on the mount, Jesus said:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”
Matthew 5:6 NKJV
When you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, you have no one to blame but yourself if you leave unsatisfied. If you come to church, where God is, you need only come hungry and you will be filled! What keeps us from being hungry? The only reason a body would not be hungry is if it’s sick or if it got filled up with junk.
If your soul is sick, you don’t hunger so much after the things of God. You get weak and begin to wane away. We are usually not shy to ask God for healing in our bodies, and we should be quick to come to Him with the desire to have our souls healed, too.
We can fill up on junk a lot of different ways. There are lots of things in life that we can “fill up” on - sports or work or families or hobbies. Our lives should not revolve around our jobs or hobbies or even our families. We should let our lives focus on the things of God.
We all have a natural-born craving for water. We get thirsty because God gave us that desire to help us survive. Also, embedded in the heart of man is an inborn desire for the things of God! You get fulfillment from God that cannot be satisfied any other way.
In John 4, we find the story of the woman at the well. Normally, a Jewish person would not address a Samaritan. He asked her for a drink and then told her that she should have asked Him for a drink of water that would never cause one to thirst again.
“So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.””
John 4:5-11, 14, 27-35, 39-42 NKJV
Jesus told the disciples that He had food they knew nothing of. He was so full of the spirit of God that he desired the things of God so much more than the things of this earth. He was satisfied so completely in His abiding in the presence of God. When the woman at the well shared what she had experienced, people were drawn to Jesus and they, too, were filled up by the “food” that He had.
Being filled with Jesus is not just about coming to more church services. We seek God in every way - we seek to make our lives righteous. God is in the business of filling us up. When Jesus fed the multitude with the loaves and fish, He filled them. God never leaves us unsatisfied. In the upper room at the day of Pentecost, the Spirit came and filled the disciples.
If we are filled and running over, the way God makes us, there is no more room left for the enemy to get in there. How much room is there in your personal life. If you pray now and then and read your Bible every once in a while, then you haven’t made much room for God and there’s a lot of leftover room for the enemy to get into.
In Luke 10, we get the story of Mary and Martha with Jesus.
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.””
Luke 10:38-42 NKJV
It’s easy to identify with Martha. She’s busy and feeling neglected. But let’s look at Mary. Sitting at the feet of Jesus, she was getting something that would not easily or quickly pass away. She was getting something that was going to thrive within her and satisfy her soul.
What treasure are you seeking in life? We are called by Jesus to lay up our treasures in Heaven. Where our treasures are is where our heart will be. The earth cannot produce a treasure as valuable, as precocious, as satisfying as we find at the feet of Jesus.
What is your prayer life like? Not just prayers at meals, not just asking for help with something we know is coming up in our day. How much time do you spend sitting at Jesus’ feet, allowing God to talk to you, allowing God to fill you up?
Would you drive 80 miles on a flat tire? You can do it. It won’t be easy or comfortable, but you can do it. It’s really a much better idea, however, to make the time to change the tire and then set out. Seeking God in prayer is much like this - get our flat tires filled by God before setting out in the first place.
Are you in a rut? On cruise control? The all-you-can-eat buffet is open!