RENEW YOUR HUNGER
Ephesians 5:15-20 (18) – Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, (NLT)
The emptiness of the stomach determines the frequency of hunger. Likewise, the quantity and quality of food dictate the level of growth. As humans would eat to stay alive and well, we should equally crave heavenly manna. The deeper our appetite for God (having subjected ourselves to the Holy Spirit), the more we will be filled with His knowledge. On the other hand, when we satisfy our hunger with junk foods, there are consequences. That is, when we substitute our desire for God with mundane things, it leads to spiritual impotence.
Paul’s advice to the Ephesians in today’s Bible reading reiterates that worldly passion leads to manifesting the works of the flesh. “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21, NLT).
Beloved, can any of the above sins be found in your life? If yes! They will prevent your soul from prospering because of more importance is that we must be full of the Spirit to grow steadily in Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Repent and rededicate yourself to Jesus. Nurture your relationship with God and ginger your zeal for His gospel. The Holy Spirit shall help you all the way!
Hymn: Fill My Cup, Lord — Richard Blanchard (1959)
1. Father, restore me and increase my capacity to thirst more of You.
1. Holy Spirit, anoint me afresh for maximum fruitful impact in my generation.
2. By divine decree, I blot out every negative history hindering my physical and spiritual prosperity.
3. Father, let all who seek the good for my life, family, nation and the Church find peace.
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