Luke 6:21 Blessed are you who hunger, For you shall be filled.

This is part 2 of our study of distinguishing between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the World. Smith Wigglesworth, known as the apostle of faith, states “The secret of spiritual success is a hunger that persists . . . It is an awful condition to be satisfied with one’s spiritual attainments . . . God was and is looking for hungry, thirsty people.”  Complacency is a dangerous path to be on. Think of King David overcoming all the hardships and trials, and then he came into a complacent setting by not going out to battle.  David was allowing his flesh get the best of him by not getting out of bed in the evening. Think of the times you set your alarm for early time to get out of bed to prayer and read the Bible. When you first woke up it was a struggle to get out of bed, you rather just lay there and enjoy some more sleep. Our battle with our flesh doesn’t just stop at salvation, but we are engaging a daily fight with our flesh. Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” We find out that David gave into his flesh by lusting after Bathsheba and committing adultery with her. The reason I bring up the battle with the flesh, because it is our opponent in drawing closer to the Lord. Jesus also had to deal with the flesh, let’s look at some examples.

Jesus in the Wilderness:

Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Jesus was under a fast for 40 days, and the devil tempted him to fulfill his flesh by turning stones into bread for food. Jesus denied his flesh, and sought to live by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Women at the Well:

John 4:4 “Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well.”

Instead of taking a break from ministry, Jesus witness to the women at the well. He exhorted his disciples that His food was to do the will of God. 

Jesus is the Bread of Life:

John 6:35 “Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life.”

After Jesus feeds 5,000 people, they seek Jesus for selfish motives, in order to have their bellies filled with food. There is a whole wave of teachings in the modern church today that are seeking Jesus for only earthly blessings, which is known as the prosperity gospel. Jesus exhorts the multitudes not to labor for food that perishes, but for food that endures to everlasting life.  Jesus is the bread of life that we should be feasting on. He always brings life to our hearts. 

Jesus seeking God the Father:

Luke 5:16 “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.”

The wilderness is a place of no distractions. Jesus needed to get direction from God the Father. Jesus stated in John 5:19 that the Son can do nothing of Himself, but He sees the Father do.

Jesus was always about doing the will of God, which should be our goal too! We seek the Lord to know Him, which is eternal life (John 17:3). The Lord will impart to us revelation and wisdom to our spirits, which can’t be learned or taught by man. There are great promises in seeking the Lord. Jesus said seek and you will find (Matthew 7:7), and the Lord is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Paul was praying for the church in the epistle of Colossians to be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; in order to walk worthy of the Lord to fully please Him (Colossians 1:9). The more we know the Lord, the more our faith grows, which produces obedience to His will. This in effect with bring pleasure to the Lord. When we are pleasing the Lord we feel joy and peace in our hearts. I know from my spiritual walk with the Lord, the more that I obey the Lord and give myself to holiness, I have more peace in my heart. When we endure the chastening of the Lord we will bear the peaceable fruits of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11). The word filled here is referring to being satisfied, be filled with Jesus and you will be overflowing with peace and joy.

For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

 

Luke 6:24 But woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger

This verse is a paradox, in the sense that a person that tries to be fulfill all their lusts and desires, but finds themselves empty. Some refer to this as the God-shaped hole in a person’s heart that only God can fill. Deion Sanders was a baseball and football superstar, and he recounts after he just won the superbowl. “I remember winning the Super Bowl that year, and that night after the game I was the first one out of the locker room, the first one to the press conference, and the first one to go home. And I remember my wife, Carolyn, saying to me, “Baby, you just won the Super Bowl! Don’t you have a party downstairs or something to go to?” And I just said, “Nah,” and rolled over and went to sleep. That was the same week I bought myself a brand new $275,000 Lamborghini, and I haven’t even driven a mile before I realized, “No, that’s not it. That’s not what I’m looking for. It’s got to be something else, I’m so hungry.” King Solomon felt the same way after he accumulated wealth, women, pleasure, houses, wisdom, and much more! He said he was a chasing after the wind. Before I was born again, I was in the same spot as Deion Sanders and King Solomon, I was so empty with life. When we are full of our own plans and own desires, we are heading down a path toward destruction and vanity. Proverbs 1:31 “Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.” Jesus warned people the foolishness of losing their soul over the things of this world.

 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Matthew 16:26