The Search for Fulfillment
Matthew 5:6 NASB
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
(A) Americans hunger for many things but righteousness is seldom at the top of the list (B) God created us with a desire to know Him (Ecclesiastes 3:11-14)
When we seek to fill our spiritual hunger with God instead of things of the world, we will find what is eternal and lasting, not what's temporary.
What is HUNGERING and THIRSTING After Righteousness?
It is what we cannot live WITHOUT
Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 63:1 NASB
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Nothing else gives LASTING satisfaction!
Ecclesiastes 1:2, Ecclesiastes 1:16-17, Ecclesiastes 2:1-2, Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Ecclesiastes 6:7 NASB
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity." I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge." And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility. I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?" All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun. He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. All a man's labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied.
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...World seeks what will be make me happy NOW!
What is the RIGHTEOUSNESS We Are to Search For?
1 Timothy 6:11 NASB
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
It is the GIFT I get at salvation
Philippians 1:9-11 NASB
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
It is the pursuit of becoming like CHRIST
Philippians 3:18-21 NASB
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
It is an ONGOING ever increasing pursuit
Philippians 3:12-14 NASB
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
...It comes from TIME with God
John 8:31-32, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." pray without ceasing;
What Are the RESULTS of Hungering and Thirsting After Rightouesness
Colossians 3:1-2 NASB
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
First look at the results of hungering and thirsting after the TEMPORARY things of the world
Matthew 16:26, James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17 NASB
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
We will not be DISTRACTED by the temporary
1 Corinthians 7:35, Titus 2:12 NASB
This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
We will be at PEACE
Philippians 4:7 NASB
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The text says we will be FILLED
John 10:10 NASB
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
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