THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 12-1-13

LESSON TITLE: “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS!”

WELCOME

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND, ON THIS 1ST DAY OF DECEMBER 2013. ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW GOD AND TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF GATHERING TOGETHER AND PRAISING HIS NAME ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY? FOR OUR GOD LOVES US AND HAS BLESSED US ALL WITH SO MUCH IN THIS LIFE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS SPECIAL DAY. WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. HOW BLESSED WE ARE IN THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE THIS DAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO OUR CREATOR. IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER THAT WE WILL EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME OF WORSHIP ACCEPTABLE IN GOD'S SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WILL!NOW AS WE BEGIN TO FOCUS OUR THOUGHTS ON GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME BEFORE HIS THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY. FATHER, HELP US TO ALWAYS DO THOSE THINGS THAT WE FIND APPROPRIATE AND ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL WHICH IS DELIVERED TO US IN THE WORD OF THE BIBLE. FATHER, THEREFORE KNOWING WHEN WE DO SUCH, WE ARE PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT AND YOU WILL BLESS US TODAY AND FOREVER MORE. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS NAME, AMEN.

THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN BY SINGING A SONG WHICH REMINDS US OF ALL THE GREAT THINGS OUR GOD HAS DONE FOR US, IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED. SO I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "TO GOD BE THE GLORY!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR, I HOPE WE ARE ALL REMINDED JUST HOW MUCH GOD LOVES US! HOWEVER, SOMETIMES WE MIGHT WONDER JUST HOW MUCH GOD DOES CARE? WE ARE PROBABLY EVEN GUILTY OF FEELING THAT SOMETIMES GOD JUST DOESN'T CARE AT ALL. HOWEVER, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THIS IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE. IN FACT, THE BIBLE IS FULL OF PERSONAL EXAMPLES AND STATEMENTS GIVEN BY GOD'S FOLLOWERS WHICH PROVE THE TRUE CARE AND CONCERN WHICH THE LORD HAS FOR US.

ONE SUCH VERSE THAT CONFIRMS GOD'S CARE IS FOUND IN ISAIAH 43:1,2. HERE WE READ ABOUT GOD'S TRUE LOVE AND CARE FOR A FAITHFUL SERVANT AND JUST HOW FAR GOD WILL GO FOR THOSE HE LOVES. THERE WE READ, "BUT NOW, THUS SAYS THE LORD, WHO CREATED YOU, O JACOB, AND HE WHO FORMED YOU, O ISRAEL: FEAR NOT, FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU; I HAVE CALLED YOU BY YOUR NAME; YOU ARE MINE. WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE WATERS, I WILL BE WITH YOU; AND THROUGH THE RIVERS, THEY SHALL NOT OVERFLOW YOU. WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE FIRE, YOU SHALL NOT BE BURNED, NOR SHALL THE FLAME SCORCH YOU. " GOD LOVES US ENOUGH TO ALWAYS BE THERE AND TO ALWAYS STAY BY OUR SIDE.

ANOTHER GREAT VERSE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT HELPS US WITH THIS THOUGHT IS FOUND IN HEBREWS 13:5, THERE IT SAYS, "FOR HE HIMSELF HAS SAID, I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU." BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, I THINK WE OFTEN FORGET JUST HOW MUCH OUR GOD DOES LOVE US AND CARES FOR US AS HIS ULTIMATE CREATION. NOW, THE QUESTION IS, "HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THAT LOVE AND CARE THROUGH AN OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL?" IF NOT, WHY NOT? CHOOSE TODAY TO SERVE THIS LOVING AND CARING GOD AS HE HAS COMMANDED YOU TO.

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE WILL BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER OF THE DAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER CHUCK NORTHROP WITH US. BROTHER CHUCK IS A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE APPRECIATE HIM JOINING US TODAY TO LEAD OUR MAIN THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD.

THIS MORNING WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO'S GOD IS THE LORD!" THE SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS, "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS!" SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, BROTHER CHUCK WILL LEAD US IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME."

LESSON

BY CHUCK NORTHROP

WE'RE SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU HAVE JOINED US THIS DAY AND WE APPRECIATE YOU AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST IN SPIRITUAL THINGS. WE APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST IN GOD'S WORD AND WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING A PART OF THIS STUDY THIS MORNING. IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5, WE FIND A BEATITUDE AND WE ARE LOOKING AT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BEATITUDES. OUR BEATITUDE THIS MORNING IS BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED. AS WE THINK ABOUT HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR A MOMENT, THINK ABOUT YOU HAVING BEEN PUT INTO THE DESERT FOR WHATEVER REASON. YOU'RE IN THE DESERT AND YOU’RE WITHOUT FOOD, AND YOU ARE WITHOUT WATER, AND YOU'VE GOT TO WALK AND WALK SO FAR TO GET TO A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN HAVE FOOD AND WATER. IT MIGHT BE 25 MILES AWAY SO YOU TAKE THE NEXT FEW HOURS AND YOU WALK, AND WALK, AND YOU WALK, AND YOU FINALLY GET TO THE PLACE. PROBABLY MOST OF US CAN ALREADY FEEL WITHIN OURSELVES THAT IDEA OF BEING HUNGRY. THE IDEA OF BEING THIRSTY AND NOT HAVING ANYTHING TO EAT OR DRINK EITHER FOR SUCH A LONG PERIOD. I THINK OF A TELEVISION COMMERCIAL I SAW YEARS AND YEARS AGO WHERE A FELLOW HAD WALKED ACROSS THE DESERT AND HE WAS IN SHABBY CLOTHES BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. HE FINALLY GETS TO THE TACO HUT AND HE SAYS GIVE ME THE DRIEST TACO THAT YOU HAVE. HE GETS THE TACO AND HE EATS IT. THEN HE SAID, NOW GIVE ME A SOFT DRINK. THE TACO HAD SATISFIED HIS HUNGER AND THE SOFT DRINK SATISFIED HIS THIRST. MOST OF US HAVE BEEN HUNGRY AT DIFFERENT TIMES AND MOST OF US HAVE BEEN THIRSTY AT DIFFERENT TIMES AND WE FEEL LIKE WE JUST NEED THAT REFRESHMENT. WE NEED THAT SUBSTANCE THAT WILL REFRESH US. WE JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE ALL THE TIME AND THERE IS SOMETHING MISSING WITHIN US. WE OFTEN TIMES HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE HUNGER AND THIRST FOR DOING WHAT IS RIGHT BUT WE NEVER ARE FILLED BECAUSE OF THE RESULT OF IT.

AS WE THINK ABOUT HUNGERING AND THIRSTING, I THINK THERE IS AT LEAST THREE CONCEPTS THAT WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IN THAT IDEA OF HUNGERING AND THIRSTING. ALL THREE OF THEM REALLY COME FROM DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY. THE FIRST IS THAT WE MUST HAVE A IDEA OR DESIRE AND REALIZATION THAT WE DO GET HUNGRY AND WE HAVE THAT NEED IN OUR BODIES. I THINK PROBABLY MOST OF US HAVE GOTTEN TO DIFFERENT TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHERE WE HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED IN SOMETHING AND MAYBE IT WAS STUDYING SOMETHING OR WORKING ON SOMETHING OR DOING SOMETHING IN OUR HOUSE AND WE FORGET ABOUT LUNCH OR WE FORGET ABOUT SUPPER AND THEN WE REALIZE AFTER THE SECOND OR THIRD HOUR AFTER LUNCH IS OVER THAT YOU DIDN'T EAT. I'VE GOT THIS NEED THAT I MUST FULFILL. IT'S THAT REALIZATION THAT WE HAVE THIS NEED AND WE CAN'T GET AWAY FROM THIS NEED. IT IS A SPIRITUAL NEED. WE MUST HUNGER AND THIRST FOR THE SATISFACTION OF THAT NEED. WE MUST HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. I THINK ABOUT MATTHEW 4:4 WHERE JESUS WAS ANSWERING THE ACCUSATIONS AND THE TEMPTATION OF SATAN HE SAID, “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.” I THINK ABOUT DAVID AND THE PSALM, PSALM 42:1, “AS THE DEER PANTS FOR THE WATER BROOK, SO PANTETH MY SOUL AFTER THEE.” WE HAVE THIS NEED THAT WE NEED TO BE AND HAVE THE REALIZATION OF THAT NEED, THAT IT MUST BE SATISFIED. WE MUST LOOK TO SATISFY AND LOOK FOR WAYS TO SATISFY THAT NEED.

ALSO AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT NEED OF HUNGER AND THIRST, WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS A CONSTANT NEED. IT IS A CONSISTENT NEED. I THINK ABOUT FIRST PETER 2:2, WHERE PETER EXHORTED THE BRETHREN THERE ON THAT OCCASION THAT AS NEWBORN BABES DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD. AS I THINK ABOUT THAT AS PARENTS WE REMEMBER OUR BABIES HAD CONSTANT AND CONSISTENT NEEDS. IN FACT, WE WOULD BE VERY ALARMED IF THAT NEED DIED DOWN. I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WHEN A BABY IS CRYING, THERE'S USUALLY JUST A FEW NEEDS THAT WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S WRONG. OFTEN TIMES IT IS THE NEED OF HUNGER. PETER THEN WRITES THAT WE ARE TO DESIRE THAT SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD. WE HAVE A NEED SPIRITUALLY AND THAT NEED CAN BE SATISFIED BY DESIRING THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD AND TURNING TO GOD'S WORDS. THAT WILL SATISFY OUR NEED OF HUNGER AND THIRST. A THIRD IDEA OF HUNGERING AND THIRSTING THAT HAS TO BE CONSIDERED IS THAT WE MUST HUNGER AND THIRST FOR THE RIGHT THINGS. THAT IS TRUE AS FAR AS THE PHYSICAL BODY IS CONCERNED, AND IT CERTAINLY IS TRUE AS FAR AS THE SPIRITUAL PERSON IS CONCERNED. CONCERNING THE PHYSICAL BODY, WHEN WE WERE KIDS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE GOTTEN FULL ON CANDIES AND COOKIES AND POP. OUR PARENTS WERE WISE BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT US TO DO THAT. THEY WOULD ALLOW US TO HAVE SNACKS AT DIFFERENT TIMES BUT THEY WANTED US TO EAT A GOOD BALANCED MEAL AND AS ADULTS WE UNDERSTAND THAT. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN GET FILLED UP ON THINGS THAT REALLY AREN'T GOING TO NOURISH US, REALLY AREN'T GOING TO HELP US MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH, AND SO WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE HAVE GOOD BALANCED FOOD AT THE RIGHT TIMES. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT AT A SPIRITUAL LEVEL I THINK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT PEOPLE FEED UPON. WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE GET SO CAUGHT UP IN THE WORLD THAT THEY FORGET ABOUT FEEDING UPON THE RIGHT THINGS. THEY GET SO CAUGHT UP WITH THE LUST OF THE EYES, THE LUST OF THE FLESH, THE PRIDE OF LIFE AND THEY FEAST ON THOSE THINGS. FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 2:15 SAYS THAT, “THEY THEN ARE NOT HUNGRY FOR THAT WHICH IS RIGHT FOR THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD, FOR THE WORD OF GOD ITSELF.” WHEN WE THINK ABOUT HUNGERING AND THIRSTING, WE MUST HAVE THAT DESIRE. WE MUST REALIZE THAT WE HAVE THAT DESIRE AND THEN WE MUST BE CONSTANT AND CONSISTENT IN FULFILLING THAT DESIRE. WE MUST ALSO THEN FILL OURSELVES WITH THE RIGHT THINGS IN ORDER TO BE FILLED PROPERLY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR A MOMENT. AS PEOPLE THINK ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE THINGS THAT THEY DO IN ORDER TO OBTAIN RIGHTEOUSNESS, A LOT OF PEOPLE TURN TO THEMSELVES. THEY BELIEVE THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS WITHIN THEM. IN REALITY, IF YOU JUST THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MOMENT, WHAT WE REALLY LEARN IS THAT IF WE ARE TRYING TO FULFILL RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHIN OURSELVES BY DOING WHAT WE THINK IS RIGHT. THAT REALLY IS WHAT WE CALL SELF-RIGHTEOUS. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE WANT TO DO AND THAT'S NOT GONNA EVER SATISFY WHEN A PERSON IS SELF RIGHTEOUS. IT NEVER FEELS SATISFACTORY TO THEM. THEY MIGHT ENJOY IT AND THEY MIGHT ENJOY THE PRIDE OF TRYING TO FULFILL SOMETHING LIKE THAT, BUT IT IS NEVER SATISFACTORY AND IT NEVER SATISFIES THE SPIRIT OF MAN. NOW, JEREMIAH DEALT WITH THAT IN JEREMIAH 10:23. JEREMIAH WROTE THAT IT IS NOT WITHIN MAN THAT WALKETH TO DIRECT HIS OWN STEPS. IT IS NOT WITHIN US TO DO THAT. SOLOMON SAID THIS IN PROVERBS 14:12, “THERE IS A WAY THAT SEEMETH RIGHT INTO A MAN, BUT THE WAYS THEREOF ARE THE WAYS OF DEATH.” IT IS NOT WITHIN US TO FULFILL THAT DESIRE. WE CAN'T FULFILL IT THAT WAY. SO WHERE THEN IS THIS FULFILLMENT OF THAT?

NOTICE WHAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT ALREADY. IN MATTHEW 4:4 WE HAVE QUOTED THE PASSAGE WHERE JESUS SAID THAT MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY THE WORD OF GOD THAT LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER. IT IS THAT WORD OF GOD THAT DIRECTS US. THAT'S WHAT FULFILLS THE RIGHTEOUS DESIRES THAT WE HAVE, THAT HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE HAVE. HE SHOWS US AND DIRECTS US IN RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHIN THAT WORD. NOTICE THE PASSAGE THAT WE REFERRED TO IN 1PETER 2:2, WHERE HE SAID AS NEWBORN BABES DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD. AS WE DESIRE THAT WORD, WE DESIRE THAT MEANS OF OBTAINING RIGHTEOUSNESS. THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT GOD HAS DIRECTED. WHAT WE LEARN THEN IS THAT THERE IS A WRONG PLACE TO OBTAIN THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THAT IS WITHIN OURSELVES. THERE IS A RIGHT PLACE TO OBTAIN THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THAT IS WITHIN THE WORD OF GOD. THE THINGS WE STUDY AND THE THINGS THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US AND COMMANDED US. I ALSO THINK ABOUT PSALM 119:172 WHERE HE SAYS ALL THY COMMANDMENTS ARE RIGHTEOUS. THEY CERTAINLY CARRY THE CHARACTERISTIC THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR IN THE COMMANDMENTS THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED. BUT IT ALSO PROVIDES A WAY TO ESCAPE OUR OWN SIN AND THE WAY TO OBTAIN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT IS LIVING RIGHTEOUS BEFORE GOD. WE LOOK AND WE STUDY THE BIBLE AND WE STUDY THE WORD OF GOD AND WE UNDERSTAND ALL THAT IT PROVIDES FOR US AND THE RIGHTEOUS PATH THAT IT PROVIDES FOR US. BUT NOW NOTICE THIS TOO. WE UNDERSTAND WHAT TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT OBTAINED BY AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OBTAINED BY THE WORD OF GOD BUT WE MUST HAVE COURAGE TO APPLY THE THINGS THAT HE HAS PROVIDED FOR US. LET'S GO OVER TO 1JOHN 3:7. IT IS A VERY INTERESTING PASSAGE. JOHN THE APOSTLE WOULD WRITE, “LITTLE CHILDREN, NO ONE DECEIVE YOU. HE THAT PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS, JUST AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS.” YOU SEE, IT IS MORE THAN JUST KNOWING WHAT GOD SAYS. IT'S MORE THAN KNOWING WHAT THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT. IT IS APPLYING IT TO OUR LIVES AND LIVING ACCORDING TO IT. HE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS. IT APPEARS THAT SOME TO WHOM JOHN WAS WRITING THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD JUST UNDERSTAND AND THEY COULD JUST LISTEN TO THE WORDS AND THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE, BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE. IF WE DON'T PUT IT INTO PRACTICE WE ARE NOT WALKING IN THE LIGHT AS HE TALKS ABOUT IN CHAPTER 1:7. WE HAVE TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE ALL KNOW DIFFERENT ONES THAT REALLY, AND I DON'T KNOW ANY OTHER WAY TO THINK ABOUT IT, OTHER THAN ONES THAT ARE HYPOCRITICAL, AND WE CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT JUDGE OURSELVES BY THE STANDARDS OF OTHERS. WE MUST JUDGE OURSELVES ACCORDING TO THE STANDARD OF GOD'S WORD. GOD'S WORD IS PROVIDED FOR US IN THAT WE MIGHT TRULY EVALUATE OURSELVES. REMEMBER, “ALL SCRIPTURES GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, FOR PROOF, FOR CORRECTION, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT, THOROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.” SO HE PROVIDES IT FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT AND WE MUST JUDGE OURSELVES ACCORDING TO IT. WE MUST ASK OURSELVES, THEN AND WE MUST REALLY THINK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING. AND IS IT ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD. WE KNOW PEOPLE THAT LISTEN TO THE WORDS AND THEY ENJOYED THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. THEY ENJOY LISTENING AND READING THE BIBLE BUT THEY NEVER GET AROUND TO MAKING APPLICATION OF IT. THE QUESTION THEN BECOMES, IS THAT THE KIND OF PERSON WE ARE? I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT. I HOPE THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS DOES NOT COME FROM WITHIN. TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS COMES FROM GOD AND FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTION THAT GOD PROVIDED AND TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE APPLICATION OF THOSE THINGS. LET'S LOOK AT ONE OTHER PHRASE OR ONE OTHER IDEA THAT HE TALKS ABOUT WITHIN OUR PASSAGE. HE SAID THAT, “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY SHALL BE SATISFIED,” OR THEY SHALL BE FILLED, WHICH IS HOW IT IS PHRASED IN THE NEW KING JAMES. THE RESULT OF THAT TRUE HUNGER IS A NEED THAT WE HAVE THAT'S CONSTANT AND CONSISTENT AND THAT NEED THAT WE MUST FILL BY THE RIGHT DIET AND THAT HUNGER AND THIRST IS FROM RIGHTEOUSNESS NOT FROM WITHIN BUT FROM THE WORD OF GOD, AND WE MAKE APPLICATION OF IT, THE RESULT IS IT WILL BE FILLED. GOD CAN FILL OUR NEEDS. GOD CAN PROVIDE THE FULFILLMENT OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED SO DESPERATELY. THE IDEA OF BEING FILLED IS THE IDEA OF BEING SATISFIED. THAT IS WHY SOME TRANSLATIONS TRANSLATED THAT WAY. WE THEN CAN HAVE THE SATISFACTION THAT WE NEED BY DOING THE WILL OF GOD. THE RESULT THEN BECAUSE HE SAID, “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED,” THE RESULT IS THAT BLESSEDNESS. I THINK ABOUT THE PRODIGAL SON. HE LEFT AND SQUANDERED HIS INHERITANCE AWAY. HE LEFT AND SQUANDERED IT AWAY AND HE FINALLY BEGAN TO BE HUNGRY. HE FED ON THE PODS THAT THE PIGS WOULD EAT. IT WASN'T UNTIL HE WAS STARVING THAT HE RETURNED TO THE FATHER. ARE YOU STARVING FOR TRUTH? DO YOU WANT TRUTH OR DO YOU HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS? CAN WE HELP YOU IN ANY WAY? CAN WE HELP YOU FULFILL THAT DESIRE THAT YOU HAVE? I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT YOU WILL SEEK THE WILL OF GOD IN ORDER THAT YOU MIGHT INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE. WE APPRECIATE SO MUCH YOU BEING WITH US THIS MORNING AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR DESIRE AND YOUR EARNEST DESIRE TO BE WITH US AND TO STUDY THE WORD OF GOD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, WE APPRECIATE IT.

MAY I AGAIN TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND THUS A BLESSING TO US ALL. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE INVITED BACK TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO SERVE A GOD WHO HAS GIVEN US ALL THE SPIRITUAL FOOD THAT WE NEED TO BE FILLED IN HIS SERVICE! ARE YOU HUNGERING AND THIRSTING AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, WHICH IS ONLY FOUND IN GOD? ONLY IN GOD CAN WE FIND TRUTH AND ETERNAL LIFE!