Topic:DESPERATELY HUNGRY FOR GOD
I can remember when I had not received the baptismof the Holy Spirit. For nineteen years I pastored churches and did my
very best. I knew the presence of God in a shallow way, but I did not have any continuing power. I had learned and accepted the fact that this was the way it was. I had been taught in college and seminary that all the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit had passed away with the last apostle.
There were to be no more signs and no more miracles. “Allsupernatural things
ended when the last apostle died,” they said.
Think about that teaching for a moment. How ridiculous! Why would God do that? I was taught this sad thing, and I
I thank God that there are people in all churches today who are sick and tired of being sick and tired of this nonsense!
They are weary of a formof godliness that denies the power!
They are not going to be denied the power of God any longer!
Hunger for the things of God is a wonderful thing. It will bring God on the scene.
John G. Lake, a preacher of another generation who shook nations for God, said, “Hunger can be a good thing. It is the
greatest persuader I know of. It is a marvelous power. Nations have learned that you can do almost anything with a populace until they get hungry. But when they get hungry, watch out.
There is a certain spirit of desperation that accompanies hunger.”
I wish we all had it spiritually. I wish we were desperately hungry for God. Wouldn’t it be glorious?
I will guarantee you that after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus there were 120 mighty hungry people in the upper roomin Jerusalem. If they had not been exceedingly hungry, they would not have gotten so gloriously filled. It was
because they were hungry that they were filled.
No matter what your soul may be desiring, if God’s power becomes the supreme cry of your life, not the secondary matter, or the third or tenth, but the supreme desire of your soul, the paramount issue—all the powers and energies of your spirit, soul, and body are reaching out and crying to
God for the answer—it is going to come!
Over the years, especially through what seemed to be a family cycle of constant sickness and disease, I finally got to
the place where my supreme heart cry was for deliverance.
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I could hear the groans and cries and feel my family’s desperation for wellness. My heart cried, my soulsobbed, my spirit wept tears. I wanted help. I did not know enough to call directly on God for it. (Isn’t it a strange thing that we do not have enough sense to call on God for physical difficulties as well as spiritual ones? But I did not.