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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 9
 

 " If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land" 2 Chron
7:14

Day 9 - Desperate Hunger

Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled .
(Matthew 5:6)

People who are desperate for God's presence will move beyond
convenience and personal comfort. They cannot be satisfied with
worldly pleasures or religious routine. For them, Jesus is no longer a
religious concept. He has become their reality, their life, and the
source of their longing and desire.

An initial hunger and thirst comes with the gift of salvation, but
after the spiritual honeymoon is over we must intentionally cultivate
our spiritual passion. It's so easy for our once-fiery hearts to grow
cold in our love toward Him. Our first prayer must be to ask Him to
increase our spiritual appetite.

The Word of God promises us that if we are hungry and thirsty, we
shall be filled! Spiritual hunger is the currency of heaven. Hunger is
what causes us to empty ourselves of compromise. It creates a holy
dissatisfaction that drives us to our knees and makes us depend on
God.

Prayer Points:

Forgive me for filling myself with worldly pleasures. Help me to empty
myself of the spirit of the world and fill myself with You. Jesus,
would you take my cold heart and turn it into burning fire? Would you
renew in my life a fresh hunger and thirst for You?

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These devotionals are written by Rhonda Hughey.

Here is a quote from her book "Desperate for His Presence" published
by Bethany House Publishers.

"The pursuit of God's Presence is not a means to an end. It is the
end! What we are talking about is not a formula for how to be more
effective in ministry. It is the core of our existence and the purpose
of our life. We exist to know Him, to worship Him, and to reflect His
beauty to the world around us!
God is waiting and longing for us to experience an awareness of His
Presence. Knowing His Presence in theory but not in experience is not
biblical faith. It is religion only. We have the privilege as
believers to know and experience the tangible Presence of God.
In "The Pursuit of God", A.W.Tozer makes a contrast between being in
the Presence of God positionally and experiencing His Presence
actually. He goes on to say that, as a result of settling for the
positional Presence of God only, contentment takes the place of
burning hearts and fervent zeal for the Lord. 'The church then settles
for only an intellectual knowledge of God and remains unconcerned
about the absence of personal experience' "

 


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