"Zion is calling me to a higher place of praise
To stand upon the mountain and to magnify his name
To tell all the people of every nation that he reigns
Zion is calling me to a higher place of praise
Zion is calling me to a higher place of praise"
QUOTE: Smith Wigglesworth: The Secret of Spiritual Success is a Hunger that Persists. It is an awful condition to be satisfied with one’s Spiritual condition. God has always been looking for Hungry, Thirsty People.
QUOTE: A.W. Tozer: Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Spiritual desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. God waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us God waits so long, so very long, in vain.”
The Complacent Christian is Lukewarm Christian
The Laodicea Church was Complacent
Rev. 3:15-16 (Amplified):
‘"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were cold or hot. 16: So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]."
Zephaniah 1:12: (New International)
"I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners to punish those who sit complacent in their sins. They think the Lord will do nothing to them, either good or bad."
"Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!"
Drawing Near Is About Your Relationship With the Lord Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 13:14 (MSG)
"The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you."
James 4:8 (NKJV)
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
ALL THE TRANSLATIONS READ: DRAW NEAR To God or Come Close To God.
YOU DECIDE TO OBEY GOD AND COME CLOSE.... YOU DECIDE TO DRAW NEAR.
(TPT): Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you. But make sure you cleanse your life, you sinners, and keep your heart pure and stop doubting.
Jeremiah 31:3 (New King James):
"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."
We Hunger For What We Feed On
1. The Questions is “What Are You Feeding On?”
2. If You have been responding to The Holy Spirit this week by Drawing Near in the Holy Fear of God, You are Feeding on Your Relationship with The Lord.
What Are You Hungry For?
Matthew 5:6 (AMP):
“Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied."
(MSG): "You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat."
(TPT): “How enriched you are when you crave righteousness! For you will be satisfied."
While David was in the Wilderness, He Hungered for God
Psalms 63:1 (AMP):
"O God, You are my God; with deepest longing I will seek You; My soul [my life, my very self] thirsts for You, my flesh longs and sighs for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water."
"God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts."
We Pursue What We Are Hungry For
Proverbs 21:21 (NIV):
"Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.:
(AMPC): "He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor."
Psalms 107:9 (New King James):
"For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness."
I Timothy 4:7:
"But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit]."
"He who is satiated [with sensual pleasures] loathes and treads underfoot a honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet."
Job 23:12 (NKJ):
"I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food."
Prayer Warriors What Does the Lord Require?
Deuteronomy 10:12-14 (AMPC):
"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being, 13: To keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good? 14: Behold, the heavens and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth also, with all that is in it and on it."
God Will Bless Your Life As You Draw Near In Holy Fear
Proverbs 15:33 (AMPC): "The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor."
Proverbs 16:16 (AMPC): "Better is little with the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord than great and rich treasure and trouble with it."
The Lord Takes Pleasure In the Man that Draws Near in Holy Fear
Psalms 147:11 (AMPC):
"The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness."
As You Draw Near In Holy Fear, You Will Experience God’s Goodness
Psalms 31:19: (AMPC):
"Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!"
As You Draw Near In Holy Fear, God Will Satisfy You
The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.
As You Draw Near In Holy Fear, You Will Experience Healing And Refreshment
Proverbs 3:7-8 (AMPC):
"Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. 8: It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones."
God Will Fulfill Your Desires As You Draw Near in Holy Fear
Psalms 145:19 (AMPC):
"He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them."
The Fear of The Lord Is:
Psalms 111:10 (AMP):
"The [reverent] fear of the Lord is the beginning (the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet) of wisdom; A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the Lord; His praise endures forever."
(TPT): "Where can wisdom be found? It is born in the fear of God. Everyone who follows his ways will never lack his living-understanding. And the adoration of God will abide throughout eternity!"
Proverbs 15:33 (NKJV):
"The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility."
(MSG): "Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living— first you learn humility, then you experience glory."
(TPT): "The source of revelation-knowledge is found as you fall down in surrender before the Lord. Don’t expect to see Shekinah glory until the Lord sees your sincere humility."