Acquire a Thirst

Water and food are two necessities we cannot live without. It’s not a coincidence that Jesus is equated to both water and food. Essentially we cannot survive without Jesus, the living water—the bread of life.

Someone who is thirsty can be described as desperate, parched, desirous, eager and with a craving for liquid. The truly thirsty practically go insane longing for water.

Isaiah 44:3 says,

“I will pour water on him who is thirsty and floods on the dry ground”

If you are thirsty you will be filled.

God promises to quench the thirst of those who are thirsty. The significance here is; of those who are thirsty, we must have a desire—a longing, to be filled by Him.

Do you ever feel complacent, with no real ambition or thirst for God? Interesting enough, God is the one who will help us overcome the complacency we are feeling towards Him. If we do not have a thirst—or a yearning for God, or for a deeper relationship with Him—we need to ask Him to make us thirsty.

One of the main reasons complacency sneaks its way in, is because we are not desperate enough for God. When we are not thirsty we usually don’t drink.  Complacency is defined as extremely self satisfied—just the opposite of what the Bible calls us to.

Psalm 42:1-2

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”

As much as God loves us He gave us a free will. He wants us to come to Him.

In John 7:37 Jesus said

“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!”

His desire is that we desire Him, that we love and seek Him by our own free will.

In James 4 it says, if we draw near to God He will draw near to us, not when He draws near then we draw near. We have to make the first move. If we seek Him we will find Him—the key is we must seek Him.

God delights in our enthusiasm to love Him. The truth is, when we are in love with someone we will do whatever we have to just to be with that person. If seeking God is not a thirst—maybe love is waning.

The answer? Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Since love is a fruit of the Spirit—to acquire it we must be filled with the Holy Spirit—the living water.

Water sustains life, likewise Jesus and the Holy Spirit sustain our heart, spirit and soul.

Be encouraged to acquire a greater thirst for God and don’t be surprised when He floods your dry ground!

“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.”  Isaiah 55:1

7 thoughts on “Acquire a Thirst

  1. Possibly my favorite promise from God is Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. For they shall be filled.” I love knowing that when I come to Him hungry, I won’t leave the same way. And the challenge is always to come hungry rather than full from feasting on everything else but God.

    Great post! It is timely as we begin this year by cultivating hunger for God’s Presence.

    1. Thanks Jamie! More and more God is showing me how much the church needs to desire Him. Not feasting on everything else, definitely is the key!
      Thanks for your input…I’m enjoying our blog dialogues!

  2. Let it rain! He is faithful, even when we are otherwise. I am excitied by the picture of being among so mnay cry out in thrist, a time soon coming, I pray.
    I am not sure that I shall evet be satisfied this side of heaven.

    Thanks again for a faithful blog.

    1. You are right about being satisfied this side of heaven-it’s amazing how we can fill up with Him, but then long for more…I guess this is true love!

      Feel free to re-post my blogs any time!! I need more readers like you!

  3. Great post! Can we control love? I know for love to exist there has to be freewill. I know i have to go back and re read this but love and thirst for God in my life seems to be lacking and its not like a switch i can turn on and thirst/love comes into my life. I think of the verse, many are called but few are chosen….perhaps I’m not chosen and choosing what we believe is not ones choice…or is it. I’m contradicting myself and i pray to the Lord to help me get some clarity on my journey with Him. Thanks for writing and reading what I’m thinking.

    1. Thanks for your honesty, I really do appreciate it.

      To love God is our choice. Everyone is chosen to follow/love Him, but few will choose. Free will plays a huge part. The will is by far one of our greatest obstacles. Our will has to be submitted to God and His will for our life. It is His will that we love Him.

      The scripture that has helped me with submitting my stubborn self-will is James 4:6-10. I sent you another post about James 4, called, A Secret Divulged. Also a post about the secret of the will named, There Must be More.

      The thirst/love component…I think being honest with God is great place to start. Complacency about God and our relationship with Him, will keep us from being thirsty for Him. It’s a battle no doubt, but God equips us.

      Praying, calling out to God, reading the Word, believing and being filled with the Holy Spirit will help us to love Him. Mainly complacency comes when God isn’t our first priority—when we are too full and satisfied by things other than God.Take the passion you have for other things and funnel it to loving God, He will meet you.

      I’m praying for you, I hope this helps, please keep dialoging with me and let me know what’s happening.

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