How Big Is Your Appetite For God?

May 28, 2002 PM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of Genesis chapter twenty-five. Genesis chapter twenty-five. When you reach the book of Genesis chapter twenty-five, please signify by saying amen.

We will stand for the reading of the Word tonight.

We will begin with verse twenty-eight. And we will go all the way don to verse thirty-four. It said,

28. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

30. And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

32. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33. And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me. Father, as I decrease, I ask that You would increase. Father, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name.

And the people of God said amen. You may be seated in the house of God.

What does it mean to be hungry? What does it mean to be hungry? It means that there is some type of appetite, a need, a craving, a strong desire, a longing.

When we look at Esau, we can say that desperate people are hungry people. You see, if you’ve ever been in a place of desperation, if you ever been in a place of craving, if you’ve ever been in a place of longing, you would understand that you would do just about anything to fulfill that desire that’s on the inside of you.

When we look at the book of Proverbs, in chapter (glory to God) twenty-three, it says if you be a man given to appetite, put a knife to your neck. Why? Because I got to make sure that I’ve got the right appetite. I can’t let that appetite of my flesh (glory to God) overcome the appetite of my spirit.

You see, if I allow my flesh appetite to overcome the appetite of my spirit, then I’m going to cause all kinds of warfare in the spiritual realm. And those things that was supposed to come to me will not come to me, because I’ve allowed my fleshly appetite (glory to God) to have precedence over my spiritual appetite.

Desperate people are hungry people. When a hungry man is hungry he’ll do just about anything. When an honest man is hungry, he’ll even steal, won’t he? I must be in this house by myself tonight.

But listen. How many of us are truly hungry with a spiritual hunger? You see, many of us mistake impatience for being hungry spiritually. See, we think that because we’re ready to get up and do, that we’re hungry spiritually. That doesn’t mean all the time that we’re hungry spiritually. That means that we’re impatient. Oh, my God, my God.

But see, when I become hungry for spiritual things, I’m not exactly looking (glory to God) for something to do. I’m looking to lift up holy hands without doubting, so I can know more about Him, so I can learn more of Him, so He can be with me and I can be with Him.

Esau was in a hard place. He said, “What is this birthright going to do for me at the point of death?” You see, when you’re at the point of death, that’s when you’re right for your breakthrough. See, he didn’t have an understanding that that death was going to bring forth life.

You see, when you are at a place of hunger and thirst, He said those that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. God is about to fill you with spiritual blessings.

See, you thought it was over. But you’re just about to be made fat. You see, you thought you were thinning out. But He’s about to fill you up with those things that are Spirit. He’s about to give you a supernatural spiritual diet.

What are you looking for, and what are you hungry for? I need to say that again. What are we looking for, and what are we truly hungry for? Are we hungry for God? Are we truly hungry for Him? Are we truly hungry for the things of God? Or are we impatient and just can’t wait?

He was in a hard place. He said, “What does this spiritual blessing... What is this going to do for me now?”

You see, when you’re about to give up, you just about to be blessed. When you’re in a place where death is all around you, that’s when your blessing is on the way.

You see, when you’re always in a place where there is no trouble and no warfare, what you need a breakthrough for? See, a breakthrough is coming for somebody that’s in need. A breakthrough’s coming for somebody that’s craving. A breakthrough’s coming for somebody that’s hungry, hungry for the things of God.

What Esau did in the natural with his natural appetite affected his spiritual life.

When we look at Luke chapter four, verse three, Satan told Jesus, “If You be the Son of God, command this stone to be made bread.”

And then in verse four Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God shall man live.” Why? He refused to allow His natural appetite to take control over His spiritual appetite.

What kind of appetite do we have tonight? What are we really hungry for? What do you really want? Am I hungry for position? Am I hungry that men might know my name? Am I hungry just to do the work of the ministry so I can get off my job? Oh, you don’t hear me today, do you? Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost moving in me, if you don’t feel Him moving in you.

What is my appetite there for? What am I really hungry for?

You see, when I’m a person that’s really hungry for God, I don’t care who’s doing praise and worship. I can enter in. Because I’m not standing before the people. I’m standing before Almighty God.

But in order to be hungry, there’s got to be space made available. There’s got to be an emptiness on the inside of me.

Paul said in the book of Philippians chapter four, he said, “I know how to be hungry.” How in the world, Paul, do you know how to be hungry, when you understand the things of God?

You see, even though every time I get filled up and filled up over and over and over again, though I’m full, I’ve got to learn how to still be hungry. I can’t allow that experience that I had tonight take me through tomorrow. I’m looking for another experience with God on tomorrow. Glory to God.

And I don’t know about you, but even as I listen to other peoples’ testimonies about their experiences with God, it may fill me up for a moment. But I’m leaving their presence to get my own experience with God. That’s when I really become hungry for Him.

Are you really hungry tonight? What is it that I’m craving? What is it that I’m craving? Is my fleshly craving over my natural, my spiritual craving? What am I really craving? What am I really looking for? This is speaking to somebody tonight.

See many of us are seeking things of this world, the deceitfulness of riches. We’re seeking companionship, aren’t we? Hello, somebody. We’re more hungry for companionship in the natural than we are hungry for companionship in the Spirit. Oh, my God, my God.

But see, in His Presence the Bible says there’s fulness. You see, no matter what this flesh is craving for, when I enter into His Presence, I have entered into all that I need. Oh my God, my God.

God is looking for somebody that’s hungry for spiritual food. What are you hungry for tonight?

Are we hungry just for that prophecy to come to pass? Maybe I need to say that again. Are we just hungry for the prophecy to come to pass? We crave for it every day. “Lord, You said it.” And we begin to seek to fill ourselves from the prophecy instead of filling ourselves with the Presence of God.

What am I hungry for?

Most of us when we’re hungry, we eat just about anything. That’s why they tell us, when you go to the grocery store, don’t go hungry. Because you’ll pick up anything. But see, you got to know what you hungry for. Because you don’t need to put no junk inside of you. You got to put something that’s nutritious inside of you, on a daily basis.

There’s got to be an empty space. We’ve got to come to an empty place that no matter what type of spiritual satisfaction or fulfillment we are receiving, we still know how to be hungry for more.

A lot of times when we come into the house of God on Sunday, the move of God is nothing like it was on Friday. Why? Because we try to get our fill that Friday night. And then by the time we get here Sunday, you know, I done had mine. But we have got to make room for more. Oh, Jesus.

I’m hungry for more of You, Lord. That’s what I’m hungry for.

The psalmist said, “My soul follows hard after Thee.” He said, “My soul, my very soul...” I believe it’s Psalm sixty-three. He said, “My soul follows hard after Thee.” In other words, there’s an intensity about how He is following after God.

When I get to that place where I’m intense about God, I won’t let my surroundings affect my, what I... You know, you know, a lot of times when we’re eating, we can get distracted so easily. But when you follow after God hard, you’re going to focus your attention and every part of your being on Him.

He said, “My whole being looks for You.”

What are we hungry for? What are we hungry for? What are we hungry for?

See, our mind gets to thinking now. Before I came to church tonight, what was I hungry for? Was I hungry for the Word? Or is it something that I believe I’m just supposed to do, a place where I’m supposed to be? Or was I hungry for what the Master had at the table? Did I come to see pastor, to see what’s going on with pastor? Oh, my God. Who am I talking to now? Or did I come to eat? Did I come to dine at His table?

You see, we get so caught up at what we call the “bless me” table, don’t we? I want a little bit of that. Want a little bit of that. Want a little bit of that. Blessing that, blessing that, blessing... But we never sit down long enough for the full course meal. We always snacking, aren’t we? But see, when you get a meal, you’ll really be satisfied.

And then once that meal is digested, then you want more, because you’re hungry again. And if you get the right meal, it’s going to pass through you the right way. You don’t hear me, do you? And you won’t have to worry about being constipated. Because some of us need a bowel movement in the Spirit. We get constipated.

But we got to learn that we’ve got to eat right and eat when we’re hungry. And there should always be a hunger.

Sometimes when I come to the house of God, I might be on my last leg. But I’m still hungry for His Presence. And even if, even if nobody else wants to praise Him and worship Him, I can enter in all by myself. Because I’m hungry for Him. It don’t matter what people sound like. I’m just hungry for Him. It don’t matter how many done came. I’m just hungry for Him.

Are you hungry for Him tonight? Where has our mind been? What is our mind on? What is our heart on? Because wherever our heart is, that’s where our treasure is. And that’s what we want to eat.

In Proverbs twenty-seven and verse seven, it says the full soul loatheth an honeycomb. And that word “loath,” it means to hate it. It becomes disgusting. In other words, it’s something to be treaded under feet. But to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.

In other words, when my sensual pleasures, sensual pleasures are constantly being satisfied, then I’ll trample everything else up under feet. But to somebody that’s really hungry, the honeycomb itself will even be good. Just give me what I can get. Let me have what I can have. Whatever You feed me, Lord, that’s what I want. And that’s what I desire.

Are you hungry tonight? Let’s take inventory. What are we really hungry for?

Go with me to Luke chapter six. Luke chapter six. And when you get to Luke chapter six, just say amen. It says in verse twenty-one,

21. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

Look at verse twenty-five.

25. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

When we look at Revelations three and verse seventeen, it says, “Because thou sayest, ‘I am rich and increased in goods, and have need of nothing,’ and knoweth not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked...”

You see, if I think that I am full, and I think that I have all that I need, it will bring me to a place of delusion about how I really am. And when we talk about that word “delusion,” most of the time it’s a word that’s used with someone that has a mental illness. In other words, I become spiritually ill.

And that’s why the Bible tells us to renew our mind on a daily basis. Why? Because if I don’t constantly fill myself, I will become delusional about myself. And I will think that I’m alright and everybody else is not alright.

Hungry. Are you hungry tonight?

We’re going to change our mind set. You know, it’s time to get into a place of hunger. If you’ve never been there, it’s time to get there. If you think you’re there, but you’re impatient, then you’re not there. Because when I’m really hungry, I can let patience have her perfect work, that I may be perfect and entire, wanting for nothing.

Tonight think about it. Think about how you and I really are. What are we really after? And which appetite are we really trying to satisfy? What appetite are we trying to satisfy?

There’s something on your mind. And there’s something in your heart. But let that spiritual appetite be the one that’s fulfilled. Let that spiritual appetite take precedence over that natural appetite. Can we do that? That’s a place of putting that flesh under, isn’t it? That’s a place of beating that flesh and telling that flesh no.

Have you ever been there? Have you ever told that flesh no? Have you really told that flesh no? And meant it, and not just for the moment, but knowing in your mind you saying no, but really you mean yeah?

What are we hungry for tonight?

If you don’t know what you really want, ask God to put in you what He wants. Because a lot of times when we ask, people ask us what do we want, the first thing we say is, “I don’t know.” Ask Him what He wants. Ask Him what He wants you to have. And He will give it to you, if you say, “Lord, let me have what You want me to have.”

What are we hungry for tonight?

Every head bowed, every eye closed.

Father, we came to You tonight as vessels that need to be filled over and over and over again. Father, there are desires in us. There are appetites in us that need to be beat out of us, Jesus, with the Word of God. For Your Word is like a hammer.

Father, whatever hunger we have that’s not like You, we ask that You would take it out of us. And cause us to hunger and to thirst after righteousness. If we crave or long or desire for something that’s not Your desire for us, take it out of us. And we’ll be careful to give You the glory and all the honor and all the praise. In Jesus’ holy and blessed Name.

The people of God said amen.

Come on, give God a handclap of praise.

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