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298. The hungry shall be filled.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." ( Matthew 5:6) Filled with what? With Spirit and power! (Matthew 3:11, Acts 10:38)

👉🏻 The secret to the infilling in the Spirit and in power is our hunger for the Word of God and our thirst for the Spirit of God. The word of God is the oil within these jars of clay that keeps the flame of the Spirit burning. The Apostles were full of the words of Jesus as they waited for the promise of the Spirit. And before long, 'they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.' (Acts 2:3) Deeper the repentance, bigger the room in our hearts to contain his word! If we have no appetite for the word of God and are bored by reading the Bible, then probably our hearts are shallow and rocky! There ain't much soil for the word of God to be grounded! The parable of the sower reveals that state of heart : "Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and they withered because they had no roots." (Mark 4:5-6)

👉🏻 The secret to the infilling in the Spirit and in power is also our eagerness to do what is 'right and just'. We were declared righteous by faith to do what is right and just in the eyes of God and man but those who deliberately do what is wrong and unjust, inspite of having known the truth, cannot experience the fullness of the Spirit because it is directly proportionate to their desire to work righteousness and justice in all their conduct. 'You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God has set you above by anointing you with the oil of joy.' - (Psalm 45:7) This hunger and thirst for righteousness is a sign of our rebirth. Then 'like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it we may grow in this salvation.' (1 Peter 2:2) Just as appetite differs from person to person, so also the hunger for God's word and thirst for his Spirit differs from person to person based on their spiritual experience. We choose for ourselves how much we eat. 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, as you sing Psalms , hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.' (Colossians 3:16) Amen.

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