Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.

"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12

“But blessed also, said Jesus, are those who just keep on hungering and thirsting after righteousness, because unless we are hungry and unless we are thirsty, all the food and drink in the world will do us no good.....And the more we are filled with God’s righteousness, the more immune we are to oppression, fear and terror of any kind.”  Eugenia Price, S.P.S., 9/9

This imagery of having all the food and drink in the world doing us no good if we’re not hungry is something we should all be able to relate to.  How many times have we sat down to a fantastic meal only to find ourselves not hungry because we snacked all afternoon and we can’t bear to put another morsel into our mouths?  Or we stuff ourselves at the meal and have no room for the luscious dessert our hostess brings out.  Eugenia is telling us that all that God has to offer goes to waste if we aren’t hungry for it.  If we’ve satisfied our appetites on lesser things we will have no room for what He has to offer--the gourmet food of life, Christ Himself.  Christ tells us that the poor and needy are blessed because those who come to God in that condition shall receive the kingdom of God and all it has to offer.  Let us remember, then, whom it is that feeds us and not go rummaging around in the refrigerator between meals!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  Matthew 5:3-6

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