Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger

Part One

Blessed are they which do hunger – for righteousness!

Blessings are waiting for those who are hungry for what is right, good, honest, honourable, upright, godly, and true.

Are you hungry for righteousness? Have you noticed your ‘hunger gauge’ ?

What I mean is… are you hungering with desire for Yahuwah [the LORD] and His righteousness?

Hungering for Yahuwah and His ways is similar to natural, physical hunger. When we hunger for Yahuwah, there is an invisible aching in our soul. We have a deep yearning for knowing Father, for feeding on His Word, and for fulfilling His Ways. Father loves those who hunger and thirst for His Ways, therefore He blesses them!

Fill Up Our “Hunger Tank”

When I fill up the gasoline tank in my car, the fuel gauge shows a ‘Full’ tank. What a great feeling to have a full tank of gas! But I also yearn to have a full hunger tank — full of hungering (and thirsting) for Yahuwah and His kingdom!

Sounds silly to relate our hunger for Yahuwah to a gasoline tank. But it is such a common thing to fill up our gasoline tank. With the same frequency, let us ask ourselves — Is it a common thing to fill up our hunger tank ? Do we focus on, and make sure, we are hungering for Yahuwah and His righteousness?

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)

As this Scripture tells us, there is a Blessing! for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Hungering for Yahuwah and for His righteousness is a good thing! When our soul hungers for Yahuwah, then we press harder, search deeper for His ways to be established in our life, and to be full of His Holy Spirit. And, as Misty Edwards sings in her song: Hunger is the escort to the deeper things of You

I want my spiritual hunger tank to stay right up to the ‘Full’ mark — full of hungering for Father!

So how can we maintain our hunger for Yahuwah?

Maintaining Our Hunger For Yahuwah

One sure way to fill up our hunger tank is to remember the principle — first the natural, then the spiritual” (1Corinthians 15:46), as the prophet Daniel did:

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting…. (Daniel 9:3)

Daniel had a hunger for Yahuwah. He wanted more — more understanding of Yahuwah and His ways. Daniel determined to seek Father by 1.) prayer  2.) supplications  and 3.) fasting. 

Daniel did what he could do in the natural realm — praying, earnestly entreating, and fasting. It was then that Father blessed him with spiritual understandings, as well as favour with the king.

I believe that fasting is a like a rocket booster for our prayers and supplications. Fasting is a very good way, by the grace of Yahuwah, for us to fill up our hunger tank. If we want to hunger and thirst for Yahuwah, then we will set aside times for fasting.

Fasting IS Hungering

In the natural realm, fasting is hungering!

When we experience a natural hunger from fasting, then the principle of first the natural, then the spiritual will come into operation and produce a spiritual hunger as well. Fasting helps us to turn away from our natural focus on food, and turn our attention to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], and feed on His Word, which is food for our soul and spirit.

Fasting helps us to be patient and quiet, and to be honest with ourselves. Honesty with ourselves is an important step to growing in maturity and in closeness with Yahuwah. When we are fasting, we recognize more quickly our need for our Heavenly Father’s strength and grace.

Fasting helps us to talk openly and truthfully to Abba Father. The Holy Spirit’s gentle nudges are more easily received when we, as Daniel, will set our face [determine with earnest desire] to fast and pray unto Yahuwah.

Yahushua said: “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). This is the blessedness of hungering for Yahuwah and His righteousness. When we feed on His Words, especially during times of fasting, we receive more of His Life, His Spirit, and we strengthen our inner-most-being — our spirit.

The Value of Fasting

… I humbled my soul with fasting. (Psalms 35:13b)

As this verse reminds us, fasting produces in us a greater humility. For me, my patience increases whenever I fast, as well as my contentment. Though it can be a battle at times to resist my physical hunger and weakness, to stay focused on seeking Yahuwah and His Word, yet the effort is well worth it!

Whenever I endure and humble myself with fasting, I gain a stronger desire to please Father. Additonally, the action of humbling myself is pleasing to Yahuwah, for it is the humble who receive His grace and attention (See: Psalms 138:6; Proverbs 3:34; James 4:6).

Great men and women of God fasted: Moses, Hannah, King David, King Jehoshaphat, Queen Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel, the Apostle Paul — all these had times of fasting. Have you discovered the immense value of fasting?

J. Hudson Taylor [1832-1905], the missionary to China, also knew that value of fasting:

In Shansi, China, I found these Chinese believers who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting (which so many dislike, and requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly), is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are — dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.— J. Hudson Taylor

Fasting is an intimate, individual activity, so give some forethought to fasting and be sensitive to Father’s guidance regarding your fasting. Like I said, fasting can be a battle at times.

Father knows our frame, that we live in a frail, earthen vessel. He knows that the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). So pray, and ask for Father’s help, for His enablement [His Grace], because it is in our weakness that we understand once again, our great need for Him in every area of our life! Without Him, we can do nothing.

Remember also, that fasting, for the purpose of growing in the grace and knowledge of Yahuwah, is a thought the Enemy would never give you.

“Fasting in the biblical sense is choosing not to partake of food because your spiritual hunger is so deep, you determination in intercession so intense, or your spiritual warfare so demanding that you have temporarily set aside even fleshly needs to give yourself to prayer and meditation.” – Wesley L. Duewel

First, Be Hungry

Do you long for Yahuwah? Do you hunger to know and please Him? How full is your hunger tank? 

Perhaps you, as an unsatisfied Christian, are asking God to satisfy you. Let me frankly tell you — the one who is unsatisfied may not necessarily be the hungry one. In order to be satisfied, we must first be hungry! Being unsatisfied is one thing, whereas being hungry is another. We may be unsatisfied from dawn to dusk. It is better therefore, that we be hungry instead of being merely unsatisfied. For God can only bless those who are hungry! He has no obligation to fulfill the merely unsatisfied. – from Watchman Nee, “The Life That Wins”

Fasting helps us to hunger and thirst for Yahuwah. There is a blessing waiting for us when we hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6).

Oh Father, help us to remember Your promise to grant us a blessing for hungering after You!

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As Misty Edwards sings in her song:  Hunger is the escort to the deeper things of You. Below are the lyrics for Misty’s song Soul Cry:

As the deer pants for the water, my soul longs for You
As the body dies without water, my soul dies without You

They may say, “Come on, get over it!  Drink, be merry, for tomorrow we die!”
That’s why I’d rather sit in the house of mourning, Than at the table with fools

Blessed are the hungry—You said it, I believe it
Hunger is an escort into the deeper things of You
You satisfy, you satisfy

As the deer pants for the water, my soul longs for You
As the body dies without water, my soul dies without You

My soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries for You
My soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries for You

Take me to the place where You satisfy, take me to the river
I’ll do anything. God, there is no price. Take me to the river

They may say, “Come on, get over it, everything is okay”
They may say, “Why the hunger? Why the thirsting? Why the mourning?”

But my soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries for you!
My soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries for you!

Take me to the place where You satisfy, take me to the river
I’ll do anything. God, there is no price. Take me to the river

All my tears You hold in a bottle; You will pour them out like rain
Weeping endures for the night, for the night
But  joy comes in the morning, joy comes in the morning

Blessed are the hungry, blessed are the thirsty
You said it, I believe it; I believe it, I believe it
Hunger is the escort into the deeper things of You

My soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries for you!
My soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries for you!

Deep is calling out to deep is calling out to deep
Deep is calling out to deep is calling out to deep
Deep is calling out to deep is calling out to deep

Yesterday’s depth is feeling really shallow. I’ve gotta go deeper, deeper, deeper still
And all Your waves and all Your billows crash over me, Pulling me deep, deep, deeper

From glory to glory, from strength to strength, From depth to depth, I want to fellowship with You

You’re not so far away, it’s not too mysterious
You’re living on the inside of me, Your Spirit on the inside of me

Spring up O Well; spring up O Well; spring up O Well, within me
Spirit of the Living God, spring up O Well, spring up O Well; spring up O Well, within me
Spring up O Well; spring up O Well, spring up O Well, within me
Come River of Life.
Spring up O Well; spring up O Well, spring up O Well, within me

Holy Spirit, rise up on the inside of me and fill me with desire for Jesus (Yahushua)
All-consuming Fire, Living Flame of Love
Come and move within the hearts of men and women, and make us lovesick for Jesus (Yahushua)

We are lovesick. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come Lord Jesus (Yahushua).
We are lovesick. Come Lord Jesus (Yahushua). Come.

Matthew 5:6: Father blesses those which DO hunger and thirst for Him and His righteousness!

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2 comments on “Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger
  1. Sue in NC says:

    Your post really spoke to me. My husband and I both discovered that it was not until we were both literally starving for His Truth that we were able to humble ourselves before YHVH – at that point we were able to lay aside the traditions of the church and LISTEN to the leading of the Holy Spirit, who immediately led us to His Torah. He is so faithful! We learned that His Truth is precious beyond measure and is not casually handed out to those who treat it lightly – it is given in Grace to those who are so hungry for HIM that they will pay any price to have Him. It is those who He counts as His family and with whom He fellowships deeply. “The secret [intimate counsel] of YHVH is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.” (Psalm 25:14) Thanks for a great article.

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