Monday, December 3, 2012

"Hunger Pains"

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
Our physical bodies are designed in such a way where they let us know when we are hungry. Our stomachs growl, there is an empty feeling inside, we experience hunger pains in the pit of our stomach and weakness in our bodies-- all are indications that we are hungry and need to feed our bodies.
Our spirit is also designed in such a way where it lets us know when we are hungry. There are hunger "signs" and "pains" that it feels as well. Unlike the hunger pains we experience in our physical bodies, these aren't as easy to recognize because we tend to think there is another reason behind them. 
One of the hunger pains is discontentment. We become discontent with the blessings that we have and start searching for worldly things, materialism, a new relationship, entertainment, sinful pleasures and so on to fill ourselves with. A lack of gratitude or thanksgiving are hunger pains. Murmuring and complaining are signs that you are spiritually hungry. Fearfulness, anxiety, anger, lust, pride, covertness are also signs that our spirit man needs to be fed. Spiritual weakness is another sign, and a result from lack of "eating". 
There is only one way to get rid of the "hunger pains"-- eat! There is only one diet that can satisfy the hunger in our spirits-- bread. Jesus is the bread of life and He is the Word of God (John 1:1). When we read His word, we are "eating" spiritual bread. When we commune with Him, we are "eating". (Mark 14:22) The more we "eat" the less hunger pains we have. We begin to get full. "Eating" the bread of life fills us with life, it fills us with everything that is in that bread-- the "nutrients" of peace, joy, contentment, grace, strength, love, faith, etc.
Are you experiencing spiritual weakness? Are you having the "hunger pains" we described? Then you need to "eat"- eat the Bread of Life that is freely given to you.
Have a great day. Eating spiritual bread- the Word of God and communing with Jesus- gets rid of the spiritual hunger pains we experience. 
For further reading:
1 Corinthians 11:24
John 6:48
Matthew 4:4; 5:6
Isaiah 55:1-3
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