On Fire for God, but Not Hungry for God

I was speaking with a friend yesterday, and she viewed a few of our healing videos and she said to me, “wow, you are really hungry for God!” I responded to her, “I am passionate for God and on fire for God, but hungry for God, no.” There was silence on the other end of the phone as she did not know what to say.

This poses a serious discussion. Despite what the preacher says or what the gospel artist sings, are we really hungry for God? Should we be hungry for God? The answer is yes and no.

I was hungry for God. I was extremely thirsty for God. But then I met Jesus and now I thirst no more. If we desire to live the life of Christ and see His amazing results in our lives, we must root out religious tradition that is not based on the Word. Let’s see what Jesus has to say about this:

In John 4:14, Jesus says whosoever drinks the water that I give shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 6:35, Jesus says, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst

John 7:37 Jesus says, If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink

So yes I was hungry and extremely thirsty. I tried to fill my hunger with my career, ungodly lusts, sports, even religion; but it could not satisfy me. I honestly wanted to be right, but did not know how to be right. Matthew 5:6 says blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. So I was very hungry, but I am filled today.

No where in the New Testament, after Jesus ascended to the throne and left us His Holy Spirit, does any scripture say belivers are still hungry and thirsty for God. So why in most churches do we lay out on the altar and cry out to God, telling him how thirsty we still are? We sing songs that declare how hungry and thirsty we still are. Was the water that Jesus gave us not filling enough? If Jesus is the bread of life, do we still need a second helping of “something else”?

After you receive Jesus as Lord and you are filled with the Spirit it is not hunger and thirst that you feel. It is zeal, it is passion, it is an overflow of love. It is a fire that is so intense it makes you want to go out and do something. However, most have been conditioned not to go out into the world.

Why am I making a big deal about this? Isn’t zeal and passion the same as hunger and thirst? No. One of the great disservices that most churches tell the people is that they are not ready to go out in the community and lay hands on the sick, prophesy to the lost, love the needy. They need more teaching before they can go out. They need more training before they can go out. They need to sacrifice more of themselves and die to themselves more before they can go out. This has lead to them being conditioned to sit in the 4 walls of the church. So they sit in the pews year after year until they are ready.

The truth of the matter is that the moment you receive Jesus as Lord and are filled with the Spirit you are ready. It’s not about you anyway, it is the Holy Spirit inside of you that LIVES to do these things. He wants to go to the hospitals and homeless shelters and touch people’s lives. Inside of you is an overflow of life that yearns to touch others. Yet we quench him by remaining idle, hearing teaching after teaching after teaching. It doesn’t take much knowledge of the Bible to go out into the streets and just love people. Encourage someone, pay for someone’s coffee or gas, or give them a hug and tell them that God loves them. Once you do what you can do in the natural, then God will give you supernatural help, such as specific knowledge of a pain in their body, specific names of people, etc. But anyone can go.

So what does this have to do with hunger and thirst? Everything. If you are on fire for God and have an intense passion for God, everything in your body will want to “Go into all the world!”You will not be able to sit on the sidelines while people are dying everyday in a hopeless world. You will want to bring them hope! But if you have been taught that what you feel is hunger and thirst, you will unconsciously think you need to sit somewhere and ‘receive more’. It makes you idle. You will just wait to receive, instead of setting the world ablaze with the fire of God.

Here is one last thing to consider, when the disciples urged Jesus to eat in John 4, he responded, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about. My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” So today is you are already born again and still need something to eat spiritually, your food is go out and do the will of Him who sent you- preaching the gospel, laying hands on the sick, raising the dead!

Now quit talking about how hungry you are- go out and do His will!!

Troy Anthony Smith is a Pastor, author, and founder of Demonstrate It, an organization that believes in healings, signs, and wonders. Mr. Smith currently resides in Los Angeles,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God

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2 Responses to “On Fire for God, but Not Hungry for God”

  1. Theresa Says:

    Your writing help me understand with much more clarity. Since I am off tomorrow I plan to “GO OUT” and of all places I will be in NYC. Perfect timing!!!

  2. Adi Moala Racaca Says:

    Wow!..wow!,Pst Troy, you are really a mighty man of GOD..a very powerful masage. i felt the HOLY SPIRIT..tears jst fall, thanx

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