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The Spiritual Emptiness of Abundance

Deuteronomy 8:3

King James Version (KJV)

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

Have you ever been hungry? Really and truly hungry? If you have you discovered something when you ate. It was that the simplest food tasted wonderful and it satisfied your hunger. And yet, when you have plenty of food to choose from, the taste is no longer the same. Either you search for something to fulfill that desire or you decide it isn’t worth your time.

America‘s beginnings were in hunger. Her people were hungry for freedom to worship the way that they wanted. That hunger established a country that appreciated the freedom and desire to worship our God. And in our desire to make it that everyone should be able to worship freely, we opened our doors wide and told the world to come on in.

What we didn’t realize is that in opening our doors, it was not only those who truly wished to worship that would enter, but also those who wished to pervert and prevent the worship of the very God we are so blessed to worship. Our abundance became gluttony. A church or two on almost every block here in my own state and a variety of choices to please anyone.  Shopping for a church is almost like deciding what ice cream flavor that you would like. And then if it doesn’t taste the way that you think that it should, just choose another.

Going to church is no longer even thought of by many as a privilege, it is treated as an expectation. Something you do every Sunday, like eating your next meal. Abundance and yet no longer fulfilling for so many. So they start new churches that tell them as long as they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they can do anything that they want, that any prayer will be answered, that Jesus was a wonderful man, but really just a man you know, that it’s okay to force others to do what you do because you are right and your salvation depends on making them do the right thing, that the Bible is really just a history book written by men and really who knows if any of it is right or not.

This is where we are!!!!! A nation filled with rot!!!! Abundance of faith is becoming our own cesspool of destruction. We have become so full of ourselves that we fail to see what God has given us.

And yet it hasn’t always been this way. There were periods where churches and faith in God grew tremendously. Take the Great Depression for instance. This was a time of great hunger and fear. But the hunger wasn’t just for food. It was also a hunger for God. It was a time when churches were filled and miracles happened. If you listen to the people who do missionary work, they will tell you how hungry the people that they visit are for God. Why? If you truly pay attention you will notice how little material possessions they have. Like abundance, hunger seems to turn people either to God or to evil. Light and darkness! That dividing line is always there! And yet one very obvious thing becomes apparent, people want more when they have less.

The people of Israel wanted freedom when they were slaves, our founders wanted freedom to worship, people in India, China and other places, are looking for God because they have been denied that chance. God let Israel remain in slavery until they truly hungered for freedom. Our founders got the opportunity and established this beacon to the world. God is sending people throughout the world with His message for the hungry.

But what of us? Have we lost His grace with our gluttony and the perversion of His word? Have we lost His grace with the practice of sanctioned murder of the innocents with abortion, or the forcing of perversion upon our children with the increase in the teaching that homosexuality is appropriate and perfectly acceptable?

If hunger is the driving force that makes us truly desire God, I am afraid that we are going to go through a period of time where we are going to suffer a great hunger. We are already headed down that path. And I don’t mean just spiritual hunger because we will have lost our ability to worship freely and to share our faith with our children. The path that we are on is one that will call for sacrifice and hunger on a material plane as well. We will be like the prodigal son. After all, he didn’t return to his father because he was fulfilled, he returned because he was hungry and he knew that his father would feed him even if he were a slave. 

Luke 15:14-19

King James Version (KJV)

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

Matthew 5:6

King James Version (KJV)

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Luke 6:21

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21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

Luke 6:25

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25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

Philippians 4:12

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12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.


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Refiner’s Fire

Source: via Linda on Pinterest

The Refining Fire: “In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner’s fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong. In this way the divine image can be mirrored from the soul. It is part of the purging toll exacted of some to become acquainted with God. In the agonies of life, we seem to listen better to the faint, godly whisperings of the Divine Shepherd.” Pres. Faust

Malachi 3

King James Version (KJV)

3 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lordof hosts.

13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?

15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Refiner’s Fire (worship video w/ lyrics)

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