Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:6 (NKJV)

What is emptiness? The dictionary says it’s “the fact or state of containing nothing or of being without the usual or appropriate contents.” Now how do we empty ourselves? Is it physical or spiritual? The answer might surprise you.

It is BOTH. Because, you see, we are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body–and unfortunately due to the fallen state of humanity, our flesh can be rather strong and take over our lives. Part of salvation is crucifying (or dying to) the flesh, which means we deny or make sacrifices. If our flesh is hungry or thirsty, what do we normally do? We give it food and something to drink.

But what would happen if we make the sacrifice of being hungry and thirsty for righteousness and instead of filling our bodies, we seek God? That’s what we’re finding out right now! “For they shall be filled,” says Matthew 5. When we make the sacrifice of driving our flesh to hunger and denying those cravings for food, then we show God that we’re serious, and when God sees that we’re serious with Him, He gets serious with us. Allowing God to have a foothold in our lives will already turn the enemy on his head, but doing it at the beginning of the year sets the stage for God to continue to fill us throughout the year. And as God increases in us (filling us), we begin to decrease; this means our flesh begins to take a backseat to the things of the Holy Spirit, and God can do great works in and through us.

Will you take that challenge this year? Will you truly hunger and thirst for righteousness? Don’t make the fast about food, but make it about growing closer to God, about being filled with more of His righteousness.

Prayer Starter

Lord, today I come humbly before You and pray for your will in my life and on this earth. I pray that as I decrease in this fast, that You would increase in me. Give me a hunger for ministry; give me a hunger for the things of the Spirit. Let me see Your hand move in mighty ways. Empty me, O God, and use me as a willing vessel. In Jesus name, amen!

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