March 26, 2019

Yesterday I had the honor and pleasure of giving a message to the good people of Hilltop Celebration Church. After preaching a sermon I am usually hungry so Cleo and I along with some good friends went out to the Big Chief restaurant. I usually get their Swedish Meat Balls with mashed potatoes and gravy but yesterday I wanted something else. I didn’t know what that something else was so I opened the menu and perused through it. I ordered their chicken wild rice soup, which by the way was the best I have ever had, along with a turkey sandwich and coffee. For dessert I had a slice of their wonderful chocolate cake that was topped with a creamy white frosting and covered with chocolate chips. I walked out smiling because my hunger and thirst was totally satisfied! 🙂

Psalm 145:16 (NLT) — 16 When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

God’s open hand is like me opening the menu at Big Chief only God hand is bigger and their are more entrees. Big Chief satisfied my physical needs where as God can satisfy physical, spiritual, mental and emotional needs. God is, if you will a one stop shop. But like me having to go to Big Chief one has to go to God. Like Big Chief He is open 24-7. And like I said he has everything we need. Which ever part of you is hungering and which ever part of you is thirsty God has what it takes to satisfy that hunger and thirst. Jesus never turned anyone away. All who received from Jesus went away satisfied. He satisfied with food > feeding five thousand. He satisfied with healing > Blind Bartimaeus. He satisfied spiritually > woman your faith has saved you. He satisfied mentally > Demoniac in the tombs had demons cast out and he was restored to his right mind. He satisfied emotionally > Mary in the garden after the resurrection.

Is there an area in your life where you are not satisfied?

Matthew 11:28–30 (NLT) — 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

John 3:16 (NLT) — 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 7:37–39 (NLT) — 37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.

Matthew 5:6 (NLT) — 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

Matthew 7:7 (NLT) — 7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

If you are not satisfied it is not God’s fault. Maybe you don’t know why you are not satisfied. If that is the case ask Him to show you. His hand is open ready to give. Are you ready to come and ask and believe that you will receive?

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. A bit of advice from James >

James 4:1–4 (NLT) — 1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. 4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.