In terms of spirituality, I believe there is a slight distinction between the two (and this is just my opinion). Here's where I see the difference:
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- Our desire for spiritual substance and “flesh” is known as spiritual hunger. It's when we desire to gather energy and grow, as well as gain ground and battle. It's the point at which we desire to mature.
- Our thirst for spiritual vigor, peace, and delight in God, as well as the moment-by-moment refreshment that comes through his Spirit, is known as spiritual thirst.
But those distinctions are really the same: we desire God's life to live in us, even in our bodies. Because the connection between soul and spirit, mind and body is not as clear as we frequently make it, individuals seek all kinds of alternatives in their bodies. In our longings and in the fulfillment of our longings, we are integrated individuals.
That's why Jesus could say things like “I am the bread of life” and “I am the source of living water” (John 6 and 4).
What does it mean to hunger and thirst spiritually?
“Blessed are the hungry and thirsty for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).
According to Anna, 10, the thirst here is different: “It signifies that those who seek righteousness thirst for it like water.”
I once went on a hike in the Arizona desert that I'll never forget. The Colorado River appeared to be a simple 30-minute hike from my hilltop campground. Because the dry ravine I followed was anything but straight and made the trip much longer, I learnt the meaning of “as the crow flies.” When my canteen ran out, I was thirsty like I'd never been before.
God will quench the thirst of those who seek him, just as a guy travelling through the Arizona desert with a dry canteen does. This kind of thirst isn't to be taken lightly. It's a desperate situation.
“I believe it indicates that when Jesus was at the well and informed the lady about perpetual water, she took it and was content,” Lauren, 8, explains.
Despite the fact that the woman at the well had been married five times and was living with a man who was not her husband, Jesus did not lecture her on immorality. He inquired about her thirst (John 4:14).
In their fantastic book “The Sacred Romance,” writers Brent Curtis and John Eldredge wrote, “If we try to acquire transcendence by indulgence, soon enough familiarity breeds disdain, and we are compelled to seek mystery elsewhere.”
“To hunger after righteousness,” Kristen, 10, explains, “means wanting to live according to God's will rather than the world's.” “This is the only way to be fulfilled and happy.” God will bless you if you hunger for righteousness.
Yes, God is involved in the filling process. In fact, the word “fill” literally means “to be satisfied,” as in “to be stuffed after a hearty meal.”
You'll never be pleased if you eat the junk food of the self-centered life. Hunger and thirst express the preceding Beatitudes' intense need (the poor in spirit, the mournful and the meek in Matthew 5:3-5).
“It means you want to live a good life if you hunger after righteousness,” Morgan, 10, explains. “It also implies that you would live as God would want you to.”
Author Oswald Chambers observed, “There is only One Being who can relieve the ultimate aching gulf of the human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.”
God does not ask us to put aside our longings for connection, beauty, or adventure. That's what religion does. Jesus welcomes us into an intimate relationship with himself and his Father, which satisfies our deepest longings.
By arousing people's desires, Jesus upended the religious system of his time. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you,” he says (Luke 11:9).
It makes all the difference who you ask, where you look, and whose door you knock on. Every other excursion pales in comparison to a journey into God himself.
“Those who desire for righteousness will be satisfied,” Nick, ten, adds. “God's love will be bestowed upon them.”
Consider this: If you look to God for satisfaction, he will fulfill your deepest wishes.
Consider this: Where are you looking to fulfill your deepest wants and longings?
How do you feed your spirit?
6 Things You Should Do to Keep Your Soul Satisfied
- It's time to talk about it. You may have been taught to say a prayer before eating, sleeping, fighting, or anything else.
What is the difference between physical hunger and spiritual hunger?
Psychological hunger is exactly what it sounds like: sudden hunger combined by a strong desire for a specific food. When our stomach grumbles, we experience physical hunger.
How can I be intimate with God?
Believing that God is interested in us is the first step toward feeling connection with him. God is aware of our existence and desires to be near us. Not only that, but God understands why we're here and what we're supposed to be doing. He cares about us and is assisting us in having the effect we were supposed to have.
What are signs of spiritual dehydration?
Jesus mentions our spirits in the Bible several times, emphasizing the significance of giving them “living water” and “food of life.” This can be a little perplexing or strange at times! How is it possible for water to be alive? Is it possible for bread to be alive? And how do we ‘fuel' our spirits in the first place?
‘Jesus replied to her, “If you had known God's gift and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him for live water and he would have given it to you…
Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, but everyone who drinks the water I give them will never be thirsty again “‘John 4:10-14' –
As Christians, we believe that everyone of us is endowed with a spirit that defines who we are. Our thinking, loving, doing, and being are all influenced by this spirit. We think that our spirits, like our physical bodies, require nourishment. When someone talks about being spiritually ‘fed,' ‘watered,' ‘hungry,' or ‘thirsty,' they are talking to the feeding of their spirits.
What is spiritual water?
‘Whoever believes in me, rivers of life water will flow from within them,' Scripture says. He was referring to the Spirit, which those who believed in him would receive later. Because Jesus had not yet been glorified, the Spirit had not yet been delivered.' 7:38-39 – John 7:38-39
To understand what'spiritual hunger' entails, we must first comprehend what'spiritual water' entails.
‘Living water,' as described in the Book of John, is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, a member of the Christian triune God. We receive the Holy Spirit when we put our faith in Jesus. This indicates the formation of a new relationship. The Holy Spirit honors the bond we make with Christ by abiding in our spirits and bringing fresh life to us.
‘As a result of God's mercy, I implore you, brothers, to give your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual worship service.' Don't be conformed to this world, but be renewed in your mind. Then you'll be able to determine what God's will is good, acceptable, and perfect.' – 1 Corinthians 12:1-2
The Holy Spirit contrasts and supersedes our own spirit, which informs our thinking, loving, doing, and being – imperfectly and sinfully – by giving perfection to our thinking, loving, doing, and being. This is what it's like to be like Jesus.
‘A mentality ruled by the flesh is death; a mind ruled by the Spirit is life and peace.' 8:6 – Romans
What is spiritual thirst?
‘Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied,' says the Bible. 5:6 (Matthew)
Spiritual Thirst: In our innermost essence, the Bible compares us to a well. Wells fill up and flow upward and outward from the source. Wells are overflowing. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, life comes out of us in the same way. The more we want to be filled by the Holy Spirit in our daily lives, the more we will yearn for God and more revelation of God's character. This is referred to as a ‘thirst.'
We shall be more motivated in love toward God and others as we continue to be transformed by the Holy Spirit's renewing of our minds and behaviors.
When we become'spiritually thirsty,' we want for the Holy Spirit to act in our souls, our hearts yearn for communication with God, and our conscience tells us we must seek God's will.
While being ‘thirsty' in this sense is a good thing, being thirsty and not being able to quench it is not. It quickly devolves into deprivation, which then leads to dehydration. When our physical bodies do not obtain enough water, we experience undesirable symptoms such as a dry mouth, thick tongue, achy head, and weak muscles.
Spiritually, we will experience spiritual symptoms of deprivation if we do not receive the amount of ‘life water' that our spirits require. You'll notice yourself losing your temper, feeling waves of concern, and a buildup of guilt, selfishness, and fear if you don't spend time being filled and transformed by the Holy Spirit.
What is spiritual bread?
“I tell you the truth, Moses did not give you bread from heaven,” Jesus said. It was my Father who accomplished it. Now he presents you with the genuine bread of paradise. God's actual bread is the one who descends from heaven and breathes life into the world.” “Sir, give us the bread every day,” they said. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus replied. – John 6:32-35
‘I am the living bread who descended from heaven.' Anyone who eats this bread will live indefinitely. This is my flesh, which I shall give for the sake of the world's survival.' 6:51 – John
Jesus is referred to in the Bible as both the “Word of God” and the “Bread of Life,” reflecting some of the mystery and beauty in God's unity. The word “bread” in the Bible refers to “that which is absorbed into the body and provides nutrition.”
Spiritual bread is the sustenance that enters into our eyes and ears. The Bible mentions two types of bread: leavened and unleavened.
‘Get rid of the old yeast so you can pretend to be a new unleavened batch.' Our Passover lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. As a result, let us celebrate the Festival with unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, rather than the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness.' 5:6-8 – 1 Corinthians
Bread Leavened with Malice and Wickedness: ‘Therefore, let us keep the Festival, not with old bread leavened with malice and wickedness…'
In the Bible, leaven (a yeast that causes things to rise) is frequently used to represent the corruption of sin. Sin, like yeast in a dough batter, spreads throughout the body, causing the entire batch to alter and distort. If we are to nurture our souls with ‘leavened bread,' this may mean consuming violent, sexual, or unedifying literature, movies, thoughts, or speech with our eyes and ears.
This type of bread comes in a variety of flavors, ranging from sinful and unhealthy to evil and toxic.
This is the kind of spiritual bread we're supposed to eat and be like as Christians. When we seek authenticity and truth in the things we read, watch, and think about, we are choosing the nutritious Bread of Life. Reading the Bible (the Bread of Life for the Spirit), listening to Christian music, watching wholesome movies, and choosing to talk in a way that honors rather than degrades people are all examples of this.
We know we can trust the Bible to be a storehouse of God's spiritual sustenance and nourishment as Matthew 4:4 says that we should live not by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God's mouth. It is a trustworthy witness to God's teachings, and the Holy Spirit will teach us how to read and digest it so that we can be changed for the better.
A Christian has the option of choosing which spiritual nourishment to consume and which bread to be. Which one do you prefer?
What is spiritual hunger?
You might be wondering what the difference is between spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst. I like to think of it this way: you want water when you're thirsty, but you need food when you're hungry.
Spiritual hunger:The Bible refers to the Word of God as the bread of life, as we explored. When we are spiritually hungry, we yearn for more of God's Word.
I accepted Christianity without hesitation when I became a new Christian around 33 years ago since it was the way I was raised. When I approached 40, I began to consider what the Bible says and how orthodox Christianity is practiced. I wanted to know what God wanted me to do for salvation and to grow in Christlikeness because I desire to follow God to the best of my ability. I don't mind going against the grain if it means I'll be able to stand before God at the end of my life and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I had a lot of questions, and I needed to find answers in God's Word. This heightened my spiritual thirst for God's Word to the point where I consumed the Bible in order to gain a better understanding of all the areas in which I had doubts. It was the source of my newfound spiritual zeal for God's Word. I pray I never lose my desire to read God's Word, and that I never stop learning about His ways and what He expects of me.
Spiritual starvation is similar to physical hunger in that the longer you go without food, the less hungry you become. You then go into famine mode without noticing it. Spiritual malnutrition manifests itself as a lack of desire for God's Word. Perhaps you are spiritually starving if you have no hunger for God's word or no interest in reading the Bible. Come to Jesus and beg God to restore your spiritual hunger so that you might once again consume spiritual bread.
Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness
Have you ever felt like you know everything there is to know about God? Have you ever felt as if you'd had enough of his presence? Have you ever doubted his authority?
That's when you'll know you've lost your spiritual hunger and thirst. That's not going to happen! Only those who have the spiritual appetite to hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied, according to Jesus. The Holy Spirit's infilling and the growth of spiritual gifts and fruit provide such satisfaction (1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:23-23).
Our yearning for righteousness grows as we hear God's word spoken. Hearing is how Christ applies his word to hungry and thirsty souls with strength; if we are serious about holiness, we should desire to be convicted by God's preached word.
‘Because God's word is alive and active. It divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, sharper than any double-edged blade.' 4:12 (Hebrews)
We should desire to be “wounded” by the Spirit's sword, allowing the Holy Spirit to penetrate and identify and deal with our sins. We should pay great attention to God's voice and pray for it to pierce our hearts so that we can be conformed to our Savior's likeness. As we read the Bible, we should pray that the Holy Spirit will use it to regenerate our thoughts.
‘A young student approached his Rabbi and inquired, ‘Master, how may I truly find God?' The Rabbi encouraged the student to follow him to the village's river, where he may jump into the water.
‘Please immerse yourself in the water,' the Rabbi remarked when they reached the middle of the stream. When the student obeyed, the Rabbi placed his hands on the young man's head and dragged him under the water! The student began to struggle at this point. The Rabbi suffocated him for a while longer. After a little period, the pupil was thrashing and pounding the water out of the air with his arms!
Despite this, the Rabbi kept him submerged. Finally, the student was freed from the water and sprung to his feet, his lungs throbbing and screaming for oxygen. ‘When you seek God as much as you desire to breathe the air you just breathed – then you shall find God,' the Rabbi replied after a few moments of silence.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty – John 6:35
To hunger and thirst for righteousness means that our innermost desire is to be like Jesus Christ in every way. We shall be walking in the power of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. We shall see things with new eyes and make decisions based on faith rather than sight.
Prayer and study of God's Word, the Bread of Life, will keep the lines of contact with God open. We shall be refilled with the Holy Spirit's live water, revealing God's new life in us and allowing us to operate in a new way. We will be literally resurrected, like someone who has been stuck in the desert for days and eventually receives food and water. It may take some time to acclimate, but they gradually develop a new persona!
Instead of displaying our own character, we are now displaying Christ to the world. We will have our prayers heard by God, and we will walk in trust with bravery, and we will be able to witness everything that God has done. We are now nourished on a daily basis with the eternal bread and water.
Nothing will have a greater impact on your life than a burning desire to be holy like Jesus Christ. Let us all hunger and thirst for righteousness, and rejoice in the promise that God will satisfy our hunger and need and that we shall never be hungry or thirsty again.
What does Blessed are the pure in heart mean?
“This phrase suggests that people who go all out, not halfway, will see God,” Matthew, who is nine years old, explains.
Christians who are lukewarm make Jesus sick to his stomach. This isn't anything I made up. Take a look at Revelation 3:16.
Have you ever been in love and heard someone say, “I simply want to be friends with you?” Do you recall that sickening, sinking sensation? “I never want to see you again,” you almost wish you'd heard. Knowing where you stand is preferable to being offered a half-hearted relationship.
“You will see God if your heart is good and you don't have bad thoughts,” William, 10, adds. “However, you must also believe in Jesus, for good acts will not get you into paradise.”
Yes, we get ourselves into difficulties because of our faulty thinking. It's especially dangerous when you're relying on good deeds to get access to the gates of heaven.
Thousands more laws were developed as a fence around the law given to Moses by the religious authorities of Jesus' day. The notion is that if you can't reach the cookie jar, you won't steal a cookie. As a result, a religion based on outward purity developed.
When Jesus bestowed benefits on the “pure in heart,” he defied popular religious belief and practice. Cleanse your inner life first, and the rest will fall into place. “Love and do what you will,” Augustine stated.
“Purity is unique to God,” Anna, 9, remarks. “Joy overflows from the pure.” Yes, God values purity because he is pure himself. Soren Kierkegaard once observed, “Purity of heart is to will one thing.”
God has never wavered in his mission to bring everything into line with his Son. The new global order began when Jesus, as a baby born in a manger, descended from heaven and entered planet Earth.
The Apostle Paul portrays Jesus as the new Adam, who has not been tarnished by the original Adam's sin. “Becoming a part of a new humanity implies that those who have accepted Christ and believe that he died on the cross and rose again will go to heaven when they die,” Dave, 11, explains. Dave is aware that in heaven, a fully God-like resurrected man sits on his throne.
Jesus, as the firstborn from the dead, opened the gates of heaven for those who believe in him. When he hanged on a cross, the pure one wore our imperfections in his flesh.
Madison, 10, adds, “If you have a pure heart, you are blessed.” “Blessings will assist you in seeing God.”
When Moses asked to glimpse God's glory, the Lord told him that no one could live if they saw him. The difference between God's response to Moses and Jesus' promise to those who are pure in heart is astounding.
Christians are forgiven for the rest of their lives because they have received the life that comes from believing in Jesus as Savior. It's also relative in the sense that Christians must confess their sins to God in order to reestablish the closeness of fellowship that comes from being filled with and directed by the Holy Spirit.
“Those who have a pure heart will be rewarded,” Nicole, 10, adds. “They are devout Christians who study God's word.”
Allow the Lord to replace the confusion in your life with the joy that comes from having a pure heart.
What is the spiritual food?
Spiritual nourishment is what we feed our thoughts and hearts. It's what our minds consider or digest during the day. Your digestive system transforms the carrots or cheese you consume into YOU, and the things you introduce into your mind offer it ideas to digest throughout the day.
How do you feed your soul with the word of God?
“Pay attention to Me and consume what is good” (Isaiah 55:2 NKJV). It's like bringing a chair up to a banquet table when we give God our undivided attention and spend time in His Word. The food on God's “table” is ready and waiting for us since He is the Master Chef.