NEVER HUNGER OR THIRST AGAIN (JANUARY 15, 2017)
"...Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)
"...Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give them shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14)
"Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this he spoke of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive...)" (John 7:37-39)
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)
The hunger and thirst for righteousness, truth, and eternal life inevitably lead one to Christ. Then He will satisfy that need in such a way that there will no longer be a hunger or thirst. The Spirit is always within you, a constant source of living water. As Spirit-filled believers, we never have any deficiency. The throne room of the Father is always open to us; therefore, never again have a "lack" mentality.
DEALING WITH REBELLIOUSNESS (FEBRUARY 19, 2017)
When dealing with somebody with a spirit of rebellion, usually the best thing to do is to allow that person to realize his or her own mistakes. Permit him to experience the consequences of his own choices, or else he will never learn. Consider the prodigal son and his father, who allowed him to be humbled and "see the error of his ways," so to speak.
Many Christians make the mistake of constantly pleading and arguing. Words do not avail where experience will. Many Christians also make the mistake of always bailing those people out, so they never learn and instead develop a spirit of entitlement. That person develops this mentality: "There should be no consequences to my actions. If there are, then somebody else should deal with them (such as my parents). They have to because they are my parents or because they are Christians, etc. They owe me."
If someone keeps wilfully sliding into the same hole, then let him hit rock bottom without you repeatedly throwing down a rope to pull them up. They have the means to climb out, so allow them to get a little dirty pulling themselves up. The experience and the struggle will humble and develop character, which is the real cure to those spirits of rebellion, entitlement, and pride.