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Ray Parascando - January 20, 2019

Healthy Are Those With A Spiritual Appetite

Like the Rolling Stones sang, you might find yourself saying “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Everyone is looking for happiness and satisfaction. Some even go to amazing lengths to try and find it. While some efforts may cause temporary happiness and temporary satisfaction there is only one true source of a lasting happiness and a lasting satisfaction, and that is God, Himself. We know what it is like to hunger and thirst physically; and the same can be true spiritually as we hunger and thirst for spiritual satisfaction. Thankfully, God shows us how we can be satisfied and that is by hungering and thirsting for righteousness. As you pursue a life that hungers and thirsts for what God deems to be right, and have a response to the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, then you will find the lasting and legitimate satisfaction that only God can bring. You will never be disappointed when you seek after God. Healthy will you be when you have a spiritual appetite for God, for then you will find satisfaction

Scripture References: Matthew 16:5-12, Matthew 5:6

From Series: "Healthy Vibes"

A new year provides a new focus on a new healthier you. To help us achieve our new convictions, this is usually accompanied by new year’s resolutions centered around weight loss, good looks, strong relationships, and financial prosperity. Things start off well in the beginning; however within a few days or weeks we begin to crack, and those well intended resolutions to form new habits become another failure to launch our dreams of health. With the failure we begin to send out unhealthy vibes to others. These vibes are messages we send with our attitudes and actions. Sending healthy vibes to others is important, that is why our game plan of health can’t be surface level. Get-fit-quick fixes and shallow Christianity simply won’t cut it; we need a deeper focus. Even with all of our advancements in healthy living and spiritual programming that we have today; the fact is that we can still stumble causing both our life message and faith to falter. Our plan of health needs to begin within our own hearts with God. With a focus on God, we can say as Psalm 73:26 says; “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” Our health fails, our spirits grow weak, and our resolutions falter; but with an inward focus on God we can still send the right messages with our attitudes and actions and have healthy vibes. New year’s resolutions show that we have a desire to change, but how do we move past surface level resolutions? The key is making all of our desire to see change and improvement all about God and His purposes. As we seek to be disciplined in our walk with God, the rest of the areas in our lives will benefit. Resolve to make it all about God and His purposes; and then, and only then, will we be sending out the healthy vibes that reflect genuine health and honor God.

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