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Title: Eight Steps to True Happiness


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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 4 hunger and thirst for righteousness

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4. Those who Hunger and Thirst after
Righteousness
3. The Meek
2. Those who Mourn
Happy are
1. The Poor in Spirit
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Step 4 Introduction
  • The first four attitudes suggest four upward
    steps in preparing the heart for Gods fullness
  • Each of these inward works of grace involves
    Gods dealings with people
  • They teach us to rely on God rather than
    ourselves

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Step 4 Introduction
  • Step 1. Poor in spirit - I am absolutely empty
    and destitute without God
  • Step 2. Mournfulness - I am utterly devastated
    by my sinful waywardness
  • Step 3. Meekness - I want all my natural
    strengths tamed and harnessed
  • Step 4. Hunger and thirst for righteousness - I
    am desperate for all that God has for me

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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 4 Spiritual Appetite

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Matthew 56
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
    righteousness, for they will
    be filled. NIV

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Matthew 56
  • Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do
    what God requires God will satisfy them fully!
    GNB

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • What is righteousness?
  • From the old English word rightwiseness
  • Holy and upright living, in accordance with God's
    standard
  • A righteous person is one who, among other
    things, does right or is in the right

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • There are two aspects of righteousness
  • 1. Being right
  • Imputed righteousness
  • 2. Doing right
  • Living righteousness

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • 1. Being right - Imputed righteousness
  • Perfect righteousness is found in God alone
  • Gods works are perfect, and all his ways are
    just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright
    and just is he. Deut 324 NIV
  • The LORD is righteous in all his ways Ps 14517
  • a righteous God and a Saviour there is none but
    me. Isa 4521
  • it is impossible for God to lie Heb 618

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Imputed righteousness means
  • All my sin was imputed to Jesus (put into His
    account 2 Cor 521) so that He could take it
    away through the cross
  • When I receive Him by faith as my Lord and
    Saviour, all His rightness is imputed to me
  • He has paid the debt in full by His act of
    sacrifice, setting my balance sheet in credit
    with His goodness, virtue, perfection and
    righteousness

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Imputed righteousness means
  • God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin
    for us, so that in him we might become the
    righteousness of God. 2 Cor 521 NIV
  • For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the
    offering for our sin, so that we could be made
    right with God through Christ. 2 Cor 521 NLT

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • 2. Doing Right Living Righteously
  • Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount specifically
    highlights areas of righteousness which the
    Christian must hunger and thirst after
  • Moral Purity Matt 527-30
  • Verbal Honesty Matt 533-37
  • Covenantal Loyalty Matt 521-26 1815

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Moral Purity Matthew 527-30
  • "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit
    adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks
    at a woman lustfully has already committed
    adultery with her in his heart. Matt 527-28
    NIV

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Moral Purity Matthew 527-30
  • If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it
    out and throw it away. It is better for you to
    lose one part of your body than for your whole
    body to be thrown into hell.
  • And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it
    off and throw it away. It is better for you to
    lose one part of your body than for your whole
    body to go into hell. Matt 529-30 NIV

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Verbal Honesty Matthew 533-37
  • "Again, you have heard that it was said to the
    people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but
    keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' Matt
    533
  • See also Col 38-9 Eph 422-25

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Verbal Honesty Matthew 533-37
  • Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes', and your 'No',
    'No' anything beyond this comes from the evil
    one. Matt 537

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Covenantal Loyalty Matthew 521-261815-18
  • "You have heard that the law of Moses says, 'Do
    not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject
    to judgment. But I say, if you are angry with
    someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call
    someone an idiot, you are in danger of being
    brought before the high council. And if you curse
    someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
    Matt 521-22

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Covenantal Loyalty Matthew 521-261815-18
  • "So if you are standing before the altar in the
    Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you
    suddenly remember that someone has something
    against you, leave your sacrifice there beside
    the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person.
    Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Matt
    523-24

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Covenantal Loyalty Matthew 521-261815-18
  • 5 Steps of Conflict Resolution Matt 1815
  • 1) "If another believer sin against you, go
    privately and point out the fault. If the other
    person listens and confesses it, you have won
    that person back.

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Covenantal Loyalty Matthew 521-261815-18
  • 5 Steps of Conflict Resolution Matt 1816
  • 2) But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two
    others with you and go back again, so that
    everything you say may be confirmed by two or
    three witnesses.

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • Covenantal Loyalty Matthew 521-261815-18
  • 5 Steps of Conflict Resolution Matt 1817
  • 3) If that person still refuses to listen, take
    your case to the church.
  • 4) If the church decides you are right, but the
    other person won't accept it, treat that person
    as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
  • 5) Seek to restore the person into fellowship

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Step 4 Spiritual Appetite
  • God wants us to hunger and thirst for
    righteousnessHe wants us to
  • 1. Be righteous
  • Imputed righteousness
  • 2. Do righteous deeds
  • Live righteously

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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 4 Blessing
  • Complete Satisfaction

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Matthew 55
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
    righteousness
  • for they will be filled. NIV

God will satisfy them fully! GNB
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Complete Satisfaction
  • Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
    will enjoy the promise of complete satisfaction
  • Spiritual satisfaction
  • Natural satisfaction

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction
  • Hunger and Thirst
  • Hunger is satisfied by the bread of life
  • Thirst is satisfied by the living water

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction The Bread of Life
  • Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He
    who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who
    believes in me will never be thirsty. John 635
    NIV
  • "I assure you, anyone who believes in me already
    has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life!
    John 647-48 NLT

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction The Living Water
  • Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles
  • "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and
    drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture
    has said, streams of living water will flow from
    within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom
    those who believed in him were later to receive.
    John 737-39 NIV

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction
  • Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
    will receive what they desire
  • Righteousness
  • If we want to live righteous lives we need
  • The bread of life Jesus the Word of God
  • The living water the Holy Spirit

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction Righteousness
  • The bread of life Jesus the Word of God
  • Christ showed His love for the church. He gave
    up his life for her to make her holy and clean,
    washed by baptism and God's word. He did this to
    present her to himself as a glorious church
    without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish.
    Instead, she will be holy and without fault. Eph
    525-28 NLT

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction Righteousness
  • The living water the Holy Spirit
  • So I advise you to live according to your new
    life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing
    what your sinful nature craves. Gal 516 NLT
  • (See also Gal 5 especially v22-23 Romans 7 8)

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Spiritual Satisfaction
  • The Word and the Spirit help us
  • To live righteous lives
  • To know spiritual satisfaction

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Natural Satisfaction
  • Living a fulfilled life!
  • Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd I have come
    that they may have life, and have it to the
    full. John 1010-11 NIV
  • for he (God) satisfies the thirsty and fills
    the hungry with good things. Ps 1079 NIV

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Gods provision is always abundant (more than we
    need)
  • And my God will meet all your needs according to
    his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 419
    NIV

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Complete Satisfaction
  • Gods provision is always abundant (more than we
    need)
  • Paul concerning a gift for the church at
    Jerusalem
  • you have plenty and can help them 2
    Cor 813 NLT

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Complete Satisfaction
  • It is an abundance of energy, time, finance,
    ability and resource that is sufficient for what
    I need and enough to give to others.
  • It is essential to experience spiritual fullness
    before we can approach the next four attitudes.
  • From here we will be able to minister to others
    out of what we have entered into and enjoyed in
    God.

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Eight Steps toTrue Happiness
  • Step 4 The Challenge

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • Have you lost your appetite for righteousness?
  • Without a healthy appetite, mealtimes become a
    drudgery instead of a delight!
  • With a loss of spiritual appetite the things
    of God, Bible study, church gatherings, prayer
    and intercession life become a chore!

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • We must have the appetite like these in the video
    clip. A persistence for righteousness that does
    not give up.

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • Five things guaranteed to ruin your spiritual
    appetite
  • Malice when I want to hurt you
  • Deceit twisting the truth
  • Hypocrisy play acting two faced
  • Envy jealousy of others
  • Slander talking behind someones back

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • How do we regain our spiritual appetite?
  • Our series of attitudes so far will lead us to
    regain our spiritual appetite
  • We need to return to the issue of spiritual
    poverty
  • We must allow the Holy Spirit to sensitise us to
    those things that are wrong in our lives
  • We must allow the dealings of God and people to
    work for good in our lives

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • How do we regain our spiritual appetite?
  • How is your hunger for the bread of life?
  • The Word of God?
  • How is your thirst for the living water?
  • The infilling of the Holy Spirit?
  • There is an abundant supply!

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • Your actions will determine how hungry and
    thirsty you are!
  • Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on
    him now while he is near. Let the people turn
    from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from
    their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let
    them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on
    them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will
    abundantly pardon. Isa 551-7 NLT

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • Without being full and satisfied can we truly
    make are mark for God in the final 4 steps?
  • Without his abundance flowing from us can we
    truly touch those around us as God wants us to?

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Step 4 The Challenge
  • Matthew 56
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
    righteousness, for they will
    be filled. NIV

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