From Glory to Glory by Roberts Liardon
By Roberts Liardon
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Those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness" will be filled. To go on to the next glory, you have to be filled first, embracing the present glory. God does the filling. He satisfies your longing. But He always leaves room for you to hunger after more.
A lot of people get spiritually filled, and then stay at that one level of glory. They keep eating the same food. They do not open their eyes to see what is next. They do not walk in faith toward the next thing God desires for them. But that's the way God created spiritual hunger to be. While you're eating and feasting on what He's given you, your eyes should look for and desire the next glory of God. God said that's what you need to do before you ever flow in His Spirit. Hunger causes you to flow beautifully. Hunger causes you to avoid being bogged down with questions. You simply devour what God gives you and go on.
People who are really hungry don't ask where the food came from. They don't ask, "Who prepared this nice steak for me? Are you sure they prepared it right?" They just start eating. This truth sheds light on how Gideon (in the book of Judges) started out with an army of 32,000, which was then narrowed down to 10,000 because God said He wanted it to be known that this battle would be won by Him - not by a multitude of soldiers. And God didn't stop there. He had Gideon take the army of 10,000 down to the water, saying that they were still too many.
There at the water (which is so often a type of God's Spirit), God said, Judges 7:5-7 Everyone who laps from the water with the tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart...And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men....Then the LORD said to Gideon, "By the three hundred men who lapped will I save you...."
Here I Am, Lord! Send Me.
I believe that God is looking for people who are so hungry and thirsty for Him that they don't worry about posture or manners. They don't worry what people might think of them. They are not caught up in who cooked the meal or the pot it was cooked in. They just say, "Here I am, Lord! Send me."
Here is another truth about spiritual hunger. Spiritual hunger knows spiritual food. If you are hungry for steak you won't eat an empty milk carton. You know that's not food. Nobody has to tell you.
It's not really complicated - developing spiritual hunger, following the leading of the Spirit, and flowing with God. Just remember that you must develop this hunger before you can move on, before you progress to the next glory. And when that glory hits, don't stop on that one glory. You'll lose ground.
Think of the glory as a steep mountain leading to heaven. You have the ability to climb it, and you are never to stop. Once you stop climbing, you start sliding backwards. Standing still is not an option. Keep moving or you will slide back down and have to start over again. Folks who think they've arrived eventually end up with nothing.