Learn to recognize the hunger pangs of our soul and let God nourish us at His table for two.
This message uses the comparison of physical eating habits to the feeding habits we develop to nourish our soul – and then explores ways to take awareness of ‘junk food’ habits and replace them with soul nourishing habits.
We are created to crave intimate fellowship with God, our creator.
Do we know the feeling of our soul’s hunger pangs? Have we put them off or fed them junk for so long we don’t realize how starved our soul is?
Does a conversation like this sound somewhat familiar now or at some point in the past?
GOD: I know you love Me and you know I have a jealous love for you (Exodus 34:14). A love I went to the ends of the earth to demonstrate by sending My only Son to the cross for you (John 3:16).
ME: Yes, Lord, Your loving kindness and graciousness extend to the skies, Your faithfulness [reaches] to the clouds (Psalm 36:5). I cherish the love You pour down on me.
GOD: I want to show you the times I’ve been ready to speak into you, heal you, and restore your strength, but you turned to other things.
- When stressed you turned to [___].
- When overwhelmed you turned to. [___].
- When brokenhearted you turned to [___].
- When angry you turned to [___].
- When sad you turned to[___].
ME: I don’t wish to grieve you God or take for granted Your holy influence in my life, and yet there are times I turn to other things, the junk of this world, instead of You. Why do I do that Lord? By the blood of Christ, I am redeemed and delivered (Ephesians 4:30). Help me, Lord.
GOD: I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. Let’s talk.excerpt from Conversations at a Table for Two: Feeding a Hungry Soul
This presentation is about identifying the junk foods we consume to mask the hunger pangs, and learning to change those junk food habits and replace them with soul satisfying nourishment from God.
Key Scripture References
Like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment], if in fact you have [already] tasted the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord. ~ 1 Peter 2:2-3 AMP Jesus replied to them, “ I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. ~ John 6:35 AMP Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. ~ James 4:10 When You said, “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord , I will seek [on the authority of Your word].” ~ Psalm 27:8 AMP Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence]. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:11 AMP Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ~ Revelation 3:20 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil. For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. ~ Hebrews 5:13-14 AMP He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord . ~ Deuteronomy 8:3 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work. ' ~ John 4:34
This message will focus on nourishing an intimate relationship with God by:
- Understanding the ways we starve our soul
- Identifying the junk food habits we fall into
- Learning to recognize the signs of a hungry soul
- Developing soul nourishing habits to replace junk food habits
- 1 hour keynote presentation
- Optional workshop add on
- A retreat with the message divided into