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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NIV)

It seems Joseph Stalin had a grudge against anti-Communist John Wayne. Reportedly, he ordered a hit on the movie star, dispatching two KGB assassins in 1951. But the FBI were wise to the plot and intercepted the two hit men, as well as a sniper attack when he visited Vietnam in 1966. He was obsessed with killing Wayne but couldn’t.

While not all obsessions are fulfilled, the Bible says that our hungering for God always will. Our nearness to God, however, will only match the level of our desire for Him. Hunger for God, feel Him more; ignore God and don’t be surprised that His presence and His blessings are far from you.

God competes with your obsessions and hobbies. They may seem harmless to you, but anything that makes God #2 or lower in life is not worth it! Ask God to increase your desire for Him and decrease the cravings for lesser things. You are made to be God-filled! You are loved today!

We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” (Romans 8:23 NLT)

Forty-four years ago yesterday, on April 7, 1970, John Wayne won his only Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn in the movie, True Grit. Tears rolled out of the eyes in an uncharacteristic fashion for such a manly man as he accepted the award. For an actor that drew people to the box office, he was often criticized as a B-grade actor, one whose skills didn’t match his success. By getting this award so late in life, after many disappointing chances, he could finally feel legitimized by his peers.

We all have longings in this life, things we wish to see or experience. But our greatest longing shouldn’t be fame, fortune, or family, but for the real life that follows this one. There is a very real Heaven and Hell that will be found by everyone, the destination to be decided by the lordship we did or did not give to Jesus. Regardless of the whims of our beliefs, Eternity is for real!

So live with the expectation of hearing God say “Welcome Home!” Let your greatest longing not be for what we gain here, but for what we stand to gain soon! Look forward to Heaven’s reward! You are loved by God for Eternity!


Trekking the Christ Life is a devotional series from Pastor Mike Sullivan & Poyen Assembly of God Church, Poyen, AR. Each day Pastor Mike syndicates a personal devotion to encourage and help others in their daily “trek” on the Christ life and every Monday we publish a video devotion with fully illustrated stories.

We are pleased to offer this devotion to enrich the lives of those who live the Christ Life. On behalf of the TTCL team, may you find great blessing as you trek the Christ Life!

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