MORE Series Part 4 – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

More Sermon Series

Part 4

The Appetite

Intro: As we dig into this word MORE this year, we have already established several key elements:

               A. The Agenda – God’s will is for us to have MORE

               B. The Abundance – God has enough for us to have MORE

So, the question remains, why are so many Christians living in spiritual poverty?

Why are so many believers living on spiritual welfare; handouts; writing bad checks and overdrawn – spiritually?

It’s not God’s fault. He came “that we might have life and have it more abundantly.”

He’s also not running low on funds.

God is not writing bad checks or overdrawn.

It is clear to me that everybody that wants MORE can have it.

The problem is, not many want MORE.

We don’t have a problem with God’s Agenda, nor God’s Abundance.

The problem is with our Appetite.

               A. The Struggle of our Appetite

  • Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

The appetite of the flesh leads us to sin.

  • James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
  • James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

               B. The Subjection of our Appetite

  • 1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

               C. The Satisfying of our Appetite

If you have an appetite for the world, the devil will give you plenty of worldliness to feed it.

If you want more of the world, they will do their best to satisfy it.

They can’t, but they will try.

The appetite for sin cannot be satisfied; only prolonged and delayed.

  • Proverbs 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

However, if you have an appetite for God, He’s promised to satisfy it.

  • Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Job said:

  • Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

David said:

Psalm 63

  • 1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
  • 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
  • 3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
  • 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
  • 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

What dictates the level of a person’s appetite for God?

What is the secret to an appetite for more?

I. A Desire

  • Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

BUT! The Devil will also make sure that what he offers also looks good.

  • Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

QUOTE: “God will always meet you at the point of your desire.”

II. A Denying

  • Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
  • Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
  • Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

ILLUSTRATION:

Hebrews 11

  • 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
  • 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
  • 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
  • 2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

III. A Drawing

  • Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
  • James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.


READ: Luke 24:13-32

  • 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
  • 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
  • 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
  • 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
  • 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
  • 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
  • 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

               A. An Exposure to the Savior – vs. 15 Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

               B. An Expounding of the Scripture – vs. 27           

               C. An Explanation of the Sacrifice – vs. 25-27c

Cleopas, one of the two is mentioned in verse 18.

The wife of Cleophas is mentioned in John 19:25.

  • John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

If this is the same man, and many believe so, then is they were related to Jesus.

Cleophas was His uncle.

They were at the foot of the cross.

They stayed near Him, and witnessed His death.

They had even received first-hand witness of the resurrection – vs. 22-24

It is obvious that they were part of “the rest” mentioned in verse 9.

They were part of a very small minority of people.

Then they left and headed out to the village called Emmaus.

Sixty furlongs is about 7.5 miles.

The average speed of a human being walking is 3 – 4 miles per hour.

This journey would have taken them several hours.

Jesus appeared unto them on the road to Emmaus.

Their HEARTS WERE SAD – vs. 17

Their HEARTS WERE SLOW – vs. 25

But Jesus began to expound the Scripture,

And their HEARTS WERE STIRRED.

And what was their response? They wanted MORE.

  • 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
  • 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

They drew near to Jesus when He was on the cross suffering.

He drew near to them when they were suffering.

They drew near to Jesus when He was dying.

He drew near to them when they were doubting.

Conclusion: In order to have an appetite for God, you must be saved.

Only God can change someone’s appetite.

               ILLUSTRATION: The prodigal son did fain fill his belly with the husks that the swine did eat. But when he came to himself, he wanted the bread from the father’s house.