If you are a first time guest here with us or first time guest online, we have people joining us all the time online for the first time. We're in the middle of a series entitled Blessed. We've been looking at eight attitudes with promise. Here's my belief and here's my sense and this is what we all know. Everyone in here, we all want to live with God's blessings in our life. We all want to live with God's favor in our lives.
A lot of times, we can poke around in life and we can seem to search for something that God really wants us to have clearly which is his blessings. The beauty of God's blessings in our life is he doesn't keep them a secret. You've heard me say this before. God's will for our lives is not hidden, it's not some spiritual game of pin the tail on the donkey and hopefully you'll get lucky and know God's will for your life.
That's really not the way we discern God's will for our life. It's the same thing for his blessings. God doesn't say, "Hey, listen, if you'll punch the right buttons, if you'll do the right things, then I will bless you." Jesus, at the beginning of the sermon on the mountain, the greatest sermon that was ever preached by the greatest preacher who have ever lived, literally gave us eight attitudes that if you and I will live with these eight attitudes, we will live with God's blessings and with God's favor on our lives.
If you missed the last couple of weeks, here were the first three. I want to encourage you to go find them online. You can do then online, go to our website or go to the app. You can pull them up. If you missed any of these, here were the first three attitudes. Attitude number one was this we need to learn to live with spiritual humility. What does that mean?
I want to encourage you to go back and look at that attitude. The second week was this, attitude number two, that allow you to be blessed by God and live with God's favor is to let your grief. We all understand that we many times walk through seasons of grief and seasons of sorrow. We said, "Let your grief and let your sorrow and let your loss and let your mourning move you to God instead of away from God."
Then, last week, we looked at this attitude. We need to live with powerful gentleness. As children of God, we have the power of the spirit of God living inside of us. We might be physically strong or mentally and intellectually strong, we might be relationally strong. Jesus said, "If you want to be blessed by God, if you want to find savor with God, we have to learn to live with a powerful, a powerful gentleness." That's the attitude number three.
Here's attitude number four, and I want you to know is I've been praying for the last couple of weeks. I pray that you will tap in. I pray that you will listen into this message. I will tell you, I believe, as I was studying preparing for this message that if for some reason I was told I had one message I could preach, one message left, it would be this one. It would be this one.
I want you to hear that's how passionate I am about what I'm going to tell you today. My prayer is that you would let the worries of the world just dissipate a little, that you would push back and move back all of those things that invade our minds and our hearts and our attitudes and our thoughts today. Because this fourth attitude with a promise is really an attitude that we all need. I want you to know, there's no one in this building or listening to this message online that doesn't need to hear these words from Jesus.
The attitude number four is this, and as we look at it, it comes from Mathew chapter 5 verse 6, here's what Jesus said. It's the attitude that we need to learn to live life with a hunger for true righteousness, with a hunger for true righteousness. Here's what Jesus said. He says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled."
I'm going to walk you through that again. Here's the attitude, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for true righteousness," and then look at the promise, "for they will be filled." That's the attitude and the promise I'm going to talk to you today. I sense as we go around life and our journey through life and I meet with people and talk to people and even as I reflect on my own life, in previous days that I was constantly searching for something that would fill me up.
If you look at any potential diet that is out there, what do they all say? You can eat whatever you want and lose all the weight you want. That's the new marketing motto. I have noticed that if I eat whatever I want, I don't lose all the weight I want. Has anybody else notice that? What are they trying to say? You want to be filled up.
I was reading a lot of studies, I don't have time to talk about them this day. Probably, psychologists tell us and researchers would tell us is that when we are hungry, that actually overshadows any other experience or feeling that we have long term. That when we are hungry for something, and I will submit to you that as I look at people and even people within the church, God's people, we're hungry for something. We are hungry for something that will fill us up so that we will never be hungry again.
So much of what the world pushes at us and oftentimes, what we draw to us, we eat it and consume it and it's nothing more than junk food. It might give us a spike in our blood pressure or blood sugar or emotions or attitude but the reality of it is, no sooner than we go up than we come back down. Why? Because we're feeding on the wrong things in life.
Like it or not, I'm still a big fan of the '80s. How many of you are fans of the '80s? How many of you understand that the best music ever written inside or outside the church, whether they love Jesus or didn't love Jesus was written back in the '80s?
I can almost hear it now. As I was going through college and if you want to do the math, I graduated from college in May of 1987. Before that time, I had heard about a group, it has taken the world by storm. Some of you may know the group, if you don't, hang on, I'll tell you. By March of 1987, they were already international heroes, these guys from Dublin, Ireland.
They'd already released four albums. They were touring all over the world. The lead singer, Bono, was sitting with his producer. They guys had grown up in the Catholic Church. They'd grown up in the church. They'd been filled in … they're private catholic schools. They had been around religion and Christ and faith and the message all their life.
Already at that time, they had all the fame they could need. Bono was sitting down and he was talking to his producer. He says, "As good as things are," he said this phrase to the producer, he says, "I just don't feel like we've found what we're looking for." The producer said, "You got to make that a song." See, in the rally of it is, that wasn't any song. That was the second track on that album, for those of you who bought it and you remember it. There are actually two number ones on that album. That was called Joshua Tree. Real release here in America was May of 1987.
I got to be honest with you, before this album, I wasn't much of a fan. This album made me a fan. It made me a fan for a reason. By the way, the other number one was the song With or Without You. The second song is the one you're hearing. I think you're resonating with me because it really began to be played here in America in May of '87 which is when I graduated from college.
I realized at that time that the message of this song is pretty true for me. I still hadn't found what I was looking for. How many of you know the song? There's a reality, I believe, for many in this room that you still haven't found what you're looking for. The song, really, you might not even remember the verses of the song but you remember this refrain. The reason why it connected so much because it was essential and he referred to it as his gospel song.
Let me just read some of the lyrics if you don't remember before they would go into that refrain, I still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Notice verse 1, we'll put it up on the screen. He says, "I have climbed the highest mountains. I have run through the fields. I have run, I have crawled and I have scaled these city walls but I still."
You can sing it if you know it. You all didn't always love Jesus. You know what he was saying? I've reached the pinnacle. Some of you are saying that, "I'm now the boss. It's my company. I've got my health. I've got my finances. I've got my family. I've got my wealth. I've done everything I ever desired to do." You still haven't' found what you're looking for.
What about the second verse? Put those words up in the screen. He says, "I have kissed honey lips. Felt the healing in the finger tips. It burned like fire, this burning desire. I spoke with the tongue of angels," reference to I Corinthians 13. He says, "I have held the hand of a devil." You know it. I still haven't' found what I'm looking for.
You can sing it. You're like, are we going to hell if we sing this in church? If you didn't get the subtle hint that this was about his faith and his journey with Christ in first two verses, it was the third verse that you may or may not remember where he pours it all out. Here's what he said in the third verse. He says, "I believe in the Kingdom Come, then all the colors will bleed into one."
Man, as I think about those words, man, I look at some of what goes on in our country now, I'm broken. When you think about the cultural groups we have here, but the infighting and the racial unrest that we have that we should be beyond as a country, still resonates today.
You see, he wasn't talking about just racial divide, he was talking about relations. Where Paul says, "If you're in Christ, there's neither male nor female, there's neither Jew nor Gentile, there's neither Greek nor barbarian." He says, "We're all one in Christ."
Then, as you read on, notice what he says, he's talking about Jesus, he said, "You broke the bonds and loosen the chains. You carried the cross of my shame." He says, "You know I believe it but I still haven't found what I'm looking for." You could sing it.
I believe there are three groups of people here today, three groups of people. I believe there's one group that you've never ever, ever found what you're looking for. You've never accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord. You've never taken that step to just break down and confess your sins and say thank you to God for your love and will put away my pride and I'm going to stop holding on to my own good works. I'm going to accept what Jesus Christ did for me in his death, in his burial and in his resurrection. I believe that's one group of people.
Yes, you come to church but you've never trusted to say ... I believe there's a second group of people. This was my story for a long, long, long time. You have trusted Christ as savior and Lord. You found what you're looking for. You understand that apart from Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, you'll never be good enough to get to heaven. Somewhere, either a decade ago or even a day ago or a couple of months ago or several years ago, you walked an aisle, you trusted Christ as your savior and you found what you were looking for in that moment.
You probably have made commitments to God at that time and you said, "God, I want to follow you with my whole heart and my whole life. I thank you for forgiveness. I thank you that my eternity is settled." In that moment, in that season, you found what you're looking for. Like me, for so many years in my life, decades, you stop pursuing the right thing. You start looking to the world for fulfillment, for pleasure, for power and for personal gain.
I believe there are probably many believers right now that you come to church because you remember being filled but the reality of it is when you leave church each and every week, you begin to eat what the world is serving. You have a longing and you have a hunger for so much more.
I believe there's a third group of people here. I believe there are those who have trusted Christ fully as their savior that there was that season, that moment, that time in your life where you walk the aisle. Right now, you are still walking the aisle. Your greatest desire is true righteousness and pure righteousness. Your attitude and heart is spiritual growth. Man, you are on cloud nine. You are seen God bless your life and you aren't hungry. You are filled, because you don't see your main course as what the world is serving.
You see your main course as feasting on God's word and walking in his way and living with his people and sharing your faith. Spiritually speaking, this is a good thing. You are living out Matthew chapter 5 verse 6, and you are filled. If you're in that third group today, my prayer is that the rest of this service, you are praying with the people in the other two groups.
Not that you would see yourself as better than them because Jesus was and if he cared about those two groups, so should we. If you're in the second group and you've accepted Christ as savior and Lord, but there's a reality that you're not walking in your faith in a powerful and a real way day by day that you have trusted Christ as savior and Lord. When you think about what you feasted most on in the last six days or seven days, it wasn't what God was feeding you. It was what you wanted to eat.
If you're in that first group, here's a beauty. As long as you have breath in your lungs, God's got grace in his heat for you. What I share with you today, I've been praying that God will let me share it well because if I had one sermon to preach, this would be it. Let's pray.
Father God, I pray for all three groups today. God, I pray that you would let me share what you've laid on my heart as I prepared to just teach Matthew chapter 5 verse 6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled." God, I pray that there would be many people filled today. Some for salvation, some with the challenge to a new walk, some with encouragement to continue going on, that the song of our lives at Cottonwood would never again be I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
That our constant refrain in our minds and our hearts and with our words and in our relationships, the constant refrain would be, I have found what I'm looking for and I am filled. In Jesus name we pray, amen. Amen.
The famed atheist John Paul Sartre said this, "There comes a time when one ask, 'is this all there is?'" The rally of it is as proud as he was of his atheism, as proud as he was of his books and his philosophy and his thoughts and his life, there came a reality in his life where he came to the conclusion towards the end of his life. He goes, "Every one of us must ask and will ask someday, 'is this all there is?'"
That takes us all the way back to Solomon in Ecclesiastes chapter 7 where he said, "God, has placed within the heart of every man and every woman eternity." See, there's a sense within each and every one of us that we were not simply created for this world, but we were created for another world. We were not just simply created for this life but then we were created for another life.
C.S. Lewis one time was talking about, he says, "A baby longs to be nourished by his mother," he says, "There is such a thing as food." C.S. Lewis went on to say, and in his many illustrations, "There is a longing within every little duckling's heart to swim with mama." He says, "There is such a thing as water." He goes on and he correlates everything we desire and long for in life, there is a dynamic equivalency.
That anything you desire on this earth, you can probably find it, whether it's food or whether it's water, whether it's this or whether it's that. There are times that what we want is not attainable but there also is a longing in our heart to know that there's something more. The beauty of God's grace is it is attainable by every one of us here today.
If you're sitting there and you're honest whether you're an unbeliever or whether you're a believer but you're journeying after the world, or whether you're a filled believer, the truth is everyone here can be filled, with true righteousness if we will hunger for that righteousness.
Let me start by telling you what true righteousness is not. This might be a fourth category or group. True righteousness in God's eyes is not self-righteousness. It is not a self-righteousness where you sit around and you think, "I'm way better than a lot of people." Or you judge other people, I don't do this and I don't do that.
I hear a lot of people, I'm sometimes in the company of a lot of Christians. A lot of them brag about what they don't do. How many of you know what I'm talking about? See, that is not a mark of a true righteousness. In Luke chapter 18 verse 11, Jesus tells a story of a Pharisee. If you look from an earthly perspective, the Pharisees were about as righteous as you can be. I want you to know, they were not only righteous, they were self-righteous. Jesus said, that is not the kind of righteousness he's talking about in Mathew chapter 6.
In Luke chapter 18 verse 11, we'll put it up on your screen. Jesus is telling the story. He said, "The Pharisee went and stood himself and prayed." What he's saying, he said the Pharisee went to church and the Pharisee began to pray. He says, "God, I thank you that I am not like all these other people." Sadly, there are a lot of people that come to church that way, even today.
There are a lot of people that still come to church today and walk in and you look at other people and you look at their hair or you look at their tattoo or you look at this or you look at that. Some of you, I may have just dropped from here to here because we played a rock song in church.
I want to remind you, just kind of played it. You all sang it. Jesus said, man, in general, he said, "I thank you that I'm not like these other people." He didn't stop there. He went on and got specific. He said, "I thank you that I'm not like this evil doer and I'm not like this person and I'm not like that person." He would had any point and he says, "I'm not like that tax collector."
Man, Jesus said this, "If that is the way you want to live your life." In Matthew chapter five verse 20, he says, "I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees you're not going to get to heaven." Let me tell you what, from an earthly perspective, they had it down. They had a list of do's and don'ts and most of them were don'ts but even the don'ts they didn't do much.
As well as they could live on this earth, they did it. Jesus said, "Unless you're more righteous than them," I want you to know as your pastor and I've done a lot of research and study on the righteousness of the Pharisees and how they lived. They were impressive individuals. They had their little system. They had their little scheme. They had their little numbering system.
Man, they built points for this and built points for that. They were righteous in their own eyes. They were also righteous in the eyes of their friends and their leaders and those who walk with them. Jesus said, that's not the kind of true righteousness he was talking about. He didn't say, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for self-righteousness.
Jesus was going to say something like that, he goes, "Those who seek for self-righteousness will never be filled, because there is reality in each one of our hearts that we know we're not good enough, that we know we failed." Here's the next thought I want you to hear today. True righteousness can only be found in the gospel.
Write that down. True righteousness can only be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel, that word gospel simply translate … and you might want to write this out next to it, it means good news. It's just simply good news. Here's the good news that anybody can find true righteousness. When Jesus lined out Matthew chapter 5 verse 6, he didn't say, blessed are those who are lucky enough to find true righteousness for they will be filled.
No, he said, "Blessed are those who just simply seek after, pursue, desire, hunger and thirst for true righteousness." He says, "Because if you do, you will be filled." There's your promise right there. What is the gospel and how does it help us gain true righteousness? Look at one verse, Romans chapter 1 verse 17. We're going to put it up on the screen.
Romans chapter 1 verse 17, here's what it says, he says, "For in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith or that comes by faith from first to last just as it is written, the righteous will live by faith." If you look at that one verse, I want you to notice three things.
One is the word the gospel. It literally translates that good news. It's evangelism. It's sharing the faith. It's sharing the grace of God. Notice what he says, he says, "For in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed." It's not hidden. It's not hard to find. It is opened wide up for you and I to share and hear and listen today.
Then, we go on and notice two things about this gospel. A righteousness that comes by faith from first to last. First thing you want to know about the gospel of Jesus Christ gaining true righteousness is it comes by faith not by works. The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2 verse 8 and 9, it's not in your notes. He says, "For by grace you are safe through faith, that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God lest no one should brag or boast."
Thought number one is it comes by faith. Thought number two, notice this, the righteous or the just will live by faith. There's the second part of our righteousness. It is how we live. As I was doing some study and man, there were definition after definition after definition after definition of righteousness. Everybody had a different idea.
I ran across one of the interesting ones, it goes from years ago, Martin Luther, that great reformer of his day, started the whole reformation to reform the church. He had this idea on this verse, he said, "There are two kinds of righteousness that you and I can have that will lead us to being filled." One, now, remember, this is centuries ago he wrote this. One is an alien righteousness, not the movie, all right. An alien righteousness. He said, "The second is a proper righteousness."
If you take those two words together, the alien righteousness is the first one there that is accepted by faith. When I accept Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord, God gives me an alien righteousness. A righteousness that comes by faith, not my own, it is a righteousness that comes from God through Jesus Christ. That's the gospel.
Then he says, "There's a proper righteousness." What do you mean proper? He was talking about the way we live, the way we act. He was talking about our lifestyle, how should we live? He said, "The righteous will live by faith." Those are two key parts of us living our lives in a righteousness that we would live with our relationship with God, that is the alien righteousness that God gives us righteousness. We'd also live in a lifestyle the way we live and operate and act and interact with everybody else.
Let me just give you a thought. If you want to gain God's righteousness, there are two indisputable, basically, indispensable steps to true righteousness. Let me put them for you up here on the screen. I want you to hear these and I want you to tap in. Step number one is you have to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That's step number one. That's the alien righteousness.
Notice what the scripture says, I love what the scripture says. This is point number one of what Martin Luther called an alien righteousness. We have to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Why is this so important? To encourage us regardless of where we are, whether we're in category one today or group two or group three.
John chapter 3 verse 17, many of us remember John chapter 3 verse 16, it says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him would not perish but would have everlasting life." Verse 17 we often forget. Put it up on the screen, notice what he says in John chapter 3 verse 17. He said, "For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world," to condemn you, to condemn me, "but to save the world."
Why did Jesus come? Not to condemn us but to save us, but to save us through him. What did Jesus say in Luke chapter 19 verse 10? He said, "For the son of man came to seek and to save those who are lost." Man, it starts with the relationship with God through faith. You say, "Pastor, how do I have a real genuine relationship with God?"
Let me give you a couple of quick thoughts. How do I accept the gospel and true righteousness in my life? Number one, here it is, you ready? You have to admit to yourself, you have to admit to yourself and God that you are a sinner. You have to stop walking around like you are a Pharisee. You have to admit to God that you are a sinner.
What does Solomon say in Ecclesiastes chapter 7 verse 20? Put it up on the screen. He says, "Behold, there is no one," everybody say, no one. "There is no one on earth who is righteous," no one, everybody say no one, "no one who does what is right and never sins." Man, that's all of us. We are all in the same boat. All right.
The Pharisee was in the same boat as the Sadducee as the sinner as the tax collector as the prostitute as the person who is lost, the person who's addicted, we're all in the same boat. We start with admitting that we are sinners. Here's number two, you ready? We have to agree with God that Jesus paid for our sins. We have to agree with God that Jesus is the only payment for our sins.
Now that I know I'm sinful, I have to acknowledge to God and to myself that the only price that was acceptable for paying for my sins was what Jesus Christ did in the death, burial and resurrection. That when he hung on the cross he died for me. I love what Paul said in Romans chapter 3 verse 23, put it up on the screen. Notice what he says.
He says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," then he goes on and he says, "and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came through Jesus Christ." That's where it is. In II Corinthians chapter 5 verse 21, here's what Paul said. He said, "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that," everybody say so that, "in him, we might become the righteousness of God." How do we become the righteousness of God? Not in myself. Not in a church. Not in how I act or what I say or what I do. I become righteous through Jesus Christ when I accept him as my savior.
Here's number three, if you're going to accept the gospel, you have to accept Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord by faith. I believe some people here had been working for long, long time to earn God's favor, to earn God's love and to earn God's grace but you can't do it that way.
In Romans chapter three verse 22 and following, here's what Paul said, he says, "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." Everybody say everyone. Man, if you want God's righteousness, if you want to be filled, it is given to everyone who believes, regardless of what you've done, regardless of where you're headed, regardless of what you did last night or last week or regardless of what you've done the last month.
It is available to everyone through faith in Jesus Christ. If you go on, he says, "There's no difference between Jew or Gentile." That doesn't connect with us very much today. Really, what he was saying, if you were to put it in modern day language, there's no difference between good people and bad people when it comes to salvation.
See, we can all look around and we can all fixate on someone we're a little better than. My guess is, regardless of what you've done in this life or in the last couple of days, every one of us pretty much looks like a saint compared to Hitler, right? See, but he's not who we compare ourselves to. We compare ourselves to the perfection, the righteousness, the purity and the holiness of God.
As we look at that II Corinthians chapter five verse 21, he said, "God made him who," listen to this, "who had no sin to be a sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." If you and I are going to have true righteousness, step number one is this, you have to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Step number two is this, you need to been live a lifestyle that pleases God. See, lifestyle comes into play. The way I act, the way I operate, the way I live, it comes into play. Go back to Romans chapter 1 verse 17. Let's put it back up on the screen. Remember it says, "For in the gospel," the good news, "the righteousness of God is revealed, a righteousness that is by," step one, "faith from first to last," that's Jesus Christ.
Then number two, "The righteous will then live by faith." It's both ends. It is a faith filled righteousness that brings salvation but it's also a daily righteousness that I live out. Martin Luther called this the proper righteousness. It's the way we walk, it's the way we talk, it's the way we interact with people.
If you look at the 10 commandments, you take the first few commandments, what do you do? Love the Lord your God. Make no graven images. Man, don't take the Lord's name in vain. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Man, what are those? Those are all talking about the vertical relationship we have with God. That's the vertical righteousness, the alien righteousness that we get as New Testament believers through Jesus Christ.
Then, the last six of the 10 commandments, even the gospel in the Old Testament, is all about how we relate to other people. Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not steal. How many of you know what I'm talking about? Thou shall not bear false witness. See, there's a lifestyle part and step in how I should live.
Look at what Solomon said long ago in Proverbs chapter 12 verse 28, he said this, he says, "In the way of righteousness there is life and along that path there is immortality." I believe everybody in here, because God has set eternity in the heart of us, desires to live eternally.
Remember that second category of people and we're going to go through these quickly. I said the first is lost, you need step one. You need to trust Christ the savior and Lord. We're going to give you an opportunity to that here in a few minutes.
Step two is live a lifestyle that pleases God. The second category of people are those who are saved but they've been feasting on the world not God's word. You say, "Pastor, how can I stay passionate? I constantly drift." Let me give you a couple of quick thoughts on how to stay passionate in your walk with Christ.
Here's number one, thought number one, make knowing God your number one goal. I gave you some verses there. Make knowing God your number one goal. I gave you Matthew 6:33, Psalm 63 verse 1. You want to look at those.
Here's number two, you ready? Dive into God's word every day. Stop eating the junk food in life. I love what Peter said, like newborn babies we need to long for the pure milk of the word. Stop eating the junk food of the world that won't leave you filled up. Dive into God's word every day. That has to be a discipline.
Here's number three, be with God's people as much as possible. Be with God's people as much as possible. Psalm one, I love what Psalm one says, "Blessed are those who do not walk with the wicked or sit in the seat of scoffers." What is he saying? That if you and I want to live out our faith, there's a practicality that our association, who we associate with ourselves with, impacts our lives.
Psalm one verse 1 and 2, what did he say? He said, "Blessed are those who don't see eye to eye with those who walk the wrong way." Then, verse 2, he says, "Not only does my association matter as it relates to my everyday righteousness, my appetite matters." He says, "But the righteous man," what, "he meditates on God's word day by day."
You say, "Pastor, when I think about my life and where I've been, how can I know real righteousness and when can I gain true righteousness?" You ready for the answer? Right now. You don't have to sit here and say, "If I want true righteousness, I have to begin to pursue God today and somewhere, somehow, someway in the future, I'll come."
I love what Isaiah the prophet said, we're going to put it up on the screen, he's what he said. He says, "Come all who are thirsty." Man, if you're thirsty, come. "Come to the waters and you have no money, come. Buy and eat anyway. Come buy wine and buy milk without money and without cost."
He says, "Why do we spend our money on what is not bread and your labor on what does not satisfy." He says, "Listen, listen to me and eat what is good and you'll delight yourself with the richest of fare." See, that's in the Old Testament.
If you go all the way to the last chapter of the New Testament, Revelation chapter 22 verse 17, what does it say when can you gain true righteousness? Right now. Revelation chapter 22 verse 17 says this, "The spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' Let the one who hears come. Let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who wishes to take the free gift of the water of life come."
Our team is going to come back out. I want to introduce a new song to you today that will impact your life. The song is simply called Thirsty. Let me just read you some of the words on the screen that you're going to be singing here in a few minutes.
Here's what it says, "Come, drink from the well that never runs dry. Go deep and let love teach us to fly. There is rest here in the arms of Christ, and all who seek will surely find, oh come." My prayer today is that if you were in the first category and you never trusted Christ the savior and Lord that this would be the day that you choose to come. That if you were a believer that you ventured off the path you've been feeding on the world stuff and it's not filled you up but you long for more and more that today you would come.
Listen to the next verse, we'll put it up on the screen. It says, "If you're thirsty, the spirit and the bride say come. There's mercy here, it doesn't matter what you've done. There is rest here in the arms of Christ, and all who seek will surely find. Oh come." There are some of you that you don't think God will love you again. When you think about what you've done and what you've done in the past, you say, "Could I come?" There's enough mercy regardless of what you've done.
Notice in the next verse, last verse, "There's healing and there's freedom. There's more than enough for everyone so we come, Lord, we come. We're thirsty. Your spirit and the bride say come. There's mercy. It's all because of what you've done, oh come."
This is our invitation. We're going to stand and we're going to sing this song. Our altar team is going to down front. If you are thirsty, come. If your life's message up to this point has been simply, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, the spirit and the bride say, come. If you're thirsty for a real and lasting relationship with God, you come through faith.
If you want to live a lifestyle pleasing to him, you come. I will tell you, we're going to have an altar team here, but there might be many who just want to come and you want to place yourself on the altar to my left and my right, whatever it is, you come. Let's stand as a congregation. Are you thirsty? Come.