By Martin Cisneros
Today's the day that I absolutely infuriate every last preacher on the planet, whether Pentecostal, Word of Faith, [and particularly you Word of Faith preachers ought to know better, but you got caught up with the traditions of men on this particular one, falling into the deception of Eve,] or some other Pentecostal, Charismatic, Protestant, Methodist -- absolutely all of y'all. This goes against absolutely everybody's favorite preacher, whether Spurgeon, Wigglesworth, or whomever, 'cause they were victims of this tradition and may have even erroneously assumed it was their Cross to bare. For those who want to use Philippians 3 as a retort, we don't have absolutely everything that St. Paul ever said! But we do have every single Scripture he ever built his life upon & sacrificed his own soul and flesh over in the service of his KING.
In saying what I'm about to say, I'm not trying to be clever nor critical. I say this in genuine surprise that one thing that Lord Jesus said wasn't to be the experience of believers is precisely the experience believers try to cultivate and find fault with one another if they're not further along in the one thing that He said wasn't to be a part of our lives -- no matter the segment of the Body of Christ that we're a part of! And then we wonder why it bares the kinda fruit that it bares with fragmenting Churches, with people leaving Churches altogether, with people going from Church to Church, from revival meeting to revival meeting like a vagabond when they're believers. Relationships get destroyed over this particular aspect of idolatry that's a curse that UNTIL TODAY all believers have cultivated for as long as there have been believers. Parents leave children over this, children leave the ways of parents over this very issue! Consequently, the land is filled with the curse over it, because of this insubordination on the part of every last cell in the Body of Christ, UNTIL TODAY. People pray this bit of witchcraft over one another, no matter their denomination, whether they're from a mainstream denomination or Charismatic! I use such a strong term for it because it's unquestionably a gnostic impulse; it's paganism to it's core.
I know every single passage from the Psalms, the Gospels, the Prophets, and likely every passage from the epistles that's been used to promote this error by every well meaning Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet, Apostle, Teacher, Bishop, Archbishop, etc. It is the most common heresy. I've never known of a single Christian that didn't promote it, embrace it, and believe it to be a virtuous thing!
The truth of this matter doesn't contradict being His disciple, discipling the nations, the need for Word-rooted lifestyles, spiritual parents, or one principle of the Kingdom of God that's already widely known in the Body of Christ. This won't magnify a rebellion that wasn't already there in other areas. Where this truth seems to make some people worse, it'll merely be a Romans 1 judgment of God giving people up to reprobation; where this is used as an excuse, as an advanced excuse against the Church, against being taught the Word, against discipleship, you were already dealing with someone who couldn't be brought to repentance whose end was to be burned!
I got broadsided with a lying symptom of hunger that I've been redeemed from in Christ, for over an hour, and it wasn't physical hunger. It was so bad, I honestly thought it was going to take my life. And like all of the rest of you, I'd always walked in the babyhood of expecting that this meant that Holy Spirit was going to come up with my bottle, this time, as at every other time. Fortunately, I was prayed through enough and in the spirit far enough this week to where that finally registered on my radar as not being righteous. The people who don't know Him are the ones that are supposed to be hungry. The people who are supposed to come to Him are the ones that are supposed to be hungry. Reading the Gospels, strictly and literally, Jews without Christ are supposed to hunger and thirst, as well as Greeks and Romans that haven't embraced His Lordship, taken His yoke upon them and begun to learn of Him. But people seated with Him in heavenly places where in at least one place it says of them that "as He is, so are we in this world," shouldn't be in the agony of hunger pains, spiritually!! We are one spirit with Him! That's an oxymoron to say that He'd be in hunger and in spiritual want; spiritually parched! That's not living God-inside-minded! That's living "God's still outside of me, separated from me" minded!! It's Ephesians 2 "strangers from the Covenants of Promise, without hope; without God" minded; James 3 "earthly, sensual, devilish pseudo-wisdom" minded. That's refusing to or falling short of stirring up the gift of God that's inside of you, according to 2Timothy 1. It's false humility. I'll give 6 translations on something Jesus said, so that there's no claiming I'm using a trick translation:
35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35 KJV
35 And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35 NKJV
35Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time). John 6:35 Amplified Bible
35And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of the life; he who is coming unto me may not hunger, and he who is believing in me may not thirst -- at any time; John 6:35 Young's Literal Translation
35 Jesus said unto them—I, am the bread of life: he that cometh unto me, in nowise shall hunger, and, he that believeth on me, in nowise shall thirst, any more. John 6:35 Rotherham's Emphasized Bible
35 Jesus, then, said to them, "I am the Bread of life. He who is coming to Me should under no circumstances be hungering, and he who is believing in Me will under no circumstances ever be thirsting." John 6:35 Concordant Literal New Testament
What's scary about this kind of religious hunger that's out of place in the life of a child of God is how many times Holy Spirit may bring up John 6:35 and yet we refuse to yield to the light of it, refuse to lay claim to that promise, and refuse spiritual hunger from our lives in full faith that we have come to Lord Jesus and we have believed in Him, therefore, we refuse to hunger and we refuse to thirst in honour of all He said, in honour of all He came to do, and in honour of all we claim to believe. A spirit of famine isn't how His Spirit should be getting our attention so that He can lead us into all truth. It should be through diligently meditating and applying His Word day and night, according to John 14:21, John 15:7, Colossians 3:16-17, 1John 2:3-6, 28, et. al. How many irresponsible decisions are made daily by ministers of the Gospel because they refuse to walk in the light of John 6:35 and would rather find some kind of false virtue in being hungry and living their whole lives hungry, as though that were some sort of badge of spirituality?
We've been redeemed from the aspect of the curse that came about through Eve and Cain where adding to the Word of God is concerned, and where thinking God is withholding from us our spiritual sustenance! He has made Himself one spirit with us in redemption and that one spirit isn't a spirit of famine, of slavery again to fear, and we've not been left orphans, and Lord Jesus said that if you've come to Him and have believed in Him, you have a Covenantal right to not be hungry and to not be thirsty, and I refuse to be a stranger to that promise any longer! The moment I recognized that overpowering spiritual hunger, almost in travail form, as being under the curse and what Lord Jesus said is the truth of the matter for His disciples, that hunger immediately dissipated in my life and I felt my fullness in Him all over again; patience had her perfect work, and I was perfect and complete, wanting nothing!!
So stand against that prolonged, gnawing spiritual hunger today if you've met His criteria for not being hungry any more: you've come to Him and you've believed in Him, or as 1John would say, you're walking in the light as He's in the light, expecting His Blood to cleanse you of anything that ever comes up! If the book of Hebrews doesn't want us having the consciousness of sins, in Christ, then certainly we're not supposed to have the consciousness of hunger, whether spiritual or any other kind of hunger! Hunger is a symptom of the fall and of not being one spirit with Him! It's a lying symptom if you know you have embraced His Lordship, according to Romans 10:9-10, have become His disciple, according to Matthew 7:24-25 (in this case the storm would be the lying symptom of spiritual hunger in the life of a believer), Matthew 11:25-30, and are expecting His manifestation, according to John 14:21!! He gives seed to the sower and Himself to the eater, so go forth expecting a harvest of righteousness that's been sown in peace by making Isaiah 54 peace!