This is a powerful and important word from our friend, Demontae Edmonds.
I have come to know Demontae for several years now and found him to be highly accurate in his prophetic gifts.
Now I am not going to give it away. Read on and discover vitally important keys and insights from Demontae. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
God impressed upon my heart to share one of the most important and powerful gifts given to man from the Holy Spirit. The last century we have witnessed a restoration of the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, the nine gifts of the Spirit, and the five-fold ministry offices. During this present hour many have become infatuated and enthralled in particular by the gift of prophecy.
One way this has become evident is that prophetic gatherings have multiplied in number and grown in size. Prophecy, as well as the other gifts of the Spirit, have such a powerful ability to change lives and impact destinies of individuals. However, there is one gift of equal, if not greater, vitality and importance. This gift is commonly untaught, rarely mentioned, and often not considered "a gift" from God.
No revival, reformation, or major shift in Christianity has occurred without this gift being prominent. Sure some revivals have been earmarked by prophecy, healing, or salvation but this gift was still foundational in each instance. I'm sure you are wondering what gift this is. It is the gift of spiritual hunger. Many times we have not recognized spiritual hunger as a gift. (Photo via Unsplash)
Every revival and reformation started with men and women who were hungry for God to be made real in the earth. They were people who were willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the Kingdom of God and truth. Every revival had a start with a group of people whose hearts were prepared and hungry to see God in a greater fullness. Luke 8:40, "And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received Him: for they were all waiting for Him." There is an expectancy and joyful reception of the things of God from those who are spiritually hungry. As spiritual hunger increases one is less bound by religion and more readily able to enter into "present truth" (see 2 Peter 1:12).
How I Discovered Spiritual Hunger
Even in my own life I did not realize that this is a divine blessing from God. I discovered this truth when I was a young man and then again as a mature Believer.
One summer when I was 13 years old I spent hours each day studying the Word of God. I awoke once more with an intense sensation of hunger. Hurriedly, I prepared breakfast for myself. As I went to lift the fork loaded with a pancake to my mouth I had an epiphany of truth. It was not physical food that I was hungry for but I was hungry for the Word of God. I was hungry to know God in a real way. I left the breakfast table and opened up my Bible and read for a half hour until my spiritual appetite subsided.
Matthew 4:4, "...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." The Word of God gives us life. As we dig into it more and more God blesses us, not just with head knowledge but an increased appetite to know Him and His ways. The Psalmist King David wrote in Psalms 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."
I believe that King David was a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) because the Holy Spirit had first deposited an intense hunger for God in his heart. He expressed his hunger for God's presence as "my flesh longs for Thee." Although he was king and had access to the finest the kingdoms of Judah and Israel could provide, he describes it as a "dry and thirsty land." When one is truly hungry for God nothing can satisfy one's soul but God Himself.
Many Believers desire to run hard after the things of God but often find themselves challenged by spiritual lethargy. I would like to share a powerful prayer found in Scripture that will help to overcome this obstacle. Song of Solomon 1:4, "Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee." In this passage we discover that one is able to run for God after God draws us. "Draw me, we will run after thee." The grace of spiritual hunger causes us to be drawn to the things of God (worship, prayer, preaching, prayer, and study). Many have little interest for the deeper things of God because they have not asked God to draw them deeper in Him. If we ask with a sincere heart God will indeed draw us into greater truths and closer to His person.
Once an emerging prophet was telling me about how hungry he was for God. Also, how much time he spent reading and praying daily. I shared with him, "Enjoy it now. It won't always be that way. God has blessed you with this ability now to prepare you for later." He disagreed with me and said he would sustain his rate of prayer and devotion. A year later he called me and said, "What you told me was right. I'm praying daily but not as much as before. I try to read for hours but can only read twenty or so minutes." I had experienced this in my own spiritual walk. There were seasons where God deposited within my heart an intense spiritual hunger which made it easy to pray and study for hours. When this grace lifted, I was back to my regular devotion. The times of intensity were to prepare me for the times of fruitfulness and productivity in ministry. (Photo via Unsplash)
Fasting is one Kingdom key to increase one's spiritual hunger. Fasting, when done properly, causes us to block out distractions that hinder us from receiving from God. It positions us to get "clear" about what God is desiring to say to us and do in us. The affairs of life and demonic bondages that compete with God for our attention are put to the side as we seek God.
Fasting also says to God that one means business with Him. God honors seeking Him with a greater desire (hunger) to seek Him.
God cannot pour more into our person without first enlarging our capacity to receive from Him. A new hunger often precedes new wineskins (heart change) and new wine (truth, revelation) being poured out from God.
Luke 5:37-38, "And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved."
A Powerful Prayer
Dear Father God in Heaven, I humbly come before You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I ask that You will forgive me for any spiritual neglect or laziness. Lord, help me to serve You with a fervent mind and fervent spirit. Please allow Your Holy Spirit to increase my hunger for You, Your Word, and the things of God. Draw me by Your Spirit that I may run for You. Draw me by Your Spirit that I may be consumed with Your love and truth. I thank You now, Father, that You have heard my prayer and I expect a renewal in my spiritual walk in Jesus Christ's name. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Freedom 4 the Nations
Demontae Edmonds serves the Kingdom of God as servant, prophet, and apostolic leader. He has ministered throughout the United States and abroad. His heart is to reveal the reality of Jesus Christ and the glory of God in a real and tangible way. God has used him to bring healings, deliver major prophetic words for nations, economies and top church and secular leaders in several nations. He has accurately prophesied detailed events, including US elections, Nigeria's 2016 elections, and other specific world events. Apostle Edmonds resides in Virginia with his family.
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