Spiritual Hunger - Carol Krum


Carol Krum
Carol Krum

This morning after worship, we gathered together in a circle to share what we were hearing God say. Interestingly, one by one, the message being given was ultimately calling this body of believers to hunger for more of God, more of Jesus, more of His Holy Spirit. What we have known and experienced in the past is past. We must begin to cry out to God in desperation for a hunger that will not be satisfied without more of Him. For the more we carry of His presence, the more we will be taken into realms we have not yet reached. We must not be satisfied with what we have or where we are, for He is calling us to “Come up here” to receive more of what we will need as the mature sons and daughters of God. We must see what He sees and hear what He hears, receiving new, fresh, deeper and higher revelation of His goodness.

With that being said, I had already planned on including another article by John G Lake in the Journal of Healing for this month on Spiritual Hunger. This message was written and delivered over 90 years ago, and it is as pertinent and powerful in this moment in history as it was then, perhaps even more so! I pray that you will be richly blessed, encouraged and pressed upon by the Holy Spirit, as we have been here at Headquarters, to begin to cry out to God in desperation for a spiritual hunger like we have never known or experienced before.

Beloved, pray to get hungry!
By Carol Krum



“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled.”

Hunger is a mighty good thing. It is the greatest persuader I know of. It is a marvellous mover. Nations have learned that you can do most anything with a populace until they get hungry. But when they get hungry you want to watch out. There is a certain spirit of desperation that accompanies hunger. I wish we all had it spiritually. Wouldn’t it be glorious?

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness.”

Righteousness is just the rightness of God; the rightness of God in your spirit, the rightness of God in your soul, the rightness of God in your body, the rightness of God in your affairs, in your home, in your business, everywhere.

God is an all-round God, His power operates from every side. The artists paint a halo around the head of Jesus to show that there is a radiation of glory from His person. They might just as well put it around his feet or any part of His person. It is the radiant glory of the indwelling God, radiating out through His personality. There is nothing more wonderful than the indwelling of God in the human life. The most supreme marvel that God ever performed was when He took possession of those who are hungry.

“Blessed are they which do hunger.”

I will guarantee you that after the crucifixion of Jesus, there were a hundred and twenty mighty hungry folks at Jerusalem. I do believe that because they were so mightily hungry, they were gloriously filled.

We are sometimes inclined to think of God as mechanical; as though God set a date for this event or that event to occur. But my opinion is that one of the works of the Holy Ghost is that of “preparer”. He comes and prepares the hearts of men in advance by putting a strange hunger for that event that has been promised by God until it comes to pass.

The more I study history and prophecy the more I am convinced that when Jesus Christ was born into the world, He was born in answer to a tremendous heart-cry on the part of the world. The world needed God desperately. They wanted a manifestation of God tremendously, and Jesus Christ, as the Deliverer and Savior, came in answer to their soul cry.

Daniel says that he was convinced by the study of the books of prophecy, especially that of Jeremiah, that the time had come when they ought to be delivered from their captivity in Babylon. The seventy years was fulfilled, but there was no deliverance. So he diligently set his face to pray it into being. (Daniel 9)

Here is what I want you to get. If it was going to come to pass mechanically on a certain date, there would not have been any necessity for Daniel to get that awful hunger in his soul, so that he fasted and prayed in sackcloth and ashes, that the deliverance might come.

No sir, God’s purposes come to pass when your heart and mine get the real God-cry, and the real God-prayer comes into our spirit, and the real God-yearning gets hold of our nature. Something is going to happen then.

No difference what it may be your soul is coveting or desiring, if it becomes in your life the supreme cry, not the secondary matter, or the third, or the fourth, or fifth or tenth, but the FIRST thing, the supreme desire of your soul, the paramount issue, all the powers and energies of your spirit, of your soul, of your body are reaching out and crying to God for the answer, it is going to come. It is going to come. It IS going to come!

I lived in a family where, for thirty-two years, they never were without an invalid in the home. Before I was twenty-four years of age, we had buried four brothers, four sisters and four other members of the family were dying, hopeless, helpless invalids. I set up my own home, married to a beautiful woman. Our first son was born. It was only a short time until I saw that the same devilish train of sickness that had followed my father’s family had come into mine. My wife became an invalid; my son was a sickly child. Out of it all, one thing developed in my nature; a cry for deliverance. I did not know anything about the subject of healing, notwithstanding, I was a Methodist evangelist. But my heart was crying for deliverance; my soul had come to the place where I had vomited up dependence on man. My father had spent a fortune on the family to no avail, as if there was no stoppage to the train of hell. And let me tell you, there IS NO HUMAN STOPPAGE because the thing is settled deep in the nature of man, too deep for any material remedy to get at it. It takes the Almighty God and the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ to get down into the depth of man’s nature, find the real difficulty that is there and destroy it.

My friends, I want to tell you, if you are a sinner tonight and away from God, and your heart is longing, and your spirit asking, and your soul crying for God’s deliverance, He will be on hand to deliver. You will not have to cry very long until you see that the mountains are being moved, and the angel of deliverance will be there.

I finally got to that place where my supreme cry was for deliverance. Tears were shed for deliverance for three years before the healing of God came to us. I could hear the cries and groans and sobs, and feel the wretchedness of our family’s soul. My heart cried, my soul sobbed, my spirit wept tears. I wanted help. I did not know enough to call directly on God for it. Isn’t it a strange thing that men do not have sense enough to have faith in God for all their needs, do not know enough to call directly on God for physical difficulties as well as for spiritual ones? But I did not.

But, bless God, one thing matured in my heart, a real hunger. And the hunger of a man’s soul must be satisfied, it MUST be satisfied. It is a law of God; that law of God is in the depth of the spirit. God will answer the heart that cries; God will answer the soul that asks. Christ Jesus comes to us with divine assurance and invites us when we are hungry to PRAY, to BELIEVE; to take from the Lord that which our soul covets and our heart asks for.

So one day the Lord of Heaven came our way, and in a little while the cloud of darkness, that midnight of hell, that curse of death was lifted, and the light of God shone into our life and into our home, just the same as it existed in other men’s lives and other men’s homes. We learned the truth of Jesus and we were able to apply the divine power of G0D. We were healed of the Lord.

“Blessed are they which do hunger.”

Brethren, begin to pray to get hungry.

A short time after I went to South Africa and God had begun to work marvellously in the city of Johannesburg, a butcher who lived in the suburbs, was advised by his physicians that he had developed such a tubercular state he might not live more than nine months. He wanted to make provision that his family be cared for after he was gone, so he bought a farm and undertook to develop it so that when he died his family would have a means of existence.

One day he received a letter from friends at Johannesburg, telling of the coming of what they spoke of as “the American. Brethren,” and of the wonderful things that were taking place. Of how so-and-so, a terrible drunkard, had been converted; of his niece who had been an invalid in a wheelchair for five years, had been healed of God; how one of his other relatives had been baptised in the Holy Ghost and was speaking in tongues; other friends and neighbours had been baptised and healed, of the powerful change that had come in the community, and all the marvels a vigorous work for God produces.

Dan VonVuuren took the letter and crawled under an African thorn tree. He spread the letter out before God, and began to discuss it with the Lord. He said, “God in Heaven, if You could come to Mr. So-and-so, a drunkard, and deliver him from his sin and save his soul and put the joy of God in him; if You could come to this niece of mine, save her soul and heal her body and send her out to be a blessing instead of a weight and burden upon her friends; if You could come to so-and-so, so they were baptised in the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues; Lord, if You can do these things at Johannesburg, You can do something for me, too.” And he knelt down, put his face to the ground, and cried to God that He would do something for him. And don’t forget it, friends, I have a conviction that that morning Dan VonVuuren was so stirred by the reading of that letter, that His desire to be made whole got bigger than anything else in his consciousness. His heart reached for God, and bless God, that morning his prayer went through to Heaven and God came down into his life. In ten minutes he took all the breath he wanted; the pain was gone, the tuberculosis had disappeared, he was a whole man.

But that was not all, he not only received a great physical healing, but God had literally come in and taken possession of the man’s life until he did not understand himself any more. In telling me he said, “Brother, a new prayer from Heaven was born in my spirit. I had prayed for my wife’s salvation for eighteen years, but I could never pray through. But that morning I prayed through. It was all done when I got to the house. She stood and looked at me for two minutes, until it dawned in her soul that I was gloriously healed of God. She never asked a question as to how it took place, but fell on her knees, threw her hands up to Heaven, and said, “Pray for me. Dan, for God’s sake, pray for me. I must find God today,” and God came to that soul.

He has eleven children, splendid young folks. The mother and he went to praying and inside of a week the whole household of thirteen had been baptised in the Holy Ghost. He went to his brother’s farm; told the wonder of what God has done; prayed through and in a little while nineteen families were baptised in the Holy Ghost.

God so filled his life with His glory that one morning God said to him, “Go to Pretoria. I am going to send you to different members of Parliament.” He was admitted into the presence of Premier Louis Botha. Botha told me about it afterwards. He said, “Lake, I had known VanVurren from the time he was a boy. I had known him as a reckless, rollicking fellow. But that man came into my office and stood ten feet from my desk. I looked up, and before he commenced to speak, I began to shake and rattle on my chair. I knelt down, I had to put my head under the desk and cry to God.” Why, he looked like God; and talked like God. He had the majesty of God. He was superhumanly wonderful. Then he went to the office of the Secretary of State, then to the Secretary of the Treasury. Almost the same thing took place in every instance. For eighteen days God kept him going from this one to that one; lawyers, judges and officials in the land, until every high official in the land knew there was a God and a Christ and a Savior, and a baptism of the Holy Ghost, because VonVuuren had really hungered after God.

“Blessed are they which do hunger.”

I was sitting here tonight before the meeting and began reading an old sermon I preached to a men’s club at Spokane, Washington eight years ago, entitled “The Calling of the Soul.” In it I recounted the story of the original people who came to the Parham School in 1900, and whom in answer to the cry of their soul, God came and baptised them in the Holy Ghost. All the Apostolic Faith Churches, and Missions, and Assemblies of God, and other movements are the result.

I knew Brother Parham’s wife and his sister-in-law, Lillian Thistleweight. She was the woman that brought the light of God for real sanctification to my heart. It was not her preaching or her words. I sat in Fred Bosworth’s home one night before Fred thought of preaching the gospel. I listened to that woman telling of the Lord God and His love and sanctifying grace and power, and what real holiness was. It was not her arguments or logic; it was herself; it was the divine holiness that came from her soul; it was the living Spirit of God that came out of the woman’s life. I sat way back in the room, as far away as I could get. I was self-satisfied, doing well in the world, prosperous with all the accompaniments that go with a successful life. But that night my heart got so hungry that I fell on my knees, and those who were present will tell you that they had never heard anybody pray as I prayed. Bosworth said long afterward, “Lake, there is one instance that I shall always remember in your life; that was the night you prayed in my home until the rafters shook, until God came down, until the fire struck, until our souls melted, until God came in and sanctified our hearts.” All the devils in hell and out of hell could not make me believe there is not a real sanctified experience in Jesus Christ; when God comes in and makes your heart pure and takes self out of your nature, and gives you divine triumph over sin and self, blessed be the Name of the Lord!

“Blessed are they which do hunger.”

Beloved, pray to get hungry.

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