The following are the answers to the text questions that came in during the sermon:
1. “Did Mark travel with Peter while Peter was with Jesus?” 11:25 AM
2. “Does the successes in our cravings, for example a workaholic situation or academic/sports performance, etc, cause us to crave more? Doesn’t Satan give us what seems to be good to keep us from craving Jesus?” 11:28 AM
Perhaps. Our appetites tend to grow as we feed them. Successes in our cravings can certainly cause us to want more and more. Success in craving to do a good job at work is not necessarily the work of Satan, it could be that God is entrusting to you success so that you can make a bigger impact for Him. If your perspective in every situation, good or bad, is to bring Jesus to the front, then your craving for Jesus could be the thing propelling you in whatever your endeavor.
3. “If Jesus is TRULY what you crave, then why is it still SO easy to stray? If you feel in your heart that Jesus is what you want the most why isn’t that the appetite that naturally takes priority?” 11:34 AM
I believe it is because “feeding” on Jesus requires a constant need to make a decision to choose him over another craving. If we naturally want him more than anything else, then we no longer go through the joy (and struggle) of choosing him.
4. “Can you give us some specific examples of positive spiritual cravings? For example, “If I’m going to be addicted to something, I want it to be ______.”” 11:35 AM
A positive spiritual craving could be to get promoted to greater influence at your job so that you can have a greater influence for Christ. Another positive spiritual craving could be to know God through His Word. “If I’m going to be addicted to something, I want to be addicted to making Christ known in any situation.”
5. “Jesus often says “Truly, truly I say to you” is there a significance to this?” 11:39 AM
This is just a way to draw attention to the emphatic truth that is about to be said.