Can’t Get No Satisfaction

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“I can’t get no satisfaction” was a song written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Although the lyrics refer to sexual frustration and commercialism, they are true of human nature. Our flesh is never satisfied! The more we are given or receive the more we want. We are always seeking after or chasing after that that we think will make us happy. Happiness is temporary pleasure based on situations.  And when we find our ‘happy place’ usually it is built upon foundations that we worked hard to achieve or are awarded based on our knowledge, skills and abilities. Unfortunately, once the situations change, our ‘happy place’ crumbles, and we are often more miserable than before because we can’t get lasting satisfaction from temporary situations.

The truth is God never intended for our satisfaction to come from external sources. Certainly, He has graced us with gifts, talents and intellectual prowess, but they are like tools we use to do good works. And to a great degree, self-gratification is the result. However, the dilemma is when we pursue self-gratification and become addicted to the good feeling that comes from doing good works. Still there can be no true and lasting satisfaction.

We are created for God and for His pleasure and delight; we are to live to the praise of His glory. Therefore, our contentment must be in Him. He is the only One that can satisfy our longing soul.  There is a void within us that can only be filled by His Presence. Yet, we seek for other people to fill our emptiness and our need to feel significant and loved. When others cannot meet our expectations, we look for fulfillment in other places and things that are potentially harmful to us physically, psychologically, and spiritually. We become addicted to the temporary satisfaction a few minutes or hours of pleasure bring—good feelings.

Everything in this earthly life is temporal—will not last. The breath of life that is breathed into everyone born of a woman makes us a living soul. And that soul longs for God’s presence!

“My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:2).

In essence, our whole being yearns for satisfaction that only comes from the living God.

In this earthly life, Christ desires to live His life through us.  When Christ lives His life through us, we can learn how to be content in whatever situation we are in because we trust Him completely. This is what Paul said, “…I have learned to be content and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy regardless of my circumstances.”  We can learn contentment and become satisfied by maintaining an intimate relationship with God the Father through faith in His Son Jesus the Christ and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). This is a promise that He keeps. When your appetite is whet by God’s Presence nothing can compare—nothing is more tasteful and satisfying. What God designed to bring satisfaction and pleasure is comparable to a man and his wife’s satisfaction during intimacy and intercourse. Even that is temporary ‘happy place’. However, intimacy with the Lord God is designed for eternity!  Crave God. Chase after God! He will quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger!

Only in Christ can we get lasting satisfaction that fills the longing in our soul in which God placed there. It is our “happy place” because our life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).

 

“Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.”

-Thomas à Kempis

 

 

© 2018 Queen E. Phillips, Majestic Worldwide Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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From self-will to God’s will

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I sat in the prayer room on the National Day of Prayer read many prayer requests and prayed. I noticed one common thread. The requests were all centered on personal, self-will—what ‘I’ want, what ‘I’ need for God to do. The emphasis was on ‘me’, ‘my’ and ‘mine’.  Please keep reading so that you don’t misunderstand the inspirational enlightenment of this article.  None of the requests had anything to do with God’s will, plan or purpose. There were no requests for ‘more’ of God. There were no prayer requests for spiritual growth, to know God, to have a deeper relationship with Christ, or revival.

Yes, I know the Bible says “…let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6)

Yes, Jesus said, “… ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:8-11; Luke 11:9-13). These passages both speak to the infinite Fatherhood of God and His faithfulness to answer His children who persist in prayer.

However, within the context of Luke 11:9-13, Luke is specific about the infinite Fatherhood of God and what the Father will give if we ask, seek and knock.

11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:11-13 NKJV)

Conclusively, the character of our Father is such that we can always trust Him to give what is good for us according to His sovereign plan and purpose for our lives. Sure, we should let our requests be made known to God. Ask! However, we must refocus and make sure that our will is not the object of our prayer requests based what we ‘think’ is good for us. Sometimes God uses adversity and painful times in our life to bring out the ‘good’ He has purposed for us and even our family. What we pray for and want God to change or fix for us is not always what He has purposed for us.  The will of God must always be the focus. For example, I know several of my Christian sisters who have been healed of cancer as well as some who transitioned although we prayed for their healing. When we look at this from God’s perspective, we can conclude that God’s will was done. He answered our prayer, nevertheless, not according to what we “wanted” (our will), but what He wanted (His will). Still they were healed! The ones He wanted to continue in this life for His purpose were healed.  The ones He called to their eternal home were also healed for His purpose. We do not get to dictate the purpose of God, who works all things according to the counsel of His own will (Eph. 1:11).

I admit, I do not like the challenges of life.  I am sure you don’t either. We do not like to ‘go through’ the process to get where God is taking us.  Yes, we pray asking God to change the situation—make things comfortable, take the pain away. But the more appropriate questions are: Is the situation working for my good? Does the pain have purpose? Is what I am facing for my good although it hurts? What lesson to be learned?  The psalmist said, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statues” (Psalm 119:71). We must take the focus off us—our need and our will. We must refocus on the loving, infinite Fatherhood of God. He is the Sovereign Lord! He is our all-knowing and all-powerful God! He is our faithful Father, who loves us unconditionally. He wants us to ask, seek and knock—be persistent in prayer. However, we must trust Him to answer according to His will, plan and purpose for our lives. He is more concerned about His children than any earthly father and will give the most precious gift of all—Himself, His Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

©2018 Queen E. Phillips, Majestic Worldwide Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

Dealing with Transition in 2017

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Where God is carrying you in 2017 some in your inner circle cannot go with you.  He will not allow them to go. Therefore, do not try to force them to go with you. Release them in love and follow Jesus! Remember that God’s plan for you is not the same even for those in ministry with you.

God’s plan for each of us is personal although we may be serving in ministry together now. We have a tendency to try and hold on to people we are connected to not realizing it may be only for a season.  You may have worked together in unity and had an effective ministry.  However, once you have completed that particular assignment, God has another assignment for you that requires transitioning to another place and with other people.

**Side Note: the transition may be a spiritual one and not a physical location. For example, God may increase you spiritually through divine revelation, wisdom, and insight for the purpose of completing another assignment, which requires greater responsibility. You should not expect everyone to understand, and you should definitely not become proud arrogant, and condescending.  Always remember it is about Kingdom business and God’s glory.

We tend to welcome a change of scenery and transition when we have been under scrutiny, dealt with envy and jealousy, and had difficulty working with our brothers and sisters in the church’s ministry.  Unfortunately,  many individuals leave for the wrong reason without considering God’s plan.  Consequently, they risk being out of God’s will and doing things their own way.

On the other hand, when we have a healthy working relationship with others in ministry, have seen great progress and effectiveness in ministry, we risk missing God’s next assignment for us because we think we are in the set place for life and that God’s plan and will for us is collective rather than individual.

In addition, when God reveals His plan for us individually, we want to know His plan for those in our inner circle that we’ve worked with for some time. We must be careful with this mindset.  We never want to do the work of ministry based on convenience, ease and without opposition. That is unrealistic and unbiblical in the Kingdom of God. Jesus always faced opposition and was constantly being scrutinized by others. Ministry is never about comfort!

In fact, God’s individual plan for you may require leaving the comforts of ministry and the good working relationships with co-laborers to move forward in fulfilling your next assignment for the Kingdom.  However, it may not be as comforting and glamorous for you as you expected, but as long as the Lord is with you, it will be well. 

Here is a biblical example that always amazes me when I read it. Consider Peter’s revelation from Jesus concerning God’s plan for him (John 21:20-22).  Jesus restores Peter back into fellowship after of him three times just as Jesus predicted (Matthew 26:69-75).  The restoration consisted of Jesus questioning Peter about his love for Him. After the validation of Peter’s love Jesus gave him his “life” assignment with specific instructions, “Feed my sheep.” Furthermore, Jesus revealed the great cost that would come with Peter’s great responsibility—Peter would die as a martyr for the glory of God. Can you imagine after being affirmed and restored for ministry and now to hear God’s final plan that included how you would die after your ministry assignment? After receiving “in part” his revealed destiny, and God’s will for him, naturally, Peter wanted to know God’s plan for John. He asked, “What’s going to happen to him?  How is he going to die?”

In essence, Jesus said to Peter that God’s plan for John is not the same as yours.  Just focus on your relationship with Me.  The place and work assigned to you are for you.  This is your lot in life.   Peter and John had been together from the start of Jesus’ earthly ministry.  Peter, James, and John were Jesus’ inner circle; they had shared their lives together and spent intimate time with Jesus, but that was for a season.  Now there would come a time of separation based on God’s individual plan, purpose, and will.

As I stated, the tendency to want to continue working with individuals we have shared in ministry with for a while is natural.  We make assumptions about God’s plans based on working relationships and experiences together.  However, there may come a time when what you have witnessed and shared in ministry together was God’s plan to prepare you for your next.  Seek to know God’s will for your and not your co-laborer so that wherever He has purposed to carry you, although it may mean separating from the familiar and comfortable, you will submit to His will.

Where God is carrying you in 2017 some in your inner circle cannot go with you.  He will not allow them to go. Therefore, do not try to force them to go with you. Release them in love and you follow Jesus! Without question about His plan for your co-laborer, you say, “Yes, Lord. Here am I send me.”

(Read John 17:20-22 and may the Holy Spirit enlighten you).

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Journal Reflections

Journals.NotesOccasionally I review old journal entries to assess where I am mentally and spiritually compared to where I was when I penned the entry.

Why am I sharing this? Because chances are, you are in the same place now that I was then.

If you are, I am in a place now to encourage you! That’s really what it is all about.

It gets better!

God is always working for our good…so that we are better; so that we can get to a place of “rest” in Him.  Our wilderness experiences should change our perspective and teach us to trust a faithful and loving Father who loves us unconditionally and only wants what is best for all mankind.  Note: (Deuteronomy 8:2-5) God’s plan for leading the Israelites in 40 years in the wilderness was to humble them and for them to trust Him completely. It was their unbelief, constant murmuring and complaining that resulted in many of them not entering the Promised Land.

Journal entry on December 12, 2011…

At this moment, I’m really trying to grasp the purpose of this place. For so long I’ve been haunted by this struggle.  So, I ask, is it my fault? What did I do to cause this cycle?  I can imagine how Job felt to some extent.  However, I must pause and say, Thank you.  It’s not as bad as his ordeal of suffering.  Yet, the weight of this can be so frustrating.  I’m trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I know You said you’d never leave or forsake your children.  All I have at this point is Your word…Your promise.  Will You fail me now?  I know without a doubt that You are in control of my life.  I know now that You own everything! I understand that You will and can provide for all my needs.  So then what’s my issue?  My question is when?

IT IS ABOUT YOUR TIMING! You know the needs I have.  I also know that for so, so long I’ve always tried to handle things myself. I know I can’t, so will You please come quickly to my rescue?

Does my crying make You come before Your time? I think not. Is it the pity that pushes these tears through so forcefully? Probably.  I admit, I feel so alone; that I really don’t have another person on earth to help me since my mother went home to be with You.  I know You do not cater to pity parties, but You do understand tears of sorrow.  So what do I do? Have faith. That’s what moves You to respond to my need. So, Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief!  My soul clings to You!

Needless to say, my Father kept His promise! If you belong to Him, He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). HE MAKES ALL THINGS BETTER! Trust Him!

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Faith Addicts

FaithTrying to please others is a way of life for some people. Unfortunately, they believe if they are accepted by others they will somehow be better, have better or do better.  In other words, they anticipate being rewarded by pleasing people.

 In the book, Search for Significance, by Robert S. McGee, he explains in details the “approval addict.”

 “Our self-concept is determined not only by how we view ourselves, but by how we think others perceive us. Basing our self-worth on what we believe others think of us causes us to become addicts to their approval.”

 Rather than focusing on what we believe others think about us or trying to gain their approval, we must change our way of thinking to focus on and believe what God says about us.  In essence, we should become “faith addicts.”  Regardless of what other people say or think, choose to believe God.  Putting your faith and confidence in what others think and say can lead to great disappointment and hurt. God will never hurt or disappoint you; He loves you too much. (Isaiah 53: 3-11; John 3: 15-17).

 In Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

The author of Hebrews gives a detailed description of faith and provides a list of biblical characters in the “Faith Hall of Fame” as examples for us.  The author’s description of faith is indeed a tough one.  The biblical characters that demonstrated tough faith did not live lives of luxury and ease.   They believed God and acted on what they believed; their faith was consistent—the   kind of faith that demonstrated a constant commitment to hang on and believe God against all odds, no matter what.  This is what pleases God:  your constant faith and trust in Him that He keeps His promises and His word is true. 

Instead of being approval addicts of people, become faith addicts of Christ.  Trying to please people requires inconsistency and emotional imbalance and physical stress that negatively affect your overall well-being.  Why put yourself at risk mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually? 

Instead of acrobatic performances to gain the approval of people, which will never happen, redirect your thoughts and behavior to seek after God wholeheartedly. Resolve to take Him at His word. Regardless of your challenges, put God in remembrance of His word.  Stand firmly, stay focused, and declare what God says until it manifest in your life!  

This is what I am doing! Will you join me?

 

Your comments are welcome:

 Have you learned that you can never really please people no matter how hard you try?

 Will you commit to believing God and receiving the rewards that He will give for coming to Him?