Can’t Get No Satisfaction

no satisfaction blog post

“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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Appetite for Righteousness

“Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation)  are those who hunger  and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God),  for they shall be completely satisfied!” [Isaiah 55:1,2]    —Matthew 5:6

 


seafoodI love seafood! I could eat it everyday.  My favorites are catfish and shrimp—blackened or deep-fried, grilled shrimp or shrimp scampi with side dishes: dirty rice, potato salad, cole slaw, with all the trimmings, i.e. green tomatoes, tartar sauce, and hush puppies! Hmmmm…

 There’s this certain seafood restaurant I really like going to because they serve up giant platters.  I eat and eat and still have enough for a doggie bag. Wow! The thought excites my taste buds.  Funny! I can’t recall when my appetite for seafood peaked to this degree. Perhaps I’ll never remember but what I do know is when the cravings hit me I gotta eat until I’m completely satisfied.

Truth is, seafood is really not filling.   Although it’s my favorite dish, it only provides short-term satisfaction.  In a couple of hours I’m hungry again.  In addition, it wouldn’t be wise to eat it everyday.  I’d still deprive my body of a healthy and well-balanced diet if I only satisfy my cravings for seafood. Therefore, I must develop an appetite for other nutritious foods in order to ensure complete satisfaction. 

 The same is true with the spiritual appetite. If you crave for uprightness and to be in right standing with God, you can experience complete satisfaction while enjoying His favor and salvation.  Spiritual satisfaction comes by feeding your mind and soul (spirit man) with the Word of God, prayer and meditation, worship, loving, giving and serving  others. 

 The best place to start developing an appetite for righteousness is during personal devotion in the privacy of your home. As you acquire a taste for spiritual food, it is observed by others in and outside the home—marketplace, church, and community.  People will notice your healthy attitude, positive outlook, and seasoned conversations caused by your constant and consistent exercise of faith. Once you develop an appetite for spiritual food you are dissatisfied with just snacks.  Eating snacks is just a temporary solution for hunger, and requires constant nibbling because your hunger is never really satisfied.

 The reason some Christians don’t have an appetite for righteousness is because they have not developed a taste for what’s really nutritious.  They enjoy eating snacks and junk food, which only satisfy their cravings for a very short period of time.  Being a “snack” junkie is a characteristic of a child’s appetite. Children have to be trained to eat healthy while they’re young.  They must be fed nutritious food so that they will grow and develop as well as develop good eating habits.

 Perhaps you know adults who still dislike vegetables from their childhood. They never acquired a taste for them.  And because they would spit them out religiously during feeding time, their parents gave up and stop trying.  Consequently, the child grew into adulthood with poor eating habits.

 When your diet consists primarily of junk food, you lack the essential nutrients to become strong, healthy, and vibrant.  Your brain becomes a “twinkie” stuffed with puffy whipped cream (not to mention the 39 ingredients in Twinkies).

 You look good outwardly, but you have no substance—your thought process is all fluff. You get the picture? In essence, you’re at a higher risk for sickness and disease when you don’t eat healthy.

 So it is with your spiritual diet. When you do not have an appetite for righteousness, thus eating poorly, you become spiritually malnourished.  You become spiritually weak and unfit to handle life’s challenges. However, because you made the decision not to eat a healthy spiritual diet you suffer from a lack of peace and prosperity.   

 Surprisingly, many Christians would rather be prosperous in one particular area.  Of course, I want it all—naturally and spiritually— in every aspect of my life.  In fact, John’s prayer recorded in his third letter to Gaius was that Gaius would prosper in all things and be in health, just as his soul prospers.  This lets us know that God desires for us to be well, and do well in every way as we journey through life.

 In other words, He desires that you “succeed in reaching our goals, potential and purpose.  As you succeed in your (soul) spiritual journey of faith, you should expect to succeed in every aspect of life. This is God’s desire for His children.  Of course, this requires being discipline and responsible. 

 For example, you should eat a spiritual balanced meal daily, and get proper exercise.  Truth is, you need more than one (1) good meal a week (on Sunday). Your appetite should be for righteousness, which will satisfy the soul.  If the spirit man is completely satisfied then you are able to control the lustful appetite of our flesh (sin nature). 

 If you seek to satisfy your carnal nature more than your spirit man, you cannot please God; therefore, you become weak, and defenseless against satan’s attacks.  Most of all, you become hostile to God because your “twinkie” mind is controlled by carnal thoughts (Ref. Romans 8:5-8). Being hostile to God is a danger zone. 

 Ask God to give you an appetite for righteousness.  I encourage you to discipline yourself and change your eating habits.  Eat a daily serving of the Word of God.  Come into His Presence and let the pure water of the Word wash you clean.  If you enjoy the spiritual food you will be blessed, fortunate, happy, and spiritually prosperous; you will certainly be satisfied. 

 Dearly beloved, as much as I love seafood, my appetite for the righteousness of God is greater.  What about you?

 

 

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