Satisfaction Is Fleeting Because of the Judgments
Your sin nature has a very short time frame for satisfaction - and, much of the problem comes from the judgments on men and women.
The primary desire of the sin nature is the same as Satan's desire - all about ME! Your sin nature drives your energy to have a very narrow focus on what we call appetites, impulses, and pleasures. Those three things require satisfaction NOW!
You can see this in the original sin in the Garden of Eden.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. - Genesis 3:6.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. - Ephesians 3:20–21
Satisfaction Depends on the Nature of the Object
What does not mean? Suppose you have a craving for some ice cream right now. Your desire for the ice cream creates some tension in your mind and you focus on "needing" that ice cream. Until you have that ice cream, you will not be "satisfied."
So, you decide to go to the store and get some ice cream. If you have even less self-control you will go to an ice cream store so that you can get it into your body sooner. Or, you buy a carton at the store and take it home to eat it.
And, you eat it - you are now SATISFIED - whew! You will never need to eat ice cream again, because that desire has been satisfied, right! Of course not. You may even want some more ice cream later in the day, because the ice cream can only satisfy temporarily.
Keep this thought in your mind - Satisfaction depends on the nature of the object you desire satisfaction from. Anything that is temporary, which is almost everything, except for God and Godly values like love, can only provide TEMPORARY SATISFACTION.
Judgments Focus Your Attention on Temporary Satisfaction
The judgments encourage the focus on immediate, but temporary satisfaction.
- - Women want satisfaction through relationships
- - Men want satisfaction through work and activities
Watch the video to understand how the judgments drive men and women to only see the first 4 boxes and ignore the last 4 boxes.
Here is reality - great relationships and work that are going well (+) do not necessarily lead to satisfaction (-), like the first 4 boxes would lead you to believe. Work and activities as well as relationships stand independent of satisfaction. Sometimes they are and sometimes they aren't. There is not a causal link.
Jesus Removed All Obstacles to Lasting Satisfaction
On the other hand, knowing Jesus, walking with Jesus IS LINKED to satisfaction and much more. It is linked to - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
Jesus suffered and took the load of sin on Himself, so that we could have lasting satisfaction, RIGHT NOW! Jesus did everything to provide us an abundant, satisfying life when walking with Him. He took all of these pains and sufferings on Himself so that we could be free of them.
Sin brought travailing pains, but…
- - Christ suffered the pains of death – “whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” Acts 2:24.
- - Christ bore the pain of our sin – “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities” Isa. 53:11
Sin made us a slave, but…
- - Christ was made under, subject to the law – “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law” Gal 4:4
- - Christ set us free – “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Gal 5:1
Sin brought mankind under curses but…
- - Christ was made a curse for us, He died a cursed death – “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’)” Gal. 3:13
Sin brought thorns, but…
- - He was crowned with thorns for us – “And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head” Mk 15:17
Sin brought sweat, but…
- - He sweat for us, as it had been great drops of blood – “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22:44
Sin brought sorrow, but…
- - He was a man of sorrows – “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” Is 53:3
- - His soul was, in his agony, exceeding sorrowful – “And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.” Mt 26:37
Sin brought death, but…
- - He became obedient unto death – “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Mt 26:39
Meditate on all of those wonderful truths the next time you are complaining about life, circumstances, and people or about God not doing what you want.
REAL SATISFACTION is readily available to every child of God!