The primary desire of the sin nature is the same as Satan's desire - everything is about ME! Your sin nature drives your energy to have a narrow focus on appetites, impulses, and pleasures. Those three things require satisfaction NOW!
That is what God shows you in the original sin in the Garden of Eden.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, 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 that mean? Suppose you have a craving for ice cream right now. Your desire for the ice cream creates tension in your mind, so you now focus on how much you "need" ice cream. There is no satisfaction until you have ice cream.
So, you go to the store and purchase ice cream. If you have more craving for ice cream, you go to an ice cream store to get it quicker. Or, you buy a carton at the store and take it home to eat it.
And, you eat it - SATISFACTION - whew! You never need to eat ice cream again because you are satisfied! Of course, that is not true. You may want more ice cream within a few minutes or later in the day because the ice cream only satisfies temporarily.
Think about this - Satisfaction depends on the nature of the object you desire satisfaction from. Anything temporary only provides TEMPORARY SATISFACTION. That is why you need God and Godly values.
Judgments Focus Your Attention on Temporary Satisfaction
The judgments encourage your focus on immediate and 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 only to see the first four boxes and ignore the last four boxes.
This is reality - great relationships or good work (+) do not necessarily lead to satisfaction (-). That is the message the first four boxes tell you. But work and activities, as well as relationships, are independent of satisfaction. Sometimes they satisfy, and sometimes they don't! There is no causal link between satisfaction and work or satisfaction and relationships.
Jesus Removed All Obstacles to Lasting Satisfaction
On the other hand, when you know Jesus and walk with Him, that IS A LINK to satisfaction and much more. It is a link to - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
Jesus suffered and took your entire load of sin on Himself so that you could have lasting contentment and satisfaction, RIGHT NOW! Jesus did everything to provide you with abundant, satisfying life when you walk with Him. He took all the pains and sufferings on Himself so that you could be free.
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 enslaved us, 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 humanity 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 those wonderful truths the next time you complain about life, circumstances, and people or God not doing what you want.
REAL SATISFACTION is readily available to every child of God!
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