I CAN'T GET NO SATISFACTION (Part 2)
The other day I asked my 12-year-old nephew if he was going to go see a certain movie that had just come out. It was a family movie that was rated G and had gotten really good reviews. My nephew told me that he had no interest in seeing this particular movie because it was a "baby movie." He then mentioned several movies that he did want to see, all of which were rated PG-13 or R. This boy is only 12, yet his heart is already hardened to the point where he is unable to derive any satisfaction from G-rated material. How did his heart get to this condition? Because my sister had previously exposed him to movies of a more explicit nature.
Sadly, many adult men and women are just like my little nephew in that because these people have already ventured into areas and tasted of certain sinful pleasures, they are unable to be satisfied with those things that are wholesome and good. And before long, they begin to seek out and crave more hardcore material and activities to thrill and excite them. Ultimately this quest for visual stimulation can have devastating consequences to the individual and the person's family.
This sinful world that we live in is more than happy to give the people what they want. Nowadays in every city there is some kind of men's club with live strippers. At every newsstand there are countless flesh magazines filled with nude images. On the Internet there are probably millions of sites filled with pornography. And all of these enterprises are doing booming business because people, possibly you, have entered into this realm of lascivious entertainment, and then you must keep returning to satisfy this pathetic urge.
But do not be deceived. These carnal things can not and will not ever satisfy you either. As the Bible says in Proverbs 27:20, "Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied." To me this verse is saying that when you reject God's righteous gifts, blessings, and direction and instead search out some Pandora's box of thrills, you still will not be satisfied with what you find. You will just be on a slippery slope going deeper and deeper into some weird abyss.
Why do you think porno sellers give you those free introductory views of their disgusting material? We've all received an e-mail or two with a link to some site filled with nude images. The reason these internet pushers give you a little bit for free is because they know that if they can hook you, you won't be satisfied for long and that soon you will be willing to pay top dollar for more and more disgusting and bizarre images.
But not only will you still not be satisfied. Ultimately if you insist on disobeying God and seeking out this sinful material, God will give you over to your sin, and your mind will become darker and darker. Romans 1:28 tells us, "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness..."
Satan is the ruler of this world, and if you keep on tasting of his wares and inviting him into your being and seeking to be entertained by these perverse things, you will become a slave to this sin.
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Now, some people feel, "Oh, what is the big deal. I'm an adult. I'm just looking." Friend, do not fool yourself for a minute into thinking that opening your eyes and mind to this kind of imagery does no harm. Proverbs 6:27 asks the question: "Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?" Whenever we disobey God's standards of righteousness and stir up these kind of sinful imaginations, a price is going to be paid. Your quest for fleshly satisfaction will wreak harm in your life whether you are single, married, young, old, male or female.
Whether you are a man frequenting peep shows or a woman reading Harlequin romance novels and watching soap operas, you are damaging your ability to have a normal, healthy marital relationship. You are darkening your mind and inviting Satan himself into your home and your heart. God's Word is very clear on issues such as fornication, adultery, immorality, purity, homosexuality, etc. Why would you seek satisfaction from the very things that God is telling you to avoid? Proverbs 3:7 reads, "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."
Sure, the so-called "experts" and therapists of this world will tell you that there is nothing wrong with fantasizing and visual stimulation, but God's Word warns you to set no wicked thing before your eyes (Psalm 101:3). Who are you going to listen to? God or the world?
And Ephesians 4:17-18 tells us, "This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind: having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness." Do not give yourself over to lasciviousness, not for even one minute! Do not alienate yourself from God for the price of a two-bit thrill. Sin always takes you farther than you wanted to go. Sometimes just one look is all it takes.
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So if you have been blessed with a wife, appreciate what you have. Stop looking to some celluloid image or some plastic surgery enhanced stripper for satisfaction. If you have been blessed with a husband, appreciate what you have. Stop wasting your time trapped in some paperback fantasy reading about the exploits of others. Ecclesiastes 6:9 tells us "Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit." Desire your husband or wife!!
And if you are single, wait until you are married to experience true sexual satisfaction in a way that is blessed by God. Do not cheapen this gift of God by masturbating or fornicating or jumping from person to person. There is no satisfaction in one-night stands, sex with strangers, or self-abuse. Those things only lead to regret and shame. Romans 6:13, "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
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And if you are someone who has been seeking satisfaction in ways that God disapproves of, make today the day that you repent of your sin. Seek the Lord's forgiveness and ask for the Holy Spirit to give you strength to overcome this behavior. Clean your house of all pornography. Throw away your computer if you have to. Do whatever it takes before it's too late. Isaiah 1:16 tells you to "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil." And Proverbs 23:26 reads, "My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways."
Friend, there is a way to always be satisfied, but you must lay aside your carnal fleshly desires and look to the Lord. God's Word promises "And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." (Isaiah 58:11) Now, that's the kind of satisfaction I'm looking for!
And to read a story that shows two people, one in bondage to sin and the other set free, read The Casting Away.)