Satisfaction – Matthew 5:6

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(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones, Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger


I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no

When I’m ridin’ ’round the world
And I’m doin’ this and I’m signin’ that
And I’m tryin’ to make some girl, who tells me
Baby, better come back maybe next week
Can’t you see I’m on a losing streak?
I can’t get no satisfaction, no satisfaction
No satisfaction, no satisfaction


The world does not satisfy, only God can… If perfect Love is something we crave, life will teach us that it is not available apart from God…


Lookin’ for Love – Johnny Lee

lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,

Lookin’ for love in too many faces,

and I did ev’rything I could to get me though the night.

I turned to a stranger just like a friend.

I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,


Apart from God, I am not satisfied.


World Gets it… Are you satisfied, content, perfectly at peace?  Does your life have all of the purpose, meaning, and love you desire?



Intro/Pray – You’ve told us “blessed are, blessed are, blessed are…” we desire a blessed life, to be highly favored by YOU. We long to hear you say, “well done, good and faithful servant”  Teach us, Change us, Mold us.


Sermon on Mount – Beattitudes. 4th of 7 messages.  Quick summary and progression…


The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah – Matthew 1

2 – Early Childhood

3 – John the Baptist – Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:


         “A voice of one calling in the wilderness,

         ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

         make straight paths for him.

3 – Baptism of Jesus

4 – Jesus is led by the Spirit and spends 40 days fasting in the wilderness, being tempted by the devil.

4 – Selects his team, His band of brothers, calling his first disciples to ‘follow me’.  He begins His public ministry of teaching and healing.


That gets us to Chapter 5.  Think for a moment of the evil in the world… In Jesus’ day… It is as if He suggests, For the moment, let us set aside the evil ‘out there.’ The question you should be asking is, ‘What shall we do about the evil in you?’ Dignity/Depravity


The Beatitudes – “He said:


      3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, empty of self

         for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      4 Blessed are those who mourn, grieve over sin… dog/cat, depravity/dignity

         for they will be comforted.

      5 Blessed are the meek, full of Spirit [kindness, gentleness, self control]

         for they will inherit the earth. Now ready for direction, passions…

      6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

         for they will be filled.



Matthew 5:6 (NIV)  Read the verse, 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,   for they will be filled.


We have competing appetites, Eating bread before the meal… Have you ever had an appetite for a good meal but then ruined it by eating too much bread before the meal came? Here is why – we are hungry and thirsty people…


Sons of Korah… Exile… HEADING: TEV has “The Prayer of a Man in Exile”; other headings are: “Desire for God and his temple”; “Lament of a Levite in exile”…


likely that he had been exiled to Aram, Assyria, or Babylon and was in the hands of taunting captors.  Augustine, “thou hast made us for theyself oh Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds it’s rest in thee”


Psalm 42:1–3 (NIV)

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food

day and night,

while people say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”


      6 Blessed [highly favored by God] are those who hunger and thirst [strongly desire] for righteousness [doing what God requires, Micah 6:8; John 6:29],

         for they will be filled [satisfied, content – peace & joy +kindness, gentleness, self control; Eph 5:18].



John 6:29 (NIV)

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe [trust, confidence, unsuspecting – Prov 3:5] in the one he has sent.” Pursue Jesus – John 7


Hunger and thirst for righteousness. Hungering and thirsting are figures for longing after God, both in the Old Testament (Isa 55:1; Psa 42:2) and in the New Testament (John 4:13; 7:37; Rev 21:6; 22:17)


These people hunger and thirst, that they may be righteous – i.e., that they may wholly do God’s will from the heart.


The meaning of the figure ‘hunger and thirst’ is to seek something with all one’s heart, to desire it above all else. Most translations maintain the original figure of speech, but those that do away with it include TEV (“whose greatest desire is to do”)


“who long for God’s will to be done like people who are hungry and thirsty long for food and drink.” “who want more than anything else to do God’s will” or “who seek with all their heart to do God’s will.”


…a spiritual appetite, a continuing desire for personal righteousness


“God will give them what they desire” or “God will satisfy them completely.”


Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,


Job 31:37 (ESV)   I would give him an account of all my steps;

like a prince I would approach him.


Again: Are you satisfied, content, perfectly at peace?  Does your life have all of the purpose, meaning, and love you desire?


Why not? 


Life is hard. And in some ways Dissatisfaction is Guaranteed –

  • John 16:33 ‘in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation
  • Romans 8:23 ESV ‘And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.


It’s like we have 2 strikes against us.  World, Flesh, Devil fight against us having an abundant life.  Natural course is towards Dissatisfaction, default… Must proactively pursue something to gain satisfaction…



Does God meet your expectations?  Has He ever disappointed you?




What do you do when you lose your job? When your spouse betrays you? When you receive a life-threatening diagnosis? All of us deal with different difficult problems. What do you do with Disappointment with God.



o          Matt 11:2-3,6 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”


John the Baptist, Blessed is he who is not offended by me. What do you do when God doesn’t meet your expectations? Disappointment with God. Trust means unsuspecting for Proverbs 3: 5. “God is too wise, too loving, too powerful…”



Have you ever experienced disappointment with God?


  • John the Baptist (Mat 11:2-11). Gene Edwards “The Prisoner in the Third Cell”


Amos 8:11–13 (NIV)


      11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD,

         “when I will send a famine through the land—

         not a famine of food or a thirst for water,

         but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.

      12 People will stagger from sea to sea

         and wander from north to east,

         searching for the word of the LORD,

         but they will not find it.


13 “In that day


         “the lovely young women and strong young men

         will faint because of thirst.


Ps 42, Psalm 63:1 (NIV)


      1 You, God, are my God,

         earnestly I seek you;

         I thirst for you,

         my whole being longs for you,

         in a dry and parched land

         where there is no water.


John 7:37–38 (NIV)

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 


The Feast of Tabernacles was celebrated with certain festival rituals. One was a solemn procession each day from the temple to the Gihon Spring. A priest filled a gold pitcher with water while the choir sang Isaiah 12:3. Isaiah 12:3 (NLT)


3 With joy you will drink deeply

      from the fountain of salvation!  Even religious activity can keep us from Jesus… Climbing a Ladder, leaning against the wrong building [Paul’s Resume in Phil 3]


Isa 55:1 Come, all you who are thirsty,

         come to the waters;

         and you who have no money,

         come, buy and eat!

         Come, buy wine and milk

         without money and without cost.

      2 Why spend money on what is not bread,

         and your labor on what does not satisfy?

         Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

         and you will delight in the richest of fare.

      3 Give ear and come to me;

         listen, that you may live.

Isaiah 55:7–8 (NIV)

      7 Let the wicked forsake their ways

         and the unrighteous their thoughts.

         Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them,

         and to our God, for he will freely pardon.


      8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

         neither are your ways my ways,”

           declares the LORD.


Jeremiah 2:13 (NIV)

      13 “My people have committed two sins:

         They have forsaken me,

         the spring of living water,

         and have dug their own cisterns,

         broken cisterns that cannot hold water.



Hosea 2:14–15 (NLT)


The LORD’s Love for Unfaithful Israel

14 “But then I will win her back once again.

I will lead her into the desert

and speak tenderly to her there.

15 I will return her vineyards to her

and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.

She will give herself to me there,

as she did long ago when she was young,

when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.


  • The 2 sins of Judah – stop trusting God, trusting other things

                        Jeremiah 2: 1-28, v.13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

                        605 & 586 BC Nebuchadnezzar [Babylon]

            Broken Cisterns – one of the beautiful people, externals vs. internals [1 Sam 16:7]. Comfort Food – Valentine’s Day @ Iron Rooster


Cisterns only provide temporal satisfaction, and ultimately death [James 1:14–15 (NIV) 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.



– struggle of old and new nature [tune into your new appetites]

Gal 5:19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.




  • John: What unmet expectations or demands may inhibit me from fully trusting God?


  • Remove that which blocks your passionate pursuit of God.  What Cisterns must I mark and abandon… [actually became prisons – don’t have self inflicted prisons]


  • How do I create a desire to do what God wants, to pursue Him?


    • See Him as the source of Life?  How? Read John
      • Bread of Life
      • Light of the World
      • Door/Gate
      • Good Shepherd
      • Resurrection and the Life
      • Way, Truth, Life
      • Vine
    • Embrace repentance. Repentance—the act of facing and confessing our sin—is the first step toward increasing our thirst for God. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Mt. 4:17) were some of Jesus’ first words recorded in the gospels. Ongoing – 1 John 1:9; First 3 Beattitudes
    • Pray the Psalms – all the while asking for passion/desire/hunger/thirst
      • My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. —63:1


      • My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. —84:2


      • My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. . . . My soul faints with longing for your salvation. —119:20,81


      • I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. —143:6


    • Tune in to your Passions/Longings for Love and Meaning, and have them met in Him.
    • Identify Broken Cisterns – leaving you unsatisfied and unhealthy. Mark [share, community] and Abandon them




Matthew 5:6 (NIV)       6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.


We are going to move into a time of response.  The Bible is not intended to make us only smarter, but to make us more like Jesus – whose food was to do the will of the Father.




About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a Pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting in addition to serving as a Pastor for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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