I posted in Facebook today, and quoted Steven Furtick...
"Beware of giving up what you want most for what you want 'now'."
I was listening to the story of Esau, and to think he traded his Inheritance for a bowl of stew! We do the same thing. Like my wise mom says, we try to get our legitimate needs met in illegitimate ways. We settle for counterfeits because we let our self get too hungry...not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually.
Have you ever gone grocery shopping when you are hungry?
We end up buying things on the shelf that we don't even need. Things that aren't even good for us. Why?? Because we are starving and everything looks good.
Esau gave up his very own birthright because he let himself get so hungry that he was willing to forfeit it all for a quick fix! An immediate satisfaction. He sacrificed his Inheritance for a stinkin' bowl of stew! Is that crazy or whaaaat?!?
We sit with our arms crossed shaking our head in glaring judgment, neglecting to see that we do the very same thing.
We compromise our integrity for a shortcut.
We sacrifice true love for a quick thrill.
We covet affection from outsiders rather than enjoying the blessing of what God has given us.
We seek approval from man rather than an audience of One.
As we fix our eyes back on the One who gives us our very breath, we realign with the Author and Finisher of our faith. We seem to get so sidetracked because of our pride. We crave to have our ego stroked, being built up. Yet God says to die to self. Yet we keep feeding our flesh. And each time we feed it, we keep it alive a little longer. And then we become a slave to it.
The bible says we are called to be slaves to Christ, not to our flesh.
I believe the enemy studies us, and knows what our weak spots are. He then targets that area and sends us plenty of temptation to get us to compromise in that area. The question is, are we onto him or not? Is he too crafty for you that you fall for his same old schemes...again and again? His bag of tricks really isn't that creative. He resorts to a lot of the same 'ol, same 'ol. But if you let yourself get so depleted, you are setting yourself up to fail! You are not a helpless victim, God has given you every chance to put on your full armor. Don't leave it hanging in your spiritual closet...put it on! We are in a war people!!