Would you forfeit a double-share of your family’s inheritance for a bowl of soup?
In one impulsive bargain, he gave up his right both to lead the family and to take a
lion’s share of his father’s wealth. From where many believers sit in safe and
well-stocked homes, Esau’s actions seem ridiculous. But falling into this brand of
temptation is not unique. Every person is enticed to sacrifice future blessing in
favor of feeding current desires.
Esau had his priorities out of order. The Bible says he “despised” his birthright, but
that does not mean he hated the benefits of being born first. More likely, Esau didn’t
give much thought to his position—it was doing him little good in his current life.
He lived dangerously as a hunter. So how could he inherit anything if a wild animal
Therefore, he placed a higher value on his immediate need for a full belly.
Esau’s shortsightedness isn’t all that different from some common modern scenarios.
1) When people trade family time for extra work hours, they lose the comfort of a loving
2) When men and women ignore God’s marital standard of faithfulness, the result is a
damaged or destroyed partnership.
3) When someone refuses a relationship with the Lord in order to maintain
a sense of self-will, he forfeits eternity with God.
What is your “bowl of stew?” At some point, you will face a choice between future gain
and present pleasure. Do not act on impulse like Esau.
Consider your decisions carefully and seek God’s will.
Esau preferred instant gratification. (Genesis 25:30-34) “Not appreciating sacred things,”
Esau gave away his rights as firstborn “in exchange for one meal.” (Hebrews 12:16)
He failed to consider how his decision to sell his birthright would affect his relationship
with Jehovah or what influence his action would have on his offspring. He lacked spiritual
vision. Esau closed his eyes to God’s precious promises, viewing them as of little value.
He walked by sight, not by faith.
Esau provides a warning example for us today. (1 Corinthians 10:11)
When we face decisions, whether great or small, we must not be seduced
by the propaganda of Satan’s world, which says that you must have what
you want right now. This constant bombardment of instantaneous gratification
of our desires by the media and society has led many confusing poor souls to the graves
and their spirit hanging in the balance comes the Day of Judgment; the “Day of Jehovah”.
We do well to ask ourselves: ‘Are Esau-like tendencies showing up in the decisions I make?
Would pursuing what I want now mean putting spiritual interests in the background?
Are my choices endangering my friendship with God and my future reward?
What kind of example am I setting for others?’
If our choices reflect appreciation for sacred things, Jehovah will bless us.
The blessing of Jehovah—that is what makes rich, and he adds no pain with it.
ISAIAH 66 : 1-2
This is what Jehovah has said:
“The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Where, then, is the house that YOU people can build for me,
and where, then, is the place as a resting-place for me?”
“Now all these things my own hand has made,
so that all these came to be,” is the utterance of Jehovah.
“To this one, then, I shall look, to the one afflicted and
contrite in spirit and trembling at my word.”
Humility is the key to oneness with God.
Consequently, it is also the key to oneness with our brethren.
God’s way of achieving oneness is for each person to be so
attuned to God that he is motivated to do everything possible
to ensure that the relationship (with God or fellow man) is not
only unbroken, but constantly becoming ever closer.
We should do this because we are striving to become like Him,
and that is how He is.
Each person is responsible
for cleaning up his character and
humbling himself before God.
*clipart from http://www.christart.com*
Each is not responsible for judging his brother so critically it
drives a wedge between them and separates them.
Such a person does not even see his own sin! In such a case,
he could not be in God’s Kingdom because that manner of thinking
would continue right on into it, and God will not allow it there.
*John W. Ritenbaugh*
BUSY: Being Under Satan’s Yoke?
The Devil’s Convention ….
Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.
In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church.”
“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.”
“We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their savior.”
“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners,
BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with
Almighty God Jehovah and Jesus Christ, His Son.”
“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil: “Distract them from gaining
hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!
” “How shall we do this?” his demons shouted. “Keep them busy in the non-essentials
of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.
“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”
“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work
6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”
“Keep them from spending time with their children.”
“As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the
pressures of work!” “Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear
that still, small voice.”
“Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.”
“To keep the TV, VCR, DVD, CDs and their PCs, going constantly in their
home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays
non-biblical music constantly.”
“This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”
“Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”
“Invade their driving moments with billboards.”
“Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes,
and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products,
services and false hopes.”
“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands
will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become
dissatisfied with their wives.”
“Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.”
” Give them headaches too! “If they don’t give their husbands the love they
need, they will begin to look elsewhere; thus committing adultery!”
“That will fragment their families quickly!”
“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”
“Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”
“Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation.
Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.
“Keep them busy, busy, busy!”
“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk
so that they leave with troubled consciences.”
“Crowd their lives with so many good earthly causes they have no time to seek
power from Jehovah God and His Son, Jesus Christ.”
“Let them be involved in soul-winning, but crowd their lives with so many causes
that they have no time to seek power from God and Christ. Soon they will be
working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good
of the cause.”
“It will work!” “It will work!”
It was quite a devilish clever plan!
The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere
to get busier and more rushed, going here and there and everywhere.
Having little time for their God or their families.
Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.
I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?
You be the judge!!!!!
Does “BUSY” mean: Being Under Satan’s Yoke?
Satan’s goal is to take our minds away from Jehovah God and Jesus Christ
and steer us towards the cares of the world. God wants us to enjoy life,
but He must be our first priority in our lives.If we are too busy for the
One True God Jehovah and His Son, Jesus Christ, then we are too
busy being earthly busy. The Day of Wrath of Jehovah and Jesus Christ
Second Coming is upon the whole world; Wake Up and Pray Up and
not be lead away by Satan’s schemes and temptations or else we’ll have
to face the consequences with regrets and be written out of the
Book of LIFE and God’s Kingdom.
The HOUR is at HAND.