The goal of the enemy is to always present you with an indecent proposal – particularly when you have a particular, or an intense need. He wants you to compromise who you are, or your birthright to fill what feels like an urgent need. In Genesis 25:29-34, Esau gave up his birthright to his brother Jacob to satisfy an intense hunger he was experiencing in a particular moment. The enemy always comes to take advantage of us in our weakest moments, so we have to learn how to delay gratification. In other words, we need to suffer in the short term, so that we can be blessed in the long term.It may appear that satan has some goodies, but they are not the will of God. Click To Tweet
Here’s the question we all must ask ourselves: What are some of the things we may need to suffer in the short term so we can be blessed in the long term? Is it our finances? Save now, so we can be blessed later? Maybe it’s keeping ourselves sexually pure while we are so our minds can be clear in the long run. Why is this so important? Simple. The enemy will always come down your block on a hot summer day with ice cream truck of temptation! It may appear that satan has some goodies, but they are not the will of God. You remember what happened when you were little and you heard the ice cream truck coming down the block. You’d act as if you’d lost your mind as you ran home yelling, “ Mom give me a dollar! Quick, give me some money!” But now, we must need to learn how to say “No, thank you.” Esau wasn’t able to wait on the Lord, so he gave up a lifetime of blessing to his brother Jacob! Esau’s impatience teaches us that anytime we operate out of our soul, and ignore the Holy Spirit, we will miss out on what could have been!
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Genesis 25:28-32 (NKJV)
Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
James 1:12-15 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.