Sunday, November 15, 2015

What's Your Stew?

My friends, each one of you are precious! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139) When Jesus chose you and you put your faith and trust in Him, you were adopted as sons and daughters of the kingdom.
"..the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, Abba, Father." Romans 8:15b
You were sealed through God's redemptive promise! You were made in the image of God so that you could live to worship and praise a Holy Savior; the One who bore the burden of God's wrath to justify you in all your sin. We are heirs of the kingdom! But, there is one who would love nothing more than to distract you from your birthright...

Satan's job is to lie, steal, and destroy. He uses cunning and deception to distract you from the truth of the Word of God. When we get anxious, worried, and stressed, Satan tries to take our minds off of the Savior who can set us free. In the post, Not Defined by Brokenness, Redefined by Grace, I shared with you a little about how we all try to fix ourselves using methods that don't necessarily work. We use things of this world to get a "quick fix" that will satisfy us and make us happy. Later, we find out that those feelings of satisfaction generally only last a short time. Like an addiction, we set our minds on those things because we have conditioned ourselves to believing that our "quick fixes" are the only way we will receive happiness. Over time self satisfaction becomes harder and harder to fulfill because it takes more and more of those things to fill us with happiness.

Satan uses these opportunities to distract us from our birthright. But, if we take hold of our birthright as sons and daughters of God, Satan will not have a foothold! (Ephesians 4:27)

Take for example the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25. Esau was an avid hunter who worked outside long periods of time. He came home one day to find his brother Jacob cooking stew. When he came in and smelled that aroma, He wanted it so bad. He was starving!

What's your Stew?

Esau was so hungry he would do anything to get a "quick fix" to satisfy his hunger. He wanted the stew and he wanted it right then! So, Jacob used this opportunity to his benefit.
"Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright." 
"Look I'm about to die, " Esau said, "What good is the birthright to me?" Genesis 25:31-32
Esau swears to Jacob that he can have his birthright, just so he can get some of the bread and stew. All he wanted was enough to quickly satisfy the cravings he was having, but Esau undervalued his birthright.

Like me, you may have heard this story many times. But, have you ever really thought about this... Don't WE often undervalue our birthright?

How many times have we allowed Satan to keep us exhausted, in fear, and distract us from our birthright? What keeps you distracted from trusting Jesus, the author and protector of your faith? What are the things of this world that have you by the heel? The enemy will use any type of stew and distract you from everything that Jesus is trying to give you.

Here's something to ponder... Esau would have eventually gotten the stew! Instead of patiently waiting, he gives up something as precious as a birthright. God promises to provide.
"Let us be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

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