Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Is It Really To Die For?

Genesis 25:29-34

King James Version (KJV)
29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Is It Really To Die For?

I've been dealing with some health issues lately.  Some are a straight attack from the enemy.  I know that I'm already healed and truly have wasted no time thinking about them.  I believe in the healing power of God and that He still heals today.

But some are the direct results of my own actions.  I know that.  I have to accept it. The only remaining question is what will I do about it.

Esau sold his birthright for some beans.  He was hungry.  To hear him tell it, he was dying to eat.  That which was most precious didn't even measure up to a bowl of soup in his eyes.

Before we criticize, however, we must examine our own lives.  What do we do to our own demise? Do we eat the right foods?  Get enough rest?  Do we stay away from things we know are poisoning our bodies?  Or are we just dying for a cigarette?  Was that chocolate cake 'to die for'?  That man, that woman someone we just can't live without?

But, is it...are they really worth dying for?

And what about this spirit man of ours?  Do we feed him?  What do we feed him? Do we feast on the Word of God, or just drop by on Sunday for a quick bite and then try to run on week?  Maybe get  a drop of water on Wednesday but continue to go without until the next Sunday?  

Are we suffering from spiritual anorexia?  Or just bullemic with the world?  You know...we stuff ourselves with the things that are contrary to the Word of God, and then we purge ourselves when we're confronted by the Holy Spirit, crying and promising that we'll never do it again...until about a day or two later when we're right back in it, waist deep.

Loved ones, do not be discouraged.  There is a way out.  But like a physical change in our bodies, it takes some things.  It takes discipline, commitment and belief that things can change.

There are things that we come up against that are straight out attacks.  Fortunately, no weapon formed against us shall prosper.  But, for the things we do to ourselves, I encourage you (and me) to remember, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.  These things can change. 

No matter the state.  No matter the damage done, things can change.  We just have to decide to get better.  

Remember the prodigal son?  After he had spent all his money and found himself eating with pigs, the Word testifies that he 'came to himself' and remembered that at least the servants in his father's house had food to eat.

There is room in the Father's house for you.  Its the same room you may have left.  It's clean and ready for you to come back, but you have to 'come to yourself.'  And realize that to get a different result, you will have to take a different approach.

Don't worry about me.  I've decided to do what I need to do to undo what I've done, as much as I can.  But its just my body.  I can do that.

But when it comes to our soul, everything has already been undone.  I asked the question in the topic 'is it worth dying for?'  Jesus answered it.  When the 'it' was you and I, then yes, we were worth dying for.  

Since He has already undone the bad things, won't you do your part and receive His goodness?

Or will you die for your right to stay away?

Luke 15:17, 20

King James Version (KJV)
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

John 3:16-21

King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

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