Saturday, July 27, 2013

Quick and Temporary Fixes

I am hoping you have read the story of Jacob and Esau in the Bible. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for stew because he was hungry. His hungry move wasn't good! Don’t settle just for satisfying your hunger and end up missing the mark. 

The story is in Genesis 25; 29
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 
30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” 
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said.“What good is the birthright to me?” 
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

One of my fave preachers said never make a major decision based on a temporary situation, Esau did exactly that. Don't draw conclusions about your life just because somethings are not working. So many relationships and marriages are being teared down into pieces because people run into making permanent decisions based on a temporary situation. 

You know those moments in life when the heat is on. There are something’s that we do when the heat is on and we later on regret because of the consequences. In any kind of situation that you find yourself in you either respond to God or the wrong side, there is no middle ground. Watch out for what you say, what you think, what you do, whom you choose to stick to when the heat is on. Don't drift from the main thing so that you satisfy your current need. Never let what you are wanting get in the way of the right thing.

You know bending the truth, settling and compromising so that your situation wins. Watch out for the 'quickies' you have in life just because you want convenience. Remember we are not here to have a good time; we are not here for convenience but to have a good time while doing the right thing. Doing the right thing must always come before having a good time. 

Before you make that quick fix always examine yourself from a biblical perspective not from what you are feeling and seeing, you might miss the mark but with the Word of God you can't.
The last thing you don't want is having life's pleasure and eternal pressure.Our feelings and flesh will always somehow try to justify the situation when we know it is wrong. Look at the devil tempting Jesus, he was trying to show him that you need this and the truth is Jesus was hungry after fasting for 40 days, He needed food but He did not give in. 

My Bishop Dag Heward Mills said this: It’s easy to drift from the main thing. But the main thing will always be the main thing! Satan loves to push Christians onto roads that are close and parallel to the real road. He urges us on into good things which are not God's will. Through this demonic guidance, there is a lot of Christian activity but much of God's purpose is set aside. Boy! Watch out, you don’t want to do many activities which seem good but they are contrary to Gods will.

We often gravitate toward what is safe, not necessarily what is right. Please take note nothing can take the place of doing the right.  Don't settle for just being happy settle for being right, being right will bring blessings and happiness.

Blessed Weekend.