A Foolish Exchange

In a moment of weakness, Esau overlooked the most important privilege he could have – his  birthright!  He literally gave up his inheritance for a bowl of stew! His lack of self-control caused him to make the most foolish mistake of his life.  Proverbs 25:28 says, “He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.”  If Esau was able to control his flesh, he wouldn’t have traded something so significant for  something of no value at all. Paul teaches us the importance of training our senses so that we can discern and act wisely (Hebrews 5:14).  The only way to do this is by exposing our thoughts to as much of the truth of God’s word as possible.  The Holy Spirit reveals God’s wisdom as we give His word the attention it deserves. When we apply its principles to our lives, it transforms the way we perceive things in life. We actually begin to see circumstances and people from God’s perspective, instead of our own limited, selfish one.  It’s not that difficult to act as foolishly as Esau did when the pressure is on and the influence of our spirit-man is weak. Make a concerted effort to embolden the voice of your spirit-man and weaken the voice of your flesh by spending quality time with the Holy Spirit in God’s Word. Instead of being victim to the pressure of circumstances, you will learn how to discern correctly and reign in life in the wisdom of Christ Jesus!