Apostle Grace Lubega
Hebrews 12:16-17 (MSG); Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.
Self-mastery requires that you gain control over your appetites. A lack of control over your appetites can greatly compromise your spiritual journey and the purposes God has for your life.
The scriptures reveal that Esau once returned home from the field, feeling hungry. He exchanged his birthright for some pottage to alleviate a short-lived hunger. With this act alone, he degraded his own inheritance and disqualified himself from receiving the blessing of the firstborn son (Genesis 25:29-34).
Esau epitomises the weakness of people who live at the mercy of their impulses. Our theme scripture calls this the Esau syndrome.
For such people, no urge to eat goes unattended to. No desire of the flesh passes by without being indulged. They are slaves to biology.
It is wisdom to tame the cravings of the body. You do not have to eat every time the urge to eat strikes you. Never let your body rule your spirit. Continually exercise control until the desires of the body are at the dictates of the spirit and not the other way round.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Timothy 1:7
GOLDEN NUGGET: Self-mastery requires that you gain control over your appetites. A lack of control over your appetites can greatly compromise your spiritual journey and the purposes God has for your life.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. Thank You for self-control, the fruit of Your Spirit. I am not at the mercy of my body because I rule my spirit. This wisdom places me in the right places at the right time in all things pertaining to Your purposes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.