don't sell your birthright for a bowl of red lentil stew

Don’t Sell Your Birthright for a Bowl

The other day, I listen to Pastor Vlad Savchuk talk about how Esau exchanged his birthright for a bowl. And this morning, we reached chapter 24 in Genesis in the Daily Audio Bible. This is the chapter where Esau sells his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew.

I must admit, on day 6 of my 21-day water fast I can relate to Esau! The picture above got my mouth watering for sure.

How Esau Sold His Birthright for a Bowl of Lentil Stew

Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.*)

Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

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.

Genesis 24:29-34

*Edom means red. Esau was born red and he asked for some of the red lentil stew.

Putting the Flesh in Submission to the Spirit

We have three main enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil.

Fasting (together with prayer) is a way to break the dominion of the flesh so that we do not end up selling our birthright for a bowl of lentil stew.

When the flesh is strong, our spirit is weak and vice versa.

A fast can create a reboot so that we are better able to walk in the spirit. But it’s not a one-off. As Christians, we are called to live a fasting lifestyle. All the great saints of the past knew of this and all monastic orders implemented fasting.

So what happened? Affluence happened. Complacency happened. And Entertainment happened. When the flesh is weak, the influence of both the world and the devil also increases.

Your Birthright

Your birthright as a Christian who has been reborn through the grace of Jesus Christ differs from that of Esau. Here is what Esau lost out on:

  • Becoming the clan leader
  • Having judicial authority over his clan
  • A double portion of the inheritance

And all for a bowl of lentils!

Your birthright as a Christian is to become a child of our Heavenly Father. Through this, you are granted spiritual authority and a double portion of grace. You are meant to use your authority in spiritual warfare and the grace to serve others through whatever gifts the Holy Spirit bestows on you.

But here’s the thing, you cannot have the overflowing power of the Holy Spirit and you won’t have much to share with the world unless you put your flesh in submission to your spirit. In other words, don’t sell your birthright for a bowl of soup.

I should know because I did just that when I entered into the occult and the New Age. I lost my gift of healing and invited demonic attachment because the glitter of the ‘next thing’ looked more appealing than the rock-solid wisdom of God.

That is the biggest regret of my life because it affected many others. That is why, after my deliverance, I will live to serve Him for the rest of my days.

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