Faithlife Sermons

Jacob and Esau


1. Don’t mistake Growth for Adulthood.

Esau was a skilled hunter, he became good and hunting and cooking his meal but he never became good at Self Control.

As Believers, we must have self-control because it’s a fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22 NIV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Proverbs 25:28 NIV
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

When we don’t have self Control, we end up with a spirit of Impulsivity.

The definition of Impulsivity - The tendency to act on a whim, displaying behavior characterized by little or no for-thought, reflection, or consideration of the consequences.

The Battle is in the Mind.

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 NIV
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2. The Second Reason for Esau making a Bad Trade was he did not Consider the Cost.

Luke 14:28–30 NIV
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Proverbs 27:12 NIV
12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Proverbs 13:15 NIV
15 Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.

3. Don’t let your emotions become overelaborated feelings.

Genesis 25:32 NIV
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

We need to learn to be content.

Philippians 4:10–14 NIV
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

4. We need to be knowledgable of the urge to give up on the most important thing or things in your life for momentary pleasures that will disappear

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