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Living Word Devotional by Dr. Mensah Otabil-Choices

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Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for morsel of food sold his birthright- Hebrews 12:16

Any ungodly act-whether it involves substance abuse, sexual immorality, ”stepping on” co-workers to get ahead- endangers one’s future. Even seemingly unimportant choices facing us can impact the rest of our lives. So we should guard against the following attitudes, which can lead to sacrificing what is worthwhile for something with no lasting value.

Allowing appetites to rule us- Everyone has inborn needs such as the desire for food,sleep and pleasure. While these are natural and God-given, they can become the driving force of our life if we are not careful. Believers should have the spiritual fruit of self-control, which governs these yearnings. (Galatians 5:22)

Being blind to what’s truly valuable- The Lord’s priorities are contrary to what the world considers important. Unless we guard our hearts, we can easily be lured by pursuits with no lasting worth. (Proverbs 4:23)

Failing to consider consequences- Eve didn’t contemplate what might ultimately happen if she ate the forbidden fruit; she focused solely on the immediate benefit(Gen 3:1-19) Nor did Sampson think about repercussions from interactions with Delilah, and he paid dearly (Judges 16:16-23) How easy is it to make a rash decision because the immediate benefit and suffer long term for it. The Lord instead wants us to pause, pray and evaluate the possible outcomes of our actions.

Prayer: Lord, guide my heart to make choices that honour You and bring me long-term benefits.

Scriptural Reading: Hebrews 12:12-17

12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather healed.
14 Pursue peace with all people and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit to the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

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