Terry Casales - August 26th, 2021
Beloved, are you desperate to receive from men or to receive from God? Are you willing to settle for the instant gratification of man’s inheritance or are you willing to wait for the “more” of God? There is a very popular saying which says “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” It is a popular recommendation to young women everywhere that fixing delicious, satisfying food for a man is a good way to get him to fall—or stay—in love with you. Which begs the question, “does a man love you for who you are or for what you can do for him?”
Unfortunately, too many times men will try to take advantage of a person in dire straits by tricking him into giving up what he holds most dear for a temporary fix. This is why it is never a good idea to operate in the flesh when making important decisions. It is always best to seek God’s wisdom and understanding about a situation first — depending on God above the hunger pains of our belly brought on by the lies of the enemy. The enemy is all about getting you stuck in a wilderness, survival mentality. This is the sibling of the spirit of lack — or poverty — designed to keep us in a state of being hungry, in a constant state of anxiety and never truly being satisfied. The last thing the enemy wants for you to do is to stop and seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel. In a moment of desperation it is all too easy to leave your brain at the door and operate out of emotion, falling prey to the spirit of fear, instead of operating out of your spirit in faith. It is the enemy’s intent to get us to become impatient while waiting for the promises of God. He wants to get us off track through wrong decisions made in haste — which result in keeping us from the plans and destiny of God being fulfilled in our lives, making us ineffective for the Kingdom of God.
This brings us to the the story of Esau where, in one moment, made the rash decision to trade his entire inheritance for a momentary pleasure of the flesh — through having to meet the immediate needs of his stomach. Instead of realizing that he already had access to everything that he needed — that he lacked no good thing — and being confident of God’s promise of inheritance, he set self control aside and acted on the impulse of the moment. When we depend on our own understanding and forget what God has spoken over us, we will inevitably continue to live without any shred of self-discipline and keep making the wrong decisions. When we try to do things on our own strength first instead of seeking God’s wisdom and guidance, we will miss out on all of His promised blessings. When we operate out of our flesh, we are not walking in the spirit and operating in the faith of God, we end up in a pitfall that will lead us to develop a disobedient heart.
As human beings we are constantly operating out of our 5 natural senses — taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch. The enemy creates every opportunity possible to keep us limited and submitted to these 5 senses because he understands very well that we need these in order to live and to operate in this planet. Our natural instinct is predicated on these senses. These senses are not bad in and of themselves but if we rely on them above what our spiritual man is trying to speak to us, we will be unable to successfully transcend into God’s Kingdom paradigm where there are no limits.
It is important to note that, while God created natural laws, His supernatural laws far exceed the natural. God is a supernatural God and He created us to live and to operate as His supernatural sons and daughters. We, as new creations in Christ, have been given the power to overcome the desires of the flesh and no longer being ruled by and subjected to them.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. - 1 John 2:16 - NKJV
Jesus understood that He had the capacity and the power to live and to walk in the spirit. He understood that Abba was His source of everything and that spiritual food has a more lasting value. He lived to do the will of Abba first and foremost with an obedient heart. He understood that only Abba could ever satisfy the longings of His heart and soul.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. - John 4:34 - NKJV
The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want. - Proverbs 13:25 - NKJV
Jesus also understood that God the Father is the Source of all things and He understood that His Father is faithful because it is part of His nature. Jesus understood the importance of obedience, even above sacrifice — this is the way to God’s heart!
A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. - Proverbs 18:20 - NKJV
I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. - Psalm 37:25 - NKJV
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. - Romans 5:19 - NKJV
He humbled himself and became vulnerable, choosing to be revealed as a man and was obedient. He was a perfect example, even in his death—a criminal’s death by crucifixion! - Philippians 2:8 - TPT
Because of that obedience, God exalted him and multiplied his greatness! He has now been given the greatest of all names! - Philippians 2:9 - TPT
So Samuel said:
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. - 1 Samuel 15:22 - NKJV
if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. - Deuteronomy 30:10 - NKJV