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Protecting Your Future - Part 2

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December 28, 2021 12:00 am

Protecting Your Future - Part 2

In Touch / Charles Stanley

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December 28, 2021 12:00 am

Get wise advice on how to protect the final destination of your life.

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Welcome to the intensified Catholic child Stanley Tuesday, December 28 we all make short-term decisions without considering the long-term consequences. We want to make that mistake again. Here's part two of protecting your future. What is the biggest mistake you provided your life is, or will make some men are not too sure on the with the Lord is what is where we all make mistakes sometimes are small mistakes about the big mistakes sometimes they have little or no consequence.

Sometimes they have very long lasting consequence.

We all make them some of them we just say will forgive and move on or I'll correct this. Some of them are irretrievable. You can't go back. You can't make it right once it's happened and one of those mistakes that I want to talk about in this message is one of those mistakes that many people are making and do not even realize it.

If you ask them do you think that's a mistake. That said, no, and so I want you turn if you will, to the 25th chapter of the book of Genesis and here is a very graphic picture of a mistake that many people are making in their life and what they're doing is simply this, they are simply sacrificing their future for the pleasure of the present moment so Esau who is the hunter's been out hunting and he comes and he's tired and so he says to his brother who looking events to says I'd like to have some imagine this in the system you want some of this to sell me your birthright. While that's a rather ridiculous request and yet Jacob was a person rude person and he's not in the Scripture for being shrewd and sort of a deceiver and so he makes in his proposition and he says all right you have the birthright give me some stew. Give me a big bowl of this now was significant about that is what is significant about we sacrifice the future for the pleasure of the moment when we are blind to the values in life. He was willing to give up his birthright for one bowl of stew that we look at that and say well that's just ridiculous, but let me ask a question. Is there a bowl of stew in your life. Is there something you're into thinking about a decision something you've been contemplating some relationship you have that when you look at it very carefully. It could influence and affect the rest of your life. It could impact your whole future. If you make the wrong decision about this. It could impact your whole future. So that's one way you can sacrifice your future for the pleasure of the moment. A second way that is revealed is this now focuses on the temporal things of life rather than eternal will make that mistake. Think about this from a reset is a ball soup and let's say that Bo is a big bowl of soup. It will have everything in it that Esau love to get terrible forever got down what kind of soup. It was he couldn't wait for it but notice what's happening his and his mind his own soup only ask you this. How long does it take you to eat a bowl of soup throughout few minutes the master question would you give 1/2 $1 million for Bosu.

No, would you give up one of your children for Bosu. No, the soupçon of the symbol.

What is it that you willing to give up the rest of your life is the ability he could see the only thing that mattered to him at that moment was what he could see and smell and touch and feel soup, but what he forgot for the moment a later side was the birthright that you can't yield touch, see, but what didn't represent it represented the awesome opportunity responsibility and and the wealth of the family, but for the moment all he could see was soup, not the spiritual heritage.

It would be. Here's the kind of impact and influence that he have on his children and how many people would say to us today.

If I headed to do over again I wouldn't do thus and so the purpose of this message is one single thing protection to help you to think before you make decisions think soberly about, is this a temporal or internal decision. How long is this going to last.

What's the effect of this. Think about this you turn away from Christ, you several messages.

One decision in my life so gimme that Bible stuff in church and all that and not interested in that. Right now things are going good you got plenty of money and plenty of this and plenty of that on and on and on.

You go everything just fantastic. You know what you're doing you sacrificing your whole eternal future on things that are temporal. Think about this.

Would you sacrifice your whole eternity separated from God's suffering for eternity over any one thing in your life all over everything that you have and this is where the world's think that's what the world thinks they think in terms of temporal things.

What see and touch and feel enjoyed in his eyes. I have it right now.

Don't tell me about this eternal life that John the somewhere. Don't tell me about when I did not don't don't give me the stuff of eternity in Jesus coming in judgment know I'm living now I get to live right now. You sure do. But you better live right now for the future because it's coming and if your best sense of values in life is such that you gotta have it right now and that's what you think you are going to be eternally regretful will then also we make revocable decisions and periods of weakness and physical physical and emotional weakness is a window in sacrificing our future, the pleasure, the moment I watch this deal when Satan is the most dangerous in your life. Do you know when you are the most susceptible to temptation. You have this little word I gave you and give dear once in a while H ALT don't get too hungry. Don't get too angry.

Don't get too long way and don't get to retire and look at Esau.

He died in the field. Hunting and he was very hungry and escaped anger from moment at there by himself. He's probably lonely and when he came in he was dead tired that what happens when you physically and emotionally become very weak and tired and weary all the stress and anger to it and you are angry. What happens you cannot make wise decisions and people make unwise decisions.

And here's what happens. They say will I feel lonely. Okay, so what is I give you the right to commit sin because you feel lonely what I feel there.

I just feel angry as I give you the right of the privilege or is it wise to you to vent your anger on someone else along very hungry.

I'm some take whatever I'm fine. Whoever it belongs.

That is making a difference.

I'm tired and weary, I need someone to bolster media, anybody can give an excuse for their wrongdoing but I'm just saying to you. Simply this. Satan loves to get you in a whole position to hungry, too angry to lonely, tired, or just get you hungry, angry, lonely and tired and then what happens then he begins to feed your mind will you know what, you don't have to be by yourself. Emphasize that this year. You've got my you can buy anything you want one just go out and live it up and just enjoy yourself.

I mean, just down the dumpster go to the mall spend some money. I go find somebody you can spend the night with people sacrifice the whole future for the pleasure of the moment because there allow their emotions and their physical be to overpower them in life and what people realizes you can't listen.

People don't want to believe this. There is a simple law that God is given is that Lowe's this whatever a man or woman so we reap what we sow more than we so literally so is it amazing how we can blind eyes to the truth that that's the ear revocable law of God, and that a revocable law applies to every single aspect of my life in your life the more love you give the more love you can receive the more acceptance you give others the more you receive the more you give to God in any way. The more you can receive.

That's the law of God. But if I'm living in such a situation where deep down inside of me. Somehow there's this feeling that I gotta have it now that's what I feel and I'm lonely or I'm tired and I'm wearing so forth. And God understands and decided. God understands many things he does not understand, to the point of just ignoring me when I break the law of God and what Esau did.

He came in famished tired wary hungry Thursday and for the moment that bolus it looks so good, so absolutely satisfying to him that in that week moment he made in a revocable decision. How many times do you think he regretted and asked himself the question, do you mean to tell me that over a bowl of soup. I gave up my whole future people do it everyday because it wants this. You see, what we don't know is we can look at that bolus soup. Oftentimes and tell what the repercussions are going to be. Then of course we sacrifice our future. The pleasure of the moment when we have no respect spiritual things.

When people have no respect for the things of God. They gonna make a terrible decision in life. So ask yourself the question, watch this by the way you treat the word of God alone. How much respect the usual for if I came to your house, and I know I'll never get invited now if I if I came to your house and I just walked around and looked around the master question. Where would I find a copy of the word of God when I have to look forward but I find that started all not pick it up and look at all those marks you put it. What is it said to me something You like, you know why asking a question because if you reference the word of God.

If you reference the church the things of God. You see the way you make decisions that absolutely foul up your whole future is having little and no respect for the things of God. Well, I would just mention one other, and there are others, but we sacrifice our future for the pleasure of the moment when we fail to consider the future consequences of what we do when you have a contract with somebody and you have to sign your name on it.

Don't you read it first.

Don't you ask some questions that you try to think there will not find sign this contract for this house.

This is for 30 years or 20 years or whatever it might be that you think about and consider that will now what happens if I can't make a payment you problem probably crosses your mind then then I what's what's in this contract. Are you the kind of person who lives everyday. Forget all about the future man is live your life today because after all, like you, so I may get killed early in life or something may happen to me and so I will live it up while I can glean out of life.

Everything I can because just don't worry about the future you get it while you can.

That's foolish and so what happens, people make mistakes they made wrong decisions they make foolish decisions in my whole purpose was saying all this is this don't make foolish decisions today for some pleasure when it's gonna cost you for the rest of your life, what about a can for example Aiken was a part of Israel. And when Joshua conquered Jericho is what God told him he said you tell all the gold and silver belongs to God. Once the touch. It and the consequences his death Aiken, so it he he knew what the law was, but he ignored it and he took it and he was exposed and it cost him his death and the death of his whole family whole household. Take Sampson for example, Sampson had a bad relationship and he wanted to please people to please Delilah. What decision that was here he was the strongest person around feeding the enemy of the glory of God and his this woman who is saying to him all come on Sampson after all.

And you know he tell a few lies and then finally she got it. Do you suppose if Sampson had known that one day he would spend years of his life walking round and round, pushing this week we'll grinding the grain of his intimate day after day after day, making it worse, blinded. They blinded his eyes and so he blindly walked round and round and round and how many times did he ask how could I have valued her caresses in her sex and her approval and her acceptance enough to be grinding, and Ms. Blinder is the because we cannot see the consequences.

We think that one thing that something else.

What about David, said David looked over the balcony of his place. He live there and there was Bathsheba taken a bath and he saw he was the key and there she was with all her beauty. He was the king she had to do whatever he said and so he made a big mistake. It was more than a mistake. It was one of those present moment decisions that cost him for the rest of his life.

Then, for example, take Judas Judas was a politician. He was a renegade, to some degree and what he wanted really. He wanted to force Jesus hand to call down the kingdom of God to bring down those legions of angels that Jesus had talked about: those legions of angels and destroy Roman set up his kingdom that is spoken of and and therefore the kingdom of God would rule once again in Israel would be in rulership when God's timing when God's way. So he tried to force Jesus hand. That's why the Dragon. I'm simply saying the list. Don't make foolish decisions based on your appetites based on your wrong sense of temporal values. Ungodly attitude about the things of God to make decisions based on issues that are nothing compared to eternity if I would ask you today.

What is it you have that you'd rather keep it even if it cost you eternal separation from God. What is you've never trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior. You making your decisions in life and you're going on your cell you know what I'm as good as anybody else, and here's what I'm gonna do. I'm going to have what I want when I wanted. I can afford it and I can have this and have that go here and go yonder on to live my life the way I will live it in one of these days it's gonna be okay. No, it's not. Here's a law you cannot change how Much money you have, what your position in life is you can't change this law. Whatever you so you reap what you sow more than you so later than yourself. It is a simple law of God. If you are wise you ask God to forgive you of your sins and telling that you need his forgiveness in your life, which means that you are willing to believe it is death of the cross pages send that info you need him you want him in your life. Because if you don't have him when you die you will be eternally separated from I can tell you there's not a single person is.

This is your make it without Christ lead with you in Jesus name. Think about willing for the pleasure of this moment the sacrifice, holy, thank you for listening to part 11 protecting your future to know more about Charles Stanley InTouch ministry and start enlarging it back after the presentation of intense ministry in Atlanta, Georgia

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