Can’t Get It Back

Genesis 25:32 – And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

Genesis 25:33 – And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

Genesis 25:34 – Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 27:34 – And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

Hello all, new blog today. And today we will discuss Esau. Who sold his birthright. Little did he know what he sold. We have very, very short eyesight… our carnal eyes do not see beyond the right here, right now. And in doing so we make really, really BAD decisions. And today the theme is “can’t get it back”. That’s the reality Esau came to. There are many things in this life we can’t get back… we can’t go back, once gone, gone forever. That’s the reality of life. Esau could not backtrack on this, he sold his birthright… and it was gone forever. This thought can leave us quite hopeless and dark, but it’s necessary to see this first. And there are things we can’t go back on in this life once done at all, there are consequences to our actions. Jesus can forgive you, and he will, but some things you will have to live with and face up to even forgiven and cleansed until your physical death. Life can be tough, life is tough. Satan will devour your life, he is called a thief, a robber for a reason… furthermore, he’s a murderer. He’s after everything you are, you could be, and your soul and spirit as well… and he will devour the whole lot if you don’t watch it. He’ll make great, but false offers, offers that are pleasing to our lusts and pride… and those offers fall through, he’s got nothing to offer, he’s a liar… he offers you thin air… but our greediness and wantonness to pursue our lusts, our desires, what pleases our mind, what seems right to our own reasoning goes YES thank you! And then we wake up in hell.

Our flesh will also cost us… our lusts, our pride, our wicked, sinful nature will lead us to hell. We’ve got quite a few enemies in this life… even we ourselves are our own worst enemy. We are deceived but we also do plenty of deceiving, both of others but also more alarmingly of our own selves. Trust your heart, and you’re a fool, God says. There is a way which seemeth right unto man but the end thereof are the ways of death. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes… God’s word says that… his word carries a bit more weight… in fact the Bible says let God be true and every man a liar… and so you’re either going to trust your own infinitely fallible, shortsighted… and in fact BLIND self… or you’re going to trust what God’s infallible, sure, pure word has to say. Not just that, but we willingly do it, we want to believe lies, we choose lies, we choose darkness, we choose sin… if we checked our mind, our motives, the deepest of our soul, we’d see that it is utter garbage, we are purely selfish creatures. Me, me, me. Let’s not pretend here.

Esau sold his birthright. And once gone… and he sold it for so little. He placed such little value on his birthright. And people today place such little value on what matters. The spiritual world is the real world, this physical world we are in is temporal, it is not real, the unseen world is the eternal world. The spirit world is more real than the physical world is! 2 Corinthians 4:18 – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. Yet we devote our life, our passion, our existence, our soul to something that’s about to vanish on us. So crazy, yet the pull of the physical is that strong. We can talk about it, but we will still go to hell over the stumbling block of lust and pride. Lot invested his life in Sodom, which was about to be destroyed. If he only checked with God! Have you consulted God’s word on what to invest your life, hopes, dreams, desires, your ambitions, your faith in? But no, you won’t go and see the oracle of his word… foolishness isn’t it. God’s spoken, recorded it, you have access to what he wants of you, what he requires, how to go to heaven, but you won’t even check it out. Even then you call him a liar, because at the end of the day, you’re not really interested in what God, whose Word created the world and you, has to say.

Esau was sorry he lost his blessing, but he wasn’t so sorry about selling his birthright. He was after the blessing. That’s all he ever was after… and that’s what we, being selfish creatures are after. We don’t care about the birthright, but we want the blessing. But he didn’t realize the blessing was because of the birthright. People today want to be blessed, but they don’t want God. They want the hand of God, but they don’t want God, who is the origin of the blessing. Typical human beings. The Bible says Esau found no place of repentance as a result… EVEN though he sought it with tears. He got very upset over the whole deal. He let out a loud and bitter cry. And in Malachi, the Bible says the Israelites would cover the altar with their tears, with much weeping and ado… all the while they were living treacherously… cheating on their wives, and then crying at the temple. God’s not fooled. We put on a big act, we get really sorry… but we aren’t really, we get over being sorry real quick… and we aren’t sorry for our sin before God, our wickedness, we are just sorry our wife is leaving us, we are sorry someone found out… and it’s a poor me… it’s not repentance toward God. Human beings are utterly wicked, we have no good in us, we possess no good, the only good in anyone is the light that Jesus has given them, the conscience, the knowledge of God, the grace of God upon humanity. Esau found no place of repentance. It is one thing to be sorry for consequences of your actions, for reaping what you sow, it is another thing to repent toward God. To be poor in spirit, to mourn over sin, to be broken by God, before God, toward God over your sin and wickedness. Repentance is the point at which intellectual knowledge turns into heart belief. You see, you can know all about Jesus, but until the thing gets personal to you it’s a waste of time. Until it becomes a reality. Until the Spirit of God moves upon your heart. The letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

Esau valued his birthright so little. Hebrews 12:16 – Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. And we value what matters so much so little. We place such little value on the things that have infinite value. We say we would never do what Esau did… but we do… every day. We do and have. Have you despised your birthright? You not getting saved and born again… everyone has that “right”, that ability to be born again. Everyone can be saved, everyone’s invited. The gift of forgiveness and eternal life is there for you. But nah, it doesn’t mean a lot to you does it? You see no value in it. You despise it, you don’t get saved, and you don’t get born again. MOST people are going to hell. They despise their birthright. They despise who Jesus is and what he’s done. Sure, they don’t say it, but their LIFE says it. Not getting saved, not repenting, not living right before God… is DESPISING God. You say you are saved, but you love the world, and live for yourself… that is DESPISING God, that is doing exactly what Esau did… placing LITTLE to NO value on the birthright. You trade in your faith, you trade in your Bible, you trade in your walk with God for a little bit of pleasure. For one meal. And if you are saved… you can live despising your birthright. You have the Spirit of God, but he’s long shut out, you live in your carnal mind, in your flesh, you love the world… just like Esau did. He was a man of the field, are you a man/woman of the world? We will be ashamed at judgement. Fire will burn up all our useless works. Maybe you are not even saved at all. We should all check our salvation… just make sure… read God’s word, pray, get actual serious with God in humility and brokenness and check what’s really going on here.

It all seems so hopeless. We can lose things in this life. We can lose years. We can lose time. We lose who we are, what we are, what we have, our potential, our opportunities. We can lose our witness. We can lose our testimony. We lose our innocence. Our purity. We give our hearts away to people and lose them. Once Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil… humanity descended into such a horrible fallen state. We are so utterly wicked it’s dizzying. It’s good to be naive to evil, it’s good not to know the depths of Satan. Listen carefully,  it’s not to say it’s not good to be aware of things, because it is good to be wise and savvy… but it’s good not to DO evil, to participate in evil…. it’s good not to step across that line. But we step across that line. We KNOW evil. We do things we can’t go back on, which will haunt us forever. Which we will carry to our dying day. Which will live with us. It is so easy to live for now, but in so doing, we ruin our tomorrow. Because not being faithful now will translate down the track. You will pay the piper. We play with fire and don’t expect to get burned. You think you’re getting by, so do I, but boom, it comes back and bites doesn’t it. The sting of sin. The payoff. Be sure your sin will find you out… the Bible says it, and it is right. And it can be painful. Faithful in little, and God will give you more. But instead our lives become full of nakedness, of shame, the glory has departed, all that’s left is coldness, darkness. The light goes out, the light’s long gone out. We are lost, in darkness, wandering, groping. Jesus is the light of the world, if he isn’t in your life you are walking in darkness, you are yet dead in your sins, you are condemned. We as saved people can also let the light go out. When our eye isn’t SINGLE toward God. The Bible says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Instead we live with an evil eye. The eye of selfishness, of lust, the carnal, fleshly, dark eye. We become FILLED with darkness! Matthew 6:23 – But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

So it seems hopeless. And it is. To an unsaved person, it’s a life of loss, of losing. Read this… Matthew 13:12 – For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Wow. This is absolutely terrifying. He hath hath the Son hath life, he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. And in this verse, we read that with unsaved people, even what they have will be taken away from them. Those in hell have EVERYTHING taken from them. They have not the Son to begin with, but then everything they did have is furthermore STRIPPED from them. We are living on borrowed time, our life is a borrowed possession. We didn’t start our own life, we didn’t create ourselves… everything we have and are has been given us. God’s grace is upon us. Let’s not forget, we didn’t create ourselves, God’s given us a lot, he’s given us our life and the lives of others to look after and look out for. And then it will come time to see what we did with what he gave us. Have you been a wise or a foolish steward? Of your own soul even? Our soul and spirit was given us. We were given the breath of life.We don’t OWN anything. We are NOTHING. 1 Corinthians 4:7 – For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? Everything we are, and have is borrowed. But the Bible says its is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgement. And then we give an account of it. Our life, and what we did. Ecclesiastes 12:7 – Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

But instead we fritter away what God gave us, what he promised us. Such great and precious promises. Such great opportunity. Such great grace bestowed upon us. And we just throw it away. We sow to the wind. And we WASTE our life, our existence. We msis out on true blessings. On LASTING blessings. On real blessings. For instance… Jesus said in John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. What Jesus gives sticks, it lasts, it is forever… but what the world gives… well it disappears on you doesn’t it. Think of all your worldly living, it’s all departed and departing and will vanish on you. Memories, glories, lusts, pleasures of the world fade quickly and will be meaningless to you in hell. They are fleeting… people live for here and now, because tomorrow it’s all IRRELEVANT.

The children of Israel were saved out of Egypt… but they never made it to the promised land. They never made it. Almost, but they didn’t go in. Almost doesn’t and never will get it done. Acts 26:28 – Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. The children of Israel didn’t need to wander out in the wilderness. Canaan, the promised land, was only a few days journey! But instead… they went in circles for 40 years and their carcases fell in the wilderness. And they never made it to the real battles. So many Christians don’t make it to the real battles, the real life. We get done before we even go in. We never make it to the real part of life. We never get out of first gear. We never even get the RIGHT Bible… defeated before we start. We waste time on things that we should get settled on… and then we should start growing and LIVING the life… growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ… but instead we get hung up on something… we stall… we stop… we provoke God, we are faithless, we fall in the wilderness. God had more for Israel than just leaving Egypt… he saved them OUT of Egypt… to go IN to Canaan.  To POSSESS what he had given them. But most of us will never possess what God has for us.

So it looks pretty hopeless. And in fact it is. For Esau it was hopeless. He did not repent toward God. He was sorry he lost the blessing, but he had remorse for the consequences of his actions, but he had no remorse for what he had done before God, his sin, his wickedness, for despising his birthright. And it was hopeless for him. In fact God said, Esau have I hated. God loved Jacob… but hated Esau. They were both sinners, they both did wrong… but one got saved, one chose to follow God, one chose life… the other did not. Today, life and blessing is set before each one of us, and also death and cursing… which will you choose? Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. Elijah said… how long halt ye between two opinions? It is hopeless for anyone who is not saved. You never even see… you won’t grasp or comprehend any of it… and you won’t enter the kingdom of God. You won’t go to heaven. You will just go to hell. And be in hell fire for ever. And that’s the end of the story, that’s your eternal state. Without Christ life is utterly hopeless. It’s just a game of losing. It inevitably leads to losing your life, everyone before us has died… they all thought death was so far away, but they’re all dead, six thousand years of humanity, all who had childhoods, who had fun, but the common denominator is now they are all dead, buried, forgotten. Waste, waste, waste. Vanity, vanity, vanity. The only thing that’s not in vain is what’s done for and in and because of the Lord. Christ in us, the hope of glory. 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

But it’s now time for hope. Because Jesus Christ is hope. And not a false hope, a sure hope. Because in Jesus Christ, you can go back, you can get it back. We all have a breach in our lives. A breach in our spirit, a breach in our soul, a breach in our lives. We all waste our life. We all do things we want back. We all have destroyed ourselves, but God says IN ME is your help. Isaiah 58:12 – And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Jesus is the repairer of the breach, he is the restorer of paths to dwell in. Your life can be a waste place, but it can rebuilt. A foundation can be raised up, the old waste places can be built up, well founded and well grounded. What’s gone, what’s wasted, can be restored. Just like those thieves that took everything from the man in the story of the good Samaritan… we have all been thieved… we’ve lost so much, we’ve forfeited precious years of our life, we’ve wasted our efforts, we’ve been beset upon by thieves, we haven’t remembered our Creator in our youth, we’ve made bad decisions, we’ve done bad things. Jesus is the only one that can truly fix us. Who can bind up our wounds, who can pour in oil. Who can RESTORE. He is the sole person able to restore things, to restores what’s lost, to restore what’s broken.

A man in Elisha’s day lost his axe head, it flew off the handle… it was in a hopeless case, lost in the muddy depths of the Jordan river, but Elisha restored it to him by throwing a stick in the water, the iron swam and the axe head got back on the handle (the guy grabbed the axe head and put it back on). You and I are axeheads, and have axeheads that have flown off the handle, things we’ve lost… but the only way to get that axehead found and back on the handle is to put the stick in the water. The stick is the cross of Jesus Christ. GO TO THE CROSS. THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST. THE POWER OF GOD. Jesus is in the restoration business, and the only one able to do it. And he’ll do it for free, for you, right now. He’ll restore your spirit and soul. He may not make you rich… and in so doing he’ll spare you sorrows that often accompany riches, but he’ll make you spiritually rich! Matthew 12:13 – Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Mark 8:25 – After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. Jesus restores. Psalms 23:3 – He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

In Joel, a plague of locusts came and utterly destroyed everything, laid waste, stripped bare the land. The locust plague was the judgement of God, grievous and sore. And maybe God has done that to your life to get your attention. Because you pay him no mind. And he in his grace and goodness and mercy has and is going to intervene in your life and wake you up. God might let some bad things happen, and he might also let you do bad things. He might let you, like the prodigal son, go a long way from him. So that you can finally come to yourself. And then he will restore. Joel 2:25 – And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. God can restore the lost years, and he will. Wow. Look at Job’s life. Job had it rough. But his end was good. Job 42:12 – So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. God not only restores, but he restores it BETTER than it was.  The ending is more important than the beginning. Ephesians 3:20 – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. He does things better than we can imagine. He works them out better than we could possibly hope for. It’s not a cliche. It’s about Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can heal a broken heart, a broken life, a broken spirit. But we’ve got to get broken, get lost first. And we all are, but we’ve got to come to that realization. It might take lifetime’s journey for God to finally get you to a place where you finally call upon him in sincerity and truth, out of desperate, humble, shattered into a million pieces heart. And when you are lost, then you can be found! He’s the only way you can get it back, he’s the only way back. He is the WAY, the TRUTH, the LIFE.

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