Summary: This message talks about Esau when he told Jacob his brother, "I have enough." There’s so many with that spirit and attitude. We need more and more of God. This message explains why and how.
PURSUING THE GLORY
#4 – AVOIDING THE ESAU SPIRIT
This morning, we are CONTINUING our sermon series entitled PURSUING HIS GLORY
And when it comes to THAT GLORY, we’ve been learning several lessons…
--HEAVEN is guaranteed, GLORY is not
--God’s greater manifested glory is not a “done deal”
--it has to be pursued, it has to be CHASED
--the meaning of the word “Pursue”
And, so far, we’ve talked about…
--1. Pursuing His Glory Through Worship
--2. Going Beyond the Veil
--3. Going A Little Father
Next Sunday – in the final message in this short series, I want to talk to you about 5 Ways To Attract God’s Glory
But this morning, we’re going to be looking at AVOIDING THE ESAU SPIRIT
And you’ll understand what I mean when we read our text this morning…
Genesis 33:9 (KJV) "And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself."
Let me give you the background of our text this morning
Jacob and Esau were twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca
Esau was the oldest, and was set on tap to inherit the spiritual and physical inheritance through his BIRTHRIGHT
But (and I don’t have time to go into it), Esau came in from hunting and he asked Jacob for something to eat and Jacob said I won’t feed you unless you give me your birthright
And Esau took him up on the offer – and what a horrific, tragic mistake that was
He gave up SO MUCH for SO LITTLE
Esau, literally for a “quick fix” sold his whole family and destiny out from the plan and purposes of God
And so, as you can imagine, Esau gets pretty mad at Jacob, and so Jacob flees for almost 20 years
Time has passed and now Jacob has to return home – and he really doesn’t know how Esau is going to take him
He was so afraid – and to make a long story short, Jacob finally meets Esau and they hug and embrace and everything seems fine
And Jacob tries to give Esau a gift – and here’s what I want to hone in on this morning
Esau said – I HAVE ENOUGH
And I want you to know that this Esau spirit has killed…
--many a revival
--many a service
--many a church
--many potential moves of God
Because so many are like Esau when they say I HAVE ENOUGH
WE’VE BEEN LEARNING over the last few weeks that God’s glory doesn’t just come automatically
--search for it
--long for it
--ask for it
--seek for it
--knock for it
It takes BELIEVING for it
John 11:40 ( KJV ) 40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
It takes being willing to move out of our comfort zone
When the CLOUD MOVES we have to pack up and move
We’ve been learning what A.W. Tozer told us…
We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread, And long to feast upon Thee still: We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead, And thirst our souls from Thee to fill. Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.
We’ve been learning about…
--John Wesley’s 21 daily questions
--Jonathon Edward’s 70 life-long resolutions
We’ve been learning what Paul was talking about when he says…
Philippians 3:14 ( KJV ) 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
We’ve been learning that if you think you’ve arrived, then you’ve aimed too low!
And here’s the key – WE’LL NEVER HAVE THE GLORY OF GOD IF WE HAVE THE ESAU SPIRIT THAT SAYS, “THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I HAVE ENOUGH”
And I want to tell you that I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH
When it comes to God’s…
I don’t have enough!
Let me tell you something – Satan never says these words – I HAVE ENOUGH
Listen to what the writer of Proverbs says…
Proverbs 30:15-16 (KJV) "The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: (16) The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough."
There are four things that never cease to keep crying out
Isaiah 5:14 (KJV) "Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure…"