It was first with Adam and Eve, Satan came through the serpent and promised that life will be good and okay if they disobey God’s order. They didn’t know it was beyond the moments and the pleasure. They did obey him not understanding his goal was to take away the glory and dominion mandate from man. God gave man the dominion mandate (Gen. 1:28) and crowned him with glory and honor (Psalm 8:4-5). Man lost all of these to Satan. If only Adam and Eve knew what they were losing as they were about to eat that fruit, they won’t. It was neither about the moment nor was it about the feeling of not dying. For Satan, it was about robbing man of his legitimate life and dominion.
Esau Didn’t See Beyond The Moments And Pleasure
Esau for the hunger of the moment sold his birthright (Gen. 25:32), He thought it was about the moment. He didn’t know it was about his future. So he satisfied his hunger with the food but lost his future in the process. The hunger of the moment should not make you lose sight of the glorious future ahead of you. Satan knows that the future is not only great but it also carries a weight of glory. Don’t throw all that away because of instant gratification. For Esau, by the time he realized that it wasn’t about the moment, it was too late. He sorts it with tears (Heb. 12:16-17). Don’t go the way of Esau, it is too risky.
Joseph Saw Beyond The Moments And Pleasure
Joseph knew it wasn’t about enjoying his master’s wife (Gen. 39:7-8), He knew it was about his destiny. So when Satan came with his bait of enjoyment, as usual, He was able to see beyond the moment and pleasure. He flee immediately. He made the best decision by running away (Gen. 39:12) what some would consider stupidity. If he took Satan’s bait, that would have shut his destiny and his childhood dream would have been shot out of reality. That means the deliverance of the nations would be shot down. If Joseph could make the right choice, any one of us can. Don’t ever think the pleasure will go with the moment, it is always in exchange for the glorious future ahead.
Daniel Saw Beyond The Moments And Pleasure
Have you thought of Daniel? He had the opportunity to eat King’s portion but he refused it. He knew that the kings will make him lose sight of God. He didn’t consider that as a way to get nourished at the moment. Daniel would have missed the spirit of excellence if he had spoilt himself with the king’s portion. He would never have done any exploit in Babylon. You will need to reject some things to secure your future. Don’t eat your future. Don’t eat away the great man or woman in you before the time of manifestation. Now is the time to think and act.
The Tactics Is The Same Today
Today, Satan’s tactics have not changed. He will magnify the enjoyment for the moment and make it seem like it doesn’t count much more than the moment. In actual fact, a transaction is going on. Only a spiritual man understands the intricacies of the transaction. Don’t transact your future because of the function and the moment. Satan is fighting you to become everything that God has for you. Don’t sacrifice your future because of instant gratification for the moment. Don’t be ignorant of these tactics. Instant gratification is an enemy and Satan is a greater enemy of your future.
So every time you want to fast, and you are reminded of hunger and losing weight, remember it’s not about the present, Satan is fighting your future. When you want to pray, and you are discouraged or have no strength to pray, note that Satan is afraid of the power in your prayer and the exploit it can do. It is not about the moment or pleasure, it is about the coded spiritual warfare to make you lose your place in the glorious future God has for you. Guard the moment and save your future. You can choose to suffer now so that you can secure your future. That is the choice you will have to make a million times to end well.