Day 174: Protect Your Legacy

Day 174: Protect Your Legacy
June 23, 2014 Neil Kennedy

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Proverbs 23:21

Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Principle

A man who cannot control his desire will never leave a legacy.

It is an amazingly blunt statement – “Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” (Malachi 1:3) What was the object of God’s wrath toward Esau? Esau couldn’t control his appetite; therefore, his heritage became a ravaged wasteland. Esau didn’t value the Blessing that his father would give him. He didn’t think beyond the next meal.

Another Biblical example of a man who forfeited his legacy was Samson. Samson was an incredibly strong man with an equally destructive appetite. Samson was given an unusual assignment at birth. God instructed his parents to raise him as a Nazarite – a man in covenant with God that required obedience by not touching anything dead, not drinking wine, and not allowing a razor to cut his hair. Samson was flippant toward his covenant – he withdrew honeycomb from within a lion’s carcass; thus, breaking his promise.

Being weak-minded toward his covenant caused Samson to be also weak-willed toward women.

If we’re going to leave a legacy, we must protect it from our own weaknesses and appetites. You will never protect your legacy if you can’t control your appetite.

Remember:

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Read Proverbs Chapter 23


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