Prophetic Word – Forfeiture
This is a quick prophetic word, well compared to the others that are written on this site, it is quick! It is an urgent word which I think has to do with the fact that we turned a corner at Rosh Hashanah. We’ve entered another “phase” of what God is doing in us individually and as a church.
Understand that the enemy CANNOT stop God’s plan for your life. He has no power over your destiny and because we are on the homestretch now, he has to try and get us in other ways. How?
This is when you give up what is rightfully yours. Yes, and it happens at specific times.
- When you are tired and feel like you can’t go anymore so he offers you an out.
- When you are sick
- When you are hungry
- Basically you are not performing at 100% of your emotional and mental capacity. You are not thinking straight,
It is at this point he strikes. He offers you something, way, way, way less than what you were going to get and the worse part is because you are not thinking clearly in that moment, you agree to it!
The worse part is, once you forfeit you can’t get it back! And you truly believe in that moment that you made the right decision, but you didn’t!! You will even justify that you did the right thing. Except that after you forfeit and you get some good sleep, you eat so you are no longer hungry and you are at 100% mental and emotional capacity that is when you realize the mistake you made. But, you can’t go back now.
So now that we are on the homestretch this is the plot he’s coming with.
God says WAIT!!! WAIT!! Before you make any rash decisions. It’s going to feel like the right thing to do because you are not thinking about the future, you are only thinking about today. WAIT! Do not forfeit your future for some temporary relief.
One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)
“All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”
“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”
But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.
Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.
Esau gave up his entire future for a bowl of stew and never got it back. Why? He was hungry and exhausted. But his sin was the very last sentence He showed contempt for his rights as a firstborn.
Do not show contempt for your inheritance as a child of God
Here is the word forfeit used in the bible so that you an see this is a transaction but the transaction is a bad deal. Makes no sense!
Matthew 16:26 ASV
“For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?”
Original Word: ζημία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (dzay-mee’-ah)
Usage: damage, loss, detriment.
2209 zēmía – damage (detriment); a mercantile term for “loss“; a “bad deal” (unsuccessful business transaction) which results in a fine (penalty, forfeiture).
Bottom line, it’s a bad deal.
Remember in the moment the deal is going to look good to you but don’t make this mistake. Stop. Wait.