You Have a Visitor, Sin is at the Door

The Call To Transform Our Heart

Text:  Genesis 4:6,7, “So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.””  Nkj

Here we have God speaking to Cain right back near the beginning, explaining to him that sin is ready for us, but we must be on guard.

Sin is right there waiting at your door for the opportunity to come in and wreak havoc.  The language used is like that used to describe a wild beast making a lair.  That lair is made at the doorstep of Cain’s life.

Jesus told Peter and the disciples a similar thing in Luke 22:31.

The devil desires to utterly destroy you – to prove you useless and your faith vain and simply a facade.  It is something the devil claimed in regard to Job also.

It could be that Cain simply brought of the INCREASE of the ground whereas Able brought of the first of the flock or it could be that it was time for an offering to cover sin, and instead of bringing an animal sacrifice as happened way back in the garden, Cain decided he would simply offer fruits & vegetables instead.  Either way, God deserves our best and in a way that He has asked for.  We must not give into the temptation to give God whatever with whatever attitude and then just expect God to be happy.  Love and devotion, relationship requires us to offer something that our friend desires in a way that is pleasing to them.

Giving in to temptation, bitterness, anger, and pride is opening the door to the devil; giving him a foothold on your life. Romans 8:13 tells us that if we live according to the sinful nature, we will die.  When he gets in, it’s not just the one sin, but it:

  1.  makes it harder to resist this sin next time
  2.  easier to do others
  3.  harder to commune with God and othe Psalm 66:18 tells us that If we guard iniquity in our hearts the Lord will not hear us.

God calls us to submit ourselves to Him and be transformed.  Colossians 3:5 tells us to put to death the earthly nature.  If the Bible says to put it to death, it means get rid of it, not simply sweep it under the rug.  If the Bible says it, it must be possible.  If we seek divine help it can be done:

1)  We must dedicate each day afresh to Jesus and ask for His protection, guidance, and strength.  Romans 12:21 tells us not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good.

2)  1 John 4:4 tells us “Greater is he that is in me than He that is in the world.”  James 4:7 tells us to submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us.  We must also remember that as it says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “no temptation has come upon you as what is common to man, and with every temptation He will provide a way of escape.”

3)  And the good news found in our text…”if you do good you will be accepted” in fact there is rewards for doing good.  We’re told of the crown of life, and we’re also told in Mark 9:41 that even a cup of water given in Jesus name has a reward.

It is time for us to BE TRANSFORMED by turning our lives over to God through faith in Jesus Christ.  We need to read His word, believe it, and ask Him to work it out in us through His Holy Spirit.

 

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