God gives me what I need, when I need it…including loving rebuke and discipline. I am reminded of this as I read Genesis 4:6-7.
God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.” (MSG)
When Cain’s offering was rejected, he became angry. Cain’s countenance fell; in other words, he started grumbling and moping. God asked him why he was angry. He warned Cain that he had a choice to make: to allow negativity to rule over him OR to be the master of his emotions.
God shared with Cain a very important secret to a successful life-journey: subdue, master, rule over, control, reign over, have dominion over…sin, especially that of negative thoughts and emotions, which lead to sinful behaviors.
I am given the same choice, the choice to conquer or be conquered. Recently, I’ve been walking in a literal minefield of negative thoughts and emotions, and more often than not, I am being blown to smithereens. I have been allowing sin to creep in little by little by allowing my circumstances to control my thoughts, actions, behaviors, attitudes…and it has been killing me slowly from the inside out.
Cain didn’t heed God’s warning and it destroyed him; his sin leading him to murder his brother. It destroyed mankind in the days of Noah; their sin resulting in the annihilation of the earth. It destroyed King Herod resulting in the massacre of countless innocent children. And it continues to try to destroy all of us still today.
I am so grateful that through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, He gives me the ability to stand against sin, to overcome those offenses and not allow sin to rule over me. I can lean on His strength and like Enoch, I can continually walk with God. I can call on Holy Spirit to help me maneuver through my circumstances and use them to bless His name.
I choose to heed the warning and choose to be a conqueror.
Yesappa, I repent for bowing my knee to offense and allowing the sin that desires to control my life, my heart, my mind, and my future to steal my joy and my blessings. Help me to be obedient to your warning to rule over the sin that wants to continually enter the door to my spirit. Thank you for standing with me always and forever. Amen.
Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India
Sin is ready to attack; it wants to control – you must control it (ERV)
Sin crouches at your door; it desires you – you must master it (AMP)
Sin crouches at the door, eager to control you – you must subdue it and be its master (NLT)
Sin crouches at your door; it desires you – you must rule over it (NIV)
Sin lies at the door; it desires you – you must rule over it (KJV; NKJV)
Sin is ready to attack; it wants you – you must rule over it (NCV)
Sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you – you’ve got to master it (MSG)