YOU MAY NOT WANT TO OPEN THAT DOOR
So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 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” (Genesis 4:6-7 New King James Version).
Do we give God our best? Do we put obedience to Him first? Are we giving Him an offering worthy of Him? God refused Cain’s offering because it was not his best (v.5) and he was upset with God because of it. But what is it God tells Him? God tells him if he does well, his gift will be accepted. God also warns Cain that if he does not do well, there is the potential for sin. God says sin has a desire for Cain, but he should rule over it. We know Cain opened the door to sin and gave in to it by killing his brother, Abel, and then lying to God about it (v. 8-9).
Sin has a desire for us, the devil wants to kill and destroy. God tells us we should rule over sin. This means we need to be grounded in the Word of God and obedient to Him; to have a relationship with Him and be a do-er of His word. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He resisted the devil because He knew and applied the Word. We have the power and authority to overcome temptation, through Christ. Sin is at all of our doors, its desire is for us; the question is, are we going to let it in?
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this gift of life You have given us! Thank You for waking us up and giving us air to breathe and water to drink. Father, forgive us for giving in to our temptations. Help us to truly grasp and fully understand that we have strength to do all things through Christ and this includes withstanding temptations. Father, point out the choices we have in overcoming sin and may we hear the voice of Your Spirit when we have sinned and need to confess and repent. Father, we want to give You our best, we want to do our best but sometimes we don’t. Forgive us for not putting our best foot forward for You and for giving in to discouragement and defeat before we’ve already begun. You are a loving and merciful Father and we love You so much. Thank You for Your mercy and love, teach us to be all that You have called and designed us to be. We give You ourselves as offerings and vessels for Your use. We bow humbly before Your throne and worship at Your feet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Whatever sin is waiting at your door today, make a point to acknowledge that it is sin and open another door instead! Pray for strength, courage, wisdom and discernment when faced with sinful temptations. God will always give you a way out.
Additional Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:12; Romans 6:14