“Sin, Crouching at Your Door”
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7
These are the words of God to Cain, Adam and Eve’s son, just before he murdered his brother, Abel. Cain was a tiller of the ground and would bring some of the first fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. Abel, who was the keeper of the flocks, also brought an offering, fat portions of some of the first born of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but He did not look on Cain and his offering with favor. And this made Cain very angry. Angry enough to MURDER his own brother. God knew Cain’s heart and gave him the opportunity to turn away from the SIN that was CROUCHING at his DOOR. And to start doing the RIGHT THING with the offering.
He says “if you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” I think that Cain’s heart was NOT in the right place when he was bringing his offering. He knew that his family worshipped God with offerings of the shed blood of the best animals. Yet he was determined to do things HIS way and still receive God’s blessings. That is NOT how it works. God has set certain guidelines that we MUST follow in order to obtain favor and salvation from Him. And Cain KNEW that, but did not FOLLOW God’s guidelines. So when God did not show Cain favor as He did with Abel, Cain got ANGRY and committed the murder of his own brother.
God told Cain that, “IF he did NOT do what was right, sin is crouching at his door, and it desires to have him, but he must rule over it.” Sin is our DISOBEDIENCE to God. When we live according to our own desires and ways, and continue to leave God out of our plans, we are living in sin. In other words, we have left the door wide open so the ‘crouching sin’ has free access to our hearts.
God says: “You must rule over it.” We must have CONTROL and not let SIN CONTROL us. Cain let sin in the door and then allowed it to CONTROL his heart, and he sinned against God and his brother by murdering him.
Are you living like Cain, trying to live your life to fit your own specifications, and leaving God TOTALLY out of your life, letting SIN in your door and allowing it to CONTROL you? You are if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, but you can KICK SIN out of your life by: Coming to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and be in CONTROL by letting God be God in YOU. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!