VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020

GENESIS 4:7

GENESIS 4:7
You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.

 

 

AFTER ADAM AND EVE HAD SINNED IN THE GARDEN, THEY WENT ON TO HAVE CAIN AND ABEL. 

GOD WAS PLEASED WITH THE GIFT HE RECEIVED FROM ABEL, WHILE HE WAS DISPLEASED WITH THE GIFT HE RECEIVED FROM CAIN. SO CAIN, BEING ANGRY AND DEJECTED, COMPLAINED AND SULKED AND POUTED. 

EVEN IN THE FACE OF CAIN’S NEGATIVE BEHAVIOUR, GOD SPOKE TO HIM, REASSURING HIM THAT HE WOULD STILL BE ACCEPTED IF HE WOULD DO WHAT WAS RIGHT IN GOD’S SIGHT. HE WARNED HIM, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WOULD BE CONSEQUENCES IF HE DIDN’T. OF COURSE, WE KNOW ONLY TOO WELL THAT  CAIN REBELLED AND KILLED HIS BROTHER.

BELIEVERS NEED TO REALIZE THAT WHILE GOD GIVES US CHANCES AND CHANCES AND CHANCES AGAIN, THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES WHEN WE REPEATEDLY IGNORE HIS WARNINGS. AND THIS APPLIES TO US STILL. 1 Pet.5:8 (Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour) and James 4:7 (“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”) PARALLEL GOD’S WORDS OF WARNING TO CAIN. WHEN WE GIVE IN TO SIN; WHEN WE IGNORE GOD’S WARNINGS, GUIDANCE, ETC. WE OPEN A DOOR TO THE ENEMY, AND HE IS JUST WAITING AND WATCHING FOR EVERY OPPORTUNE MOMENT OF WEAKNESS. 

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