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Crouching At The Door

  • Yahweh said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? Why has the expression of your face fallen? If you do well, won't it be lifted up? If you don't do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it.' Genesis 4:6 WEB

    Cain became very angry because the Lord had no regard for the offering that he had brought, but did to Abel's offering. After this, the Lord told Cain that sin was crouching at his door and desired to have him, but that he must rule over it.

    Apparently Cain did not manage to rule over the sin in his life, for right after this, he murdered his brother Abel while they were out in the field. What was hidden inside of Cain's heart, eventually came to pass. As to why God accepted Abel's offering but not Cain's, it was clearly the condition of his heart, and not his gift. These two scriptures give us insight:

    'The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind!' (Proverbs 21:27).

    'For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; unlike Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. Why did he kill him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous' (1 John 3:11'12).

    Sin still crouches at the door of our heart today. It only needs a slight crack and it will be inside sitting on the couch. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:26, 'In your anger do not sin' and then 'do not give the devil a foothold' right after it. When you become 'very' angry, you let sin in the door, you give it a foothold, just as Cain did.

    Keep your anger in check and do not let it become your master. Instead you must master it, for once sin is running loose in the house, it is hard to get out.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You help me control my emotions and make me stable. Let me not be swept up in fear or anger. Help me to master the sin in my life and live out all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presences and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord

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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Amen

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

 

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You help me control my emotions and make me stable. Let me not be swept up in fear or anger. Help me to master the sin in my life and live out all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen - Thank you 

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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

Feb 28
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

My mom and dad had anger issues with each other which we were exposed to daily. I’m 65 and still think about those days. I love them dearly but sometimes I struggle with anger. Thankfullly I’m in so much more control since I’ve been praying more and starting my day with devotionals. Thank you God. Praise God. Amen. 

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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,please forgive us of our sins and let our lives be for your glory.

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Protect us from evil Father, Amen.

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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, forgive my sins and lead me to do the things You want me to do. Keep me strong and protect me from evil, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful devotional, God bless you. 

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Thank you for today’s message.  So thankful for God’s mercy and grace on days where it seems like anger could get the best of me.  

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen...

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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for the devotion today. it is a reminder that we all need to guard our heart against sin.

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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

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