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

    Cain did not manage to rule over the sin in his life, and right after this, murdered his brother Abel while out in the field. What was hidden in his 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 is still crouching 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 will let sin in the door, 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: 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 sin in my life and live out all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell All I can say is Amen. 
February 25, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Oh Man! I could write a book on anger and uncontroled emotions! As as the daughter and now the mother of loved ones struggling with bipolar conditions (not to mention my own emotional challenges) I could have a whole lot to say on this matter. Instead I will simply say... people who struggle with uncontroled emotions and anger are often the ones that need the most unconditional love shown. Thank you Thank you Pastor! Pastor's Prayer: 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 sin in my life and live out all that You have for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Dianna! I used to babysit a little toddler who would get angry at seemingly very minor things. She would cry incessantly at that point over it, but really, what she just wanted was a hug. Her brother was relatively calm and about never did that, which I think is amazing in how God makes each of us so unique, and how He deals with us as individuals, teaching us and giving us just what we need.
February 25, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thank you Dianna, I believe the bipolar needs love.  My son (in 40's now) acts out.  Abuse is his tool to control.  In divorce proceedings now.  My 2 Grandgirls & sweet daughter in law are the victims unfortunately.  I have prayed since he was a very young child.  Each time a situation came to his attention I wondered if it would get him to help.  Yet not so far.  The abuse is SCARY!  I keep praying.  Believing it is a mental illness how do you explain to myself the out of control behavior may get help before someone truly suffers more than has been already?  People get help if they see to seek help.  He blows it off saying it is the other person causing the problem.  It looks impossible even though I know the Lord does know & can help us all.  Cain is an example.  The Lord's ways are more higher, wiser & mysterious then mine I say & leave it there.  Baffling in my mind can cause sickness to me I was taught.  So it has to be in His hands.  Any more insight appreciated!
February 26, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Hi Cherel. You know, I don't have all the answers all I know is it was all very scary. It wasn't like my daughter was always bipolar. At 24 she started showing signs of slipping that we only saw in hind sight. I would see signs earlier now I think.What the crisis center told me was that if they are adults and refuse to admit to the need of help then its a waiting game and you have to be strong enough tyo report the behavior to the authorities each time and incident acures so that there is a record of behaviors established and eventually either they will get themselves sent to be evaluated  by the inappropriate behaviors or they will concede to seeking help finally. It sounded grim to me and I prayed night and day. I believe it was the prayer that brought her back to reality. It sounds like your son is mostly in reality except the denial he uses. We will certainly keep him always in our prayers. With God all things are possible and even though it is painful to watch your child go through such struggles , lie you , in the end  I had to give it all to God and admit my helplessness about it. We had 20+ people come together in prayer and that's when things finally got so bad for a moment  then it was  a total God thing she had a panic attack and drove hundreds of miles from home and landed in a mental hospital too far away to help her. God watched out for her and she started realizing the need to receive the help and started actively seeking her own help. Today she is doing well completely in her sences without medication and gainfully employed again. We are very proud of her progress and God mercy and answered prayers.  Dont give up! Prayer works! Praying with you. Love and hugs
February 26, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Thanks!
February 29, 2016
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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen! Amen! Amen! 
February 25, 2016
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Odessa Walker
Odessa Walker Amen hallelujah!!!!
February 25, 2016
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for sharing this message with us today, I know sometimes I have to catch myself when I get angry. 
February 25, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  Thank you Lord for always keeping me in check.  When I stray off the path, you gently push me back to where I truly belong, and that is with you.  Amen!!
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd So true, Marisa, when we can trust in that, we never have to worry!
February 25, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you lord thank you for sending your son to die for my sins and the worlds sin. Amen
February 25, 2016
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Janet Clary
Janet Clary Pastor Dion, you have lead us to a new area of our emotional lives that is so important.  Anger is a dangerous action and for some like me, it can be devastating.   Anger is a secondary emotion but it has the most power of all human feelings.  It triggers a change in the moments of our lives and then, only then do we regret the actions we have allowed to happen because of it. For those of us who are in recovery, we cannot hide our anger in a drawer and hope it never sees the light of day.  We as addicts cannot depend on it never surfacing;  we as God's children have to stay in tune with our situations that make us angry and ask for the Lords help and guidance as well as to "Turn the other cheek".   Satan loves for us to be out of control with anger.  Satan is not my friend nor my neighbor but I can't and won't allow the nasty effects of satans ways to control my precious gift of life that God gave to me.  The Lord blesses us so dearly and is a forgivng God but only when we stay in check of our emotions and walk the path of rightousness, that we can be safe from negative actons. Thank you Pastor Dion for the best daily devotion that we all need to hear, today and always.  Hugs, Janet
February 25, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen!!..I know I needed this, this morning.
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Janet, the enemy would love to use those buttons we all have to set us off and wreck our lives. With His help, that will not happen!
February 25, 2016
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Janet Clary
Janet Clary Amen  First Lady!!  You and Pator Dion are the disciplies that have created this precious site, RHM so that we may all stay strong in the Lords love.  Hugs to you both, Janet
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Thank you, Janet, we are just as blessed by having each of you with us here!
February 25, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Deleted Member Amen, what a wonderful way to explain the different phases of anger that we face. God bless you, Janet for sharing this with us. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio All I can say this morning is Amen and thank you Jesus!!!..
February 25, 2016
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell There is an old saying in life. When a horse is in the barn, he is easily controlled. Once you let the horse out of the barn, it is very hard to get him back into it! Thank you Lord for the barn!
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Exactly right, Jim! 
February 25, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
February 25, 2016
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Anna Lockridge
Anna Lockridge I needed this, always on time
February 25, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Thank you for explaining the difference in the two offerings! I never understood why the Lord didn't like Cain's offering, but this makes perfect sense! I was looking at the gift, not the giver. 
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd There was a time I used to feel a bit sorry for Cain, because I could see him staring with his mouth open, thinking "hey, what about my gift?!". Later though, I saw that God really only cares about the state of our heart, and that Cain's offering was probably the equivalent of a last-minute Valentine's gift that was picked up at the local gas station, on the way home from work ;-).
February 25, 2016
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Deleted Member I love that example. Awesome. Love you.
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Love you, too <3!
February 25, 2016
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau In Jesus we may find our salvation from sin. He can help us, cleanse us, and save us so that we may save others in turn. He is the one who can become our beacon of light, our beacon of hope and through us he can extend his hands to others and through them to others as well. 
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, brother!
February 25, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Look around, and see how anger has dominated the world! It seems as if there are angry people all over, from the supermarkets to the streets.More than ever, we need to listen to God's word and quench the madness!
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Kathy!
February 25, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli There are things that make me angry, such as, child molesters and abusers, animal abusers, how the government uses social security funds and then says there may not be any in future years.  What makes me angry on the SS thing is that they say they are borrowing from it and never pay it back, to me that is stealing since we all contributed and they get away with it.  I am working on those anger issues, but it is diffucult sometimes.  Oh and how they took God out of schools, that is another issue I have.  I could go on and on but I will now be quiet.  I pray that our Loving Father will help me in the area that makes me angry, in Jesus's precious name I pray.
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Karen to you and pray that you please bless her with your peace and help her to be able to rest in your arms and know that nothing is too big for you. I thank you and pray this in the name of Jesus, amen <3.
February 25, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Thank you for your prayers Sylvia. <3 :D
February 26, 2016
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Heidi Chiandussi
Heidi Chiandussi Thank i really need to read this ...i got upset what a friend of mine wrote to me today..i wanted to write something nice and loving ...but it was totally wrong understoud ...he.thought i was bad mouthing his wife ..this person that i am some what befriended is like a rollercoster ...i wanted to say something very very rude! ...but then i thought its just not worth it ...and sin ..  just so i have it off my chest .???..my grandma said if you dont have anything good to say ....keep it for yourself ...this message from pastor dion ...opened my eyes again .. amen 
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd One thing I've found, Heidi, is that it's very easy to be misunderstood sometimes in written format. There was one time I had a short misunderstanding with a very good friend because I ended a sentence with "...". I don't really remember even what the sentence was, but the two extra dots apparently were able to change the meaning a lot :-). We straightened it out quickly, but still, it was a thing even between people who knew each other quite well. Maybe best to take a deep breath and start over :).
February 25, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Father. When we allow emotions to get the better of us,help us to see and think differently, and to see things as you see them.To abide in your word.,and your love.For greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world..Teach us your ways,and to depend on you and not upon ourselves.In Jesus name I pray.
February 25, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Rosemary!
February 25, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor thanku so much I really needed to hear that and spend some time examining my own heart and my own anger issues! thanks again sincerely ScottR.
February 25, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen thank you Lord for forgiving me. I allow myself to get angry when it's not necessary,  I need your help and will begin to work more to control myself add it is not good for my health. 
February 25, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
February 25, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 
February 25, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
February 25, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, please Help me to master sin and live out all that you have planned for me.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.
February 26, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner wow that was powerful   I love what be mama as  I have learn what put  in home by attude I, hear my children say then realized oh my I need change that attude I look yestereday I sometimes wish my mom raised had understood this so at times know something ran deep in our house growing up but know  God love not angery but may find peace  speak goodness to our children. and others in our lives never know what  tomorrow brings.
February 26, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Great reminder... Crouching to slip in & sit on my couch...ouch!  Remembering I can't let sin control me for then I will be it's slave.  Without Jesus' help sin can come and have a conversation with me as the devil spoke to Jesus...
February 26, 2016
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Melinda Garner
Melinda Garner Thank you for this, I have been praying for release from pain and anger at mysoon to be ex-husband for the abuse he still aims at me however he can, and God is dealing with it, he hurt me very bad through our daughter and I prayed, told our Lord He was the only one that could help me and He did Glory to our Lord prayer in all, I pray all the time about all in my life
February 28, 2016