Tuesday, January 2, 2007

It’s After Me!

…sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it. Genesis 4:7

I read this today and it really stood out. It was a warning from God to Cain. He didn’t listen and ended up killing Abel.

Isn’t this our experience every day? 1Peter 5:8 says, Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. So it’s a big thing. The devil and sin are looking for opportunities. Guess what, they look behind closed doors. Of course, the devil isn’t omniscient but it’s hard to keep a secret from him.

Were not just floating along in a neutral universe, The Holy Spirit is pulling us God’s way and sin and the devil have another plan. Sometimes I don’t think we take this seriously enough. We mess around with stuff and think we can put it down when we are done. Many times we become mastered by sin and sometimes we are devoured.

So what does all this mean? What are some of the ways that sin seeks to master us? I think we are quick to think of media type things like TV, the internet, books, magazines, etc. These probably stick out because of the power of the visual. Music can be powerful as well. These things may be some of the more obvious. What are the hidden, the crouching things? Is it the difficulty I have admitting I am wrong. Could it be anger left to smolder? What about my ability to jump to conclusions? Could pride be hiding behind the door?

What do you think? What have you learned and what warnings can you give?

Philip

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