March 2: Sin is Crouching at the Door

Read Genesis 4:1-12, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Before we can be made whole, we have to admit that we are a fragmented piece.

In Genesis 4, sin is alive and well. Cain and Abel bring their sacrifices to God, but the Lord God “had no regard” for Cain’s sacrifice. The Lord says to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

The Lord gave Cain some pretty direct advice. Cain, however, didn’t want to hear it. The language the Lord uses shows sin as a wild beast making its lair just outside of Cain’s door. The Lord even tells Cain that this beast wants to devour him!

The door that sin is camping outside of is Cain’s attitude. His anger and resentment at not having his sacrifice accepted is a wide open door for sin. He is defiant towards the Lord.

Compare this to 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul writes, “Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” The word he uses for ‘rest’ means that the power of Christ abides over, or raises a tent over, him. Paul is confident in the Lord because Paul has submitted to His power.

Sin’s abode is a lair just outside of our defiant attitudes toward God. It will devour us.

The Lord God abides over us when we submit to Him, allowing His power to rest on us.

Abode vs. Abide. Lair vs. Tent. Devour vs. Power.

What attitudes do you have that are a doorway to sin? Keep a list throughout the day. Consciously repent of them during your prayer time.

In which areas can you submit to the Lord? Where do you need to let Him raise a tent of power over you?

Extra reading: John 15:1-11

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