Living the Word of God

Mastering Sin

“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.”  (Genesis 4:7) The story is about Cain and Able. Because the Lord did not accept the gift from Cain but rather honored his brother Able’s gift , Cain got mad. Mad enough to kill his brother. When the Lord inquired about the whereabouts of his brother Able, Cain replied: “[Am] I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9)

As you can imagine many thoughts went through Cain’s mind from what could he do to be accepted to how he can get rid of his brother so that he can have that place of honor with the Lord. As we churn negative thoughts in our minds, thoughts that aren’t acceptable or pleasing to the Lord, we are setting up a time bomb that will not work out for our good. Here’s how you can diffuse that time bomb. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV) Because we are fighting a spiritual battle against the forces of evil, we just can’t just pick up a knife or gun to defeat the enemy. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. (2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT) For example: Let’s say you heard something around the water cooler that some people will be getting laid off. Immediately a thought comes across your mind: “Could I be one of those who will be laid off?” As the day progresses, you can’t help thinking about how you will pay your bills, find another job or even live if you were one of the ones laid off. It is the subject of your conversations with everyone in your circle. You become so engrossed in this thought process, that you take it home and tell it to your family. Get the picture? Normal people act like this but because of your love for the Lord God, you are not normal. As soon as the thought crosses your mind about being laid off, instead of doing what normal people do you immediately start quoting scriptures: “But my God shall supply all your (my) need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) or to restore peace in this situation: “Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”  Or In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. (Psalms 56:11) This is how you conquer sin in your life, use the weapons of God to fight your battles. Fight physical with physical, spiritual with spiritual. Have a blessed day.

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