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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 2/Heroes: Cain & Abel

No one likes to be called out on their attitude or to have their failings pointed out to them. We bristle at the thought that someone would suggest that we have done something wrong or that we need an “attitude adjustment.” I mean after all… who do they think they are saying that I NEED to set things right?

But what if that someone is God? This is what Cain was facing in our reading for today. God had rejected his offering, but now He wanted Cain to understand why. He was giving him a chance to rectify the situation. God knew what was in Cain’s heart but loved him enough to want him to acknowledge the sin lurking there. “The Voice” version of this passage makes it clear what God is saying to Cain: “Don’t you know that as long as you do what is right, then I accept you? But if you do not do what is right, watch out, because sin is crouching at the door, ready to pounce on you!” This warning about the power of sin and Satan is echoed in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

What does it take to turn from sin?

  • Admit that we are sinners and in need of a Savior (Rom 6:23)
  • Abandon any self-effort and realize that we can not be saved by our own works or by our own efforts (Acts 16:31)
  • Accept freely Christ’s payment for our sins, required of the Father (John 3:16)
  • Acknowledge Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior (Acts 4:12)

Cain did not recognize the sin in his heart and unfortunately, in spite of God’s intervention, chose to ignore His warnings. The anger he felt nudged him down the path of sin resulting in dire consequences which we will see last a lifetime.

Scripture

Genesis 4:6-7

Prayer

Satan is lurking everywhere, Lord, and wishes to devour us. Open our eyes to recognize his ways and to turn toward you when we are tempted.  Strengthen us with your Holy Spirit so we are able to master our sinful natures. Amen