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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 2/Heroes: Cain & Abel

Cain and Abel…. What can we learn from their story?

  1. Are we better than Cain? 1 John 3: 15 “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.“It is easy to judge Cain without taking a look at our own hearts. Are you harboring jealousy and envy toward fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are recognized for their service and gifts to the Lord? That sin of jealousy can sneak its way into our hearts with such deception that we may not even recognize it is there. When we do see it for what it is, we have the same opportunity that Cain did to repent.
  2. Are we offering the right sacrifice? 1 Peter 2: 5 “…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”Cain brought a sacrifice that he deemed to be adequate while Abel brought his offering in faith. What motivates your giving…maybe a sense of duty or compulsion or maybe you are seeking the admiration of others? Whatever the motivation, God knows our heart and our true motives as nothing I is hidden from Him. Spending time in prayer and study of His word keeps us in tune with the nudging of the Holy Spirit and will lead us to give the best we have to offer.
  3. Are we mastering sin or is it mastering us? Romans 6:14 “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”God rebuked Cain regarding allowing sin to be his master and how he needed to resist the work of Satan in his life. We’ve been bought with the precious blood of Jesus so that we no longer live as slaves to sin. Just as Cain, we’re warned through the Holy Spirit to not use grace as an opportunity to sin. Sin wants to take root in our hearts but with the power of the Holy Spirit we can resist it. God’s hope is that we will be filled with the desire to please Him more than with pleasing ourselves.

Cain or Abel???…. The choice is yours.

Scripture

Ephesians 4: 31-32

Prayer

We can learn so much from Cain’s life as we see what jealousy and anger can do. Keep us mindful of our feelings and give us the power to defeat sin when we fall victim to those emotions.  Pleasing you and not ourselves should be our ultimate goal. Amen