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SIN LIES AT THE DOOR

There are times when I wrestle with a title for our daily devotions. For that matter, I even wrestle with what to write that will be a benefit to all of God’s people. I recognize that I am not all that I should be or could be.  I am grateful that God has blessed me and turned my life around.  I am well aware that on any given day I could sin and miss the mark. Like Paul I even find myself saying that when I would do good, evil is always present, the things I don’t want to do I find myself doing; consequently, I have to be mindful that sin is everywhere. Yes, sin lies at the door of my heart.  I have to keep my heart open to God.  There is a portion of scripture in Genesis 4:7 that speaks of sins at our door:

 “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.”

Here we see the familiar story of Cain and Abel.  Abel brought the first fruits to the Lord and the Lord honored that, but Cain’s offering to the Lord was not honored.  Cain had sin in his heart and became angry and his countenance fell.   The Lord asked Cain why he was so angry.  God knew that sin had entered into his heart because of jealousy and anger.  Cain had no one to blame but himself.  He resented the fact he thought God was more inclined to Abel than to him.  It was Abel, who offered God a gift from his heart while Cain’s offering was not from his heart because sin was embedded in resentment.  It is my prayer today that whatever you offer to God you will let it flow from your heart, and you will examine yourself to make sure sin is not at your door