Master Your Sin and Overcome
Praise Jesus today brothers and sisters in the Lord, the message today that the Lord has been putting on my heart is that each of us have to overcome. This morning the Lord put it on my heart this story about Cain and Able, and it’s interesting, if you look at what Cain’s mother said about him, she believed that he was going to be a man of God. This is what she said, this is genesis chapter 4; “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” She believed that this man Cain was going to be someone who followed the LORD and who would be a blessing. But as we know Cain killed his brother Able. But after he had killed his brother, or actually right before and after, GOD gave him a choice, to choose good or evil. God did not just condemn Cain. None of us are just saved and gong to heaven because God predestined us, or damned and going to hell because God predestined us for hell. But it is by our choices, it is by our actions and our words that will either condemn us or God will bless. I want to read to you what happened with this situation and what God told Cain.
Genesis 4; “Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.”
So you might ask why did God not respect Cain, but He respected Able? It did not have to do with the fact that one was fruit of the ground or one was an offering of the flock, but it had to do with the heart attitude of how that brother was offering it to the Lord. If we give begrudgingly, without wanting to give to the Lord, that is NOT pleasing to the LORD. There are some people in church that are basically forced to give their 10%, and they give that 10% thinking that it’s what God wants, but they don’t even want to give God anything, they just give because its their religious duty. And they could care less to give God ANY portion of their heart or life. And that is NOT the kind of offering that God desires or respects, but He desires that we offer all of us to Him with a good attitude, and that is why God was against Cain but for Able.
And his countenance fell,
“So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?”
And listen to what God says to him;
“If you do well, will you not be accepted?”
In other words, will you not be a man of God? Will you not be blessed by GOD if you do well? And God says to him;
“And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
God gave Cain the option to choose good or evil and if he chose good he would be blessed and if he chose evil he would be cursed, and as we know Cain chose evil, he did not overcome and rule over his sin that was coming up in his heart and God cursed him.
If you look at verse 10 God says to Cain; “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”
“So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”
And these curses fall upon Cain for murdering his brother. It wasn’t that God just predestined Cain for doing evil things and then to condemn him to hell. Jesus does not condemn anyone to hell just because they were born one way or the other. But every single one of us have to BE BORN AGAIN AND WE HAVE TO OVERCOME! And when sin knocks at your door it is then you have a choice, will you choose that sin that is inside your heart? Or will you REBUKE IT and CAST OUT THOSE DEMONS that are crouching at your door. Cain did NOT overcome. But sin overcame him, he let it rule over him and then he was destroyed. But those of us who want to overcome, we have to push through into the Kingdom of God, we have to deny ourselves daily, we have to deny our flesh, and then we have to push forward into the Kingdom of God.
This idea that we are just “once saved always saved” because we said a prayer, and that now we are going to heaven is one of the biggest lies in church. It’s very hypocritical because they believe that THEY are saved because they belong to their church or they’ve been born in a Christian home. They think that if you turn away from God that you were never saved from the beginning… But all throughout Scripture we hear about men and women who had the opportunity before GOD to be saved and either they harkened to the calling and were saved because they stayed in the LORD to the end, or they turned away from their calling and they were cursed by GOD because they rejected to do WHAT WAS RIGHT.
We really need to overcome temptation and if we do the Lord will bless us. He will help us, but if we don’t overcome it will be major problems for us, and those sins will be passed down to our family and our generation becomes cursed. As for me, and my family I want to dedicate every single breath, every single day of my life to the LORD so that I can be used for His purpose. I want to OVERCOME IN THE NAME OF JESUS and the only way to overcome is to keep ourselves humble, pure before the LORD every single day, just bowing in prayer and asking the LORD to fill us with His Holy Spirit, asking to have on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD and then going about our day in complete humility and righteousness. If one day we wake up and we forge to overcome, if we forget to push off the desires of the flesh, that is the prime time to satan to overcome us and once we start to fall, then satan stats to say “you’re worthless, you might as well go completely into the world… don’t even try to live righteously… everyone’s a sinner…” and once you get beaten down, if you don’t get back up, if you don’t start walking with the Lord in purity again, then satan will just destroy your entire life. And that is where a lot of Christians are because they have been depleted, they have allowed satan into their heart and basically they have become like Cain. And now they just think that GOD is cursing them and they are not even sure why, BUT THE REASON IS DUE TO SIN. It’s not just do to past generational curses, it’s not just due to God predestining someone, but it has to do with our CHOICES. Remember that God told Cain; “IF YOU DO WELL, WILL YOU N OT BE ACCEPTED? AND IF YOU DO NOT DO WELL, SIN LIES AT THE DOOR. AND ITS DESIRE IS FOR YOU, BUT YOU SHOULD RULE OVER IT.” If Cain ruled over his sin he would have been a man of God and God would have blessed Him. God did not curse Him for just being a man of God (as his mother called him “a man from the LORD”) Of course not. Rather he was cursed when he turned away from his calling to be a man of God and chose EVIL. Likewise, WE have to choose truth over error. We have to choose light over darkness and GOOD over evil. Will you choose to go with Jesus today in righteousness? Or will you choose to go the way of Cain, the way of the lusts of the flesh and anger and hatred and murder which lead to DEATH? May the grace of Jesus be with you.