You know those times during the month, where we as women tend to struggle with our emotions a little more? It was one of those times for me and a situation came up. It was one I usually handle carefully with a prayer on a normal day, but this day some emotions were stirring high. I could sense the Holy Spirit cautioning me to make a good choice. I could hear Him cheering me on to make the right choice. I allowed my mind to go where I should not have let it go and my emotions went with it, along with my mouth. I could feel the Holy Spirit grieving and I was kicking myself for giving into it all.
As we continue in Genesis, we see Cain in the same situation. He was dealing with some anger and jealousy. Let’s read about it.
“But on Cain and his offering, he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:5-7 (NIV)
Cain was angry that God had rejected his offering, yet accepted his brother’s. He was jealous of Abel. The anger and jealousy were taking control of his heart. God saw this. He loved Cain as much as He loved Abel. God approaches Cain. He pursues Cain. He admonishes him to see that sin is trying to overtake him but he can do what is right. he can overcome sin.
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After I read this and really pondered what it was saying, God brought to mind some moments that I needed to repent for. He also showed me moments of victory. That day, I was struggling and I was fighting with giving in to the attitude and the Holy Spirit brought this to mind. He reminded me that this was one of those moments like He had with Cain. I could choose to allow Him to help me to take the frustration and the struggle and walk way from the sin attempting to devour me, or I could give in to it become a tornado wreaking havoc in my home. I chose to walk away that day.
“Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say, Return faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord;
I will not look upon you in anger.
For I am gracious,’ declares the Lord;
I will not be angry forever.” Jeremiah 3:12 (NASB)
“If you put away the sin that is in your hand
and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;
you will stand firm and without fear.” Job 11:14-15 (NIV)
“Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delights to show mercy.” Micah 7:18 (NIV)
I praise and thank God for His love and mercy. This is God’s heart. He desires that we will repent and turn back towards Him. His heart is not to be angry. His heart is for us to live forgiven, standing firm without fear, and free.
When you feel the warning of the Holy Spirit cautioning you that sin is desiring to overtake you, but you can do the right thing, heed the warning. Take a few minutes to pray. Take time and thank Him for His love and mercy. Thank Him for His love and the gift of this very special, personal relationship with Him. The enemy wants to kill, steal, and destroy us and he uses temptation to do that but we know there is a way out. Will you heed the voice of the Lord today? I know I am much more aware today than yesterday. I pray you are also.