The Challenge of Temptation - Contending with Sin's Destructive Course - Monday, August 14th

The Challenge of Temptation - Contending with Sin's Destructive Course - Monday, August 14th

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:20-23

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

In the beginning God created Adam and Eve and they gave birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. They both brought an offering to the Lord and Abel’s offering was acceptable to God but Cain’s was not. Cain was very angry with this outcome and so God spoke these words to him, “Sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” It would seem that Cain wanted to provide an offering of his own choosing, while Abel was willing to bring one that was in accord with what God had evidently told them He wanted. So, Abel has ignored God’s “offering” instructions in favor of his own idea of an offering, and then when it gets shot down, he is mad at God and Abel. God warns Cain that the destructive course of sin is spinning into full operation and will soon be out of control. We know the outcome: Cain lets sin master him rather than him mastering sin and he kills his brother. Cain was not aligned properly with God and His intentions for mankind. In the book of Jude near the end of the New Testament a review is given of major examples of ones who lived in opposition to God and Jude describes them as having gone the way of Cain. God’s desire for us is that we go the way of Abel and not Cain. God has a plan in place designed to help us master sin with its temptations and to have true righteousness produced in our lives. This is the focus of this week’s Devotionals.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I want to be aligned with your righteousness, so today I choose the way of Abel over the way of Cain. Help me to be wary of the true perils of sin. Oh, how I need your wisdom for contending with temptation in my life. I truly believe you will help me consistently master sin and its temptations. Thank you for your relentless work to produce genuine righteous in my life. I love you, worship you, and praise you. Amen!

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jim Dodd wrote:
Ken, I think in the line "So, Abel has ignored God’s 'offering' instructions..." you meant to say, "So, Cain has ignored God's 'offering' instructions..." But I think everyone knows what you meant.

Even in these well known verses, I enjoyed your thoughts. I, too, hear God's instructions and decide that they are not interesting enough or they not what I want to do. After all these millenia, it's still our nature to want to go our own way. As Ben has been saying, and you reinforce, while we are forgiven, there is still a right and a wrong and we need to turn our eyes upon Jesus.

Mon, August 14, 2017 @ 2:40 PM

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