But You Must Master It

Many many years ago, two men- one a farmer, the other a shepherd- brought offerings before God. One brought the best of the firstborn lamb from his flock. The other brought crops from the fields he had laboured so hard to cultivate. After their offerings were tendered before God, the Shepherd’s offering was accepted, while the Farmer’s offering was not.

The long hours of labour in the fields under the unforgiving sun flashed through the Farmer’s mind, closely accompanied by flashbacks of how the Shepherd (his brother) always seemed to have things so easy. The feeling of rejection slowly and steadily morphed into something sinister as he looked upon his brother who was basking in the Grace of “The Accepted”.

God looked upon the heart of the Farmer, and saw the beginnings of a new manifestation of darkness that up to that point the world had never seen. In His Love, He sent a warning to the Farmer which he (like some of us today) didn’t take very seriously.

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.

Genesis 4:7 NLT.

After a man is saved and his spirit is born again, his soul and body are usually not immediately aware of what has happened, and as a result, continue to lust after things that are contrary to the spirit.

But praised be God, who in His Graciousness has given us deliverance from the dominion of Sin and its consequences (that is, eternal death), Romans 6:14. The Holy Spirit in us gives us the ability to deal with temptations accordingly, and live as God would want us to live. (Philippians 2:13).

However, many times we sabotage the working of the spirit in us onto righteousness, by failing to do what is right. Temptation to sin (and the act of Sin) doesn’t just fall on you like that. It is usually a result of processes that started from the things that influence your desires- visual, auditory, and other sources of influence.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

James 1:14-15

We can learn from God’s warning to Cain, the Farmer. Sin (sponsored by our fleshly desires) is always waiting for us to step outside of God’s strength, lower our guard and lose our alertness. Sin does not need much: just the starting materials of a stray thought here, or a lustful image there.

The good news is we can master Sin. Do what is right, avoid all sources of temptations, walk in the Spirit everyday, and you’ll find yourself exercising your dominion over Sin. The aim of sin is to make you feel (and eventually make you believe) that you are unaccepted before God. Don’t let it.

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