Tuesday, January 5, 2016

with Brother Rick
 Genesis 4: 6- 8
  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?
V- 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
V- 8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

 We know the story of Cain and Abel the sons of Adam. One important thing that we must recognize before we go any further. Once sin has entered the home, it spreads to all that are involved. Adam’s transgression cursed every man. Romans 5: 12 says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Now we see that sin has passed on to his children. Adam told his sons about the Lord. Adam gave his sons the message of the gospel. Adam told his sons how God had covered their sins with coats of skins. Adam told his sons how that his sins and the sins of their mom were covered by sacrifice of the Lamb. Hallelujah, Glory to God goes right there!!!!!!!! Adam warned his sons about religion and how it will lead a man down the wrong path. Adam preached the message of “Grace through faith in the blood of the lamb”. But only one was listening. Cain ignored the message, and tried to please a holy God with the work of his hands. Cain’s fruit basket did not please God. And here’s a news flash for you this morning. Your fruit basket will not please God either. Only the sacrificial blood shed on Calvary will get the job done. Abel heard the message, and Abel obeyed the message. “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering”, Genesis 4: 4.

There are two things that we must take away from this passage this morning. First, are you preaching the right message? Do those who live in your house know where you stand? Do those who see you every day know that you are real, and your faith is real? Does the message that you relay help separate people from the world, or does it draw people closer to the world? The reality is this; If you live in sin, your children and those directly connected to you will also live in sin. A man who is a drunk, will have children who drink. A man who is a drug addict will more than likely raise drug addicts. A man who lives for the world, will raise children who live for the world. No doubt, Adam told his sons of his sin. And once the door is opened, only God can shut it.

Secondly, and this is important. Even if sin has showed its ugly head, even if we fail to follow the right path, even if we stumble and fall, even if we make the mistake of following our own understanding instead of following the will and the Word of God, GOD CAN MAKE IT RIGHT!!! 1 John 1: 9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Friend today could be the turning point of your life. Today can be a brand new start for you. It’s never too late. God is waiting, God is merciful, God is longsuffering, God is compassionate, God offers us today a new life. Won’t you come and accept the victory. In the text, God told Cain, YOUR OFFERING WON’T DO; your religion is not enough. Your works are as filthy rags, BUT, if you will listen to the message, forget about the past, turn from the world, and repent of your sins, I will accept you and you can have a new start.

Friend, God is offering you the same thing. What is it about this world that would keep you from living for God? I can’t understand it. John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Hey!! You can dress up, go to every service, claim the name of Jesus, and bust hell wide open. Or you can listen to the message, accept the message, turn to God in repentance and faith and enjoy the blessings of God. “If thou does well, shalt thou not be accepted”?

A new life is waiting for YOU!! Listen and accept the message of the gospel. It’s the only way!!

Have A Blessed Day!!!

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