Jesus said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me." (Luke 9:23)
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sin is on the Attack
Yesterday I wrote about the desire to be filled with God's Spirit in the coming New Year. That is goal, the standard, the measuring line. However, we all need to understand that "sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you" (Genesis 4:7, all Scripture used is from the HCSB unless otherwise stated).Genesis begins with the creation of all things - and there were good. However by Genesis 3 sin had entered the world and by chapter 4 we read about the first murder that takes places in history. This warning takes place before that murder. God was warning Cain and this same warning is for you and I today - "Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
The evil one doesn't have to win. Jesus gives victory over sin. Believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit to give guidance and conviction in regards to facing sin. It is only through the power and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives can we fulfill the final words of Genesis 4:7 - "you must master it."