My Heavenly Father's ways aren't burdensome. I make His ways burdensome by feeding my rebellious spirit. I am quick to pamper this flesh of mine and give it what it craves.
Sad to say, I often have a fast-food Christian perspective. I want God to pour out His blessings on my life, without the effort and the work required of me.
God, in His bountiful grace is long-suffering and patient with me. Isn't He with you?
But He showed me something very profound in my reading this morning. I was reading in Genesis chapter 4 and verse 6 and 7 really stuck out to me.
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 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.”
If I'm not willing to listen and obey to God, and discipline myself in the very basic and life-giving reading of His Word, then I need to watch out! Sin is crouching at my door and it is eager to control me! Cain's willful disobedience and pride led to murder!
The only way to subdue it and be its master is to not give sin a place in my heart and home.
1) Take sin seriously.
If I pamper my flesh, and feed my pet-sins, I'm giving place to the enemy to have his way in my life.
2) Make God's Word of number one importance.
If God's Word isn't of utmost importance, I will easily find substitutes to feed my fleshly desires. I am naturally bent towards sin, so I must feed myself with the truth of God's Word.
3) Be willing to listen, with a heart to obey.
Have a heart ready to hear and follow in obedience.
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