Scripture: Genesis 4:6-7
Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? "If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it."
Insights: As I have pondered these verses and thought about my preaching point regarding worship; I feel as if I did not preach this point very clearly. FBCBG blog readers, please encourage those who attended the service this past Sunday to read this blog today for further clarification. My point in the outline was What Kind of Worship do You Present to God? At that point I began explaining about our churches attendance patterns over the past eight weeks and how many active and inactive members we have on our role at FBCBG. Here is the connecting point I failed to make in regards to the verses for today’s Thoughts by Scott. Notice God’s conversation with Cain for a moment. God warns him that sin is crouching at the door and that it desires to consume him. The Lord continues His admonition as He tells Cain he must master this temptation. There is only one way we as believers are going to master the temptations in our lives and not enter into sin, which desires to devour us. The one way is private worship of the Lord on a daily basis as we have our quiet times with Him. Here is where the connecting point comes together. As we spend private time with the Lord and gain mastery over the temptations in our lives, it will compel us to desire corporate worship with the body of Christ. As we worship together it further strengthens us and encourages us to surrender to the Lordship of Christ Jesus and experience His deliverance over temptation in our lives—mastery of temptation. Beloved, Satan desires to drive us away from our daily quiet times, as well as, our corporate worship times. When we abandon these two aspects of our Christian walk, I can promise you it will not be long before you succumb to the temptations and walk the path of Cain. Beloved, draw near to God and worship Him in private and corporate worship and allow His strength to be your strength. Walk in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ!
- How is your attendance in corporate worship?
- How is your involvement in daily private worship with the Lord?
Prayer: Father, You are the only One worthy of praise and adoration. Spending time with You in private worship is the only thing that prevents me from falling prey to the temptations of this world. Out of this private worship I am compelled to worship with my fellow brothers and sisters corporately. May my worship be pleasing to You, my Lord and God. Amen.