Genesis 4:6, 7 - Making Right Choices.

Genesis 4:6, 7 - Making Right Choices.

Genesis 4:6, 7 (NIV) Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you 
angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you 
not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is 
crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." 

You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying 
him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your 
life. Deuteronomy 30:20 (NLT) 

God doesn't force his will on anyone. He lets us decide whether 
to follow him or reject him. This decision, however, is a 
life-or-death matter. God wants us to realize this, for he would like us all 
to choose life. Daily, in each new situation, we must affirm and 
reinforce this commitment. [Life Application SB] 

   I love Deuteronomy 30. It's what I call the Nike text because 
it is where God says, "Just Do It." Essentially, he says this: 
"What I am telling you to do is not too hard when you stop and think 
about it. It's not in outer space, and it's not across the ocean. No, 
it's right here before you. You will have to make a choice, though, 
and I won't do that for you. But when you make the choice to follow 
me, you and your children will live, and I mean really live!"  
   God says, "When I set before you the opportunity to make the 
right choice, Just do it! When you see the next right thing to do, 
Just do it! What I'm offering you is a choice between life and death 
- now choose life!"  
   There will be opportunities to do both good and evil today, 
good which leads to life, evil which leads to death. It's a choice 
each of us will make. It's a lot easier to decide what we will do 
before we are faced with the actual choice. 
   Father, help me as I make critical choices today that will 
affect my life and the lives of those I love. I know you want only the 
best for me. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily 
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 

   What are you preoccupied with? Chances are, at any given 
moment your mind is focused on a singular issue, interest, or need, and 
everything else becomes peripheral. Maybe that preoccupation is the biggest 
item on your to-do list, the biggest problem you face, or the biggest 
desire in your heart. Whatever it is, it takes up a lot of mental 
space. Our brains have limited focus.  
   Our preoccupations usually don't line up with Scripture. The 
Word continually points us back to worship or praise or some other 
Kingdom focus, but instead we're distracted by competing demands about 
careers and relationships and personal plans for the future. In 
themselves, these things aren't wrong. But we have a way of making them 
disproportionately large. And our one true focus - God - seems to get pushed out of 
the way to make room.  
   Why aren't we more preoccupied with Him? Why don't we wake up 
each day with one pressing question: how can I love Him well? Why 
aren't we more intentional about caring for the heart of the Father? 
Other concerns can drain energy from our primary purpose. Unless we 
fulfill our primary purpose, none of the rest falls into place or 
ultimately satisfies us. But if we do fulfill that purpose - if we choose 
to love God not just in theory but in the largest spaces of our 
hearts and minds - He becomes more practically and powerfully present 
in us and with us. He watches over our concerns when we watch over 
   Choose to love and adore Him as your primary preoccupation, 
and see what He does with the other concerns of your life. He will 
fight battles, win victories, and resolve issues for those who are 
focused on Him. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by 
Chris Tiegreen] 

   I want you to love Me, listen to My voice, and hold fast to 
Me - for I am your Life. This is the way of wisdom. I am training 
you to stay close to Me as you walk along perilous paths. In any 
close relationship, listening and loving are vitally important - and 
they are interconnected. Listen to Me as I rejoice over you with 
gladness and quiet you with My Love. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you 
receive My glorious Love in full measure. This will dramatically 
increase your love for Me.  
   The world is full of dangers, so it is wise to hold tightly 
to My hand. Listen - through My Spirit and My Word - while I talk 
you through tough times. Pour out your heart to Me, remembering that 
I am your Refuge. As you stay in dialogue with Me, I help you 
handle whatever is before you. Hold fast to Me, beloved, for I am your 
Life. (Deu. 30:20; Zep. 3:17; Psa. 62:8) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Stop worrying long enough to hear My voice. I speak softly to 
you, in the depths of your being. Your mind shuttles back and forth, 
hither and yon weaving webs of anxious confusion. As My thoughts rise 
up within you, they become entangled in those sticky webs of worry. 
Thus, My voice is muffled, and you hear only "white noise."  
   Ask My Spirit to quiet your mind so that you can think My 
thoughts. This ability is an awesome benefit of being My child, patterned 
after My own image. Do not be deafened by the noise of the world or 
that of your own thinking. Instead, be transformed by the renewing of 
your mind. Sit quietly in My Presence, letting My thoughts reprogram 
your thinking. (Deu. 30:20; Gen. 1:27; Rom. 12:2) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 


   Every once in a while God gives us the chance to witness a 
miracle! Recently, a leader in Celebrate Recovery shared this miracle 
with me:  
   "A year ago a man walked into my office, broken, at his wit's 
end, with a heart full of despair. He was angry and trying to cope 
with a host of substances and other unhealthy habits that were 
destroying his mind and hardening his heart. He was ready to abandon his 
wife and family. Last night I saw this man again at a Celebrate 
Recovery graduation service.  
   Now, eleven months sober, he is a completely different man. 
   "With tears in his eyes, he accepted his 12-Step chip and 
then expressed his love for his wife who was sitting close by. I was 
humbled as I heard him talk about the restoration that had come to his 
marriage and how his kids are rejoicing and talking about God. He then 
quoted the following Bible passage, changing you to I: 'If I do what is 
right, will not I be accepted? But if I do not do what is right, sin is 
crouching at my door; it desires to have me, but I must master it.' " 
   The man I met a year ago is no more. In his place, a new 
leader has been born. That's what I call a true miracle - the 
transformation of a human life."  
   Dear God of miracles, I stand in awe of what you have done in 
so many lives. My words cannot express your greatness. In Jesus' 
name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny 




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