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." 

Genesis 4:6, 7 (NLT) 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 


Set Up Some Safeguards
   There are certain questions in life that 
we dont need to think about or pray about. 
Why? Because we already know what God says about 
   For example, we already know that its 
not okay to steal because God tells us, You 
must not steal (Exodus 20:15 NLT). We already 
know that its not okay to have an adulterous 
relationship because God says, You must not commit 
adultery (Exodus 20:14 NLT). 
   But then there are things that were 
unsure about. We dont know for certain whether 
theyre right or wrong. 
   The good news is that we can set up some 
safeguards in our lives to help us determine what we 
should do. Before you engage in that activity 
youre uncertain about, ask yourself some 
   First, does it build you up spiritually, 
or does it tear you down? The apostle Paul 
wrote, You say, I am allowed to do 
anything - but not everything is good for you. You 
say, I am allowed to do anything - but not 
everything is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT). 
   You should avoid, at all costs, anything 
that could tear you down spiritually, pull you 
away from the people of God, keep you from 
Christian fellowship, or take the edge off your desire 
for prayer or Bible study. 
   Second, does it bring you under its 
power? Again, Paul wrote, I must not become a 
slave to anything (1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT). I 
dont want to be under the control of anyone or 
anything except Jesus Christ. 
   Third, do you have an uneasy conscience 
about it? Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, 
If you do anything you believe is not right, 
you are sinning (Romans 14:23 NLT). 
   These are things we need to consider as 
believers because we have an adversary, the Devil, who 
is waiting to strike. So be careful. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


It's at the Door
   Years ago, my son Christopher was lying 
out in the sun at our house when he woke up to 
find a huge gopher snake, coiled up and hissing 
at him, poised to strike. It must have been six 
or seven feet long. Terrified, he ran into the 
house and shut the door behind him. 
   That is a picture of how sin can be: 
ready to strike. It is at the door--for all of us. 
It is potentially there at all times, and for 
some of us, it has already slithered across the 
   When Cain saw that the Lord accepted 
Abel's offering, but not his, he was angry. So God 
gave him a warning. He essentially told Cain what 
was going to happen to him if he didn't get 
himself under control: "Sin lies at the door. And 
its desire is for you, but you should rule over 
it" (Genesis 4:7). Another way to translate it 
would be, 'Sin is crouching at the door like a 
beast.' What a vivid picture that is of sin 
crouching, ready to pounce like a wild animal. 
   So the next time sin comes knocking at 
your door, you might say, "Lord, would You mind 
getting that? I'm going to stand in Your strength. 
I'm going to trust in You. You are the only one 
who can give me the strength to overpower sin." 
If we will master sin, then we must first be 
mastered by Him who mastered it. 
   Tragically, Cain did not allow himself to 
be mastered by God but instead became enslaved 
by the Devil. [Every Day with Jesus by Greg 


A Picture of Redemption
   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 Baker] 


Just Do It!
   "This day I call heaven and earth as 
witnesses against you that I have set before you life 
and death, blessings and curses. Now choose 
life, so that you and your children may live and 
that you may love the Lord your God, listen to 
his voice, and hold fast to him." Deuteronomy 
   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 
   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] 


Genesis 4:6, 7 - Making Right Choices.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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