Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

The story of Cain and Abel has been told countless times to us from when we were kids, yet its relevance today cannot be understated. After these two brothers made their offerings, God was clearly pleased with what was offered by one but displeased with the other.

However, besides their offerings, another subject evident in the text is the concept of ‘sin and how much power it wields’. It is worth knowing that even though ‘sin was lurking at the door’, God made a rather profound fact ‘ but you shall rule over it’. Then arises the question: if we have power over sin, why does the reverse of this statement rather appear to be true?

Could our reason be because we just don’t want to exert that authority or because we don’t know we have it? Neither of those excuses are acceptable. Too often we allow other things to lead us on or blind our eyes and thus shut off our capacity to resist sin. Cain placed his anger and dissatisfaction before his power over sin and he lost the fight. We see a similar picture when Judas put his greed first and as the end result was- he betrayed Jesus.

It is important to realise that we have been given power over sin and not the other way round. Sin cannot and should not rule over us. We must therefore rise up each time to the challenge and begin to exert some authority because we cannot allow ourselves to be held down by the clutches of sin.

Remember # sin lurks at the door, but you have power over it.

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