Genesis 4:7 | 1 Peter 5:8
"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Genesis 4:7
Sin is always around the corner, always waiting to pounce and in these end days, there are no end of temptations everywhere we look. Trying to live in a material world is far from easy. Knowing the difference between good and evil is one thing but distinguishing between wants and needs – well that’s something else. For example, clothes are a necessity but do we really need another pair of jeans or trousers or are we just keeping up with fashion?
It’s not just about what we buy either. There is much talk at the moment about the end times nearing so it’s time for us all to start thinking about whether our actions align with what God expects of us. Are all our actions should be done in love rather than love for ourselves but do we treat those around us with the same love, even strangers?
It’s too easy to help someone only if it benefits us. How many times have you been waiting to leave a parking space at the supermarket and someone let you out only to drive into the space you vacated? Would they have let you out if they didn’t want the space? Don’t be that person who is only kind to benefit themselves.
As 1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. Only thing is, he’s so devious, you won’t notice the lion and that’s where we can fall. Our primary aim should be to please God and thinking about every action we take and asking ourselves, is this done in praise of God and living a godly life. Always strive to be a man or woman of God – it’s the only way forward.
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