The Choice is Yours
“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
My last post was attempting to help us be careful before making a vow or walking down an isle to make a commitment before the Lord, unless we first “considered the cost”, being prepared to “follow thru” and not overextending ourselves to later be a person who people will say “This man began to build and was not able to finish” Luke 14:30.
I was thinking about the same idea of “counting the cost“, but this time thinking thru the consequences that will follow a bad choice or willful sin.
When I was in the Colony we had a saying, “Play the tape thru”. It was a thought provoking statement that would cause me to consider my next move.
As a person with an addictive behavior it is important for me to take the time to “consider”, whether it be for a good intention or a selfish, self-gratifying acting out that will result in wreckage.
In this passage of scripture In Genesis 4 God poses a choice to Cain, “if you do well” and “if you do not do well”. Isn’t that what it comes down to for us?
Proverbs 4:26 tells us to “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established”. The word “establish” means “to fix or make fast, to set”. Another translation is “to strengthen” or be “steadfast”.
When I begin a building project it is very important that I study the plans and get a visual of what it is I’m about to “establish”. As men I believe God wants to use His Word to do a work in us that would “establish” us. Our minds should be “fixed”, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” Hebrews 12:2a. Amen? – Rob Russomano blogs regularly for Freedom Fighter and serves on the full-time staff at America’s Keswick
Quote of the day: I had known, believed and preached (about Christ) for many years…but I had become more concerned about knowledge of faith than about knowledge of God. To me God had become more of a theoretical and doctrinal figure,than a saving, experiential companion. Alan Redpath
Verse to Memorize: “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes. Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgments. Psalm 119:155-156