GENESIS 4, MATTHEW 4, EZRA 4, ACTS 4

Genesis 4:7
"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door.  Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

This verse contains the first use of the word sin in Scripture.  To me, this passage presents a vivid picture of sin.  It always causes me to stop and think of sin crouching at the door of my life, ready and waiting for the opportunity to pounce.  Doesn't that remind you of the devil described as a roaring lion in 1 Peter 5:8 who is prowling around looking for someone to devour?

Even though this is the first use of the word sin, we know sin began its rule over mankind as soon as Adam chose to believe Satan rather than God.  The thought of sin ruling man is not the typical understanding of our day.  The Bible amply demonstrates this truth in passages such as Romans 3:9-18 and Ephesians 2:1-3.

LORD God, may I love what You love and hate what You hate.  May my view of sin match Yours.  Holy Spirit, I want to be sensitive to Your convicting me of sin in my life.  Please increase my desire to rule over sin.

Matthew 4:1-10
The Holy Spirit only acts in obedience to the Father's will.  Since, God the Father allowed His Son to be tempted, dealing with temptation must be part of God's process in me.  1 Corinthians 10:13 says temptation is common to all of us, so it would seem wise to learn how to deal with temptation from Jesus.  Hebrews 4:15 adds to our understanding of this truth since "We have a high priest (Jesus).....who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin."  In Matthew 4:4-10, Jesus' response to each of Satan's temptations is dealt with by Scripture ("it is written").  The writer of Psalm 119 had learned the lesson of how to deal with temptation.  Psalm 119:11 says "I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You."  James 1:14-15 tells us sin is birthed in us when temptation becomes desire. 

O LORD, may I be full of Your Word.  May I see temptation as the possible birth of sin in my life.  Please, may Your Word permeate my thoughts and desires so that I may not sin against You.  

Acts 4:24-31
The believers were told to quit speaking about Jesus in verse 18, "So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus."  When telling their friends what happened, they quoted scripture (Psalm 2) as the reason for what the leaders were saying and why.  Don't you want to know the Bible well enough to explain the events of the day?
  
May I know your Word so well Lord, that all I think, say and do reflects Your view of the world.  May my understanding of what You say cause me to be bold in saying the same thing.

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