Genesis 4, Matthew 4, Ezra 4, Acts 4

Genesis 4:7

This is the first time the word sin is used in scripture.  To me this is such a vivid picture of sin.  It always causes me stop and think of sin crouching at the door of my life ready and waiting for the opportunity to pounce.  I am reminded of 1 Peter 5:8 where the devil is described as a roaring lion 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 common understanding of our day.  Yet 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 and God the Father allowed His Son to be tempted, so is dealing with temptation part of God's process in me?  Since 1 Corinthians 10:13 says temptation is common to all of us, it would seem wise to learn from Jesus how to deal with temptation.  This is especially true since Hebrews 4:15 says "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 potential 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

This is so cool.  When the believers were told to quit speaking about Jesus they knew scripture (Psalm 2) well enough to quote God's word to explain what the leaders were saying and why. 

May I know your word so well Lord, that all I think, say and do reflect Your view of the world.  May knowing what you say cause me to be bold in saying the same thing.