Weekly Devotional June 12, 2021

The Wheat Field Murder!

Genesis 4:1-8 (NKJV)

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 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.” Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

This was the first case of sibling rivalry. Each wanting to do better than the other. In doing so they could claim superiority over the other. If you look at it closely, sibling rivalry is silly and impossible. Both came from the same seed. How could either one be superior? They may be different, but neither is better than the other.

The envy Cain had for Abel was the cause of his anger. The envy and anger themselves are not a sin (James 1:20), however as you can see, they will often lead to sin. Anger while not a sin, certainly is not an example of righteousness.

The act of killing someone is not a sin. If it were, God would have sinned when He told the Children of Israel to go into the land of Caanan and kill every man, woman, and child in the land. Had the Children of Israel followed the command of God they would not have sinned. However, they disobeyed God because of the doubts and desires of their hearts. Sin can only come from the heart, not the action. Sin is an attitude, not an action.

Cain also experienced the first instance of jealousy. Again, while jealousy is not really a sin, it did lead to a sin and often does. What jealousy is, must be considered a useless and time-wasting act. In this case Cain was jealous because God chose Abel’s gift over his. It was the gift God chose, God didn’t say Abel was better than Cain. Cain’s jealousy was a vain act.

In Jude 1:11, God inspired Jude to use this as a warning to those who seek to make a profit off Christianity. We have many who preach and teach who are not called to do so. These people are not representing God, they are teaching false teachings to profit from the people.

God doesn’t charge people for coming to or being members of the church. Churches need money to pay for the things needed to run the church, but God has never put a price on anything He does in the church, neither should we. The gift of money in the offering should come from the heart of the individual, not the mandate of the pastor.

When trying to find a new church, always talk to the preacher and your teacher away from other people. Ask them why they started preaching or teaching. If their answer is not, “God called me to do so” then always challenge anything they do that involves the receiving of money.

There are wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church now. Ask God for guidance and be careful.

By the way, “God called me to teach/preach His word.”

Weekly Word Definition – Commend

  1. praise formally or officially. synonyms: praise · compliment · congratulate · applaud · clap · cheer · toast · salute.
  2. present as suitable for approval or acceptance; recommend. synonyms: recommend · suggest · put forward · propose · advance · approve · indorse · advocate · vouch for · speak for · stand up for · champion · support · back · plug · push.
  3. entrust someone or something to. synonyms: entrust · trust · deliver · commit · hand over · give · give over · turn over · consign · assign.
  1. It was God that Created to Universe.
  2. It was God that Created Adam.
  3. It was God that gave us Christianity.
  4. It was God that formed you in your mother’s womb.
  5. It was God that called you to salvation.
  6. It was God that gave you the words to speak today.

Did you ever notice that every word of action above is a “second party word?” If you used all the synonyms above about yourself, people would laugh at you.

If you used the synonyms above about yourself constantly, people would begin to distrust you.

If you used the synonyms above about yourself, people would eventually begin to talk negative about you and your abilities.

The best part of this definition is that the result can be changed.

  • Learn how to do your job well.
  • Let God help you communicate with others.
  • Let God help tell others about your abilities.
  • Depend on God for your daily needs.
  • Praise God in your prayers.
  • Praise God in your communications.

Don’t get me wrong, a person can be financially successful and not be a Christian. However, they are never happy, joyful, or loving. The are cold, selective, and distrustful.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer a Christian who is all the things above. I would also prefer a Christian who could introduce men to their God and recommend a true method of believing in Him. A true method of getting to know Him. A true method of communicating with Him. Let God teach you how to get the money.

Remember this about God.

God is Love.

God gives us His love.

God expects our love.

God expects us to “love one another.”

To the Lord My God

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.
You Must Be Born Again!

And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments.

Daniel 9:4 (NKJV)

Bruce Summers was an ordinary man that tried to do the right thing all the time. One day Bruce bought some property in the city and then he decided to build a house on the property.  When he bought the house, there were some conditions given to him because of where the property was located.

When he went to apply for the permits he needed, there was a problem about the location of the property. Since Bruce was from the country, he did not understand some of the city’s rules and regulations.

Since the land was in the center of the Commercial District, Bruce could not build a single-family home. The building had to be a multi-family dwelling. The best solution would be an apartment building.

Bruce tried to fight the system, but it was no use. In the end he had to sell the property to a company that wanted to build a business complex.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.

John 3:3-8 (NKJV)

There are many people today that try to force their way into Christianity. They find a congregation that will give them a one- or two-week study course and let them join the church. They feel that will make them a Christian. All that makes them is a member of that congregation.

To be born again, you must first get rid of your sinful nature. To do that you must pour out all your sins to God. Remove those sins from your heart and cleanse your heart with prayer. Then you must replace the sin with the truth of God’s word.

Christianity is not some congregation or association you join; those are the things satan wants you to listen to. Christianity is a way of life. This life is attained by following and obeying the life lessons contained in the bible.

Just like Bruce didn’t bother to learn the restrictions of the land he bought, most people don’t study the bible and they never learn the guidelines of being a Christian. We must walk with God and that means walking without sin. We must look like Christ. Christ lived His life without sin.

In every book he wrote, Paul condemned sin after salvation because he knew the rules and restrictions of being a good Christian.

You Must Be Born Again!!