Saturday, July 28, 2018
Ready to Pounce
“Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (
In his book Death in the Long Grass, Peter Hathaway Capstick tells the true story of some lions who turned the tables on their hunters. These cats had acquired a taste for human blood, and they would sneak into hunting camps at night, step over sleeping men, choose their prey, and drag them away. One lion in particular killed more than one hundred men. The lions were so effective at what they did that their victims didn’t know when they would strike.
Sin is like a wild beast in our lives, ready to pounce. Cain, for example, was angry that his offering was rejected but his brother’s offering was accepted. God warned him, saying, “You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master” (Genesis 4:7 nlt).
God was effectively saying, “You’d better get control over this, Cain, or it will get the best of you.” Clearly Cain had not been doing well up to this point. And ultimately he gave in to sin and killed his brother.
Sin is at our doors, too. The evil is looking for vulnerabilities in our lives. He is looking for weaknesses. He is looking for ways to take us down.
That is why the Bible warns us not to give the devil any room. Ephesians 4:26 says, “‘Don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26–27 nlt). You don’t make deals with the devil; you keep your distance from him.
Don’t underestimate the devil. Don’t leave a foothold for sin in your life.
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