As we continue our devotion with God, it's another good opportunity to be thankful and grateful for life, for good health, sound mind and above all, for the confidence that we have the sure mercies of God.
Our God is awesome and with Him, nothing shall be impossible because you carry His genotype, what others called impossibility become I'm Possible with you, halleluyah.
This morning, we will consider the story of Cain and a few other personalities in scripture to drive home the message that the haunted can become the preserved. Are you presently haunted over a matter, there is hope for you.
To be haunted does not necessarily connotes physical 'threat of death'. It can also be fear or any other form or worry or trouble; uncertainties one is experiencing regularly and may have become a source of concern.
Gen 4: 9 - 12 'And the Lord said unto Cain 'where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper? And he said, what has thou done? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall thou be in the earth.'
Just imagine the weight of those heavy words, the prize he was to pay (and rightly so) for his anger and consequent actions. Just like Cain, we sometimes are unable to stay on the right path at all times and the consequences of our actions do often haunt us. Not because of any physical pronouncement as the one experienced by Cain but because we do have a conscience. And our conscience often do prompt us as well as remind us of the written consequences of our actions. Its is probably impossible not to sin while on earth, but the reason why the Bible says some will miss heaven is not because of their sins but because they refused to deal with it squarely.
Well, this morning, I have good news for you. Esau cried unto God and said (Gen 4: 13 - 14) my punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
The good news is when we cry unto God, He always hear us. Don't be deceived that He won't forgive you. And the Lord said unto him...therefore, whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. What are merciful God. What dis Cain do to deserve such Grace and Mercy. The applicable law should have been death for his punishment.
Beloved, when we acknowledge our faults and shortcomings and call upon God for mercy and help; He is ever merciful. Psalm 46:1 says 'He is a very present in the time of trouble. Cain was surely troubled and God heard Him. The Lord even set a mark on Cain...Wow. What a merciful God. A man who should bear the full brunt of his anger and actions became protected and preserved.
Saul who became Paul was another typical case. Yet in Gal 6: 17...he could boldly declare 'From henceforth, let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus....
Beloved, you also can come under the mark. This is the dispensation of Grace. Grace to draw nearer and Grace to be preserved in His love and care.
The Grace is available to you and all around us.
May we not take the Grace of God for granted...
Beloved, this is a word to consider and respond to accordingly...Selah.
Shalom and Blessing!!!
From the Desk of
Pastor in the House