To Love or Not To Love
“Sin crouches at the door… yet you can be its master.” Genesis 4:7
Have you heard the phrase, The Devil made me do it? Why did Cain murder his brother, even after being told he could master his feelings? Even Eve blamed the Serpent, (the devil, meaning satan) for making her give in and eat the coveted fruit that her Creator warned her not to eat.
Does satan, (meaning adversary) really have the power to makes us give in to sin or do we all have the same choice given to mankind from the beginning?
Human nature seems to have an inclination to, blame, justify and act helpless when it comes to doing what we feel like doing. Even though the original message of mastering sin has never changed. Since the beginning of time, mankind has had this struggle between being their own god, and walking in, (obeying) the Way of Love, Micah 6:8.
We all know Cain was not helpless against overcoming his feelings when he chose to murder his brother Able. But look at our own times of anger, rage, jealousy, emotional pain, and the offenses that hit our egos so deeply, the struggle to obey His Law to Love one another can seem impossible at times.
The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness (Love) of God. James 1:20
Our Creator knows how the adrenaline flows though our veins when we are offended, hurt and angry. Although it is normal to feel these emotions, He is telling us we have a choice to control our actions.
Like a loving Father who has pointed us in the Way that leads to lasting Life. In the original language of Hebrew, His Way is called Torah. Before it was written by Moses, it existed orally and since the time of Y’hushua (Jesus) it has been written on our hearts. Romans 2:15; Jeremiah 31:33
The choice to Love and the choice to Sin (not to love)
Y’shua summed up Torah by these two teachings: Love YHVH our Father with all our heart, mind and strength and Love your neighbor (one another) as yourself. Deuteronomy 6:4; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37
Love breaks our bondage to sin
“Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” Romans 6:16
“You adulterous people, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (desires of the world).” Matthew 6:24
The rebellious do as they please because they are blind to their slavery to sin. Whether we think we like to sin or just can’t help it, we are slaves to whatever we give into or yield to, sin is then our master. If we think we are free, try saying no to your desires, and notice the struggle. This is why fasting is a discipline, telling ourselves no, especially to a favorite food, reveals this struggle as we remember the words, “yet you can be it’s master.”
If we knew giving into sin was like letting a thief steal, kill and destroy our life wouldn’t we struggle to master it? Y’shuah said, I came that they may have Life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
He overcame the world, by mastering this struggle, and He told His followers to have peace in knowing they could also be victorious! John 16:33
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’ Revelation 2:7
The difference between, good and bad, right and wrong, life and death, is implanted in everyone. Whether we refer to it as the Word, Torah, the Way to Truth and Life, AKA Y’husha, freedom, healing, deliverance or salvation, it can only be received by the the humble, those who yield their inclination to do bad and walk in obedience to our Creator’s Way of Love.
Therefore, putting aside every bad thing… it is humbly we receive the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21