Updated: May 20
It’s not that He wants to ruin the party, it's the consequences behind the choices we make.
Every one of us can go back to a time where a decision that we made caused some harm, damage, or hurt; not just to ourselves but to someone else. So, the role our Creator plays in our lives is to be our light and help us make better decisions, because these bad choices lead us into traps.
When there is light you can see and when it’s dark you cannot see. When you are not able to see you put yourself at risk of stumbling and making bad choices. You stumble because you cannot see what's in front of you. If there is a trap, you cannot see it, so you walk right into it unwillingly. This is what sin is. It causes you to fall into traps.
When you have light, you can see every trap in front of you, and you can walk around it or over it and It will not catch you.
Our Creators role is to be your light so you can always see the traps that are in front of you. He is the light and no darkness is in Him (1 john 1:5).
But, let me give you an example of a trap.
Hate cause you to stumble and fall into a trap (1 John 2:9-11).
When you hate someone, it causes feelings of anger, disgust, and hostility towards that person. Then these feelings start to control your thinking and behavior. It is impossible to act independent of how you think. Your brain tells the body what to do, and your brain gets information from you.
What’s in your heart (soul, emotions), dominates your thinking, ultimately causing you to act out how you feel.
Your actions affect not only you but anyone around you. When you hurt someone, they begin to act out from the pain or anger inside, applying this behavior to someone else, and the cycle continues.
Therefore, our Creator cautions us to not take sin lightly.
Cain was warned, “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.” - Genesis 4:7
Cain ignored the warning and fell into the trap of jealousy. That trap led to another trap called bitterness. And finally, the traps influence Cain to commit murder.
To prevent himself from falling into the trap, all Cain had to do was do what he should do, and that is the right thing.
Here we see God warning him of what happens if you disobey what he says, “sin lies at the door.”
Cain had two options, listen or not and he choice to not obey. Ultimately, Cain's disobedience caused him to commit murder.
This trap that Cain fell into not only affected him, but it took the life of a son and brother.
Everything is connected in some way. Like I mentioned before, your actions affect not only you, but anyone around you.
Cain had a problem and that was having a wrong motive behind giving God offering which was an ancient Israelite practice to make amends for their sins.
His wrong motive was a sin, which caused rejection from the Creator. If Cain’s intent for the offering was genuine and pure, then it would have been accepted.
But catch this, it was a good thing that the wrong motive was directed to God, because of our Creators mercy, patience, and tolerant nature He wasn’t quick to punish Cain. He gave Cain another opportunity to do it right. Instead of Cain being grateful, because it is God we’re talking about, he got mad falling into the trap of murder.
Cain knew what he was doing was wrong (trap), but he did it anyway (another trap). This is what sin does, it becomes an obstacle in our lives. I mean that's its job.
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; while our Creator came so we can have life and have it to the fullest.”
Remember, sin (trap) makes you liable to destruction.
The Lord said to Joshua,“Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelite's cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction." - Joshua 7.
It is a guarantee that we will sin, because of our not knowing, not caring or not knowing the severity behind what we are doing.
Our ignorance and/or pride is our downfall when it comes sin. As despairing as this may sound, there is hope and that hope is the mercy of Jesus Christ (2 Chronicles 6:36-39). God’s mercy is His love, and His love causes Him to forgive us for our wrong doings when we are sincerely repentant.
He is our help!
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen“- Jude 1.
“Although you would like to sin, there is a force inside of you that stops you and makes you take off running, as Joseph did when he was enticed by Potiphar’s wife. It is a power that, when you are tempted, it will not allow you to sleep, it grabs your attention, it shakes you, it does the unspeakable in order to keep you from sinning. This does not mean that you will never fall; but if you were to slip, as soon as you touch the ground, you will get up, seek God’s mercy, and repent. He will not allow you to remain there even one day. The experience will be so strong that you will radically distance yourself from that seduction. It is as when Peter sinned. It was an experience of true hell, knowing that he had failed the very one that he loved so much. And from there he rose up powerfully, to the point that he gave up his life for Him. The seed simply cannot live together with sin.” (From: Ana Mendez Ferrell, Seated in Heavenly Places).
Sin may be tempting and feel good at times, but in the end, it is a setup waiting to trap you.
See Lamentations 5:1-7 for more consequences of sin.
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