“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly - spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.”      

   Susan L. Taylor 


You Must Rule Over It!

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? 7 If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:6-7

The word of the Lord came to me this past week as I experienced a situation, simple as it may sound but yet God spoke to me through what but for a moment was a few thoughts passing through my mind to make a quick mental note then move on. Most who know me know that I am much like my mother in that I am a very meticulous woman when it comes to most everything about me and even more so regarding my home. To dive right in, I purchased some dish towel sets that weren’t expensive but they appealed to my delight and I soon quickly realized once again that some of my family members merely see them as rags to use as opposed to apparel that accentuates my kitchen. I attempted to put them away in such an order that older ones would be used and I would bring the new ones out when we had guests or it was a special occasion. Well, someone got a hold of one of my pretty dish towels and apparently made the mistake of getting bleach on it. They proceeded to take the towel to the back bedroom’s bathroom and place it in water in the sink in hopes to resolve the damage. The problem is they had forgotten about it and I had the displeasure of discovering it with no announcement. In other words, they had attempted to hide their wrongdoing by not coming forward. And of course, I investigated by asking and questioning potential witnesses and suspects but got nowhere. About 3 days later, a set of dish towels showed up on my counter, brand new, still bound together with no note attached or anything of the sort. I looked them over, touched them to feel their softness, and resolved that someone was anonymously admitting to the crime. My inner conversation among my intellect, will, and emotions had come to that conclusion and went even deeper to realize that someone was trying to appease me without the due diligence of confessing their fault. It was a peace offering but it did not fulfill the requirements to be accepted because:

#1 Them negating to tell the truth about it, their lack of honesty, showed they had no confidence in my love for them over my care for my things.

#2 The replacements did not fully satisfy the purpose of me buying them. It showed they had either no perception or no regard for why I chose the ones I did chose. The purpose was not fully considered. My towels are not selected based on usage only but on their ability to match up with the décor of my kitchen. My previous towels had simple designs and light colors: soft green and white. These towels, though they were soft, they were bold. bright, and dark colors, had flowers all over some that matched nor accentuated nothing in my kitchen.

How many of you know that this is something in times past that would have caused a rift in relationship because of what I would have made this to mean in my mind. But before I could allow my feelings to weigh in on the matter and assign an emotion to it. In the court session of my mind, Judge God stepped in and took over the case. He proceeded to tell me that He too had a case against His people; His church. Our crime - we do Him the same way. We offer up forms of worship attempting to appease Him as oppose to ones that are pleasing to Him. And because His judgment weighed in more heavily than my feelings, He had the final say - unlike Cain in this case anyway. The verdict had been pronounced and court had adjourned. I was to let it go and say nothing more about it. The law of sin that operates within our flesh had lost without even presenting its full case.

May we learn to walk in the Spirit, by faith and obedience, pleasing the Father so that we do not gratify the lust of the flesh that the law of sin presents, for when I would do good evil is present, but "We must rule over it".

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