Psalms 51:10-12, Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Before you read this, I encourage you to read/listen to Genesis 4. It’s a riveting account of two brothers! Very entertaining and insightful 🙂
Now, if I had to retell the story, here’s what I’d say: The story of Cain and Abel is about the heart and worship of the two. It starts off by describing their birth, employment and religion. Abel was a shepherd and Cain was a farmer of sorts. Then it came down to a time where they had to worship/give back their Creator (ours too), God. Abel brought “the best” of the best of what he had, and God accepted it because he expects only the best! Cain brought “some of his crops,” and God rejected it. I wonder why… So Cain gets angry, and God is like (paraphrasing) “son, if you did it right the first time, you wouldn’t be angry. You chose not to do right by me, now sin is waiting to take over, but you gotta control it, dude!” (Like God is real-life predicting the future) Again, Cain rejected God and premeditatedly kills Abel. Wow, Cain. Then he tried to hide it from God, his Creator. Silly rabbit, you can’t play tricks on God! So God punished him: kicked him out (homeless) and fired him (jobless), now, Cain is crying, but God still protects him. What a good, good Father!
So let’s look at the heart!
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
So what does this tell you? What you think is who you are! So if your aim is to please God, fix your heart. Develop a new way of thinking. Trust me I realized that it’s easier said than done!
Cain had anger and jealousy in his heart, which led to murder. ***if you’re that angry, talk to someone ASAP! Talk to someone spiritually-minded, and if you don’t know anyone like that, email or DM me!*** Remember, sin is waiting to take over, but you gotta control it, sis!
Romans 12:18-21, If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
This is the solution to anger! ^ Live at peace & don’t take revenge! You be good and let God handle the rest. You can do a lot more wreckage being peaceful than being a wild woman!
Cain’s heart was deceived to point where he thought he could hide his sin from the all-knowing, all seeing, Creator! How foolish, but sometimes we can get like that. (I bet we get it from Adam and Eve lol Read Genesis 3 to get the reference). Remember that our heart, alone, is deceived by Satan, so we got to have constant communication with God (through study and prayer) so that we can guard our hearts!
Let’s look at the worship!
John 4:24, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Worship is simply giving God what he requires which is sincerity (our heart) and truth!
Let’s analyze Cain and Abel’s worship. Cain gave “some of his crops.” To me, this translates as “some ole crops,” no thought put into it. No sincerity, no search for truth. The Bible didn’t say it wasn’t good, but it also didn’t mention it was his best! Sometimes we get comfortable giving God what we think is ‘good.’ But See Christianity is about striving for holiness, devoting totally, and giving our best. I know it’s not perfection, but ded-gum, we should go for it!! (Side note: trust me, 99.99% of the time, Christianity is not comfortable because you’re always growing. If you’re comfortable, you may need to reevaluate your soul and find something to work on. Remember, Christianity isn’t perfection, so we’re always werking!)
Cain’s unacceptable worship led to anger, murder, then punishment! Ladies, let’s stop the cycle, let’s get our worship right!
Abel gave the best of what he had, and like him, we gotta realize that God only expects our best. Maybe Abel’s offering didn’t even look as good as Cain’s but because it was his best, God accepted his and not Cain’s. Read Mark 12:41-44!
So now, I’ll end with Jude.
Jude 11, 21-25; Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion. [Dear sisters], by build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Persevere. Keep pushing. Pray & Praise!