Scripture: Genesis 4: 3-9
Sermon Title: Sin is Crouching
. The title of this sermon is Sin is Crouching” and I know you might be wondering why as we approach Thanksgiving and Advent and Christmas why instead of a love sermon why are we talking about sin and murder. I’ll tell you in this time when we are preparing for a celebration of praise and thanksgiving, it is also a time when sin is looking for an opportune time to swallow you whole. When we are suffering our first response is to cry out to God, oh but in the midst of joy and excess, in the midst of celebration this is an opportune time for sin to creep in. If you take a look at what was happening in our scripture, the first fruits of the field and the first flocks had come to fruition and they were making offerings to God, good times right, but it was what happened during the celebration during the high times that led to this sin and first murder. It may have started during the preparation for the feast, for sin was crouching at the door. We don’t exactly what set Cain off it could have been something Abel said or the parents said but more likely this was an internal struggle for Cain, was it his ego, was he selfish only worrying about what he wanted, whatever it was God already knew Cain’s heart. In the end after human rationalization failed in the end God knew Cain’s heart knew the anger or hurt or whatever was driving him was more important than pleasing God. We know God knew because of His conversation 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”Another thing about these holidays, everybody wants to celebrate, everyone wants to give good gifts, or to make it rain money that is, and it is in these times of desperation that we often put aside what is right for what is best for us. 1st Peter 5 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Like after a night partying yall remember those days don’t you, just got paid, money burning a hole in your pocket, gotta go out and blow off some steam, well on nights or days such as those you are not sober minded you’re not alert, you’re a little buzzed. This is why times of celebration are extremely dangerous to our souls, we’re celebrating our accomplishments or at least the sweat of our brow. At those times sin is crouching, let’s be real at all times sin is crouching at the door. I was at Bible study a couple of weeks ago and this scripture was read and in that instant I felt like God was speaking directly to me. I immediately thought of an enemy of mine, someone who hurt me deeply, wounded me and I knew God was warning me not to let sin devour me, not to let anger and hurt and hate and my flesh and their flesh lead me to sin. The beauty of this scripture is that at least for me it grounds me causes me to pause and think is it, whatever the it in the situation is it worth it, is it as important as my salvation as important as my relationship with Him, is it important enough to cause me to forget that the wages of sin is death. For me it calms me it causes to think on Him, to think WWJD what would Jesus do?The other day I was at Sam’s now let me set this up for you. I had been working on web sites all day and it was about 5 when I finally pulled myself away and went for some late lunch or early dinner, anyway I was starving. For me it’s all difficult, it’s difficult to park and then to find a scooter fight my way through the lines, try to stop people from walking over me or ignoring me, but finally I’m in the car I unwrap my hotdog and take a bite all the while thinking this is good I’ll eat and wait for traffic to die down. So as I’m chewing that first bite I look to my left and there is a man pulling up and asks if I’m leaving well as I am chewing and deciding I’ll move to a regular spot but just as I was looking up and about to tell him to wait I caught site of his look and he was angry and impatient and just that quick sin broke out and told him I was eating not leaving and don’t look at me like that I don’t have to move for you. Instantly I felt bad so I watched him and when he came back around I was going to move. Well I went on eating and a lady came up to get a scooter and she took it to the old guy. So as this mean old man came up I rolled down my window and told him I was sorry, but told him evil begets evil and told him how he had looked at me, so he goes on to say God bless you, never apologizing so I said God bless you too. But I felt good satan sin had not got me this time, maybe a little but in the end I triumphed over it because I apologized, not really to the man but to God for losing my temper. That’s a key I want you to take away, you do not have to let sin win. You see this is his job his business: He walks about, seeking whom he may devour; his whole design is to devour and destroy souls. To this end he is unwearied and restless in his malicious endeavours; for he always, night and day, goes about studying and contriving whom he may ensnare to their eternal ruin, so this why we must ever be vigilent must always guard our heats from sin. Sin is crouching at the door, ready to pounce just waiting for you whether in joy or in sorrow, in anger or frustration just waiting for the opportunity to swallow you whole. I want you to take this scripture with you as you’re driving and they cut you off, as you’re shopping and they step over you and grab that last toy on your childs wish list, as you go to get in line and one family is spread out at four registers just to make sure they leave first, or you get to the grocery store and go through the same process all over again, as you hear a Christmas carol and laugh sarcastically at all the love being shown to you, when you have stood all you can stand just remember sin is watching and waiting just looking for the chance to swallow you whole, to cause you to forfeit your blessings, don’t give in. And if momentarily you lose stop yourself and ask the question WWJD, what did Jesus do?