“[Sin] desires to have you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7 (NIV)
Never underestimate the power of sin. The quickest way to take a plunge to disaster is to allow a sin into your life and then say to yourself, “Its ok. I can handle it.”
Jesus said, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). In other words, sin has the power to rule over you. Once you let sin in, it has the ability to invade every area of your life. If you give sin an inch, it will try and take a mile. So you must be vigilant to guard your heart.
Think of sin as being like a wild animal. When you get angry, when you don’t get your way, when your pride is hurt, sin is crouching at your door.
When Cain refused to do what was right, he set himself up for failure. God spoke to him, but he turned away and he opened up the floodgates to a power that was greater than he could control.
You may say, “Well, I get pretty angry, but I would never murder anybody.” Perhaps, but when you allow sin to take root in your life, you never know where it will lead you.
Sin is a power. You must master it, or it will master you, and the only way to master sin is in the name and the power of Jesus Christ.
Can you think of a time when you underestimated the power of sin? What happened?