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making the connection | October 15, 2017

October 11, 2017

As a young Christian growing up I once heard a pastor say, “It’s more important that you know whose you are than who you are.” Once we place our faith in Jesus to be our Savior, we belong to God. However, we can often forget that we are God’s and live life with little consideration of His leading and guidance in our lives.

In the story of Cain and Abel we see how differently these brothers responded to God’s direction in their lives. Hebrews 11:4 tells us that faith was the difference between Abel and Cain’s offerings. Abel’s offering reflected a response of faith, while Cain’s offering reflected his effort to please God in his own thinking and best efforts. In order for us to trust God’s truths and guidance for our lives we must first believe that He has our best in mind. God has a deep desire for us to continue growing and becoming more like Jesus.

Another awesome quality of God’s we see in the story of Cain and Abel is the way God responded to Cain’s disappointment and frustration. Instead of just leaving Cain on his own, God pursued him with love, in an attempt to restore their relationship. God warned Cain that if he left bitterness and anger unchecked in his heart it would control him and most likely lead him to do something he’d regret.

Even though God would prefer we depend on Him always, and make wise choices, He knows that we will fail. And when we do, He loves us so much that He wants to help us move beyond the mess that our sin has caused. Don’t let the lies of the enemy tell you God doesn’t care, or that you have sinned too many times to come to Him and experience the forgiveness He has given us. God’s aim is for us to grow from our mistakes and get our relationship back on track with Him. It’s never too late to come back to God, and with His help begin doing the right things. Scott Nieveen

  • How do you typically respond when things do not go your way or you get offended by someone?
  • God knows how destructive it can be when we hold on to unforgiveness in our hearts. One of the best first steps we can take is admit to God what is bothering us. Then we can sit quietly with God and ask His Holy Spirit to guide us in how to begin addressing the situation. Sometimes this will mean humbling ourselves, even when we think we’ve done nothing wrong, and approaching the people involved with a gentle spirit and a desire to work through the issue.
  • Take a moment right now and thank God for His love and constant pursuit of us – even when we have made a mess of things. Ask Him for His help to respond like Jesus would if He were in our shoes.
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