"Just Say No"

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By: Angela Parsley

Genesis 4:6-7, “So the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.’” (NKJV)

Have you ever seen a person that brightly shined for Jesus? We might say that we see that brightness in his or her countenance, or the expression on his or her face. There are some people that I just love because I can see that “God glow” all over them; it is very evident that they love the Lord with all they are.

Cain and his brother Abel both brought an offering to the Lord. God was not pleased with Cain’s offering. Why? you may ask. I believe it is because God sees straight into our hearts. God could see the heart behind the offering. Cain’s heart was not right. Because of Cain’s own sin he became angry – angry at God and at his brother.

God was trying to get Cain to realize the root of his anger. God already knew what was going on in his heart. He wanted Cain to come to repentance over his sin. God left him with a warning: Sin desires to have you but you have to say no to it.

As we know, Cain does not say no to sin. He instead commits the first murder in the Bible. All because he would not humble himself.

We all have a choice. We can submit to God or submit to sin. Which one will you choose? God requires our whole hearts. A half-hearted attempt to serve Him is not an acceptable offering. Therefore, we need to look at why we do things.

Why do we read our Bible? Is it to check it off of our list of things to do or because we love God so much that we cannot wait to get into His precious Word?

Why do we go to church? Is it because our parents make us or because we enjoy the fellowship of being with other believers?

Why do we do good things? Is it to be seen by others or because we love God and follow Him?

Do you love God with all that you are? Are your offerings to Him from a pure heart? Can people see God shining through you?

If we’re doing the “Christian” things for the wrong reasons, we’re not honoring God. And if we do these things but continue to say yes to the things we know are wrong, we’re no different than Cain. Sin can so easily creep in and destroy us and make our offerings to God worthless, so we each have a choice. Will you choose to say no to sin, or will you allow it to creep in and rule over you? You have the power to say no through Jesus Christ. When you say no to the bad and yes to the good, God fills you up with Himself and others will notice that “God glow” in you.

Prayer:

Father, we love You so much. Thank You for the option of obedience. Thank You for grace. Search our hearts. Lord let them be pure and holy offerings unto You alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Wise Up! by Rebecca Ingram Powell

Teen People of the Bible by Daniel Darling

Think About It:

How do you act when no one is watching? Is it the same as when you are in a crowd? Why or why not?

Ask God to search your heart like David did. Journal what He shows you.

Live It:

Find someone with that “God glow.” Encourage that person by telling her or him!

Make a list of some things in which you want to have whole-hearted obedience to God. Start living those things out – one at a time – asking God to help you.

Tell Us About It:

What is something you have said no to that you know pleases God?

Power Verses:

Joshua 14:9, “So on that day Moses swore to me, 'The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.'” (NIV)

1 Samuel 16:7, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV)

© 2009 by Angela Parsley. All rights reserved.

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