The Perfect Timing of God’s “Living” Word and the Empowerment it Provides

Posted on December 2, 2009. Filed under: Personal Growth and Freedom | Tags: |

“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?  And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; but you must master it.”

Genesis, Chapter 4 – Verse 7

Often times, and because we are Christians, there is a belief that human emotions such as anger, sadness, frustration should somehow be eradicated from our characters.  After all are we not new creations according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, where “the old has gone, and the new has come?”

While we are indeed new creations washed clean by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are also still subject to the human fallibility and frailties of a fallen world and nature.  This of course does not give us Carte Blanche to throw our hands up in the air and say “well this is the way it is until we assume our immortal form.”  Nor is it cause for the kind of self-flagellation that diminishes both our light and testimony under the burdensome weight of false guilt.

Having gone through what is undoubtedly one of the toughest weeks I have experienced in recent memory, and bear in mind that recent memory includes the evaporation of millions of dollars in personal wealth, being evicted from my home by an indirect business partner and, having to re-start from square one at the tender age of 50, it is safe to say that the word “toughest” is not an overly dramatic use of the word.  In short, and by God’s grace I am almost always able to see the positive side of any event with a cleared eyed-perception of the greater message beyond the immediate circumstances.

That said this week has seen me faced with a variety of situations and circumstances that for the most part were beyond my control, the result of which produced emotions ranging from anger to frustration to downright grrrr.  (Yes, I know grrrr is not an actual word, but it is a guttural expression that seems appropriate for when there are no words that can aptly nor accurately describe what is a mixed bag of rampant feelings.)

Now we have all been there at one time or another, where a hair trigger response that is rooted in what seems like a compounding series of event, creates a highly combustible atmosphere.  Amidst this flurry of raw emotion we can find ourselves vacillating between a self-righteous, wounded party stature and a I am a Christian who should not have these feelings demeanor of defeat.  The term caught between a rock and a hard place immediately comes to mind.

Fortunately, we have a God who loves us and through Christ’s Victory on the Cross does not condemn us but instead guides us with a gentle and sure Spirit of understanding that comes to us through His eternal and empowering Word.

I read the Bible every day, as well as pray frequently for when one is connected with his or her Creator through a personal relationship, both the wisdom and strength provides a needed touchstone to regain the equilibrium of peace.  The key of course is the daily interaction with God that is afforded us through Christ.

So despite these tumultuous feelings, this morning I looked for my usual touchstone which is more of God’s doing through the Holy Spirit, than my own – a seek God, because He first sought you acknowledgment, and there from within His Word was a verse that shone like a welcoming beacon . . . Genesis 4:7.

The manner through which it came to me was through the daily devotional e-mail, which reminded me that God is always present, always reaching out to us where we are and that all we have to do is open ourselves up to the promise of His eternal and constant presence.

As I read the verse over and over again I began to feel a gentle wave of peace come over me like the feeling one gets when a warm shower cascades down your body from head-to-toe.

What Genesis 4:7 tells me is that we will have days where all is well and within the harmony of contentment we are happy and at peace.

Conversely, there will be days such as those that I have experienced as of late that will make us vulnerable to “sin crouching at the door.”  It is important to remember that it is not the feelings we are experiencing that is a sin, for as God’s Word clearly tells us we are prone to the emotions of our old fallen nature, but instead how we respond or react that determines if we open the door.  In short it is the opening of the door, and the actions that follow that become sin by way of a harsh word or a callous action.

Therefore, we are challenged to “master it” by keeping the door closed.  The great blessing of course is that we do not have to rely on our strength alone to master our emotions.  Through the knowledge of God’s Word which tells us what is happening to us and within us, and the acknowledgment that as long as we inhabit our mortal bodies we will encounter these periods of turmoil, we are strengthened, and through the Holy Spirit are indeed more than conquerors.

I am a sinner, and I will miss the mark from time-to-time.  But I am also redeemed and therefore empowered through the knowledge of God’s Word to move from the realms of  spectator or unwilling “victim” to one of proactive champion.  For me this provides no better reason for getting into God’s Word everyday and seeking the sweet communion with our Creator.  He is always present and He is waiting with sure and loving arms.



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