Are You Gracing and Facing Your Way?

When you have come up short, or have been "found out" about something, how do you respond?  Are you inclined to feel horrible and hopeless, or might you look to deflect attention by finding fault with someone else? Cain, the third person alive on the planet, was similarly challenged, and he did not fare well. 

Cain brought the first fruits of his crops to God as an expression of worship.  His brother, Abel, brought  fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock.  God received Abel and his offering, but He did not favorably receive Cain and his offering, and Cain became angry.  God said to Cain, “Why are you angry? … 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 master it.”  (Genesis 4:6-7)  What a powerful message!  Unfortunately, Cain did not heed the word of the Lord, and it resulted in a...

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What to Do When Your Sin is Exposed

Most of us live in deep fear of being found out. We are scared of people knowing us deeply; our weaknesses, inadequacies, fears, doubts and sin. We are deeply ashamed of our condition. Yet, we all have darknesses – we are all very flawed, and our responses to our conditions are
peppered with brokenness.

Coming clean with who we are and what we have done can feel terrifying … apart from the grace of God. Letting others, God or even ourselves know just how corrupted parts of our souls are raises fears. We are afraid of being judged, condemned – or worst of all – rejected.  So, we are tempted to deny or hide our “stuff.” We try to tell ourselves and/or others that we either didn’t do what we did, or that it wasn’t really sin when we did it. We often coat our motives with feigned good intentions. We perform these mental gymnastics because it’s too scary to admit the truth about ourselves … apart from the grace of God.
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