“Is it not true that if you do what is right, you will be fine? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.”” Genesis 4:7 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/gen.4.7.NET

 

This is the human condition, the human responsibility, the human choice the result of which will determine our eternal destiny. If we do what is right, not as we define it but as God defines it for He is the ultimate Judge of what is right and the rewarder of our choices whether good or bad. Sin, the desire to disobey God and do what we please, lives inside us, it is always at hand, telling us by our feelings what it seeks to do. Our will, must be controlled by our thoughts, that are to be in harmony with God’s will, are to dictate our actions regardless of the desire of our feelings. We must subdue our feelings by doing what pleases God and not what we want to do. We know this truth whenever we set a goal, go on a diet, or compete in a contest. Training, discipline, requires the saying no to our desires that are lazy, or hungry and instead not eating, eating better or working out. The word of God is His gift to us for knowing the will of God which is why we must discipline ourselves to read it, meet with others doing the same for encouragement, and then do it, daily, weekly, monthly, and annually so that we stand before the Judge of our words and actions as those who have done what is right and so are welcomed into His kingdom rather than those who ignored Him and are condemned because they lived by their own wants and desires.

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