Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life  Day 49

“Sacred:  The Spirit”

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.                            Genesis 4:9-10

Take care of your heart,  your spirit, it is the heartbeat of your life.  Your spirit is the one thing that comes directly from God, to be with God and live for God.  (Zech 12:1)  It is sacred and if we don’t handle it with honor, we will hurtle it with hurt.  Our spirit is to be the motivation of our lives.  If we don’t take care of the inside, we won’t be able to care for the outside

God came to Cain and asked, “Where is your brother?”  Dealing with the spirit of a man involves asking good questions, not making bad statements.  God comes caring for Cain, but Cain must care too.  Defiant and defensive Cain rejects responsibility and chooses to remain in resentment and rebellion.  That becomes Cain’s choice, but it also becomes Cain’s curse.  Cursed because he wouldn’t repent before God and yet God still acts in kindness toward Cain.  Cain brought it on himself, and so do we when we refuse to take responsibility for our lives and reject God’s great love.  We end up cursing the very things we want and need.

God created the family to nurture the spirit and God shows us how to do that sort of thing.  Approaching and asking in love we address the spirit, not the skin.  If we are willing to address the inside, we will be able to act on the outside.  Keep your spirit sacred.

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