“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Genesis 4:1-9 KJV
So often I hear words with this exact attitude in many people today… am I my brother’s keeper? Selfishness of this sort has no concern or care for their fellowman. The world we live in today is the downhill spiral of this very attitude that thinks only of their own welfare and not of others. I stare into the very depths of this darkness day in and day out and what comes out of me is a cry! A cry for mercy from the LORD GOD and a cry for a shaking and an awakening that will cause us to seek the LORD GOD again for the Salvation from this darkness! For the darkness today in this world is much the fault of the church not being the Church. For this darkness of selfishness has largely crept into the churches today in the form of covetness and idolatry. I find it so prevalent in the church that there remains such little concern for the salvation of others, or the thought that “they will make their own decisions, perhaps they don’t want Salvation”. When the fact remains that anyone once they become aware that they are dying wants to live. The problem is that they don’t really know that they are dying nor do they care to know. But as the Church it is OUR JOB TO TELL THEM, and the HOLY SPIRIT’S job to show them.
But what of the church?
Has the physical blessings of God clouded our spiritual minds with pride, selfishness, and envy? Has covetness and greed and idolatry created a less than concern for others? Or an “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Attitude not only a lack of concern for your brother, but a hatred and jealousy of them because one is more blessed than you? God responded to Cain with a very simple explanation of what caused Able to have God’s favor as opposed to Cain…Able was pleasing to the LORD. Cain only brought unto God what pleased himself, but Able brought that which pleased the LORD. That was the difference between the two offerings. God even tells Cain, giving him the opportunity to obey by offering GOD the right offering, but instead of Cain humbling himself to obey, He exacts vengeance upon his brother causing a curse to fall upon himself. So we see that obedience brings blessings and rejecting obedience brings a curse.
Today as I observe the condition of the world I see it as a direct result of the church NOT being the Church walking in direct obedience to Christ the King in doing that which is pleasing to HIM! And for that I cry all the more… LORD JESUS REVIVE US AGAIN to be the living sacrifices by obedience to YOU LORD that the world may see YOUR GLORY and that YOU may receive the reward of YOUR SACRIFICE, a holy people set apart unto YOURSELF serving YOU, doing that which is well and pleasing in YOUR SIGHT!
So if in any area of your life, you find yourself in disobedience to GOD, by displeasing HIM with offering unto HIM that which pleases yourself, then Repent and obey. If you find yourself given to pride, covetness, greed and idolatry by the spirit of selfishness, hatred, or envy…repent. If after carful reflection you observe yourself obedient… then intercede for your brother who is not.
Will you walk in darkness after having received the Light? Will you walk along blindly after having received your sight? My Holy Spirit has equipped you to fight this good fight, but how can you fight if you reject the Light?
“Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” – John 9:3-7 KJV
“I healed you that I might send you! For MY GLORY TO BE SEEN THAT I AM THE MESSIAH THE CHRIST YOUR KING! Now GO AND WASH AND COME FORTH SEEING! That others may see My glory and know ME as KING!
Now that you see ME, don’t let ME out of your sight; Keep your eyes only on ME and keep fighting this good fight!
This love empowers you, giving you purpose to fight the good fight of faith that others may see the Light!
Endure to the end; for those who love and obey Me are they whom I send!”
Submitted by Heather Wright