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Summary: In our text, sin is likened to, or compared to an enemy that is lying in wait ready to attack us. The implication is that if we are to escape the attack we must be on guard and always alert. The truth is that sin and enemy Satan are always there ready t

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SIN IS WAITING

© Copyright 1-99 by Mark Beaird

Text: Genesis 4:7

(NIV) 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.

 Scores of people lost their lives. The world’s mightiest army was forced to abandon a strategic base. Property damage approached a billion dollars. All because the sleeping giant, Mount Pinatube in the Philippines, roared back to life after six hundred years of quiet slumber.

When asked to account for the incredible destruction caused by this volcano, a research scientist from the Philippines Department of Volcanology observed, "When a volcano is silent for many years, our people forget that it’s a volcano and begin to treat it like a mountain."

Like Mount Pinatube, our sinful nature always has the potential to erupt, bringing great harm both to ourselves and to others. The biggest mistake we can make is to ignore the volcano and move back onto what seems like a dormant "mountain."

-- Stephen Schertzinger in Fresh Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching (Baker), from the editors of Leadership.

The Word of God teaches us that if we "walk in the light as He is in the light," we are forgiven, our lives will be fruitful, and we will be at peace with God. However, it also teaches us that if we do evil "sin lies at the door." In other words, if we turn to sin, or give sin an occasion, sin will be there, like a forgotten volcano, ready to destroy us.

 Philip Henry said, "Sins are like circles in the water when a stone is thrown into it; one produces another...When anger was in Cain’s heart, murder was not far off."

In our text, sin is likened to, or compared to an enemy that is lying in wait ready to attack us. The implication is that if we are to escape the attack we must be on guard and always alert. The truth is that sin and enemy Satan are always there ready to get in our lives when we let down our guard. With this in mind, look for a moment with me at the warnings concerning this enemy of ours.

I. SIN WANTS TO ATTACK YOU.

A. Sin’s attack is subtle.

1. Satan is cunning like the serpent.

 Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (NIV)

2. Satan is a predator like a lion.

 Peter warns us in 1 Peter 5:8-9, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking who he may devour; whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."

B. Because of a lack of watchfulness, the damage inflicted by sin is often

done quickly.

 The wisdom of Solomon is found in Song of Solomon 2:15 where he reminds us that it is, "The little foxes, that spoil the vines…"

II. SIN WANTS TO OVERCOME YOU.

A. The aim of the enemy is for you and I to let sin dominate us.


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