We make these mistakes often, I know I have at least. But what comes next is where God spoke to me this morning. After God questions Cain about his wrong attitude he says to him "You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to Control you." What was God referring to here when he said if you do the right thing you will be accepted? Was he referring to the offering itself or accepting responsibility for what Cain did wrong and having a right attitude before God? I always assumed God was referring to the offering, but this morning I was impressed by the Spirit of God on a repentant attitude. God was saying to Cain, don't be angry with my judgment, submit to it and line up with me. And thats what we all need to do. When the Grace of God allows the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin and wrong attitudes we should not reject this Grace and be stubborn but we should receive this Grace and be repentant.
God then warns Cain that Sin is waiting to jump on him and control him totally if he doesn't get it right. I have learned from teachers and from the Word of God that sin is an independent force from God and Satan. Sin is not a weapon of Satan, sin was in us after our Father Adam followed the leading of the enemy instead of God. Now don't get me wrong, Satan uses our Sin nature against us, but sometimes our desires and lusts get us involved with Sin independent of the devil. What God was saying here was that the force of Sin is waiting for you to not be repentant when you mess up because that is an open door for sin to manifest and multiply in your life. If you are not quick to repent then Sin will use that open door to come in and infest and infect your spirit. Then the enemy will use that to his advantage and start lying to you about your inability to get forgiveness from God as you continue to fall deeper into Sin.
But Glory be to God! He never leaves us without a solution to our potential problems, for then he says "But you mist subdue it (sin) and be it's master." If God says to Cain that he must subdue Sin and be it's master then Cain must have the ability to do so. And that ability lies in repentance. If we are repentant when we sin then we have the ability to keep sin from multiplying in that area. And Glory to God we have the blood of Jesus on our side now and Cain didn't even have that.
The Word of God says that if we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil that he will flee; I propose to you that if we submit ourselves to God and remain repentant where our sin is concerned then sin will have to submit to the fact that it has no power over us. But like David said if we cover our sin or refuse to confess it and repent then that Lion Sin will pounce on us and our bodies will be waste or be eaten away.
I said all that to say this, the true power to realize and manifest your freedom from sin lies in two things:
1) Faith in the Word of God
2) Doing as David did in Pslams 32:5
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.