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 rule over it.” Genesis 4:7 NIV
Haven't we all been here? Having sin crouching at our door; luring us, enticing us, tempting us to do what we know is wrong but also feels so right.
I recently had a dream that men were trying to get in my house. They pushed on the outside of the door trying to break in while I stood on the other side, feet planted pushing on the door to keep it shut.
This went on for the majority of the dream. It was a constant fight. Them pushing, me pushing. Them not giving up, me not giving up.
I also remember random times in the dream when my mother would pop up there with me. I kept yelling for her to call people with guns, and I even tried phoning the police once while it all happened, but none of that worked.
The only thing that seemed to be working was me standing on the other side of the door pushing back, creating resistance.
After I woke I laid in bed thinking about the dream, and the Lord started to download to me what the dream represented.
The bad men trying to break into my home represented temptation and I, fighting back, represented our call to resist it.
The moments where my mother and I tried to bring in outside help symbolized our desire as humans to take matters into our own hands when it seems like God isn't doing anything.
It wasn't until after I woke from the dream that I could feel the significance. God was the one giving me (and my mom at times) the strength to hold the door.
He was the reason I could stand my ground.
It was Him who gave me the strength to keep the bad out, to protect my home.
We didn't need guns; we didn't need the things we thought we needed. We just needed Him.
He was the one keeping them away. Or shall I say He is the one who can keep us from falling into temptation?
I also asked myself why didn't any of the men break any windows, and it's because He kept them from them.
Even in the midst of their pursuit they were only allowed to do so much.
It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
We must remember in the face of temptation. We can resist it with the help of our God.
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