When God commands us to do something, it means we can do it successfully, He will provide what is necessary for us to win!
In the following passage, we are commanded to rule over sin:
“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 )
Sin is characterized as a wild animal that is crouching and waiting for the best moment to pounce; like a beast that desires us as prey, and it wants to use its claws and teeth to bleed us dry of our life’s blood and to suck out the very breath of life that God Himself breathed into our being.
When the Beast of Sin tries to lure us with temptation to walk within its pouncing distance, let’s be keenly aware of the dangers that lurk in the darkness of sin’s realm. Let’s recognize temptation for what it really is: A Trap of the Beast of Sin!
God has called us to rule over that beast, not to play with it.
Are you a Control Freak or Servant-Hearted?
There is a distinct difference between a Servant-Hearted person and a Control Freak.
The Servant-Hearted is motivated by love and a sincere desire to help and bless the people within their sphere of influence. The Control Freak is motivated by a deep desire to serve their own needs and wants, and to exert their control over situations and people within their sphere of influence by being manipulative.
The “total” Control Freak is a selfish power monger, and their conscience bears witness to them of their manipulative actions. To appease the voice of their guilty conscience, the Control Freak will tell themselves and others that they aren’t a Control Freak, but just a Highly Motivated Servant-Hearted person.
However, when a Control Freak is diverted from their “service to others,” quite often their reaction will betray their true motivation and the condition of their own heart. Their reaction is completely different from that of a Servant-Hearted individual.
A “mature” Control Freak is one who [through repeatedly telling themselves that they need not change because they are truly Servant-Hearted] has dangerously seared the part of their conscience that helps a person discern the true motives behind their “service” to others. This condition is dangerous, as a small seared area in the conscience grows and metastasizes like a cancer, affecting the person as a whole.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them… because you are willing, as God wants you to be… eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
( 1 Peter 5:2-3 )