Thursday, January 3, 2013

You Mad Bro?

You Mad Bro?

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.”

Have you ever heard the phrase, “green with envy?” It means that a person wishes very much that you had what someone else has. Envy can have you mad at someone else for what they have attained or accomplished while overlooking your own abilities.

If we are not careful we can find ourselves turning into “green eyed monsters” resenting our brothers and sisters for the favor God is showing them. What’s crazy is that we are related, which means that we have the same capability of being accepted as they are. We should be happy for them but instead we can’t get past the fact that this particular season God favored them and not us. You mad bro?!

Cain and Able were brothers, son of Adam and Eve. They made an offering to the Lord. God looked with Favor upon Able’soffering but not Cain’s. This made Cain green with envy. He was mad at his own brother. God saw the condition of Cain’s heart and how he was turning into a monster. God tried to catch him before his anger got out of control by telling him he could be accepted too if he …

1. If you do what is right will you not also be accepted? Able gave God the fat portions from the best of his flock, which meant he had to sacrifice his best sheep. Able gave from his garden. Whether it was Cain’s motive or the quality of what he offered, we do not know why God favored Able’s over his Cain’s offering. But God obviously thought Cain didn’t do something right. There is no way to do the right thing the wrong way. We always have to check our motives and the quality of what we give God.

2. Cain could have learned from Able so that his offering would be accepted next time. Instead of being mad at someone’s achievement go learn from them so that you will be accepted next time

3. We must recognize when we are envious. When the Holy Spirit reveals envy in you, you should:

a. Address it. You know when you are envious. You start feeling angst toward someone because you think you should get what they got. Acknowledge your feelings.

b. Confess it. Whether it’s to God through prayer or a trusted confidant you need to confess how you feel.

c. Get Past it. God warned Able that if he did not master his sin, that it would destroy him. Cain didn’t master it and his envy caused him to murder his brother and become a restless wanderer.

Are you mad bro? Are you mad Sis? Identify why you are envious. Whether it’s fair or not they are shining bright right now but you have the same capability to shine bright when it’s your time if you put in the work for the right reason. Don’t be mad, master your sin and you too will be accepted.

Dear God,

Help me to get better not bitter. You have given me gifts just like my brother or sister. I pray I would do what’s right in your eyes so my gift will be pleasing and acceptable to you.

In Jesus Name,


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