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Genesis 4:1-6 
 
There's a trend toward disorder. 
So what can we do about it?
We can avoid going down the wrong path ourselves. 
Our attitudes can lead us in the direction of order.
 
#1. Cain's life began to unravel when he decided that God wasn't worthy of his best.
  • What was wrong with Cain's offering? 
  • "The best of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God." (Exodus 23:19)
  • It's that Abel's offering was a firstborn offering. 
  • God deserves our very best, but that's more than Cain was willing to give. 
  • God was not first in Cain's life.
  • If God isn't first in your life, whatever is first will ultimately wreck you. 
#2. As far as Cain was concerned, everything was all about Cain.
  • We see in Cain a profound sense of entitlement.
  • That's how all-about-me-ism clouds your perspective.
  • Everyone else is the problem.
  • You can't do your job adequately if you make everything about you. 
  • He is Lord, He is ruler, He's the boss. 
  • "The greatest act of faith is when a man decides he is not God."
#3. Cain's undoing was that he refused to make an effort to make himself better.
  • God doesn't appear to be angry about it, but, strangely, Cain was. 
  • It was basically the equivalent of if you won't let me win, I won't play.
  • 7 "...sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it."
  • Our tendency toward sin must be taken seriously. 
  • Cain refused to make an effort to make himself better. 
  • When you stop tending the ground what do you get? 
  • You have an obligation to till your ground and make it the best it can be. 
  • "Its not all about me, Jesus. It's all about you."
  • He refused to put God first and give God his best. 
  • God is looking for us to do the right thing.
  • To make my life an offering that is pleasing to you.