SPOTS 2: The way of Cain

“Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah” - Jude 1:11

Before we begin, please note that those with these characteristics I am about to discuss do not have spots, but are the spots staining the Bride (universal church of God) of Christ. They are those Ephesians 5 talks about. Now let’s talk about the way of Cain.

In Genesis 4:1-12, Cain and his little brother, Abel went to offer a sacrifice unto God. Three main things identify the way of Cain, namely;

⦁ he did not present an acceptable offering to God (Genesis 4:3),
⦁ he envied his brother for his acceptable and accepted offering and killed him as a result (Genesis 4:4),
⦁ he failed to accept his mistakes when God reached out to him (Genesis 4:9)

People in the Way of Cain do the following;

⦁ They choose how they want to worship God or give to God. I call it selective worship. They do not like the accepted ways that are instructed. They always want things their way when it comes to the things of God.

You can’t eat your cake and still have it. You either follow God’s ways and get blessed by Him or do it your way and get rejected. “If you do well, will you not be accepted?…” – Genesis 4:7a
⦁ They envy those who have been blessed or have benefited from worshipping God in the right instructed ways. Because they failed to do the accepted ways of God, they regard and treat these people who do them with disgust but still wished they were like them. Envy can lead you to do many things. Cain’s envy led him to murder his brother.

⦁ They fail to accept their mistakes and make amends in their lives when they are admonished. Because they like things their way, they also feel right all the time even when they’ve gone astray. Justifying your misdeeds only leads you to harder seasons in your life.

These are the Cain spots in The Bride.

If you see yourself with any of these traits, please repent and seek help. Chances are that because you are in the way of Cain, you might be justifying yourself at the moment. May God have mercy on you.

Next, we’ll discuss the Error of Balaam. An interesting one!

"These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots" - Jude 1:12

May the Lord mend our nets!

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