THE FALL OF CAIN
Part 2: TILLER OF THE GROUND
Lesson 3 – FRIEND OF THE WORLD
In the lesson 1 we looked at the ground as the mind and in the lesson 2 we looked at it as the flesh. Here in the lesson 3 we are going to look at the ground as the World.
“Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (Gen. 4:2)
The world here represents the systems of the world; which include priorities, mindsets and philosophies as well unchristian characteristics. When we speak of the world, we are talking about the things which are contrary to the will and way of God. When we begin to walk in the paths which are differing to the will and way of God, we become partners in crime with villain Lucifer – a friend of the world.
Let us see James 4:4 “…Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
The actions of the obstinate son of Adam were very unchristian; to kill his own brother and disrespect God. A person who can do such a thing is one who is very far gone. Cain had made himself a friend of the world by taking things into his own hands. He was overcome by envy and strife. Tiller of the ground as in our present lesson on the Fall of Cain represent the individual who has fallen in love with everything ungodly, either through delusion or by deliberate intension.
Every child of God has 3 major enemies which include;
- The Devil – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8, 9) To overcome the devil we have got to resist him just as the scriptures through Peter reveals.
- Flesh– “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Gal 5:16) This text tells us how to overcome the flesh. To overcome the flesh, walk in the spirit.
- World– “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom. 12:2) To overcome the world, the holy Word admonishes us to be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
Being a friend of the world means jumping into bed with these three (3) major enemies of a believer in Christ. Very often this trinity of Satan comes through philosophies, mindsets, ideas, politics, traditions and unchristian acts but with the craftiness of a serpent.
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