The thought of being banned from God’s presence.

Scripture:
Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence… – Genesis 4:13-14a

Observation:
Cain became jealous of Abel for offering a sacrifice to God that was accepted while his was not. In his jealous rage, Cain murdered his brother in a field. The LORD came to Cain and asked where Abel was, but Cain lied to God and denied knowing his brother’s whereabouts. Because Cain murdered Abel, God made Cain a permanent vagabond on earth until he would die.

Application:
Cain’s response to God shows us what fear and torment must go through the minds of people who enter into hell. He had not even stepped foot into the eternal abyss of torment, yet Cain knew the fear and pain of being banned from the presence of God. He replied to God that his punishment was more than he could bear. The punishment for sin is eternal separation from God and is to be spent in torment in a demon’s hell where there will be these three: 1) Weeping and gnashing of teeth, 2) flames that never quench, and 3) worms that never die. Of these three the weeping and gnashing of teeth will be from those who lament their decision to rebel against God and refuse his gift of salvation through Jesus the Anointed One. The only way to avoid the fate of demons is to have a personal, intimate relationship with the Father through Jesus and revealed by the Spirit. To enter this relationship one must believe with one’s heart that the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead and to confess with one’s mouth that Jesus is LORD! For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  If you have not done so and want to become a part of God’s family, now is the time to believe and confess. Don’t delay!

Prayer:
Father, thank you for loving me enough to send Jesus in my stead to pay the price of sin that I could not. Unlike Cain, I do want to be in your presence now and throughout eternity! I love you and desire nothing less than your friendship and lordship and kingship in my life. Thank you for providing the way for me to be able to be reconciled to you and have that parent-child relationship that you desire with every one not just a few. Your salvation is for all, but not all will accept it, which breaks your heart and mine. How horrific it must have been for Cain to realize that he’d been banned from your presence for all time. There was no reconciliation for Cain. He lived a miserable existence knowing he was truly a marked man. Then to know now that people such as he will live such a life in eternity separated from you is mind-blowing enough! I shudder at that thought! Again, I love you and praise you for all you’ve done, do, and will do in me and through me. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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