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Is It Ever Hopeless?

Nothing Matters Anymore

I recently received the following comment from a reader.

"I would love to have this book if I had any chance of seeking God's face now. I knew God had my best intentions in His heart when I was young, but I went my own way. Did "my own thing" because, of course, I was so proud, conceited, and selfish. I have paid in a river of tears and regrets in my old age. It was to my peril and the death of me. Nothing matters anymore." 

 

Can't you feel the pain and sense of hopelessness in this comment?

But, this person is not alone in feeling this way. We have all done the same things to one degree or another and we all have regrets.

When we are overwhelmed by a sense of failure, we don't need someone else to tell us how bad we are, we do a great job of that all on our own. Self condemnation can be brutal. And sometimes, the circumstances that we have put ourselves in seem more than we can bear because things don't end up in a good place. Such was the case when God refused Cain's offering and confronted him on his attitude. Cain's offering was probably unaceptable because it was insincere or he gave it grudgingly and with resentment.

God said,

 "Why are you angry, and why do you look disappointed? If you do well, won't you be accepted? But if you don't do well, sin is lying outside your door ready to attack. It wants to control you, but you must master it." Genesis 4:6-7 (GOD'S WORD translation)

 Cain chose to ignore this warning that God gave him. God was telling Cain that he had an opportunity to get it right if he wanted to.  He could have repented before God and changed his attitude and made a sincere offering. Instead, Cain proceeded to take out his anger and frustration of being caught in his sin upon his brother, and Cain killed him. When God confronted him with his act of murder, Cain did not repent. He denied any knowledge of his sin with a flippant answer when he said, "Am I my bother's keeper?" When he was held accountable for his actions and his lie, he only complained by saying, “My punishment is more than I can bear.”

 

 Sin had mastered him, because he chose to let it.

 

 But that does not have to be the case for you. God does not give up on you. Only you can choose to give up on Him. And you don’t have to do that. As they say, “it’s not over until it’s over,” and that is only after you have drawn your last breath. As long as you are still breathing, you can repent, be forgiven and let God work with you and in you for restoration.

 

There were two criminals crucified on either side of Jesus. One rejected Jesus, just like Cain rejected God. However, the other sought out His forgiveness and Jesus said that he would be with Him in paradise.

Look how close to death the thief on the cross was and Jesus accepted him!

 It is only too late, when you say it is too late

 

The Apostle Paul said that he took pleasure in the severe trials and tribulations that he endured.

 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  

 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (KJV)

Paul said that when he was the weakest in his natural body and mind, he was the strongest. He took pleasure, not because he enjoyed the problems, but in his times of distress, through Jesus, God met his needs and made him strong.

 

 Reach out to Jesus right now and repent of everything that has plagued you. Man may not forgive you, but God will. And God will restore you. With His help, sin will no longer be able to master you.

God always has a way for you...   Through Jesus, He can mold you into the person that He has prepared you to be.  If you put your trust in Him, you can become the most fulfilled version of yourself possible!

 

  Jesus will set you free if you let Him !

 

 

I hope my blog posts help you grow in your faith and Biblical understanding.  I would like to invite you on a journey of further spiritual growth by purchasing the Ideolatry Book and Study Guide.  Together, these tools will give you a strong Biblical foundation when life is difficult to understand.

May the Lord bless you and keep you...   Dr. Rich Masek

 

To learn more about God’s Character and Nature in Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem

 

You can read about more subjects from Ideolatry below.

        

What is Fair?
The Fatal Sin
 

Comments 2

Guest - Anonomyous on Thursday, 02 August 2018 08:37
Cain

Yet it was not all hopeless for Cain. He feared someone would kill him for the murder he had committed, God in his mercy put a protective barrier about Cain so that no one would kill him and Cain went on to marry and have a child. That child, Enoch, was the special man who "walked with God" the people of his day, marveled at Enoch, and eventually Enoch "was not" for God took him. Enoch walked so closely with God that I feel God was lonely for Enoch and that is why Enoch was translated without seeing death. Enoch is a "type" of those who at the end of time will not see death but will be alive to see Jesus coming in the clouds of Glory "every eye shall see Him." Like Enoch, God's end-time people will not see death but will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus and be taken home with Him.

Yet it was not all hopeless for Cain. He feared someone would kill him for the murder he had committed, God in his mercy put a protective barrier about Cain so that no one would kill him and Cain went on to marry and have a child. That child, Enoch, was the special man who "walked with God" the people of his day, marveled at Enoch, and eventually Enoch "was not" for God took him. Enoch walked so closely with God that I feel God was lonely for Enoch and that is why Enoch was translated without seeing death. Enoch is a "type" of those who at the end of time will not see death but will be alive to see Jesus coming in the clouds of Glory "every eye shall see Him." Like Enoch, God's end-time people will not see death but will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus and be taken home with Him.
Rich Masek on Thursday, 02 August 2018 12:04
Cain and Enoch

Thank you for reading the blog and for your comment.

The Enoch of Cain is not the Enoch that God took from the earth.

The Enoch that was translated was actually born to Jared and was the 5th generation of the descendants of Seth, Adam and Eve's 3rd son. The line of succession was Seth --> Enosh --> Cainan --> Mahalaleel --> Jared --> Enoch --> Methuslaleh --> Lamech --> Noah. The "righteous" line of Seth was established when "men began to call upon the name of the Lord" (Genesis 4:26). and was continuous through Noah.

I agree with your assessment of the Enoch of Jared and your comparison to those being caught up in the air to meet Jesus. However, I don't think that God was lonely. Enoch was so overwhelmed with his spiritual relationship with God that his body could no longer contain him.

Cain's first born is not the special man that you identified as walking with God and was translated without seeing death. Your assessment that Cain went on to marry and have a child is correct and the name of that child was Enoch. Cain even built a city and named it after Enoch. Cain's descendants were an ungodly civilization running parallel to those who sought after God. I also think that there are two ways that we can view the situation regarding Cain. God either put a "hedge of protection" around him, or Cain was being protected so that he could "live out his sentence".

Thank you for reading the blog and for your comment. [i][b]The Enoch of Cain is not the Enoch that God took from the earth[/b].[/i] The [b][i]Enoch[/i][/b] that was translated was actually born to Jared and was the 5th generation of the descendants of Seth, Adam and Eve's 3rd son. The line of succession was Seth --> Enosh --> Cainan --> Mahalaleel --> Jared --> [i][b]Enoch[/b][/i] --> Methuslaleh --> Lamech --> Noah. The "righteous" line of Seth was established when [i]"men began to call upon the name of the Lord"[/i][b][/b] (Genesis 4:26). and was continuous through Noah. I agree with your assessment of the Enoch of Jared and your comparison to those being caught up in the air to meet Jesus. However, I don't think that God was lonely. Enoch was so overwhelmed with his spiritual relationship with God that his body could no longer contain him. Cain's first born is not the special man that you identified as walking with God and was translated without seeing death. Your assessment that Cain went on to marry and have a child is correct and the name of that child was Enoch. Cain even built a city and named it after Enoch. [i]Cain's descendants were an ungodly civilization running parallel to those who sought after God.[/i] I also think that there are two ways that we can view the situation regarding Cain. God either put a "hedge of protection" around him, or Cain was being protected so that he could "live out his sentence".
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