Stop Giving Glory To The Devil
The Devil Made Me Do It
The phrase "The devil made me do it" became popular in the 1970s. Many people have used that phrase to justify their actions. Some Christians have tried to use that phrase too. It is a bad habit of blaming the devil for the wrong things that goes on in their lives.
There was a boy who went to the store and stared at some candies. When no one was looking he stole candies and got caught. The manager of the store called the boy's mom to come in the manager's office. The mother asked the boy, why did you steal candies? The boy replied, "The devil made me do it". There are many stories like this one.
Stop giving glory to the devil! The reason why we are tempted is because of our lustful desire to the world. Our hearts are wicked and that is why we need the Holy Spirit to keep us right before GOD. Look what the bible say about our heart, "For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Mark 7:21-23
There are things in our lives that attracts demons into our lives. I am saying this because we need to be very careful with the things we do and say. When we bring out certain emotions the demons wander around waiting for that moment to take advantage of our anger, sadness, vulnerable moments. The devil presents us with the things that we lust over and that can destroy our relationship with GOD.
Who is to blame for my sins?
Blame is the state of having been accused, correctly or incorrectly, of doing something wrong. Guilt is felt as a result of having been justly blamed for a crime or wrong against a person. Scripture portrays blaming others as a natural human reaction to events.Since the days of Adam and Eve blaming others has been a basic human characteristic since their fall. They blame GOD, the devil, or someone else.
The devil did not make you do it. Stop giving glory to the devil. Just like the devil did not make Eve eat from the fruit. We want to blame the devil for our sicknesses, diabetes, headaches, bills being so high, for anything that goes wrong we want to blame the devil.
When there's a crime being committed, immediately we want to blame the devil. We have to stop giving glory to the devil.
There are people that are always rebuking the devil in every prayer. A prayer is speaking to GOD giving HIM glory and honor. We should rebuke the devil or demons whenever there is a manifestation of evil spirits.When a church service is tense it is not the devil fault. We need to learn to enter the House of GOD with praise and worship and be responsible with our part.
The devil is worthy of blame for a lot of things in this world, but we cannot use him as an excuse for our bad choices. The devil cannot possess a Christian because the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The Holy Spirit will not allow any demon take possession of a Christian. "You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him." Romans, 8:9
The devil and his demons cannot control a Christian. They cannot make us do anything involuntarily. So, rather than blame the devil, we need to look at ourselves.
Each person is tempted according you their own desire. Until we recognize that the problem resides within us, we will never get to the solution or the problem.
We need to submit to GOD and obey HIS Word. If you have committed any sin, the devil did not make you do it. He may have tempted you with your own desires, but GOD will never let you get tempted more than you can bare.
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
Being tempted is not in itself a sin. Sin arises when Christians give in to temptation. Scripture urges Christians to resist temptations and gives them encouragement to face it.
We all face temptation, no one is alone in this. We may feel bad sometimes because we struggle with certain things in our lives.
In the book of Job, we can see that GOD allowed Satan to tempt Job, but with restriction. We must understand that the devil and the demons are limited to what they can do to us. If you really want to overcome temptation, the best example is Jesus. In Matthew 4 Jesus was tempted and he overcame temptation by using scripture.
If Jesus used the Word of God to effectively end the temptations, which we know works because after three failed efforts, the devil left him alone. We cannot overcome alone. We need the Word of GOD, Without the Word all our efforts to resist will be weak. It will be ineffective unless they are powered by the Holy Spirit. We need to constantly read, study, and meditate on the Word. In this way, we will be “transformed by the renewing of your mind”. There is no other weapon against temptation except the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” Ephesians 6:17. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” If our minds are filled with the latest TV shows, music and all the rest the culture has to offer, we will be bombarded with messages and images that inevitably lead to sinful lusts. But if our minds are filled with the word and holiness of God, the love and compassion of Jesus, we will find that our interest in the lusts of the world diminish and disappear.
Guard our hearts and mind to keep the sources of temptations away from us