“THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT”

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

The devil can’t make you do anything. Then why did I do it? Because you wanted to!

One of the things we falsely believe is that we are at the mercy of demonic influence. We fail because we are ignorant of the way God has made us, and we blame things on the devil that are actually the result of our own undisciplined nature.

God gave us a will. That means we choose our thoughts, attitudes and actions. That means that while the Devil can influence our thinking, he does not have the power to coerce us beyond what we are willing.

Now, the lost person does not have the power within himself to resist the temptations and influence of darker forces. He is not a slave to them but he is a slave to his own selfish desires.

The Christian however, is not under the same bondage. He has a power that is much stronger than the flesh or the devil or any other influence. When he gave his heart to Christ, he was given that power – the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Romans 6:16 (NIV)  16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Romans 6:20  20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.

Romans 6:22-23  22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sin is the result of our choosing to live under the control and influence of unrighteousness. When we are saved, we have the choice to rise above our old (carnal) nature and receive the power of the Holy Spirit who is stronger than the Devil.

So, we can never say “the Devil made me do it”, when we choose the acts of unrighteousness instead of the Spirit led acts of righteousness.

Does that mean the Christian will never sin? No. It means that we are not slaves to unrighteousness and to our old carnal nature. When we sin, we recognize that although we say, I’m just human, that is not true. We are humans PLUS.  We are humans that have the power of the Holy Spirit within us. We are slaves to righteousness and therefore choose acts of righteousness rather than acts of unrighteousness.

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