THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!

DURING THE EARLY 1970’S, THE U.S. ENJOYED A COMEDY/VARIETY TV SHOW FOR SEVERAL YEARS HOSTED BY FLIP WILSON. FLIP HAD SEVERAL CHARACTERS AND TAG LINES THAT WE ALL CAME TO EXPECT. ONE THAT MADE IT INTO OUR DAILY SOCIETY WAS “THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!”. TAKEN FROM FLIP’S COMEDY ROUTINE, WE WOULD HEAR SOMEONE BLURT OUT “THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!” WHEN THEY MADE A MISTAKE OR FAILED AT SOMETHING . IT WAS EASY TO BLAME SOMEONE ELSE…ESPECIALLY THE DEVIL…THAN ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN CHOICES AND OUR OWN ACTIONS.

OF COURSE, THE DEVIL NEVER MAKES US DO ANYTHING. THE DEVIL IS SURELY POWERFUL, BUT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE. ONLY GOD CAN CREATE. YET, SATAN CAN CAUSE THINGS TO HAPPEN THROUGH HIS INFLUENCE. WE CAN FALL SUBJECT TO SATAN’S POWERFUL INFLUENCE ONLY IF WE ALLOW HIM TO HAVE CONTROL. SATAN WORKS THROUGH OUR SENSES OF SIGHT, SMELL, TASTE, TOUCH AND HEARING. HE INTRODUCES US TO SOMETHING WE LIKE BASED ON OUR SENSES THEN SETS BACK AND WATCHES HIS PLANS UNFOLD. SO WHEN YOU DON’T QUIT SMOKING, HAVE THAT ‘ONE’ UNNECESSARY DRINK, EAT THAT EXTRA LARGE PIECE OF CHOCOLATE CAKE, DRIVE A LITTLE TOO FAST, TAKE PART IN A GOSSIP CONVERSATION OR BECOME INVOLVED IN A WRONGFUL AFFAIR, DON’T BLAME THE DEVIL. THE DEVIL DID NOT MAKE YOU DO ANYTHING. ‘YOU’ MADE YOU DO IT!

NEXT TIME YOU FEEL TEMPTED, CALL ON GOD, THE STRONGEST FORCE OVER SATAN. ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO RESIST THE DEVIL’S TEMPTATIONS. THE HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLS IN YOU AS A CHRISTIAN BELIEVER FOR ALL TIMES. NOT A BELIEVER?…YOU CAN CHANGE THAT! ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOU SINS. HE WILL. TRUST IN JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR AND ACCEPT THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO YOUR HEART. SATAN TALKS TO YOU THROUGH TEMPTATIONS OF YOUR SENSES. GOD TALKS TO YOU THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR HEART.

MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE. INSTEAD OF ‘THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!’, CHANGE YOUR STATEMENTS TO ‘GOD PROTECTED ME FROM MAKING A TERRIBLE MISTAKE.’

‘DON’T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU IN ANY WAY, FOR THE DAY WILL NOT COME UNTIL THE REBELLION OCCURS AND THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED, THE MAN DOOMED TO DESTRUCTION. HE WILL OPPOSE AND WILL EXALT HIMSELF OVER EVERYTHING THAT IS CALLED GOD OR IS WORSHIPED, SO THAT HE SETS HIMSELF UP IN GOD’S TEMPLE, PROCLAIMING HIMSELF TO BE GOD.” 2 THESSALONIANS 2:3-4 NIV