Or did he? Does the devil really “make us do it”? Ever wonder what he’s really up to? And how we fit in?
Isn’t it fascinating how many excuses we can come up with to justify our sins? After all, sin is never really my fault. When I’m bad, isn’t it the devil who “MADE me do it?”
What the devil actually does is turn our attention away from God. After all, God is his arch enemy, the one Satan is trying to displace. Thus, turning us against God is his plan. The devil encourages us to doubt God’s love for us, to doubt His righteousness or even His existence. That way, just like Satan, we find justification to do the things that our nature desires – although we innately know from the get-go that what we’re doing is wrong.
The devil is very subtle:
“Didn’t God say you could eat of every tree in the garden?” after all, “You won’t really die.” (Genesis 3)
The truth is, as God declared, “for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8:21). James observes, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:13-15). Paul adds, “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Ephesians 2:3).
Lust for sin is in our own flesh, our “old nature.” All Satan has to do is convince us that there is no God (evolution) or simple misdirection with false, apostasy religions. Our sinful, carnal nature will do the rest.
Dr. Bullinger clearly explains, “The history of Gen. 3 is intended to teach us the fact that Satan’s sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime and immorality; that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart. We are not to look for Satan’s activities to-day in the newspaper press, or the police courts; but in the pulpit, and in professors’ chairs. Whenever the Word of God is called in question, there we see the trail of “that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan”. This is why anything against the true interests of the Word of God (as being such) finds a ready admission into the newspapers of the world, and is treated as “general literature”. This is why anything in favor of its inspiration and Divine origin and its spiritual truth is rigidly excluded as being “controversial”.
“This is why Satan is quite content that the letter of Scripture should be accepted in Gen. 3 . . . He himself could say “It is written” (Matt. 4:6) so long as the letter of what is “written” could be put instead of the truth that is conveyed by it; and so long as it is misquoted or misapplied. This is his object in perpetuating the traditions of the “snake” and the “apple”, because it ministers to the acceptance of his lie, the hiding of God’s truth, the support of tradition, the jeers of the infidel, the opposition of the critics, and the stumbling of the weak in faith.”
As the devil wins the battle in men’s hearts and the world revolts against its very Creator, we see the rapid rise in hatred, injustice, anger, discontent, greed, selfishness. The Apostle Paul lays it out, “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” (2Timpthy 3:2-5).
Fortunately, the cycle is broken by God Himself through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:23-24).
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NASB, emphasis added).
Believers, hold fast. Share the Good News of your salvation, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And don’t forget the ABC’s of Salvation
A – ADMIT THAT YOU’RE A SINNER The Bible teaches, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.
B – BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOUR SINS was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead. This is trusting with all of your heart that Jesus Christ is who he said he was, “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus [as] Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9.
C – CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD, “For whoever will call on the name of the lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13.
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