We place so much blame on Satan for things that go wrong in our lives and then we say "the Lord will make a way.Ē It is a shame when we take advantage of God and give Satan the credit for it.
Think about it. Satan did most of his work in the book of Genesis when he tempted Adam and Eve, and they fell for it (Genesis 3) hook, line, and sinker. From that day forward, as a result one manís fall, we have been born with the natural desire to sin (Romans 5: 12, Romans 7: 15-25). So now all Satan has to do is make sure that we go on and continue in that sin, so that we are damned just like he is.
Then came Jesus and saved us all from the damning death of a sinner (John 3:16, Romans 5:8), giving us the opportunity to have life eternal.
Some of us choose that route to eternal life.
However, somewhere down the road comes the green-eyed monster and father of lies, Satan, trying to draw a wedge between those of us who are saved and our Savior. He dangles the carrot, piece of chocolate, or whatever you want to call it and waits to see if we take a bite. Once we take that bite, we immediately say, "The devil made me do it," and shift the blame over to him. Then comes the trials and tribulations and we say, " The Lord will make a way."
Okay, back up one minute and let's take a look at this thing.
Who chose to do wrong? Now who wants God to make a way out of no way for the mess they got themselves into.
Don't believe me when I say we get ourselves into the mess? Letís walk through the Word for a moment.
James 1:13-17 clearly states that man is temped when he is drawn away by his own lust. Who's lust? Satan's? No, I don't think so. Letís read that one more time. The Word says the lust of man; and who is that...You and Me.
So now who do we blame...well, who took the bite?
Now we are in this predicament and we want God to come through and guess what He will, because that is just the kind of God He is. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will provide our every need and when we are backed into a corner, we sure do need His provision. So, after some chastisement and a good talking too, God shows up to help you clear up the mess you have gotten yourself into.
Now I am not saying that everything that happens is our fault. No! There is so much out there that comes against us. For the enemy does come to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). What I am saying is that we have to learn to take a step back, evaluate the situation, and see where the blame really lies.
Have you neglected to care properly for something that God has blessed you with? Guess what...blame on you. Have you been blessed with a salary and choose to do everything with it, but pay tithe and offering, and now you are backed in corner because you spent your rent and car note money? Guess what...blame on you. Have you neglected to present yourself as true Child of God and now your children are looking sideways at you and saying ďWell, Mom, you did it. Why canít I? Guess what...blame on you.
So the next time trouble comes your way don't be so quick to blame Satan and please stop taking advantage of God and expect Him to get you out of the mess you so easily put yourself into.
Let's get real with ourselves! Take a closer look in the mirror! Reality is staring right at you!