It`s Not Always The Devil, Sometimes It`s Us!
Ephesians 4:27 states: Neither give place to the devil.
I believe that we as Christians have to do our part in our walk with Christ. Although no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper, they will if we allow those weapons to proceed. We cannot place all the blame on the devil because sometimes we are our own enemy. The truth is that satan cannot conquer what we do not allow him to conquer. Many of us go through things and then say the devil is responsible. I am not defending the devil at all. Obviously the devil is the author of evil and responsible for many things that do occur in the world. I am just saying that if we do something and blame it on the devil we are liars. The devil cannot make us do anything. We know what`s right and wrong.
We can cast out the devil but not our flesh. We must begin to crucify it. Everything is not always the result of a demon. Christians fighting against each other is not always the activity of the adversary. Our flesh is the culprit. Many times we develop certain sickness because we eat all the wrong foods all the time. Twenty-four hours, seven days a week eating bad foods but the only solution is the devil. We never eat anything healthy and then blame the devil saying he made me sick. The devil also does not have anything to do with our credit cards being over the limit, it is our doing. We need to check ourselves because some of our problems result from our own negligence and ignorance (I know this for sure). It is time we admit our own shortcomings and failures.
The Apostle Paul mentioned: “in this flesh dwelleth no good thing”. The bible declares those who are in the flesh cannot please God. The bible also mentions that in the Spirit is life and peace. Not many of us are experiencing peace simply because we do not want to listen to the truth. The Word of God tells us to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Being disruptive at work and church does not identify us with Jesus. I have also come to the realization that many of us are addicted to doing things and living life the hard way. I know very well the struggles of the flesh but I am accountable for the things that I have done and so are you not the devil. I thank God for the blood of Jesus because the blood has truly rescued me.
So in essence, I cannot say oh the devil made me do it. I did “it” because I wanted to do it. I fell for the trick. I have to repent and straighten up not the devil. I am not uncompassionate and do understand that not all of us are as strong as others. But unless we accept responsibility for our sinful actions we will continue to point the finger at the devil instead of ourselves and remain immature. Amen.
I think you are right. I do not think you need to back down because readers may not hang in there with you. The Bible says that many with itching ears will seek men to tickle them. We need more people with backbones like Texas sawlogs that are Christians who will not back down from the truth. Sometimes people need to hear the hard truth. Keep telling it Brother.
Although I can appreciate your intent, the point you were hoping to make was dulled with illustrations that took away from the message. The mention of so many particulars, though true, took this out of the realm of the emotional/spiritual and seemed to sow discouragement. It's hard to read someone that only parenthetically mentions his victories and defeats. Not many readers will hang out for long with someone who gives the appearance of having arrived. Did you mean to do this?