The Devil Made Me Do It
Back in the early 70’s, Flip Wilson coined an iconic phrase, “The devil made me do it!” As members of the body of Christ, we have too often fallen prey to this excuse. We need to stop blaming and start claiming. We give the devil way too much credit. He can’t “make” us do anything. He cannot read our minds; however, he can influence the way we think. In Ephesians 6:11, the Bible tells “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil“. Without God’s armor, we will be unwitting victims of the invisible war in high places.
Using excuses is a pale attempt to put the blame outside of the real culprit: ourselves. We don’t want to take responsibility because it usually hurts; and this has been going on since the dawn of humanity. Adam started the “Blame Game” in Genesis 3:12, “The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Who better to put it on than satan? Afterall, he IS the evil one! Wrong, it is our bad decision making, under the influence of satan, that is at fault. It comes down to making proper and good choices. Satan influences our thoughts so that our fallen nature will over-rule the Holy Spirit’s desire for us to do God’s will. Make no mistake about it, we are in a battle. But, Hallelujah, this battle has already been won!
We need to stop blaming the devil and see the truth! That is, we are weak and constantly need Christ’s assistance minute-by-minute, second-by-second to stay on the righteous path. The first step is to take responsibility for our actions, inactions, thoughts, and deeds – bringing them all under captivity. 1 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” The beauty of this whole thing, is that God is Faithful to forgive us, restore us, and renew our minds. He is constantly at work conforming us to the image of His son, Jesus Christ. Why live in bondage to a lie? Let it Go, let God, and live Good.