Satan Didn’t Make Me Do It

 

SATAN DIDN’T MAKE ME DO IT 

We’ve all heard the phrase, “The devil made me do it.”  That’s a common excuse that even Christians use from time to time. But Satan cannot make us do anything. He can give us the thought or the idea. He can put an evil desire in our heart. But it’s up to us to carry it out. He cannot force us.

Not all of our sin comes from Satan. We have our own sin nature.  Jeremiah 17:9 says sin comes from our own heart. We have a free will to choose and act as we desire. James 4:1-4 says that wars come from within our heart. Doing the millennium, Satan and all his demons will be bound for a thousand years.  Despite this, man will still sin and rebel.  Man will still have a free will and use it as he chooses. When Satan is released at the end of the thousand years many of those alive on earth will choose to follow him. They had rebellion and sin in their hearts even when he was bound.

Don’t blame Satan for everything. It gives him too much credit. He takes that recognition as worship and it empowers him. Don’t assume there is a demon behind every bush, between every thought and every action. Instead, recognize and repent of your own sin.  Admit how sinful you really are.  Much of the time demons don’t have to do anything because we choose to sin without their influence.

It’s easy to get caught up in blaming Satan for everything. Even Eve blamed Satan for her own free will choice to disobey (Genesis 3:13). In order to have victory over sin in our life, we must recognize that it comes from within us. We must admit that and confess it (1 John 1:9). We must allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill us and we must follow Him in all we think and do. We must spend time reading the Bible and praying each day. Our lives must be characterized by praise and worship.

The devil can’t make you do it. He can’t make you sin. And he can’t make keep you from following Jesus. Don’t use him as an excuse.  Admit your own failings.  You have a free will choice to obey or disobey.  No one can make you sin.  It’s up to you.  (July 11, 2022  Doylestown, PA)

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Galatians 5:16-17 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

Do you blame Satan or demons for things that are your own doing?  Do you excuse your own sin by not taking responsibility for your choices and actions?  Ask God to forgive you for that and to make you aware every time you are tempted to fall into that trap again. 

cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER

Christian Training Organization 

Jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org

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C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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