DayBreaks for 10/03/08: No He Didn’t!
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2008:
“The devil made me do it.” Those words were a common phrase in comedy skits by Flip Wilson a good number of years ago. Invariably, just after doing something that was bad, he’d utter those words in a meek way and the audience would break into laughter. I remember laughing at it, too, at least until it got too familiar and lost its novelty.
There is even a biblical basis for the saying – sort of. In Genesis 3:13, after Adam and Eve had sinned, Adam says (paraphrasing), “Eve made me do it.” Eve (being a quick study and noticing that God didn’t strike Adam dead) noticed that God had turned his attention onto her, and said, “The serpent tricked me, that’s why I ate it.” (NLT)
Nice try, Eve. But there’s a subtle difference between what Eve and Flip Wilson had to say. Eve said she was “tricked.” Flip said, “The devil MADE me do it.” In reality, Satan is a deceiver, and Eve had it right. Yet, ever since the fall, we’ve been blaming our sinfulness on the devil making “me do it.” Biblically speaking, if you are a Christian, Satan has no power over you. Get this (and listen closely and pay attention): Satan cannot make you do anything. He can’t make you lie, cheat, steal, get drunk, lust, envy or kill. He can’t make you do one single sinful thing! We simply can’t say, “The devil made me do it.”
So, where does the blame lie? Square on our shoulders. James 1:14 nails it: Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. (NLT)
We make excuses to “excuse” our bad behavior – a behavior that springs from within us. No more “The devil made me do it.” God’s never bought that line, and He isn’t about to start buying it now.
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV) – Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
PRAYER: We’ve tried so many things to avoid having to admit that we are responsible for our own sin, Lord. Help us to stop making excuses and admit that we are sinners desperately in need of Your grace! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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