Did the Devil Make You Do It?
I really think this is a good question to answer because so many people want to blame someone else or justify or rationalize for themselves when it comes to making mistakes.
Also, there are major differences between Almighty God and the devil, whom, was created by God. I think that as believers in Jesus Christ, sometimes we think everyone knows these differences and that it is not important to talk about them.
Another thing is that there are many people, even Christians, who think that if they ignore the devil or evil and the dark realm, that it will just go away or not exist or not bother them on their side of the room. The Bible tells us to not be ignorant of the devil’s wicked schemes. As believers, we should educate ourselves about who we are as followers of Christ, who the enemy is and how to stand firm, fight and go on the offensive against our enemy, the devil.
First, let us talk about blame. In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first sinned is where we see the first use of the “blame game.” In Adam’s response to God he not only tried to blame Eve, but he even implied that it was God’s fault by giving Eve to him. The bottom line about blaming anything or anyone else for our shortcomings is that our own responsibility for our actions and motivations is not removed. When we think that we have found some good reason for our mistakes or another place to put the fault, we are deceived and we are blocking ourselves from growth and maturing. Instead of wondering if the devil made us do it, or anyone or anything else, let us admit that we did make a mistake. Just by admitting that we made a mistake we are taking a huge step forward and can then begin to grow and move beyond that mistake.
Next, let us talk about some differences between God and the devil that not everyone may know. First of all, God is God, alone. There is no equal to God. The devil was created by God and therefore is not and could never be equal to or above God. The devil cannot read our minds. The devil cannot be everywhere at the same time or more than one place at a time. So, I assure you, with billions of people on the planet, it is unlikely that the devil himself has ever gotten you or I to do anything. The devil does have his minions, the fallen angels who chose to go with him and be his servants. They are called demons and they masquerade as ghosts, spirits, aliens, etc… The devil and demons can try to put thoughts into your mind and you may believe them and act on them IF you do not KNOW the Word of God and the voice of Jesus. If you do not know Jesus, then you can be under the control of the enemy, the devil. (I John 5:19) Also, only God is sovereign. God reigns supreme and all things must go through Him. (The topic of why God allows some things to happen is for another discussion.) With these few differences highlighted, we will go on to the next thought.
That brings us to whether or not the devil is even real or involved at all in why we do some of the things that we do. Believe it or not, there are even some people that claim to believe what the Bible says, but do not really believe that the devil exists or is involved in what happens in the world at all. The Bible plainly tells us that we are in a spiritual battle. The spiritual battle is with the devil and his demons, the world system that is in place and is under his control and our own flesh. There are three enemies to our spirits that we struggle against in order to maintain our spiritual life. There are also three heroes for us to choose to follow and cling to and from whom to receive help, as well and they are: God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. These three are One and He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3), He has given us spiritual armor (Ephesians 6), He has given us His Word and He has sealed us and filled us with the Holy Spirit… and so much more! We just need to know who we are in Jesus Christ and what blessings we really do have from our Father in order to combat the enemies of our souls.
Yes, the devil is real and so are demons. Yes, they do try to influence all of humanity and they also do harass, oppress, capture, enslave and torment those who do and do not believe in Jesus. The difference between those who do believe in Jesus and those who do not is huge. For believers, the enemy cannot touch us or harm us (I John 5:18). However, the enemy can try to make us think that he can or has a right to harm us by making us sick or depressed, etc… That is why we are told not to be ignorant of the devil’s schemes and also why we are so encouraged to know who we are in Christ. This is also why Jesus says that the truth sets us free! If we know Jesus then we know the truth and we are not fooled by our enemy and adversary, the devil. The only power that the devil really has in this world is to trick us into thinking that he is in control. Don’t be deceived, please study to show yourself approved and pray also for the Holy Spirit to guide you into the fullness of the truth.
This is a lot of info to cover in a blog post! I wanted to give you several things to think about and do more studying for yourself in order to open your eyes to the truth. The Lord has been showing me and Jerry many truths that are setting us free. One of those truths is that we defeat our hindrances by knowing the truth. We truly are set free by the truth and all truth comes from Jesus, who sets us free. The Holy Spirit is charged with revealing truth to us. Also, we have seen that justifying, rationalizing and blaming others for our mistakes keeps us in bondage to making the same mistakes and more. Admitting our mistakes and taking responsibility for them puts us in a position to be changed and freed from the same mistakes over and over again. Finally, the Lord has shown us that even though the enemy has his tactics and schemes, that the Lord is sovereign and is fighting for us and that the enemy is a defeated foe. The devil and his demons are real and really working to stop all of the work that the Lord is doing, but he is the loser in this battle and his end is coming. If we are with God and know His Son, Jesus Christ, then we are on the winning side and it is time for us to start living in that victory, today! We do not have to wait until Jesus returns. God sent His Son to rescue us from this present evil age so that we could walk in the victory now and build His kingdom, now!
Like I said, this is a lot of info and I have been writing spontaneously here (as you can probably tell that is how we do it here, lol). So, I want to give you a couple of resources. One is a somewhat conservative approach to knowing more about who we are in Christ and how the devil works and what we can do as believers to combat him. The other is a more aggressive approach and even uses the term exorcisms, but has a lot of Biblical content to support his ministry and beliefs. I would that you pray and seek the Word for yourself and that you contact us or local ministers in your area for more help with this topic. I pray that you are led by the Lord in this struggle and that the Holy Spirit does bear witness with your spirit to the truth and what your next steps should be for the freedom from bondage and sin if you are still struggling in an area.
The first resource is a book called The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson. He has written many good books that are also related to this topic, but the one I mentioned is one of the first that I ever read about this. Also, Anderson has a web site with much more info and the link is : www.ficm.org and the web site is called Freedom in Christ Ministries. This is the ministry with the more conservative information.
The second resource is the one with the more aggressive approach and we have benefited from a lot of the topics and teachings listed on this web site. The ones that I (Angela) really liked were the ones about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows you and what are ready for and how to heal you the best. Here is the link: www.greatbiblestudy.com
I pray that you are blessed today with a special revelation from the Lord as to who He is and who you are in Christ and that He leads each one of us to the understanding that we need from Him, today.