Good morning. Happy hump-day to you all! I pray all is well in your neck of the woods.
TFTD: Stop saying, “The devil made me do it!”
1 Corinthians 10:13(NIV)
13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
2 Corinthians 13:4 (NKJV)
4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Okay folks, I have a confession, I am sick and tired of people saying, “The devil made me do it” or “I’m only human” or any variation of the saying that shifts the blame from self onto someone else. Excuse my English, but the DEVIL AIN’T GOT NO POWER! How can you claim to be a child of God and yet in the same breath you give the devil power to make you do something against your will? The only thing the devil can do is entice your fleshly desires, but he can’t make you do anything.
The scriptures referenced above, show us that there is nothing that will tempt us that we are unable to resist. God always provides a way of escape. The problem is many times we overlook the escape latch on the door or window and run right into sin in an effort to please our flesh. The scripture also shows us that in our weakness we are strong by the power of God. I encourage you to search the scriptures on how powerful God is and how powerful Christ is in you.
REMINDER: The same power that was used to raise Christ from the dead, conquer hell and the grave resides in children of God!!! *OH, WE BAD!!!* *SMILE*
Stop giving the devil credit for things he can’t do. The Word of God tells us to resist the devil and he will flee. Let me make it plain for you this morning;
- When the devil tempts you with a certain person, thing or habit and you resist it, he has to run back to his dungeon and figure out a new way to attack you. He gets frustrated with the consistent devotion reading, bible studying, Christ-like practicing child of God. You make his mission difficult. On the other hand…
- When the devil tempts you with a certain person, thing or habit and you allow your weak flesh to cave in and sin, then he continues tempting you with the same things because he knows you are demonstrating a consistent level of weakness. Eventually the enemy takes up residency at your home, job, school, church, etc. because he knows he has got you.
The devil doesn’t have any new tricks. He just continues recycling the same old temptations waiting for you to stumble and fall. The way to combat temptation is to stay prayed up and consistently study and learn God’s word. You have to dedicate time to daily devotions. It’s important to go to church for bible study and Sunday morning worship. If you don’t tap into the power that resides in you then you will continue to fall to sin.
Stop saying, “The devil made me do it!” and start walking in the power of God!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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