The Devil - the Ultimate Scapegoat!
There are many churches and people around who blame the devil for almost every problem known to man! Yes, there certainly are NT verses setting forth how the devil is still messing with people's lives. But what I am going to say CATEGORICALLY is that the devil is most certainly NOT the sole problem-producer and sin-producer in this world!
The Bible speaks of our INNER enemies as being (at a bare minimum) the world, the flesh and the devil - NOT necessarily in that order!! FIRST, I've written a lot about changing your attitude to the world, and becoming un-worldly and Spiritual rather than worldly! SECOND, our flesh is a major, MAJOR problem to us!! This is the inner man of sin who’ll be there till you finally meet Jesus, the inner man who wants what YOU want, is determined to go your OWN way rather than God’s, and fights AGAINST God in your life. THIRD, the devil is always there aiming to cause as much catastrophic stuff as possible in the world, AND to do all he can to mess up your Christian walk.
Those who want to put the devil FAR ABOVE all else as THE arch enemy of the Christian spend a lot of their lives and a great pile of time in their church meetings 'fighting' against the devil. The devil SIMPLY ADORES IT when you give him air time and talk about him!! He just LOVES hearing his name being spoken over and over and over in churches (sometimes even said more times than the name of Jesus!) Me, I want to speak the NAME OF JESUS!!!
The devil barely gets any air time in my life at all!!! Anyone who can show me clearly that the New Testament teaches differently, I'd like to hear from them. Yes, the devil certainly TEMPTS you and tries to 'get' you! - but check out THIS amazing verse: JAMES 1:14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Some of us are very quick to say that it’s THE DEVIL who tempts us. But here GOD is telling us a very different and POWERFUL TRUTH!! Please LISTEN to me and take HEED: OUR desires and OUR lusts are what DRAW us away and ENTICE US to sin!! Then what do we do? - we cover this up to ourselves and others by blaming the DEVIL!! Effectively we’re saying: "The devil made me do it!" NO HE DIDN'T!!! He cannot make you do ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO!! Stop blaming HIM!!! It’s time we STOPPED making him the scapegoat for what are our own sinful desires!! NOTE: he can make unbelievers do things - because they are his (as we all used to be!)
Satan can’t MAKE a Christian sin because of the MAJOR DEFEAT he suffered at Calvary! HE LOST US when JESUS WON US!!! That's a Hallelujah!!! Another reason is that our ALL-POWERFUL GOD ALWAYS LIVES IN YOU! The devil can’t beat God, so you’re already wonderfully protected from him! Always hold these WONDERFUL TRUTHS in your life, and never let them go! Then you will be victorious and an OVERCOMER!
I know the devil is walking around (only) 'LIKE' a roaring lion seeking who he may destroy - but we must treat him as the DEFEATED ENEMY that he is! Okay, he WILL still throw sinful suggestions into your mind when you’re not ready for them. BUT just RESIST and REJECT them! Speak JAMES 4:7 to THE LORD (not the devil - DON'T talk to him!!!) "Lord, I am submitted to You. I RESIST THE DEVIL - and he must FLEE from me. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!!"
Read what Peter says straight after the "LIKE a lion" bit: 1 PETERE 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about LIKE a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast and strong in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. Does THAT sound like God is writing in His Word that the devil has to be feared and can tear you up whenever he wants?? The devil is full of bluff and bluster: he roars simply to try and convince you that he CAN beat you. He CAN too - but not if you refuse to let him! RESIST HIM!!!
And how about this verse! Speaking of evil things that are in the world God speaks this brilliant truth: JOHN 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. The Holy Spirit IN YOU is infinitely more powerful than any men and any devils in this world!!! The Lord is affirming to you that you have overcome the evil things in the world, oh Saint of the Lord God!! Always remember that you are a Saint! You are SET APART for God, separated from the world around you, for HIM alone! Set apart to serve Him; to obey Him; to love Him; and to please Him! WOW!!!
- BM (with his Lady)