Devo Who did it
Genesis 3:13 (NIV)
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
There was a famous comedian Flip Wilson who won his fame with the line “The devil made me do it.” Now it was so funny, because you and I know the devil didn’t make anyone do it we did it on our own. It is still a common defense. Now in no way am I defending the devil, but he gets a lot of blame for our sins and God gets a lot of blame for the disasters that come as a result of our decisions. (See Adam’s excuse.) I was diagnosed with a kidney stone a few days ago. The pain was rather extreme. Someone said Satan did this to you. Well the doctor said I drink the wrong things and I am continuously dehydrated. You see I hated drinking water, though I have to admit I have a new found love for it. I would go all day and not drink water. I was too busy. I was having other issues also as a result. Now was the devil attacking me? Did he make me not take care of myself, or was it my own fault? Well the devil didn’t make me do it and didn’t give me a kidney stone. I am responsible for my own actions and take the blame. I repented to God for not taking care of myself. It was a wake up call. How many people come to me and say the devil is putting diabetes, high blood pressure, or something else on them when the do it to themselves. A little self-control goes a long ways. How much sugar do you consume, salt, water and so forth? Repent and change your habits. Thank goodness Jesus died and rose for the guilty not the innocent. He will forgive and He will heal, but as with sin we need to repent and start doing the right thing, and that starts with taking responsibility for our actions. By the way that devil made me do it attitude didn’t work for Eve either. I wonder if Adam and Eve would have taken responsibility for their action what would have been the results with such a forgiving God we have. I know and my children knew that if they came clean the repercussions of there actions were not as bad. I would also work with them to make things right. Run to the fire I would tell them not away. In God there is a safe place. Now I ask you who did it?
Pastor Jeff Lane
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