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August 8, 2010

Do we claim our sins as ours?

Filed under: Blibical — CynthiaAcacia @ 8:04 pm

Today’s devotional: the devil made me do it!

Whose fault is it when we sin?
We’re all familiar with the old saying “the Devil made me do it!”, but I don’t think most of us would take that excuse very seriously if we heard it from somebody who’s done wrong. But it does raise interesting questions: what exactly is Satan’s relationship to sin? Are there situations in which the Devil actually could make us sin against our will?
Our Daily Bread tackles the question and lays out the Christian understanding of Satan and his role in tempting us to sin:

The devil tempts believers, but he doesn’t make us sin. James tells us that God isn’t to blame either: “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone” (James 1:13). He is good and holy.

So who is to blame for our sin? James says, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (v.14). Just as a fisherman uses bait to lure his prey, so our own evil, unchecked desires lead to giving in to temptation and sin.

When we disobey God by sinning, let’s not shift the blame or justify our actions with the faulty “the devil made me do it” theology.

Our sin is our own; the devil may tempt us toward sin, but we’re the ones who make the final decision to obey or disobey God. I’ve always found this Christian understanding to be simultaneously sobering and comforting: on the one hand, we can’t wiggle out of the responsibility for our sins by blaming the devil; but on the other, we can rest assured that the devil has no power to make us disobey God.
What do you think? Has anyone ever tried the “Satan made me do it!” line on you, and how did you react?

Hahas aww.

This is just so relevant to what Pastor Jeff preached yesterday.
He told us about a woman from who knows where stole church funds.
She blamed it on the devil after that.
Well, what do you think?
The devil manifests in your thoughts but not physical actions.
God is all that is good and holy.
So people, whose fault is it then?

It’s us.

Sometimes in my dream I dream of tripping over things.
It just makes me wake up with a start.
When satan trips us with sin,
do we wake up or do we continue falling?
Indulgment in sin was never a good thing.

My problems are big,

but my God is bigger.

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