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The Three Foes
Bible verse for today
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” ~ Genesis 3:13
Comment
A lot is said about calling a spade, ‘a spade’, and calling sin, ‘sin’. We often fall into the habit of calling our sins, 'shortcomings’, ‘errors’, or even ‘just the way I was built’, thus laying the blame nowhere less than at the feet of God Himself.
But another serious mistake we often make is laying the blame at the feet of the Devil. And this mistake costs us dearly.

Now Satan is the fearsome of foes, (1 Pet 5:8) and certainly plays a large role in discouraging believers by accusing the brethren of sins that were long ago washed by the blood of Christ (Revelation 12:10, Zechariah 3:1-10). Still, that doesn't give us an excuse to blame him for everything that goes wrong in our lives. One of the first steps we have to take is to accept responsibility for our own actions. Without doing this, we are boxing a shadow, and trying to overcome an enemy we never really define.

At the same time we must understand that we have another foe which is as active as the devil: the World. (1 John 2:15-17) This system entices us with promises of fame and power and assuages us into a rhythm of work, recreation and celebration – All good works which become filthy rags when done outside of God’s will. This enemy plays a big role in captivating our thoughts and directing our actions, but is not the main cause of our sin.

The third enemy that we have, and by far the most overlooked as the source of sin, is the flesh. (Rom 8:7) However, being so close to our own selves, we dislike recognizing our flesh as an enemy, and prefer to lay the blame for our actions at the feet of the Devil, the World, or even God for ‘creating us the way we are’.
But there is hope. As Paul says, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. (Phil 4:13) In Christ, we are a new creation. We have the power to overcome our flesh and conquer the world, and rebuke the Prince of darkness for we are God’s own children. (Rom 6:6)

Are you struggling with anxiety? Indiscipline? Uncontrollable habits? Do not place all the blame on the devil. Take action, and claim the victory you have in Christ’s resurrection.

The only person who is hurt by you saying ‘The Devil made me do it’ is yourself. JJ

 
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