Ever wonder what the devil’s real plan is and what our responsibility may be?
It’s fascinating how many excuses we find to justify our sins? Sin is never really our fault. After all, if I’m bad, wasn’t it “the devil who MADE me do it?” What the devil actually does is turn our attention away from God and encourages us to doubt Him; to doubt His righteousness or maybe even His existence. That way, we find justification to do the things that our human nature desires although we innately know what we are doing is wrong.
The devil is very subtle, “Didn’t God say you could eat of every tree in the garden?” (Genesis 3).
The truth is, as God declared, “for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8:21). James observes, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:13-15). Paul adds, “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Ephesians 2:3).
Lust for sin is in our own flesh. All Satan has to do is convince us that there is no God (evolution), or simply misdirect us (false religion or religious apostasy). Our sinful, carnal nature will do the rest.
Dr. Bullinger clearly explains, “The history of Gen. 3 is intended to teach us the fact that Satan’s sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime and immorality; that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart. We are not to look for Satan’s activities to-day in the newspaper press, or the police courts; but in the pulpit, and in professors’ chairs. Whenever the Word of God is called in question, there we see the trail of “that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan”. This is why anything against the true interests of the Word of God (as being such) finds a ready admission into the newspapers of the world, and is treated as “general literature”. This is why anything in favor of its inspiration and Divine origin and its spiritual truth is rigidly excluded as being “controversial”.
“This is why Satan is quite content that the letter of Scripture should be accepted in Gen. 3, as he himself accepted the letter of Ps. 91:11. He himself could say “It is written” (Matt. 4:6) so long as the letter of what is “written” could be put instead of the truth that is conveyed by it; and so long as it is misquoted or misapplied. This is his object in perpetuating the traditions of the “snake” and the “apple”, because it ministers to the acceptance of his lie, the hiding of God’s truth, the support of tradition, the jeers of the infidel, the opposition of the critics, and the stumbling of the weak in faith.”
Fortunately, the cycle is broken by God Himself through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Romans 3:23-24).
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