It would have been so easy to justify the sinking of the Titanic through the Word of God; Genesis 50:20 (NKJ) ‘But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive’ and 2 Corinthians 7:1-6 (NKJ) ‘let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and the Spirit perfecting Holiness in the fear of God’ (The sin nature is the great enemy of the cross of Christ). However, one thing we all have to come to terms with in our Christian lives is that we cannot continually blame all of our sins, faults and inadequacies on satan, which in most cases are our own doing.
When sin entered the Garden of Eden It was partially the fault of Satan but it was completely the fault of Adam. Yes, the devil will tempt us but he can only tempt us in accordance with our own affections; 2 Corinthians 6:11-12 (NKJ) ‘O Corinthians we have spoken openly to you, our hearts is wide open, you are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections’. So if drinking alcohol does not do it for you, satan could give you an endless supply of alcohol and it will not tempt you. If on the other hand you enjoy alcohol then this will be a temptation because satan uses our natural affections. Satan tempts us with the sin we like, not with the sin we don’t like. So in the New Testament when Paul says to the people of Corinth ‘we are not the ones restricting you, it’s your own Christian walk’, he is actually saying; ‘on the contrary, you are restricted by your own affections’.
We need to be honest with ourselves and to admit that the problem within our Christian lives are self-made because as previously stated, satan cannot tempt us with anything that does not appeal to us. If satan was to present to me a variety of illegal drugs it will have no effect on me because drugs don’t tempt me, they never have and never will. If however he put a tray of fresh cream cakes and trifles then I may be tempted and fall into gluttony. Hopefully you can grasp the significance of this: I can’t blame satan for tempting me because all he can do is use the things I like to entice me into sin. So it’s not the devil, it’s me and it’s you that choose to sin. It’s our own free will and our own choice to sin.
We could also choose to blame the devil for our unholy behaviour; ‘the devil made me do it’, we may say, however it is the root of our sin that is the problem. Matthew 4:8-11(NKJ) ‘again the devil took him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their Glory. And he said to him all these thing I will give you if you will fall down and worship me, then Jesus said ‘away with you satan, for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and him only you shall serve’. Then the devil left him and behold angels come and ministered to him’. It is dangerous and foolish not to realise and acknowledge that we are in a war with the devil. Any Christian or congregation sold out for Jesus will certainly be in the firing line. But God will use his strength and might to protect us and all the power of heaven to strengthen us. Praise God.
One of the greatest hymns (by John Bunyan) which is not heard very often in churches today is ‘He who would Valiant be’ also known as ‘to be a pilgrim’. Why not take a some time to listen to the short video of the song below. God bless.
Author: Eileen Greaves
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