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The Devil Made Me Do It

Have you heard people say, “The devil made me do it”?

Well, here's the fact. That statement is a lie. The devil can’t make you do anything if you're a Christian because you have the power of Jesus Christ and the Word of God to help you do right when you’re tempted.

Every Christian will be tempted to sin in three major areas:

1. physical pleasures,

2. earthly possessions,

3. the pride of power or position.

But like Jesus, we can be ready to withstand the devil’s temptations.

It won't be easy, at first. We can crave physical pleasures, illicit sex, alcohol, excess food, and more. We can be so attracted to “stuff” that we go into enormous debt, even steal and cheat, to get what we want. The lust for power and position at work, even at church, can drive us to do things we never thought we could.

But we can defeat sin before it happens by preparing ourselves for temptation before it comes. We do this by listening and following God’s Spirit (Luke 4:1). When we're saved, we receive God’s Spirit and are “sealed” with Him.  And every day after we're saved, we stay in step with God's Spirit by praising Jesus, thanking Him, listening for His voice, and submitting to His will. We must do what's necessary, moment by moment, to yield ourselves to the Lord.

In addition, we have to know the Bible and speak it boldly in times of temptation. God’s Word is our sword and strongest weapon. As we study the Bible, and memorize Scripture, we can use it to resist the devil and he will flee from us.

Like our Lord Jesus, we don’t have to give in to temptation. When the devil (and our own desires) launch an all–out assault on our weaknesses, we can stand by being filled with praise and submission to God, and by wielding His Word at our enemy.

The devil couldn’t make Jesus sin, and he can’t make us sin, either. So let’s get ready now, and plan to walk in victory.


  • Is there an area in your life where you feel constantly attacked by the devil?
  • What is one verse you could memorize to help fight the devil when you are tempted?
  • What is one practical thing you can do to stay in step with the Holy Spirit?

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