Monday, February 25, 2013

The Devil Made Me Do It

As a society we are trying to find ways to lessen our responsibility for action/inaction in our own lives and towards others. We do not want to help others out of fear, humiliation, or embarrassment. When we do something wrong we want to blame our government, our employers, our family, or any other variety of excuses. But yet let us do something right, intentionally or by accident, and our names better be put on marquee for all to see how great we are and how much credit we deserve.

This is backward, mistakes are great opportunities from God to improve our knowledge and learn, we all make them. When something goes right, it is due to God imparting the knowledge we needed then or through previous mistakes and He should get the credit for the success, not us. He is going to be rewarding His people for all the important things they succeed at when we join Him and any earthly success will be no comparison to His reward.

"The devil made me do it."  I am sure many of us have said this throughout our life, especially in our younger years when we were caught doing something we shouldn't. Although we do not say it as much anymore, the justification behind it still runs strong in our society and among Christians as well. Besides being a blatant statement that we are giving Satan a certain amount of control in our every date lives;  it also gives us a way of absolving ourselves from the responsibilities and consequences of our actions. Which, as Christians, is something we need to accept and deal with. God loves us and will forgive us of any sins we repent for.  If we are not accepting personal responsibility we are most likely not going to be repenting that sin. If we can go to God and repent the sin, why are we worried about man? God is our creator and true judge. If He forgives us our transgression, any personal human opinions are completely irrelevant.We should trust in God for the best outcome for us.

Galations 6:5 For each will have to bear his own load.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

If we are looking for actions where we can put the responsibility elsewhere; we should be looking for situations to say "God wanted me to do it." We should always be sensitive to the spirit and strive to help others who are in need. That is not me saying give all your money away, it is saying do not be afraid to witness to someone, pray for someone, or just be a sounding board you never whose soul you could save by   just letting someone cry on you and telling them what God has done for you. When you help someone don't take the credit yourself, but give it to God, the situation happened because He put you there.

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

2 Peter 1:21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 23:12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.