1. Who Satan is and what he does
2. The devil can’t “make you do it”
3. How to get rid of the gnawing guilt and shame after you sin
4. Feeling fresh and clean again
Satan has a continuing ambition to replace God and have others worship Him. (Matthew 4:8-9)
Our message sign out in the church yard tells it clearly…“Opportunity knocks once, but temptation bangs on your door forever.”
Satan constantly tempts people to try and entice them to sin, to disobey God, to be on a wrong course away from His plan. But God has an answer when Satan tempts. He said in Matthew 4:10, “Then Jesus said to him, be gone Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”
We can’t accurately say, then, that “the devil made me do it”. We sin, not Satan. But the answer Jesus gave him during that temptation is the model for us.
- Resist the devil and he will flee from you—RESIST—push him away.
- Refer to the Scriptures for all your wisdom and information.
- Revere and serve God only and not the world, the flesh or the devil.
God will pardon us and free us from our shame and guilt. That is not an excuse to sin, only relief that He still loves us and removes the condemnation of death and hell from us.
Micah 7:18-19, “Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot, Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
I don’t know about you, but I intend to leave them there!
So, even though the devil did not make us do it, you and I have sinned. But we are forgiven, and we can be free from the guilt, shame, and condemnation in that sin…oh, glory to God!
Follow along on the audio of this series and be enriched in His truth and glory.
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