Do you exclaim “It was the handwork of the devil” when you do something wrong? this could be a bad sign: you probably lack the courage and sincerity to own up and take responsibility for your actions. Do you remember Eden? When Adam and Even sinned and God called them out? Do you remember what they said?
Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent:
The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;… Genesis 3:13-14
Many of us run from things we’re responsible for, we attribute a lot to “the handwork of the devil” indeed sometimes Satan can turn at our accusations and scream “Oh Lord, I’m innocent” Like Eve we say ” the serpent made me eat it” and like Adam we indirectly blame God sometimes “the woman, whom YOU GAVE ME, handed me some and I ate”.
This is not the right attitude to have when we do something wrong, especially when we sin against God and our fellows. We should be able to say “It is my fault”, and sincerely apologize. When you give excuse with the devil, you attempt to shift the blame to him and indirectly point to God who made him. But if we accept our faults and beat our chest like David:
Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. My offenses truly I know them; my sin is always before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done. …
For in sacrifice you take no delight, burnt offering from me you would refuse; my sacrifice, a contrite spirit. A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.
If only we can learn to sincerely say “forgive me Lord, I have sinned, through my fault”. Forgiveness and healing would’ve been easier. Therefore, let us not blame others for our faults. Let us own up whenever we make a mistake and ask for pardon. We’ll become better that way. Leave the devil alone and he’ll leave you.
Who loves the devil anyway? Then stop calling him every time, focus on Jesus.
Or is Christ not enough for you?
He is enough for me !
Peace be with you!
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