“The Devil Made Me Do It”

18 01 2012

"The Devil Made Me Do It"

Coming into Teendom in the 19xx’s (no shame in my game), I used to love seeing the Flip Wilson show. In fact, as a small ‘aside-of-pride’, I actually met him in person: He came to my Junior High School and wowed us with a comedy routine (I was the MC of the Program -ahem). Anyway, he of course did, “The Devil made me do it,” skit.

We hear similar claims from convicted felons of outrageous crimes and shake our head while watching the evening news. However, the 21st century Church has pretty much thrown out that possibility like a worn out joke; saying now,  “we are in Christ,” we are a new creature/creation,” etc., etc. We are even told that, “A Christian  can’t have a demon or be influenced to do evil.” To be brief, I’ll just say: “That ain’t necessarily so.”

How many of us can say that some of our deepest hurts and crushing wounding have come from the folks inside the Church? “But maybe they aren’t really born-again;” you may reply. Hmm, let’s look at some examples from the Bible: Judas Iscariot walked with Christ; Peter the Apostle denied knowing Jesus; Paul the Apostle told us how he was ‘conflicted’ about ‘knowing’ to do the right thing, but then actually ‘doing’ those things he knew ‘not’ to do: See Roman 7:21-24, 25.

Let’s press forward in the Word to Romans 8:1 KJV, just as Apostle Paul did as he spoke. By the way, Paul wasn’t speaking to unbeliever’s, but to Believer’s. In chapter 8, verse 1 of Romans in the KJV, we see our point come together: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (emphasis mine)

That’s our ticket to ride: We are free from condemnation of the Law only as we walk after the Spirit of God. We walk after the Spirit of God. The word tells us that:

Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.” II Cor. 3:6

We can see that, because of what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary, we are now “able” to ‘walk after’ or follow Him in our spirit, releasing ourselves to Him only for the purpose of …. here it is…drumroll: SANCTIFICATION.  Our sanctification is a life-long process that even the Apostle Paul told us was a place of which he had not yet “arrived,” but that he pressed onward toward that as the goal and high-mark: See Philippians 3:14.

Salvation is once and forever in Christ; while sanctification is a process, it is our daily walk of following after Him in the Holy Spirit.

Homework Study- II Cor. 7:1; I Thess. 5:23 and II Cor. 3:18

Tell us how you have “grown in the spirit” as you have followed after the Living Word, Christ Jesus.  Be Blessed,  The Lightkeeper

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