The Devil didn't make me do it.

One of the things I hate hearing are Christian sayings that are far from the Bible. One I heard recently was "God helps those who help themselves." WRONG! (2 Corinthians 12 has a LOT to say on that). Then there's "God will not give you more than you can handle." I HATE that one! How often have you had things that you couldn't handle? (1 Corinthians 10:13). What I hate most, if you couldn't tell by the title, is "The Devil made me do it." While the Devil is the prince of this world (John 12:31, John 14:30, John 16:11), ultimately it's God who has the authority. The only authority Satan has is what we give him. In the Garden, Adam and Eve gave the authority over the world they gave Him, over Israel, they gave themselves to false and mute idols (note the word "gave themselves," see 1 Corinthians 12, Psalm 115). Dear Christian, what Scripture tells us is that the enemy has only whatever authority we surrender to Him. So when it comes down to it, we are responsible for our own demise. Whatever sins we commit are the sins that we first desired, and then when that desire comes into fruition, we face the consequences of our actions. Adam and Eve ate the fruit because they WANTED to eat the fruit. Israel followed false gods because they WANTED something other than the authority of God, and we fall in to Sin and temptation that we already desired to begin with. Beloved Christian, it's time to stop giving Satan what He doesn't own or deserve! The Authority of Jesus Christ is supreme, and there is freedom under HIS authority, and it is the ONLY true freedom that can exist. Surrender to Jesus. It's the only way to freedom.

James 1 English Standard Version (ESV)


Greeting


James, a servant[a] of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:

Greetings.


Testing of Your Faith


Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.


Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[c] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.


16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.


Hearing and Doing the Word


19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.


22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.


26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.


Footnotes:


a. James 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

b. James 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 16, 19

c. James 1:10 Or a wild flower

d. James 1:17 Some manuscripts variation due to a shadow of turning


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