Rowan and Martin's Laugh In. A blast from the past where stars like Steve Martin, Goldie Hahn, the Smothers Brothers and Flip Wilson got their start.
Flip was a good natured stand-up comic with a great sense of humor and impeccable body language. He often used the line,
“the devil made me do it!”
With his accent and the flick of his head, he had you laughing no matter what he was insinuating.
Of course, the devil he referred to was most likely dressed in red with pointed ears and a long tail. He was no comparison to the actual devil who is “seeking whom he may devour.” He’s so subtle and uses whatever is closest to you to cause you to stumble in your walk with Jesus.
We can say,
“it’s just the way I am!”
But that doesn’t excuse us from not being Christ like in our actions and our attitudes. We make it very convenient for the enemy of our soul to defeat us when we use that line and claim that we can’t help ourselves. Since we’re new creatures in Christ, we still have to deal with our flesh, but Jesus reminds us, “I have overcome the world.”
When the devil whispers lies in your ear telling you it’s okay to do what you know to be wrong, it’s time to sing. "God inhabits the praises of His people." “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Satan is the father of lies, don’t believe him when he tells you that you have no choice, it’s just the way you are.
Make a conscious effort to never ignore that still small voice of your Savior who is speaking to your other ear, telling you that “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Don’t play the Blame Game.
You’ll always lose, even when you think it’s the only way to win.