The Devil made me do it!
Have you ever used this excuse?
You knew better, you decided not to, but you did it anyway…it had to
have been Satan! This phrase (“the Devil
made me do it”) was made popular in the 1970’s on the Flip Wilson Show; though,
Paul could have coined it back in A.D. 60 when he wrote his letter to the
As we conclude our journey through this letter to the
Ephesians this week, Paul gives us instructions to “put on the full armor of
God” (Ephesians 6:11). The reason we are
to do so? “So that you can take your
stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11b). Paul felt it was so important for us to
understand why, he reiterates his point in 6:13, “Therefore put on the full
armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your
ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” We must prepare ourselves for the intense
spiritual struggles we will face as Christians.
We must be prepared to stand against the strategies of
Satan. He knows us well and strategizes
against us just like an army creates a battle plan in order to gain land from
the opposition. Wherever we are weak,
wherever we are easily tempted, Satan will attack there. Satan wants us to lose the ground we are
standing on; the ground Jesus has already won for us! When we get angry and yell, when we lie or
cheat, or when we commit any sin, we lose ground. When we are not gentle, we lose ground. Satan’s ultimate desire is not just causing
sin, but our heart and our soul. He
desires for us to give up and walk away from Jesus and our faith.
So, we must be on guard!
We must recognize our areas of weakness and develop ways to protect
ourselves – creating boundaries, developing accountability relationships, and
possibly removing people and/or activities from our lives. We must remain focused so that, “after you
have done everything,” (Ephesians 6:13b) you will be standing.