Illustrating The State of the Devil:

The devil made me do it!

You could be absolutely correct, or mistaken. An inside, or outside source can certainly input thoughts and cause acute actions, whether good or evil, and contrary to what one really wants. In Romans Chapter Seven, Paul speaks of his difficulty in following after good, when evil was present. “For the life of me,” he exclaims, “I do not understand why I do that. Surely I do not want to, but I do it anyway.” Does this situation sound familiar? Can you identify with Paul’s dilemma?

Christians consent unto a thought, an action, or some acute influence. They rationalize that it is the right thing to do, until in retrospect, they judge it as being the wrong thing to do. Paul, also contended, that what he was consenting to, was not always of God, but of sin that dwelled in his members. Looking inwardly, he found a condition of good and evil. (Rom 7:20-21) Through the action of the will, sin can empower the flesh, and the flesh then lusts against the Spirit. (Gal 5:17)

He that is spiritual judges all things, and being set free, judgement is of no matter. Life in Christ has set us free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:2) The devil is powerless, unless he is given permission to activate sin. The devil commands fallen angels, and evil spirits. They can attack our mind and body, but not the new creature in Christ. (Luke 7:21; 2 Cor. 10:4-6; Jude 1:6, 9)

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The Flesh

Do not Listen to the Devil.

The state of the Devil is confirmed in scripture. Do not listen to the devil. The archangel Michael, when contending over the body of Moses, said, “The Lord Rebuke thee.” There is no need to dispute the devil. (Jude 1:9) The devil is already judged, and knows it!

Christian, do not contend with devils who bring to bear upon the soul an evil thought. Rather, test the thought from within your knowledge of God. Take it captive unto the Lord, who deals with it on the spot. (2 Cor 10:4-6) This is true from experience.

Christ returns with His saints who are ordained to execute judgement, and convince the ungodly of their evil deeds, corruption, and of harsh speeches against the Lord. This is after the year 2012. (Jude 1:8) Why contend with evil, of which the lord has judged? (Rom 12:19: Heb 10:30: Jude 1:15)

The graph on the right shows the serpent (devil) inciting sin to do good and/or evil. (2 Cor 11:3)