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“THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!”

08 Feb

By Terry Loving


John 6:70 “Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!”

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Geraldine Jones” – a fictional character of the late comedian Flip Wilson popularized the expression, “The devil made me do it.” Each time she made bad choices in life, she found a way to escape responsibility by shifting the blame for her actions.  “Geraldine,” was instrumental in the success of the Flip Wilson show in the early 1970’s. Flip was funny – “Geraldine” was funny – the devil was the cause of all of her ills, and we laughed.

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When “Bishop” Thomas Weeks III blamed the devil for his beating his ex-wife “Prophetess” Juanita Bynum in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel, no one laughed, and it certainly was not funny.  God gave humans free will, but the devil gets the blame for how free will is exercised. Mr. Weeks chose to express his free will in the form of rage, dismissing the fact that he had complete control over his actions – regardless of what prompted the argument. There was no little red devil sitting on his shoulder telling him to batter his wife, and publicly humiliate her.  Thomas Weeks III made a choice – the choice to batter.

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There are many batterers who will blame the violence on the abused – “See, look what you made me do!” “If you would just do what I say, I wouldn’t have to hit you.” “Submit! Submit and do what I say, then I won’t have to go off.” “You made me this way!” “God said you have to obey me, and you didn’t – so I hit you!” “God made me the head, and you have to obey me!” And the lists of excuses to batter are endless.

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Many preachers do not preach about the devil for, they claim this gives him too much credit – too much press. More emphasis is placed on the victory over evil in Christ and rightly so. However, the Bible, even Jesus Himself made known that we have a very real adversary. If it wasn’t important that we should know of Satan and how he operates, I believe God would have omitted this information from His Word.  Not only does this evil menace hate mankind, he has sought our spiritual demise from the beginning – his lies and deception began in the Garden of Eden:

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Paradise was conditionalThen the LORD God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.” 1

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Hence the blame game, also known as “Passing the buck.” When confronted with what God already knew, Adam tried to shift the blame from himself to not only the woman, but God Himself – “The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”

“His wickedness and lack of true repentance appears in this that he blamed God because he had given him a wife.” Geneva Study Bible

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Next, the woman had to give an account for disobedience. “Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

“That is, a spirit in the serpent, which she took for a good one, but proved a bad one, with lying words and deceitful language imposed upon her, told her that the fruit forbidden was very good food, and very useful to improve knowledge; even to such a degree as to make men like God; and this God knew, and therefore out of envy and ill will to them forbid the eating of it; nor need they fear his menaces, for they might depend upon it they should never die; and thus he caused her to err from the truth, and to believe a lie; and by giving heed to the seducing spirit she was prevailed upon to eat of the fruit of the tree, which was forbidden, and which she owns; and it is an ingenuous confession that she makes as to the matter of fact; but yet, like her husband, and as learning it from him, she endeavours to shift off the blame from herself, and lay it on the serpent.”

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

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The devil can deceive mankind, but he cannot force anyone to do anything.  His chief entryway into our souls is through thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. He studies our actions and habits, especially those that would cause us to lose our souls. The devil’s greatest tool is deception, a very powerful spiritual weapon – that traps Christians and non-Christians alike.

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Deception plays a major part in domestic abuse – most abusers are deceived in thinking they do not have a problem with anger and violence. Satan convinces the mind of the abuser that it is the woman’s fault that he behaves so badly. In fact, deception causes the abuser to not see his actions as harmful, but right in his own eyes. This is especially true when it comes to abusers in the church – “God made me the head!” Unfortunately, being the “head” is not viewed correctly from a Biblical standpoint, but from the view of an earthly tyrant.

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1 Peter 5:8 warns us to – “ be watchful,” self-controlled and alert,” “watch out for your great enemy the devil,” “ be sober-minded;” “ be watchful,” “ be of sober spirit,” “ be on the alert,” “be vigilant,” “be reflective,”  “keep your mind clear and “self-controlled” – WHY? – “Because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”

“As a roaring lion – Compare Revelation 12:12. Sometimes Satan is represented as transforming himself into an angel of light, (see the notes at 2 Corinthians 11:14); and sometimes, as here, as a roaring lion: denoting the efforts which he makes to alarm and overpower us. The lion here is not the crouching lion – the lion stealthfully creeping toward his foe – but it is the raging monarch of the woods, who by his terrible roar would intimidate all so that they might become an easy prey. The particular thing referred to here, doubtless, is persecution, resembling in its terrors a roaring lion. When error comes in; when seductive arts abound; when the world allures and charms the representation of the character of the foe is not of the roaring lion, but of the silent influence of an enemy that has clothed himself in the garb of an angel of light,” 2 Corinthians 11:14.    Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

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Satan “influenced” Thomas Weeks III to strike his wife, but he did so through what was already in his heart – anger.  Satan cannot read our minds; however, he has observed the behavior of humans since the beginning of time. He uses what we say, and watches what we do. He uses our propensity to certain negative activities, and works his evil influence. He cannot make anyone do anything, keep this truth in mind.

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“Geraldine” claimed the devil made her buy a dress. Truth is Satan swayed her decision. The devil was able to mentally and emotionally influence “Geraldine’s” will power through her vanity, “The devil told me how good I look.” Just as he convinced Eve that the forbidden fruit would make her wise (vanity), he convinced “Geraldine” that she had to have that dress, for it had her favorite – “flowers,” and there was “no harm in trying on the dress.” The devil made sure he pointed out other facts that were enticing, “It’s on sale, and your size too.” “Why don’t you treat yourself to that dress?”

Like any temptation once you get too close, you most likely will follow through. Too often the devil will try to convince us that doing or possessing something is “no harm” in the doing or possessing. When in fact, the designs are meant to kill and destroy – alcoholism, smoking cigarettes, pot, adultery, fornication etc.

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 But why was the devil interested in her buying a dress? For one, this caused discord with her husband, “What! Another dress?” She purchased several dresses in one week possibly reducing the household savings, and going over personal agreed upon allowances. Money issues tear apart many homes due to vanity, materialism and bad habits. The lack of money causes many abused women to remain in violent homes, as the abusers control the household finances.

Proverbs 4:3 advises, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” The “heart” in this case is our emotions, mind, soul, nature, core, sentiment, and our temperament.

kardia: heart – Greek meaning :

“2588 kardíaheart; “the affective center of our being” and the capacity of moral preference (volitional desire, choice; see P. Hughs, 2 Cor, 354); “desire-producer that makes us tick” (G. Archer), i.e our “desire-decisions” that establish who we really are.

[Heart (2588 /kardía) is mentioned over 800 times in Scripture, but never referring to the literal physical pump that drives the blood. That is, “heart” is only used figuratively (both in the OT and NT.]”

“Keep thy heart with all diligence,…. The mind from vanity, the understanding from error, the will from perverseness, the conscience clear of guilt, the affections from being inordinate and set on evil objects, the thoughts from being employed on bad subjects; and the whole from falling into the hands of the enemy, or being the possession of Satan:”  Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Ryan Brunn opened the door to the devil by watching child pornography. The news accounts do not give a timeline between watching that filth and the rape and murder of Jorelys Rivera, however, the devil capitalized on the evil Ryan enjoyed, and the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of hell led to a 7-year old being raped, tortured and murdered. After Ryan used his free will to oblige the devil, he threw the little girl in a trash dumpster, discarded her like rubbish.

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2 Corinthians 2:11 says in different versions that Satan “outwits,” “outsmarts,” “takes advantage of,” “over-reaches” mankind. We are not referring to a “little man in a red suit,” or a red devil with a pitch fork that sits on your shoulder and whispers in your ear. Satan is very intelligent, and he knows how the heart of man operates, for he was once an angel in heaven before his pride and rebellion caused his expulsion.

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New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”

Satan’s greatest weapon is deception. He has convinced the world with the exception of a few that he does not exist. And those who somewhat believe in evil attributes it to that little red devil with the pitchfork. If this were so, could we just grab that little nuisance, squash him and be done with evil? We could only dream such a victory. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”   New American Standard Bible (©1995)

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Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

“The whole design of Satan is to devour and destroy souls. He always is contriving whom he may insnare to eternal ruin. Our duty plainly is, to be sober; to govern both the outward and the inward man by the rules of temperance. To be vigilant; suspicious of constant danger from this spiritual enemy, watchful and diligent to prevent his designs. Be stedfast, or solid, by faith. A man cannot fight upon a quagmire, there is no standing without firm ground to tread upon; this faith alone furnishes. It lifts the soul to the firm advanced ground of the promises, and fixes it there. The consideration of what others suffer, is proper to encourage us to bear our share in any affliction; and in whatever form Satan assaults us, or by whatever means, we may know that our brethren experience the same.” Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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Countless sources document that abusers live what they learn. When abusers witness their mothers getting abused as children, they often become abusers themselves in their relationships. I believe this is true from what I have witnessed by way of personal experiences. However, the more I research domestic violence, the more I am convinced that evil influences the abuse more than we acknowledge, or understand. The violence in our world is increasing with hellish venom. Personally, I do not believe that everyone who commits violence in our world was abused as a child themselves.

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Violence is a learned behavior, which often times is influenced by the enemy of God and His creation. Just because you do not believe in satanic influence, that does not mean it doesn’t exist. Many people do not believe in the existence of a Divine Creator – does that make His existence invalid? – Not at all. The disobedience of Adam and Eve brought evil into our world, and the first murder was committed by one of their sons, Cain. The closest analogy to what happened in the Garden of Eden is the myth of Pandora’s Box. Once evil was released, it could not be taken back, and it grew and continues to grow worst.

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The serpent of the Garden and Satan are one in the same. Before the devil was cursed to crawl on his belly forever, he was an angel in heaven. He was not satisfied being an angel subject to his Creator – Satan desired to be God himself. His pride and evil desires caused a war in heaven that he lost, and was cast down to earth along with his angels.

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Trying to understand what makes people violent and abusive is a difficult task. There are many abusers who are brainwashed by sexism, and others who believe in order to be a “real” man, you have to be aggressive and tough – especially with your mate and offspring. However, God’s Word will help us to understand the spiritual influence behind the scenes so to speak. Humans are guided by either good or evil. The knowledge of both entered the world through sin, but we have a choice as to which will govern our lives.

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So how can the abused combat the evil that is happening to them? First, know your enemy – in flesh as well as spirit. Spiritual warfare is very real, and the effects are evident in our world today. Many blame God for the evil that we suffer in our lives, but He is not to blame. Our first parents were given free will – choice – something Americans especially are very proud of possessing in our country. All of humanity was granted the same opportunity to either do good or do evil – help or harm – lift up or tear down. Most choose to destroy, and the devil is much pleased to assist.

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We must use our spiritual weapons to combat domestic violence and abuse.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Before soldiers go to war, they map of a plan of action. They study the enemy, habits, location, strength, etc. Christians are called to be soldiers in the army of God. But the sad thing is, too many believers have been deceived by Satan to the extent of staking a claim of comfort in this world. We are on a journey, and as we travel through this dark world, we need the light of the Gospel:

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

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The Armor of God

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

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 THE DEMONIC

14And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a man, kneeling to him, saying, 15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is epileptic, and suffereth grievously; for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and off-times into the water. 16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? bring him hither to me. 18And Jesus rebuked him; and the demon went out of him: and the boy was cured from that hour.

19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast it out? 20And he saith unto them, Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21But this kind goeth not out save by prayer and fasting.”

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Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

“9:14-29 The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith. Very much is promised to our believing. If thou canst believe, it is possible that thy hard heart may be softened, thy spiritual diseases may be cured; and, weak as thou art, thou mayest be able to hold out to the end. Those that complain of unbelief, must look up to Christ for grace to help them against it, and his grace will be sufficient for them. Whom Christ cures, he cures effectually. But Satan is unwilling to be driven from those that have been long his slaves, and, when he cannot deceive or destroy the sinner, he will cause him all the terror that he can. The disciples must not think to do their work always with the same ease; some services call for more than ordinary pains.”

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I could say much more concerning this issue, but then I would have to write a book. For now though, I hope I got my point across. Domestic violence and abuse call for drastic spiritual measures. Meditate on scripture that pertain to your particular situation, fast and pray for deliverance. Fighting with your abuser will not yield the positive results you are hoping for. Give God a chance to change your circumstances His way. Be diligent in seeking Him, and do not lose faith and hope.

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Fast and pray for your children, your situation, your strength, guidance and direction. And yes, even for your abuser. Your safety is most important, if you can get to safety, do so by all means. Fast and pray for your healing and direction once you have separated.

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Read the Bible and learn of our common enemy. He is not a horned devil in a red suit. He is evil, of the spiritual realm, and wicked. His fury is increasing in the world for he is a defeated foe. But we who are alive still have to contend with his wiles. The blood of Christ has won our victory, and Satan is hell bound. Eventually the god of this world will trouble us no more.

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Jesus is our Victory. The battle has already been won. Don’t allow Satan to convince you that the cross meant that Jesus lost the battle for our souls. It may not seem so, but we are on the winning side. No matter who the devil uses to crush our faith – abusers, false preachers, fake friends, disloyal family members – we must stand spiritually strong. The battle is more spiritual than fleshly.

“IT IS WRITTEN!”

Note how Jesus handled the devil and do the same. Our Savior rebuked our adversary with the Word of God.

CAUTION! This is not meant that you should get in the face of your abuser and quote scriptures. When you fast and pray, this is a private matter between you and God. Doing otherwise may bring more harm to yourselves. This is not what I am suggesting or implying. Just wanted to get that out there. I will not be held responsible for anyone taking that route upon themselves.

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New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”

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1 THE FALL OF MAN – http://nasb.scripturetext.com/genesis/3.htm

2http://www.markbeast.com/satan/names-of-satan.htm

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NAMES OF SATAN

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Demonic Attack As a Result of Excessive Alcohol Consumption

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CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF SATAN

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Preachers

“Satan does not usually do his own dirty work. He works through agents. God has sent true preachers, apostles, and prophets, so Satan makes counterfeits — false teachers, apostles, and prophets.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 — False teachers do not appear as false teachers or no one would believe them. They are “deceitful workers” who appear as ministers of righteousness.”

“A man who is clearly an atheist or grossly immoral would not fool many religious people. But a good moral man who seems kind and concerned can teach error and fool people decent and devout people.”

Isaiah 5:20 — Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. Yet that is Satan’s favorite trick. His workers are wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matt. 7:15).

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

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Just as it is written,
“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:36-39

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Boys’ death: an act of evil

“Thanks for putting the word “evil” on the front page with reference to the two innocent boys murdered be their evil father. Let’s acknowledge the existence of evil. Let’s not try to understand it or negotiate with it. Let’s just fight against it.”

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The Danger Assessment

The Danger Assessment helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. It is free and available to the public. Using the Danger Assessment requires the weighted scoring and interpretation that is provided after completing the training. The Danger Assessment is available in a variety of languages.

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http://www.spiritual-side-of-domestic-violence.org

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