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Flip Wilson on the Ed Sullivan show coined the phrase, “the devil made me do it.” On occasion, comedy hides the truth. Humanity from the beginning wanted to blame rather than take responsibility for not following God’s standard of obedience. The Bible in (Genesis 3:1) describes the devil as crafty, or cunning in misleading Adam and Eve into disobedience. Can you avoid being led by the devil? The Bible says you can.
“Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The Bible plainly states if you resist the devil he will leave you. The ultimate example of a person avoiding being led by the devil is Jesus. In Matthew chapter 4 Jesus after being baptized goes into the wilderness and fasts for 40 days and 40 nights. After fasting the devil attempts to tempt Jesus with food, requesting physical proof of powers and material wealth. Jesus shows how to submit to God and resist the devil.
“Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him” (Matthew 4:10-11).
One must realize that the devil may tempt you but you still have the choice to sin against God or submit to the devil’s leadership. How do you avoid being led by the devil? First, submit yourself to God by being obedient to his word. Second, avoid putting yourself in comprising situations. Finally, make “NO” a part of your vocabulary, and you can avoid having to say, “the devil made me do it!”