Posted by: Joe Palmer | February 7, 2010

Give The Devil His Due


Give the Devil his Due (Sermon)

By Joe Palmer

Ever since Flip Wilson passed. The devil hasn’t gotten his due. Flip had it right with his hilarious claim, “The devil made me do it.” The devil is the source of a lot of evil, if not directly, indirectly. Most of the time we see his genius and don’t even recognize it. So for a few minutes let’s give the devil his due.

1. The devil pulled of the coupé of coupés when was able to get people to blame a good God for the problem of evil.

Jas 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[
James 1:17 (ESV)

2. The devil convinced parents to hand their children to the state to raise and indoctrinate into their humanistic Godless society all in the name of free public education.

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it
Prov 22:6 (ESV)

3. The devil has pulled off a double play when he created abortion. Not only does he destroy an entire life of a child, he destroyed the soul of a woman by hardening her heart towards her own child. She must silence her guilt that she traded the life of her child, for her own freedom, or to cover up her sin.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).

4. The devil has accomplished a lot by rewriting our popular vocabulary: homosexuality became an alternative lifestyle, adultery became an affair, and drunkenness became alcoholism or a disease. It sounds more pleasant.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter !Isaiah 5:20 (ESV)

5. Satan is a master at reframing arguments. Abortion isn’t murder. Satan reframed this discussion so that the same people who will campaign to save abandoned and neglected animals, will logically argue that abortion is a “woman’s reproductive rights.” We don’t advocate for our right to euthanize our own children we simply say we are pro-choice.

Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:32 (ESV)

6. The devil is great at intimidating the forces for good to sit silent on the sidelines. He causes Christian to fear standing up because we might be labeled. If we declare something a sin we are hypocrites and judges. If we don’t want homosexuals holding positions as teachers or scout leaders we are homophobic. If we talk too much about Jesus we are religious fanatics.

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Tim 1:7 (E
SV)

7. Satan has convinced us that religion is strictly a personal issue. We shouldn’t pray in public places. We shouldn’t protest against immorality in the business world. We shouldn’t share the gospel. Religion is off limits.

So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
Acts 4:18-20 (ESV)

8. Satan wins when he gets us to blame God for our sin. A pregnant girl cries to God, “Why did you let this happen to me?” A person caught for drug or alcohol use wonders why God allows them to suffer for their sin. We even forsake God because we are reaping what we sow. In essence we cut ourselves off from our only hope.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10 (ESV)

9. The devil has been able to get us to target the wrong enemy. We will fight with other religions. We will fight with believers who believe differently in some way. We will fight against sinners trapped in sin. We should be fighting to resist temptation, unity the family of God, love the lost, and destroy all the strongholds of Satan.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.   1 Peter 5:8-10 (ESV)

10. Satan has convinced us to accept a watered down faith as a substitute for the real thing. Most people are content if they believe in Jesus and make to church a few times a month. Few see their mission as being in alignment with the mission of Christ. Thus few people in the world see the big deal about being a Christian.

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
Rev 3:15-18 (ESV)

Joe Palmer

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