Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
We often get tempted to go to a forbidden place, or say a Forbidden word or to do something that is Forbiddden. After we yield to the temptation we try to justify what we did and try to blame someone or something. We are reluctant to accept our own fault of being disobedient and try to say that as Satanic. We should always keep in mind that though Satan brings in Temptations and Doubts into our heart, it is our duty and responsibility to stand strong (in the strength of the Cross)and not to yield (act by)to Temptations and Doubts.
Eve yields to doubt, and blames the Serpant: When Serpant put in doubt into Eve's heart, she went into disobedience. When God questioned her she pointed to the Serpant. Same with Adam, He pointed to Eve. God went ahead and punished all three of them, the Serpant, Eve and Adam. When we disobey God, we cannot blame the Satan. We are responsible and answerable for our decisions. It is better to repent and seek reconciliation, instead of trying to put the blame on Satan.
Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'? The woman said to the serpent, We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' You will not certainly die, the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Peter yields to doubt, but repentson realization: On the night when Jesus Christ was betrayed,Satan tried to bring in doubt in Peter, Peter stumbled and he yielded to the doubt, but then when he realized his mistake, he cried bitterly, and Christ did forgive him and accept him. He reinstated Peter with the responsibility of feeding and taking care of his lambs and sheep.
Matthew 26:75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Job holds on to his faith in the times of Trials: Though God permitted Satan to Test Job, he (Job) did not give up his faith and finally God blessed him so abundantly.
Job 2:7-10 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die! He replied, You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?
Jesus overcomes Temptation and Satan: Satan tried to tempted Jesusby manipulating the Word of God,but Jesus Christ through His divine wisdom and Holy Spirit, overcome the temptations of Satan.
Matthew 4:10-11 Jesus said to him, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
We Pray to overcome our doubts and temptations: It is with the same Authority as Christ,we are also called to overcome the doubts and temptations from Satan. We cannot do that with our own strength we need to pray God and so that He can strengthen us with His Spirit. We need to Hold on till the day when the Lord decides to Crown us with His Love.
Mark 9:24 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!
"We often get tempted to go to a forbidden place, or say a Forbidden word or to do something that is Forbiddden. After we yield to the temptation we try to justify what we did and try to blame someone or something. We are reluctant to accept our own fault of being disobedient and try to say that as Satanic. We should always keep in mind that though Satan brings in Temptations and Doubts into our heart, it is our duty and responsibility to stand strong (in the strength of the Cross)and not to yield (act by)to Temptations and Doubts."
Exactly! You've penned a valuable point here, Deepa; and you've well underscored the poignancy of it with the scriptures you've used. Excellent, excellent blog!
It is easy for us to play "The Blame Game" when in reality, we have no one to blame for our sin but ourselves.