Sep 26, 2012

Posted by in Awesomeness, Fruit For Thought, Selah, Understanding | 4 Comments

Aiding & Abetting

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No More Crime

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Growing up I used to always hear my grandmother say, “ain’t nothing but the devil” whenever something bad happened. Subsequently, I always assumed he was the culprit behind every bad thing that happened in life. I mean, the Bible does say he comes to kill, steal, and destroy, right? But, as I matured in my faith, I learned that like most criminals, the devil doesn’t act alone. No, he has accomplices. And, his accomplices are you and me.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. We’ve made the Devil out to be this all-powerful being that can wreck havoc in our lives whenever he pleases. But, truth be told, he needs our help. I know this sounds so crazy, but stay with me. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” The thing about that scripture that struck me was if he’s “all-powerful” why does he have to seek/search for someone to devour? Why can’t he just devour everyone in his path? Hmm…

Then, there’s the scripture in Ephesians that tells us not to allow anger to linger because it “gives a foothold to the devil.” Foothold is defined as a firm or secure position that provides a base for further advancement.

Okay! So, what you’re telling me is what I do can actually help the devil to kill, steal, and destroy in my life?…Yep, pretty much! That’s why he has to “seek” whom he may devour. He can’t just “break & enter” everyone’s life. He has to “seek” for the ones who “left the window or door cracked” for him. So, “unbeknownst” to you, whenever you hold on to things like anger, strife, and unforgiveness, you’re actually “aiding & abetting” in the commission of your own robbery. When you open your mouth and speak negative things over your life, you’re holding the flashlight to help him see while he wipes you out. Don’t you see, he would not be able to pull off the perfect crime without your help. Selah.

 

P.S. – I put “unbeknownst” in quotation marks, because there’s a lot things that we, as Christians, are unaware of but it is not because it’s a secret; it’s because we don’t study the Word (and, I am so guilty of this. That’s why I used the word “we”). Subsequently, if I could ever suggest one book that I feel every Christian should read, it would be “The Believer’s Authority” by Kenneth E. Hagin.  If you’ve never read it, please buy it ASAP and read it. The information in the book is just that essential…We got to be studiers of the Word so we can know how to live better lives. **G.I.G.**

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  • Lynn Kelley

    While this information is correct, it leaves out A LOT! The essay gives a very shallow understanding of Scripture and human behavior. What in us causes us to “aid and abet” the devil? What in us causes us to be, in essence, our own worst enemy? Certainly no one would choose to do that freely and consciously! The article says nothing about unconscious motives (which motivate much of our behavior) or how the power of God can change them!

    • fruitofmybranches

      I agree, Lynn. You’re completely right. This
      post does not go in deep detail on the cause of the “aiding & abetting.” If
      I were to address the matters you mentioned, this article would’ve been fairly
      long, but I really appreciate your feedback because those are definitely areas
      I look forward to touching on in future posts :-)…The purpose of this blog post
      is to make you think, and somewhat wet your palate a bit to make you want to
      research more. I am not a minister, just an average person who enjoys
      sharing things I learn about my faith walk through analogies, metaphors, and
      similes. I like to keep my posts short so I can keep the readers’ interest, and
      then refer readers to other references materials (i.e. the Bible &
      Christian books) for further research. If you would like further references on
      this topic please let me know, and I’d be happy to provide it to you…And, stay
      tuned to the blog, I will do some future posts on the valid points you brought
      up. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! God Bless!

  • Natasha

    Great post sis :-)

    • fruitofmybranches

      Thanks!! :-)