There are many differences between the desires of the devil and God. God desires to lead us into His righteousness and holiness. Where the devil wants to lead us far from God and to fulfill our own lusts. Sin abounds because of the flesh and God helps us hate the sight of it, where the devil helps us to want more and more of it. When we fall into sin, the devil wants us to think that God hates us and that He would never forgive us. However, God’s mercy never runs out. His hands are always stretched out to accept us back when we fall. What God does is convict us of our sins, that we might repent and come back to him. Where the devil helps us get used to addictions over time, that we no longer feel guilty for it. This often happens when people are addicted to pornography, having sex outside of marriage, into drugs, or into the life of homosexuality. Over time these desires don’t seem so bad, that is if the person continues in the wrong environment. However, if that person decides to pray, go to church or a Bible study, or even open up their Bible to read it, they will immediately be convicted of their sins. Guilt will then take shape in their hearts and minds. These same convictions will either save their souls or lose their souls, depending on what they do next. If people call upon Jesus and ask for forgiveness, He is able to take them out of their lifestyle of sin and place them on the path of righteousness. Where the person who is convicted and does nothing with it, will remain on the path of destruction, where darkness resides.
And now that you have heard my thoughts on this matter, let us also dive into God’s Word on this topic of good and evil. It reads, 1“but God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) 1“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) 1“And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:16-21) We learn here that we are all sinners. That only by the shed blood of Jesus, can a person be forgiven and be saved. While in the world, we were disobedient. And now in Christ, His righteousness abounds in our lives. We live in His light and darkness no longer abounds.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray for every person in the faith. That they will realize that Your desires are so much greater than the desires of the devil. Satan can tempt us with so many things that seem so good for the flesh, but there is always guilt and pain that comes along with it. We can’t stay on Your righteous path if we keep giving in to his desires and not Yours. So equip us with Your armor, God. We can’t be victorious against the enemy on our own strength. Come and build us up in the Holy Spirit and allow Your Words to abound within us all day long. As we look to You daily and read the Bible, help us remember what is taught, and follow You. Now, for those people who say they believe in You and are currently far from You now, convict them of their sins. Help them understand that these feelings are good for them and not bad. How in their brokenness, You can come and rescue them. All they need to do is lay down their sins at Your feet and Your mercy is for them. People do not have to live a life of fear, pain, guilt, shame, or depression. Your goodness and grace are ready to flow deep into any person’s lives who are ready to live for You. Surely, there is nothing like Your love and desires for our lives. I feel stronger when You are near. I am even strong to resist temptations and follow You instead. So abide in me all my days and never leave my side. Keep my mind focused on serving You until my days are done. I love You more than anything this world can offer me. I am content in the things You bless me in, so why do I need anything else to sustain me. Lord, come and shine Your light, even now. Cast out all the darkness that remains in my life. I choose You. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.