"And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16–17
The fall of man was cause because man disobeyed God's command to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When God questioned Adam about eating the fruit from the forbidden tree, Adam did what many people do when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar. He began to play the blame game.
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12 (NIV)
And the women didn’t want to be caught holding the bag alone so she naturally had an excuse.
Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:13 (NIV)
These Biblical facts remind me of the late comedian Flip Wilson who in the 70’s
coined the phrase “the devil made me do it.” His imaginary characters would often use that phase when he would say or do something out of character. This was done for the sake of entertainment and often bought laughter to the audience. But in reality followers of Christ Jesus know the devil cannot make you do anything. Satan does not have the ability or power to force us to submit to his will, but he can tempt us. It is often by our own voluntary actions we do or say the wrong things and rationalize the event by blaming others.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
To avoid the blame game:
- Pray everyday that God will provide you a way out of temptation
- Take ownership of your mistakes and correct them
- Continue to engage in a spiritual growth process
Posted on Mon, April 1, 2013
by Cliff Ellison