Seems to me that many church folks give too much credit to Satan......like- "I'm under attack by the enemy".......or- "Watch out! The devil will gettcha. Many people don't realize that the devil can do NOTHING, without God allowing him to do it.
Years ago, I used to say, "A brand new Christian is particularly susceptible to Satan because he will attack them when they're rookie believers."
Then, Matthew Chapter 4 finally got my attention.......right after Jesus was baptized, (1). "Then Jesus was led up by the (Holy) Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."
(N.A.S.B., emphasis added).
If Almighty God would set up His Son to be tempted by Satan, why should any believer be spared?
I've been thinking about introducing this subject-matter for a while.....and some statements posted by Amanda recently in another thread sparked opening this discussion:
"Job lived before the cross, and many teach that the authority given to us in Christ is more than enough to fight the spiritual battle."
And - I certainly believe the devil deceives and through the deception, has power to kill, steal, and destroy. God permits it.
I completely agree with Amanda.
What are your thoughts??
I totally agree that we, too, hold a personal responsibility for the choices we make. We have an armor as Christians that protects us against Satan's wiles & devises but the choice remains with us. We also know that God always makes a way of escape when confronted with these temptations so we have no excuse. As a Christian we're blessed with the Holy Spirit which is the embodiment of Christ. It's the same power that raised Christ from the dead. Hebrews tells us “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" We're also told to flee from Satan & be ever watchful because he's just waiting on Christians to fail so he can then devour them. So, in the end, it's our choice and as you said, our responsibility.
Amanda and Tammy...........
Good words, Sisters.
Grace and Peace.