A few years ago, the defendant in a court case employed an unusual
argument that came to be known as "the Twinkie defense." This fellow
argued that he was not responsible for his conduct because he was
under the influence of a Twinkie he had just eaten. Most of us don't
blame snack cakes, but we sometimes hear people say, "the Devil made
me do it." This is a distortion of Scripture. The Devil does not make
us do anything. However, he does assail us with effective strategies
that must be overcome so that we can avoid yielding to his pressure
One of Satan's favorite activities is to fertilize the soil of
discouragement until it produces doubt and eventually despair. It may
start with some fond hopes dashed, some broken promises, or a
betrayed confidence. We become paralyzed and gradually realize that
we are either wallowing in pity or angry at God. Into this noxious
mixture, the Devil injects doubt. Where is God? Are His promises
reliable? Does He really care? How could He allow such injustice?
The questions churn and multiply until we find ourselves on the edge
of a powerful vortex pulling us to despair. We rarely realize it, but
during the whole process, we have been listening to lies and allowing
them a toehold in our minds.
To prevent the toehold from becoming a stronghold, it is necessary to
intercept untruths at the very start. As soon as you are
asked, "Indeed, has God said . . . ?" steadfastly resist falsehood by
standing on the truth of God's Word.
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