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August 24th, 2009, 09:37 PM
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Absoultely. I'm always taken aback when I talk to someone who doesn't believe in Satan or hell. I'm not sure I get the excuse thing, because using Satan as an excuse is only admitting that you've believe his lies- not as a way of not taking responsibility. I think people who are immature in their Christianity might misunderstand that blaming Satan negates the responsibility.

Satan is the father of lies. All sin, IMHO, boils down to believing lies. If I watch this porn- I'm not hurting anyone, it is a victimless sin. If I lie to my boss about why I am late for work, who gets hurt? If I am greedy, if I covet, if I lust- who am I hurting? I think it is easier for Satan to get those who aren't believers to believe in his lies.

I've seen Satan work in my life and the life of others. I've been praying for the ladies in the Love Dare Challenge, because Satan doesn't want marriages to succeed. He wants them to fail. If you've ever taken Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace in your church, you'll be amazed at the struggles people have in the first week, after they've made the resolve to dedicate their finances to God. People make the commitment to become debt free, and the next day, something huge happens that bends the will of that resolve. It's remarkable.

As believers, we aren't slaves to our temptation. God is always there to give us a way out. When you are tempted- look for the window. It is there. God is faithful.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.
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