Someone mentioned to me that craving tattoos was possibly demonic. As far as “craving” tattoos, it’s silly to imply it’s wholly demonic. They coupled “craving” and “obsession” together. (To clarify, I do not advocate for tattoos. I do not have any, and Lord permitting, I will not have any.) It’s just human nature. They like it. I crave macaroni and cheese nearly everyday, and, honestly, I’m a tad obsessive over Flash, Supernatural, Arrow, Star Wars, NASCAR, and football. I like them.
Not everything is Satan. We blame so much on Satan that we forget that we are responsible. It’s easier to pass it off on him than actually take responsibility.
Let us look at the idea that demons or the Satan have to influence us to sin. Sin is corruption, and it separates us from God; just so we’re clear from what base I’m approaching.
So, if someone sins, it’s demonic? Dating back to the Garden of Eden, Satan and demons were never really the problem. Human nature is the problem. Eve’s human nature got us into this.
“The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”
Genesis 3:4-6 NASB
She chose the fruit. Satan dangled it in front of her. Adam chose the fruit because his wife gave it to him. The writer of Genesis never says that Adam questioned Eve about the fruit.
Human nature is at its core a multitude choices. Those choices, sins, and mistakes are not always caused by Satan. We choose them.
Human nature has proven time and again that it does enough harm on its own without the aid of demons. David and Bathsheba? Solomon and his many, many wives? What about Joseph’s brothers selling him out of jealousy?
Satan knows what we like. If there is a way to make it into a sin (or if it is a sin), he will always float the idea to us – that is called temptation. Paul explained to us:
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB
Christians today are weak because we think passing off our shortcomings on Satan is a viable choice. It’s not. Take responsibility. Stop blaming a demon or Satan. Sometimes we’re dumb and make bad decisions. Sometimes you slip up. Satan cannot make you sin, but he can dangle it in front of you.
When he dangles it in front of you, what is your reaction? Do you let your mind wander on that thought. There’s a reason that Jesus wanted the then-disciples to watch and pray so they would not enter into temptation. The Lord’s Prayer asks God to, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Therefore, it can be assumed (rightly so) that God’s intent is to lead us into righteousness. It is human nature that looks at what Satan has dangling in front of us and enters into that temptation.
In the grand scope of things, Satan is given far too much credit. He’s not going to deny the credit, but why feed a beast that is only seeking to steal, kill and destroy? Part of the salvation process is confessing our sin to God and repenting of that lifestyle. Thus, choosing to enter into the rest that Jesus talked of when referring to the Holy Ghost. Further, choosing to deny the sinful human nature of what it wants and feeding those things which are eternal – the spirit.
So, guys, stop giving Satan credit. Just tell God you messed up and repent of it. Please, stop feeding a beast that wants you to believe he has that kind of power. Jesus made a way for us to escape the power sin has over humanity, and Jesus’ power is exponentially greater than any power Satan wants you to believe he has.