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Tobi Olowookere is the author of gracedpages where some of his thought provoking inspirations are documented.

A graced writer, Tobi believes that no matter what it takes, everyone must carry out their God assigned responsibilities. He's committed to writing and speaking to his generation on this subject.

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It's The Devil But You Are The Sinner

grenepages_Tobi Olowookere GRACEDPAGES_It's The Devil But You Are The Sinner “We are armed robbers because there is no job.”
“We kill to reduce the number of evil people on the planet.”
 “I don’t want to fornicate but my girlfriend is too beautiful to resist.”
“My wife doesn’t give me a chance and since I am no piece of wood, I have to ‘reach out’.”
“I don’t want to drink but my friends won’t leave me alone.”
“You know I love God but my job doesn’t leave much time for church.”
Every action, both right and wrong have reasons behind them. Man moves from one wrong doing to the other each day. Man wrongs fellow man. Man wrongs God. Even men who know the right things choose the wrong. When asked, everyone has a ‘genuine’ reason for his or her actions. The reason behind a wrong doing or a punishable behaviour is its excuse. Is it not? Worse is the act of blaming others for your own wrong doing. “He caused it! She caused it! They started it!”
The scriptures can’t be clearer on this subject; no matter your excuse, your sin is your sin. No matter who or what you hold responsible, you are accountable to God for all your actions.
Adam and Eve committed the first sin, which didn’t occur without its own excuses. Everyone had someone else to blame until the last person- the devil -who expectedly had no other person to blame.  For a man to have an excuse for sin is therefore not new to God.
The devil carried all the blame in Eden, but not all the shame. God seemed to say, “Yes it’s the devil, but you are the sinners.” He asked, “Who told you that you are naked, have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”(1) 
“Yes I have eaten, BUT the woman you gave me caused it”, Adam blamed Eve. Eve was his excuse!
“It’s true I gave it to Adam, its true I also ate it first, BUT it was the serpent that deceived me.” Eve blamed the serpent; the serpent was Eve’s excuse. And so the Lord turned to the serpent.
Surprisingly, he didn’t ask the serpent any question like he did to the others. He said to him, “Because you have done this, you are caused more than all animals domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live, and I will cause hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head and you will strike his heel”(2)
That could have been all if excuses were good reasons. God didn’t stop there. Yes the devil caused it but God then said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy and in pain you will give birth, you will desire to control your husband but he will rule over you.”(3)  
He didn’t stop there.  To the man he said, “The ground is cursed for your sake, all your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thistles and thorns for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your bow, you will have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made, for you were made from the dust and to dust you shall return.”(4) 
It was the devil, but every single person carried the responsibility for his sins. It was the devil, but till now, the whole world hasn’t fully recovered from the consequences.
What is your excuse for what you do? Who will you point to when God asks you, “Have you done what I asked you not to do?” He will ask everyman to give account of all he has done. No matter how innocent your excuse paints you, it will never be able to save you from that sin. No matter how black the excuse paints the one who caused you to stumble; you will be held responsible for all your sins. Should another man’s irresponsibility make you irresponsible?
It might be the devil, but you will still be the sinner. God hasn’t stopped the business of repaying everyman according to his deeds. You can’t paint the devil blacker than he already is. What can you say to God that will surprise him about the one who masterminded a coup against him?
The bible, talking about these last days, gives many excuses why believers might fail God: Many false prophets shall appear to deceive many; there shall be wars, famine, drought, persecution, and killings of the saints. Sin will be the order of the day in the world. Even the church will be so rocked by sin that the love of many will wax cold, but it didn’t end without saying that despite all these, only those who endure till the end shall be saved.(5)
“We lived in a pagan community, we wanted to love God.” That would be a good excuse but you will still be a sinner. “I loved God, I followed His servant- my Pastor, I trusted him, but he disappointed me. He stole from the church purse and slept with a chorister. He abused my own wife in the name of deliverance. He made me lose my love for God.” That will be a good excuse, but you will still be a sinner.
No matter what a man does, no matter what the enemy does to you, you will carry every responsibility for your wrongdoings. The Christian race is a love affair between you and God alone. It is not expected to be influenced by any third party.
Despite all the pressure, He still says come. If He says come, it’s because you can, so come to Him. Disregard the world, it doesn’t worth anything. Stay true to God, and that is the only lifeline you have.
The reason you want to give to fail God is the reason the devil needs to nail you!
(1)   Genesis 3:11
(2)   Genesis 3:14-15
(3)   Genesis 3:16
(4)   Genesis 3:17-19
(5)   Matthew 24:13

 

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