Good morning everyone,
After my sermon on ‘integrity’ the other Sunday, someone approached me with a question. My sermon was partly taken from James 1:17 where it says; “every good and perfect gift is from above.” The question that was asked was “whether or not the devil could do good”. I wasn’t ready or prepared for that question. He kind of caught me off guard. My first response was “I guess he could but what is his motive behind it?” In all honesty, for the next couple of days I couldn’t get the question out of my mind. So I did some research and reading. In Genesis 3, it tells us that the devil tempted Eve with an apple. And in vs.6 it tells us that “the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom.” But the devil’s motive was for Adam and Eve to disobey God and introduce sin into the world. But also for Satan to become the god of this world. (2 Corinthians 4:4) When the devil tempted Jesus in the desert it was not with necessarily with evil things; food, power and prestige, but his motives were impure. If the devil is going to tempt us, it may seem harmless and maybe even good in the beginning but it is for evil. Jesus does remind us in John 10:10; “The thief (devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” Jesus also says in John 8:44; “When he lies (devil) he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” We can be sure that if the devil does anything; it is for evil, his benefit and our detriment and destruction. So I say no to the question, ‘can the devil do good!’
Jim: Is planning to come home this Friday. Continue to pray that physical therapy will increase his strengthen.
Flossy: Had successful knee surgery Tuesday and is planning to come home today (Wednesday). Please pray that therapy will go well at home.