The Devil Made Me Do It

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When some people are caught doing something they know is wrong, they say, “The devil made me do it.” But is this true? Does Satan actually make us do anything—or do we have a choice?

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 1 Corinthians 10:13There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
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, “No temptation has overtaken you except such is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Satan does influence us, but God has given us the gift of free will. So, yes, we do have a choice—just as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. We can freely choose to either obey God or listen to Satan. However, God does not allow Satan to tempt us beyond what He knows we can bear. Satan does not—and cannot—make us do anything. He will tempt us with a way into sin, but God is faithful and always counters that by giving us a way out.