The Devil Made Me Do It, Right? by Daniel Rodgers

The Devil Made Me Do It, Right?
Dan Rodgers
Mark 7:14-23

INTRODUCTION:

1. In this passage before us, the Lord puts to rest the idea of the Devil being responsible for all the bad things we do. Although the Devil is ultimately responsible for sin (Garden of Eden), it's not always his fault that we commit sin.

a. Now, it's okay with me if you want to blame him - he's at the root of everything that is bad. And thank God, one day he will get his reward.

2. The truth of the matter is, we are masters when it comes to passing the blame. Instead of the Devil always being responsible, I think there are many times we ought to take a good look on the inside.

ILLUS: In "Discipleship Journal," Don McCullough quotes the following story:

"John Killinger tells about the manager of a minor league baseball team who was so disgusted with his center fielder's performance that he ordered him to the dugout and assumed the position himself.

"The first ball that came into center field took a bad hop and hit the manager in the mouth. The next one was a high fly ball, which he lost in the glare of the sun - until it bounced off his forehead. The third was a hard line drive...he charged it with outstretched arms; unfortunately, it flew between his hands and smacked in the eye.

"Furious, he ran back to the dugout, grabbed the center fielder by the uniform, and shouted, 'You've got center field so messed up that even I can't do a thing with it!'" (1)

3. This morning I want us to examine three principle truths, as we consider the question, "The Devil Made Me Do It, Right?"

I. THE CONDITION OF OUR HEART
II. THE NEED OF A NEW HEART
III. THE VULNERABILITY OF OUR HEART

I. THE CONDITION OF OUR HEART

A. Before we are saved

1. This may come as a surprise to some, but we are born with an evil heart. Genesis 8:21, "For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth."

2. Before a man is saved his heart is described as only wicked: J ...


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