To those who still believe that the devil can literally make you do things, humor me this:
My son, Davyd, wants to go out an play in the back yard. I agree, but warn him not to eat the pears off of the tree at the edge of the yard. So, Davyd goes out and plays and explores his way to the pear tree. He looks up and thinks, "Those are some mighty good lookin pears!" At that moment, the neighbor next door pops his head over the fence, and says, "They look good, don't they?" Davyd replies, "Yes, but my Dad told me not to eat the pears." The neighbor says, "Did he mean for you not to eat the pair, as there are only two?" "Huh?", Davyd says. "Oh, so you didn't know that 'pair' means two?" Davyd says, "No sir." The neighbor continues, "Well, you should be fine, eating only one and not the pair." Davyd partakes, and needless to say, he got in trouble when he came back into the house with pear breath. He plead his case and told me about the neighbor. I simply asked him, "Who am I?" "My Father," he replied. "What did I say?" "You said not to eat the pears."
Often times we feel pressured into responses or decisions, concerning various things, including things concerning our souls. It's okay to pray on it. It's okay to ask for time to sleep on it. NEVER feel rushed. ALWAYS take time to think, consult, and seek God when it comes to decisions. ALWAYS consider praying or asking God what He thinks about a proposal or proposition lain before you, ESPECIALLY when it contradicts His Word or things you KNOW to be true. It is absolutely okay to run back into the house and say, "Daddy, him said I could!" Then, sit back and observe how Daddy handles the matter! He will remind you of His Word, first. Then, he will address the neighbor. It's not that the neighbor will leave you alone and stop offering perspectives, but just as Daddy reminded you of His Word, He will do the same to the neighbor. This is the example by which you should proceed in your future days of playing in the yard. Remind the neighbor of your Father's Word and let Him know that you will NOT divert. Whether it's a pear or pair, I WILL NOT EAT OF EITHER!!!
The devil doesn't "make" us do anything. He simply offers distraction, via new perspective. Often times the perspective is accompanied by imaginations of all things OTHER than what Daddy said.......
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams