"It was the work of the devil, he tempted me. Trust me I never meant to do it" . How many times have you said something closely related? I have, and I've also heard many people say stuffs like that but if we were to be honest with ourselves, we will realise that many times we lie at the devil. The devil doesnt force you to sin, he doesnt make you commit the sin either! Rather he tempts and makes sin look so good just so you can fall for it. That is why the bible says "...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7). You have a responsibility to resist the devil if not he'll fulfill his 3 fold ministry in your life which is to steal, kill & destroy your future.
Christianity is a personal thing therefore it is your responsibility to work out every inch of your salvation! Many times you ask Christians why they backslided, they tell you stuff like "My parents were not good examples" or "My church members were hypocrites" or "My Pastor was fake, he couldn't even preach the bible well" or " My youth group members didn't show me love" etc. C'mon, grow up! You can't keep blaming people for your problems or keep pointing accusing fingers at people for the sins you committed yourself . You are responsible for your actions and on judgement day God will judge you ALONE based on the work of your hands. "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Revelation 20:12
D.I.Y Christianity is the way forward dear friends! If you keep waiting for your pastor, parents, teachers, youth leaders and friends to help you live a life pleasing unto God and to grow spiritually , you won't go as far as God wants you to. So DO IT YOURSELF,work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, get your personal relationship with God going, fight your own spiritual wars and keep serving God even when everyone around you chooses not to. Philippians 2:12 "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
Love you all with the love of God, have a blessed week and remain blessed