John 13:2 “And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,”

Most of us know Judas betrayed Jesus, but a lot of us overlook the fact that the devil put it in the heart of Judas to betray Jesus. If Judas could be influenced by the devil to betray the Son of God, surely people can be influenced by the devil to do horrific things we see today. 

A popular idea today says, Satan doesn’t exist and the evil actions we see are a direct result of a person’s will. That’s partially true. Satan does exist and although he can’t willingly take over a person’s mind or body without their consent, he can influence a person to a degree where they believe their evil actions are justified (Adolph Hitler, Osama bin Laden, etc.).

These senseless killings, the hoarding of resources while other people starve, and extremists groups whose tactical advantage is fear, are all a direct result of the devil entering the hearts of people. 

Don’t be so quick to judge that person based on their behavior or dismiss people when they say, “the devil made me do it” after committing an evil act. To a certain point, they’re being honest. Pray for them. Pray that the demonic influences leave their hearts and they live a holy life.