Yeah, I was thinking about this same thing a couple of weeks ago. I was contemplating about how it seems like we can sin even when we don’t really want to. Like we don’t want to, question why we are doing it while it occurs, and regret it afterwords. Similar to a person who is struggling to quit smoking and succumbs to the desire while berating himself for doing so. I began wondering how much our will was influenced. For the smoker, his will is influenced by the physical addiction to cigarettes. If demons could have influence on our will to push us towards sin, then just how free is our will?
I had thought of the old classic depiction of an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other, each encouraging the person to make right or wrong choices. It’s a silly depiction, but the analogy is workable. This eventually lead me to imagine our personal will as the mercury in a thermometer. With the Holy Spirit raising the tempurature and demons trying to bring it down.
Under those thoughts, I questioned how anyone’s will could be free at all. If we were nothing more than the mercury, what could we possibly do to change anything?
Then it occurred to me that where we can make a difference, what we have the free will to do, is to ask God to stoke the fire. That’s when this silly analogy started to work for me.
We can’t make ourselves righteous. That much is clear in the Bible. Demons or no demons, we are all incapable of achieving righteousness by our own will. Add the possibility of demons trying to bring you down, and it looks like the odds are stacked against us. We ask the Lord for help. We ask him to raise the temperature. As that temperature rises, we can focus more on reading the Bible, prayer, community, charity, love, etc. The hotter we are, the easier we find it to ignore the cold (aka evil influences).
I don’t know if that does anything to answer your question or if anyone will think this is useful or meaningful at all. I often come up with thoughts or analogies that make a lot more sense to me than they do to anyone else, lol! :whacky: