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What to do If you were Johnny who ran into the devil that went down to Georgia…

Please bear with me while I examine a song, I heard a while back…

We have all heard about someone making a deal with the devil, for instance in Charlie Daniel’s song the devil went down to Georgia. I want to examine if a person was in such an agreement, or as Simon the sorcerer was told he was in the bond of iniquity, after he was baptized. Meaning he had made a deal, a bond of iniquity, and had not repented of it.

Act 8:20-23, “But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. (21) Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. (22) Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. (23) For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.”

To examine the song

Johnny “bet” the devil for a fiddle of gold against his soul.

When Johnny, assuming he was a Christian, took that bet he had lost all protection from God, because he reached for something not from Jesus table. Being in sin seeking after his reward for his bet with the devil, the devil could attack him at free will. Give the devil an inch and he will be a ruler. If you give the devil a ride, then he will always want to drive...

1 Cor 10:21. “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.”

The devil played but savvy enough to let Johnny win thinking he was still saved and had won the bet.

Heb 13:5, “Let your conversation (behavior) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

You Gotta Not want what the devil offers you…If you don’t want what he has got then he will flee, or as it is written, in Jas 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

The truth: Johnny could never keep the fiddle of gold and please God, because God did not give it to him. Further, as long as he keeps the fiddle of gold he is in a bond of iniquity and wanting what came from the devil’s table and not Jesus table.

The only way Johnny could now be saved, is to renounce the fiddle of gold and surrender it to God, to accept only what comes from Jesus Christ table. The devil would have us all pay him for our fiddles of gold, but Jesus says let go of your sin, and come unto me and I will be all you will ever need.

2 Cor 6:17-18, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."

Father, we renounce all of our idols, and things we have selfishly won and gained, we renounce and surrender all to you, please show us mercy and sanctify us, remove anything that is hindering us from obeying the truth and living with you, in Jesus of Nazareth's name amen (may it be so).

Excerpt from the song…

The Devil went down to Georgia

He was lookin' for a soul to steal

He was in a bind 'cause he was way behind

And he was willin' to make a deal

When he came across this young man

Sawin' on a fiddle and playin' it hot

And the Devil jumped upon a hickory stump

And said, "Boy, let me tell you what"

"I guess you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player, too

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