Satan called a world-wide convention.  In his opening address to his evil angels, he said, "We can't keep the Christians from going to church.   We can't keep then from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.   We can't even keep them from conservative values.   But we can do something else.   We can keep them from forming an intimate, abiding experience in Christ.   If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.

“So let them go to church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can't gain that experience in Jesus Christ.  This is what I want you to do, angels.  Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day."

"How shall we do this?" shouted his angels.

"Find ways to fill their days with unimportant activities and mindless pursuitsKeep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent schemes to occupy their minds," he answered.

"Tempt them to spend time away from home.   Convince the wives to go to work and the husbands to work longer hours and more days, so they can afford their lifestyles.    Keep them from spending time together as a family.  Help them fragment their own families!"

"Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voiceEntice them to fill their ears with music and talk constantly at home, in the car, while walking around, studying, falling asleep.  And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays music constantly.   Jam their minds and break that union with Christ."

"Fill their homes with printed material so that their Bibles are pushed aside.   Magazines, newspapers, newsletters.  Pound their minds with news 24 hours a day.  Inundated them!  Flood their computers with videos, messages, promotions and their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail order catalogues, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering, and false hopes."

"Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.  Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted and unprepared for the coming week.   Don't let them go out in nature.  Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead.  And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion."

"Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Christ.   Ahh, yes!   Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family unity for the good of our cause."

It was quite a convention.  The evil ones left and went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there.

Has the devil been successful at his scheme?  You be the judge.

“Be self-controlled and alert.
Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith,
because you know that your brothers 
throughout the world
are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV84

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