A reader sent me the following story entitled Satan’s Meeting. It’s a good examination of conscience. Be sure to read the whole article even though you are busy.
Satan called a worldwide convention of his demons. In his opening address he said, “We cannot keep Christians from going to church. We cannot keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. The important thing we must do is to keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their savior. Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.
“So let them go to their churches. Let them have their covered dish dinners, but steal their time, so they do not have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do,” said the devil. “Distract them so that they will not have time to build and maintain a relationship with Christ throughout their day!”
“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.
“Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered. “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children and grandchildren. As their families fall apart, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!
“Over stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice of God speaking to them. Entice them to have noise around them always so they cannot hear Christ speaking to them. Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Hammer their minds with the news twenty-four hours a day. Flood their mailboxes with mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletters and promotions offering free products, services, and false hopes.
“Keep skinny, beautiful models in the magazines and on TV so that their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they will become dissatisfied with their wives. Keep athletically built men on the TV and in magazines so that wives will not look at the character of their husbands and thus become dissatisfied with them.
“Keep husbands and wives going so much that they are too tired to love each other at night. If they do not receive the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere. That will fragment their families quickly!
“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas. Give them an Easter bunny so they will not talk about Christ’s resurrection and power over sin and death. Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Encourage them to go to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts, and movies instead. Keep them busy, busy, busy!”
“When they meet for spiritual fellowship, leave them with troubled consciences. Crowd their lives with so many good causes that they have no time to seek power from Jesus. Soon they will be working on their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause. It will work! It will work!”
It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments, trying to involve Christians in the nonessentials of life so that they would have little or no time for God, for their families, and much less time to tell others about Jesus’ power to change lives.
I guess the big question is: have the devils been successful in their mission?
You be the judge!
Posted on Fri, October 17, 2014
by The Lafourche Gazette