IF I WERE THE DEVIL...........
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's
effort, instead of God's blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of
the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent
machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals
are valued more than human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was
grounds for a lawsuit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young,
and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute
the mind of every family member for my agenda;
I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family
crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas
and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would then funnel tax dollars to promote this art.
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that
their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few
who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and
the Bible is for the naive;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is
not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.
DEVILS' CONVENTION: A MODERN PARABLE
Satan called a worldwide 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 them 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 relationship 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 values and lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can't gain that experience in Jesus Christ.
"This is what I want you to do: Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior, keep them from maintaining that vital connection throughout their day."
"How shall we do this?" shouted his angels.
"Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent unnumbered schemes to occupy their minds," he answered.
"Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, then borrow borrow borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6 or 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children.
As their family fragments, their homes soon will offer no escape from the pressures of work.
"Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice.
Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the TVs, VCRs, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their homes.
And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical, contradicting music constantly. This will jam their minds and break
that union with Christ.
"Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards.
Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail
order catalogs, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services, 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 to reflect on God's wonders. 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 emotions. Let them be involved in soul-winning. But crowd their lives
with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Christ.
Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause."
It was quite a convention. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments of causing Christians to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there.
Has the devil been successful at his scheme? How about this definition of Busy:
Wow, makes one think...Satan's goal is to take our minds and hearts off Christ then steer us toward the cares of the world. God wants us to enjoy life but He must be first. If we are too busy for God, then we are too busy!!!
(Don't forget to get out and worship this weekend and thwart the goals of Satan!)