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The Devil's Convention

I think that perhaps he's succeeding; don't you?

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 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. "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. Convince
the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work six or seven
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, soon
their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work. Over stimulate
their minds so they cannot hear that still small voice.  Entice them to play
the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the TV, VCR, CDs
and their PCs going constantly in their homes. And see to it that every
store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This
will jam their minds and break that union with Christ. Fill their coffee
tables with newspapers and magazines. 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 catalogues, 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 emotion. 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 unity for the good
of the cause."  It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels
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

YOU be the judge.

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