Are You Busy?

Satan calls a worldwide convention of his angels. He tells them, "We can't keep Christians from going to church. We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can't even change their standards and values. But we can do something else. We CAN keep them from forming an intimate, abiding 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 doctrines, let them have their conservative lifestyles. But steal their TIME so they can't gain the experience with Jesus. This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout the day."

"How shall we do this?" asked the evil angels.

"Keep them so busy in the non-essentials of life and invent numerous schemes to occupy their minds," he answered. "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend and then borrow, borrow, borrow. Convince their wives to go to work and their husbands to work 6-7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their lifestyle. Keep them from spending time with their children. As the family fragments, their homes will offer no haven from their daily pressures.

"Overstimulate their minds so that they can't hear the 'still, small voice.' Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep their TV, VCR, and CDs going constantly in their houses. And see to it that every store in the world plays music constantly. This will jam their minds and break their union and communion with Christ.

"Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving with 'billboards.' Flood their mail boxes with junkmail, sweepstakes, and every promotion offering free products or services and false hopes.

"Even let recreation be excessive. Have them return from their recreation so exhausted that they have no energy to prepare spiritually for the coming week. Don't let them enjoy nature. Send them to theme parks, sporting events, concerts, and movies instead.

"And when they meet for spiritual worship, 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 that 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 in the end. And the angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rushing here and there.

Has the devil been successful?