Satan’s Meeting

This is something that has really been on my mind over the past couple of weeks because of the way that they have worked out for me…I understand completely where it comes from, and realize that at times, you just have to sit back and let life happen…even if it means you’re not right in the middle of everything.  Please give it a read –

Satan’s Meeting (Read even if you’re busy – you’ll be glad you did)

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said,  “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 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 don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.” “This is what I want you to do”, said the devil:

“Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection 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.” “As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”

“Over-stimulate 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 TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home 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 the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.” “Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.” “Invade their driving moments with billboards.” “Flood their mail boxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs,
sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products , services and false hopes.”

“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their  husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives.” “Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.” “Give them headaches too!” “If they don’t give their
husbands 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 won’t talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.” “Have them return from their recreation exhausted.” “Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation.” “Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.” “Keep them busy, busy, busy!”

“And when they meet for spi ritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”

“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”   “Soon they will be working in 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 causing Christians everywhere to get more busy and more rushed, going here and there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful at his scheme?

You be the judge! Does “busy” mean:
B-eing
U-nder
S-atan’s
Y-oke?

Please pass this on, if you aren’t too BUSY!

God’s Word will Stand

We live in an entertainment driven society…we are constantly bombarded with entertainment choices that can distract us from what is going on in our lives, and unfortunately, in many cases, we see children who are raised with entertainment as their baby sitter rather than experiencing any quality time with family.

We are in a decline as a society and I have to blame the entertainment industry for much of it, not because of anything they have done, but because of the way that we have embraced it.

Now let me clear this up, especially since I work in the entertainment business at the radio station.   Here is where we need to truly take a look at what we are doing as consumers.

I do blame marketing for much of the issue, because we market entertainment in such a way. The Television and Movie Industry markets to society by taking real life issues and making them into something we can use to escape for a couple of hours. This has grown over the years to include many different genres and age groups to the point where now parents make the choice to use television as a babysitter.

We choose daily to turn on our TV or Radio to escape our struggles, not realizing in many cases that the poor quality of the messages being shared within those programs we look to for entertainment can also be filling our heads with subliminal messages that we have not thought about and, in some cases, are left wondering where they came from.

In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul reminded the believers who they were and that they needed to be careful about how they built on their lives. He said, “If any man builds on this foundation [Jesus Christ] using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work… Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (vv.12-13,16)

The same holds true for Christian entertainment as well. I am not saying that entertainment is a bad thing, but everything in moderation. We can consume ourselves with entertainment to the point that we never make time for our personal quiet times with God and we can let these things overrun us to the point that we do not read or take time to pray for ourselves. I am not asking you to throw out the TV or the computer, but what I am asking is that you monitor your usage and find a way to give your time to God as was intended.   Take time to pray, to read scripture, to share Christ with others, and to develop your personal relationship with God. We must be careful to take time for these things and make sure that we are not allowing ourselves to think we are growing in our personal walk because we listen to that Christian station or watch Christian movies all the time. The truth is that if we are not making time for God in our personal prayers and devotional readings we may be missing out on the blessings that God has for us.

Today, take a moment to read the best selling book of all time, The Holy Word of God. The Bible will stand throughout the test of time, but will we read it and take time to reflect on it and pray that God will grant understanding? The choice is yours today.