Monday, December 30, 2013

Keep Them Busy

In today's techno world it is so easy to get engrossed with things that really do not matter and lose sight of what really matters.
I found this story in one of my mothers church folders and have always liked it.  It is a gentle reminder that sometimes our busyness is not necessarily the right type of busyness.
May we start 2014 keeping busy with the Lord's work.

"Satan called a worldwide convention…….In his opening address to his evil angels he said, “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 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 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 the angels.
“Keep them busy in the non-essentials 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 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 whispering in their ear.  Entice them to play the radio and music and chatter whenever they drive.  Then keep the TV, VCR and their CD’s constantly going within their home.”
See to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays music constantly.  This will jam their minds and break their union with Christ.”
“Fill their tables with magazines and newspapers.  Pound their minds with news 24 hours a day.  Invade their driving moments with bumper stickers and bill boards.  Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail order catalogs and every kind of newsletter and promotional offerings of 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; 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.”

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