Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 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
family 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
evil 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. Persuade the
wives to go to
work and the husbands to work six or seven days a week, ten to
twelve 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.

“Overstimulate their minds so that
they cannot hear that still, small voice.
Entice them to keep the TV, the
DVD, and their CD’s going constantly in their
homes. Tempt them to spend more
time on their computers, especially watching

“Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.
Pound their minds
with the news twenty-four-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,
products, services and false hopes.

“When they meet for
fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that
they leave with
troubled consciences and unsettled emotions. 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.”

RESPONSE: Today I will live in awareness
of Satan’s subtle tactics to keep me
from victory. I will stand against him
and he will flee.

PRAYER: Lord, help me remain close to You today and not
allow the “things” and
“busyness” of life to crowd You out.

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