Satan’s Secret to Overcoming Christians

Oxygen Volume 18Have you ever wondered what it might be like to sit in a planning session that Satan and the enemy forces hold to discuss how to overcome Christians? One author felt inspired to write the following, and he’s probably not too far off the mark. Let’s listen in:

“One day Satan called a worldwide meeting to discuss how to keep Christians from having a deep and powerful walk with Christ. The huge crowd hushed as he stepped up to speak.

“We can’t keep Christians from going to church,” he began. “We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t keep them from conservative values, but we can do something.” He paused, as everyone listened. “We can keep them from forming an intimate, abiding experience in Christ. If they gain that connection with Him, 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 deep experience in Jesus.”

“How shall we do this?” shouted his angels.

“Simple!” he replied. “Keep them busy, busy, busy in the nonessentials of life and invent unnumbered schemes to occupy their time and attention. Tempt them to spend and spend, then borrow and borrow. Keep them from their children. Convince them to work until they are so exhausted they have no time for their families. As their home life falls apart, they will work all the harder.” Then Satan paused.

“But this is the most important thing. Over stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear the still, small voice of God any longer. Entice them to keep the T.V., radio, or music playing at all times. Pound their minds with the news twenty-four hours a day. This nonstop noise and activity will clutter their minds and break their union with Christ.”

“Fill their homes with magazines and newspapers. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail-order catalogues, every kind of newsletter and promotional offering, free products, services, and false hopes. Keep them distracted with continuous e-mails, text messages, social network alerts, and phone calls from the time they first wake up until they fall exhausted into their beds at night.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Don’t let them go out to enjoy the simple joys of nature. Instead, send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts, and movies. When they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotions. Don’t let them encourage or uplift each other. Keep those who are the gifted encouragers especially busy and worn out!”

“Last but not least,” Satan said, pausing for effect, “when they get together, keep them from praying for one another. If they must, let them be involved in ministry for God. 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 unity for the good of the cause. And we will be victorious!”

It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments trying to cause Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy, and to rush here and there.

Have they been successful?

This devotional was taken from the chapter “Overcoming the Distraction Dilemma,” in the book Daring to Ask for More, p. 100-102 (Published by Pacific Press 2014).

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Practical Application: 

Ellen White writes, “Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work. These workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength. They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical, mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting influence of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life. The wearied frame and tired brain will be refreshed; the burdened heart will be lightened” (Education, p. 260-261)

The truth is, we are always going to be busy. There’s always going to be more things to do than we have hours for in a day. However, if we make it a priority to daily connect to God, through quality time in prayer and time in the Word, Satan’s plans can be thwarted. Ellen Whites encourages, “Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God” (Messages to Young People, p. 131). Let’s seek this goal!

Dear heavenly Father, Many times it is difficult to keep our spiritual focus with the constant busyness of life and with all the things we have to do. However, You are the Vine and we are the branches. Apart from You, we can do nothing. Please forgive us for all the times we fall for Satan’s battle tactic of “stay too busy to connect with God.” Also, please forgive us for the times we have been “breach makers” by gossiping about one another, rather then being “repairers of the breach” (Isa. 58) as You intended. Forgive us for the times we’ve made other things, even ministry, a priority over quality time with You. We recommit our hearts to You again today, and ask for Your strength to overcome as we go forward. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Promise to Claim: John 15:5