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

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  • Onaolapo Ajibade

    I have copied the Practical Application to send to my three children. They must read it. Thanks for this piece.

    • Melodious Echo

      Praise the Lord!!! You know that you can download the whole blog and practical application at link above in one PDF document.

      • Homesick

        I did not know that!! I’ve just shared with several people, many thanks!!!

    • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

      Likewise I am forwarding the whole page to my kids and friends. The social networks have come to enslave us. Lord have mercy on us and our children, open our eyes Lord so that we can see you.

  • Sade Solaru

    What a powerful devotional! I can sense satan trembling as I read and prepare to send it to our church prayer groups! Now, we’re not ignorant of the devices of the enemy so let’s enter the War Room and pull down the mighty strongholds of Satan rather than promote them. Praise the Lord for such insight!

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    This talks to me always busy at times can’t even enjoy a meal. When I analyse the time with God during a day it is less than 1%. I am very grateful for these messages which constantly nudge ones conscious. Please pray for me to devote more time to sitting at the feet of Jesus. May the Holy Spirit abide in me/us so that we always crave for Jesus’ company. Amen.

  • christian

    Thank you leaders of united in prayer. May God bless you with more wisdom. Like Joshua, you are doing a good job by reminding us about what is important. Satan rejoices in keeping people busy. Jesus Christ the Son of David, have mercy upon us. We need to pray without ceasing.

  • Vlasta Hitzgerová

    Thank you very much for the blog. May we always seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt 6:33)

  • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

    Amen this has been a blessing for me.Lord help us not to be too busy and neglect to connect with you and with our children.Lord help us to balance ministry work and home life.

  • Gina Geertsma

    This is very true, based on my experience time is very important to manage and be properly spent. A time to spend reading the Bible and offering a prayer to God is the most precious treasure to keep. It is our secret weapon to overcome the deceiving tactics of Satan. Heavenly Father grant us the strength to remain faithful in you. Open our hearts and minds and give us the wisdom to do the things in accordance to your will.

  • Jeanette

    So very true! I plan to share this also.

  • Derek Morris

    Thanks for reminding us of the powerful quotation from the book Education p. 260-261.
    We don’t want to miss the blessing of real communion with God.
    For more inspiration, read Psalm 131. We need to learn to rest in the arms of the LORD, like a weaned child with his/her mother.

    • Homesick

      Thank you for the reference Pastor, I am so blessed to have verses to turn to and hold close.

  • Tabitha Ezra

    This has really blessed my soul.Thank you GOD for leading me here.

  • Justina

    Praise the Lord for this reminder and urgent wake up call. May God grant us all the ability to stay connected with Him in daily prayer, Bible reading and devotion. I have always led an extremely busy life. recently I have made a conscious effort to slow down and focus more on God and allow Him to direct my path. This reading today have further heightened my desire to slow down in many areas of life and ensure that time with God takes priority in my life. Help me Gracious Heavenly Father.

  • Elaine James

    I prayed, using the personal pronoun. This is my malady. I pray that I do not disappoint You, my God, and King. However, , ‘I know a font where sins are washed away’
    Help me Lord, to practice the life of my elder brother, and Your selfless Son, my Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    Amen

  • Viveen McLeary

    I am grateful for the reading. It’s a means of helping me to continue finding time to develop a closer relationship with God so Satan’s tactics will not overcome me. This needs to be shared with as many people as we can. I have shared it on Facebook and will also share it with my relatives and friends.

  • Eunice Downer

    This reading speaks directly to me this morning! I shall be sending it to as many persons as possible.

  • Heather Sampson

    My Lord and my God, thank you. I was heading down that road going nowhere. Let me never be too busy for you Father. In Jesus precious name.

  • Stacey

    THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS INFORMATION!! i spoke about this 2 nights ago in worship. We have been struggling to spend quality time with God. The things that we do in our spare time seem so right in doing that only God alone can help us to see the truth. Brethren let’s pray for the church family….God bless

  • Gordon Bogga

    I too want to thank the church leaders for this timely message. I also sent it to my family members. I know I’ve been far more occupied in ‘things’ then with God and the soon return of our Lord Jesu!
    Thank you each one also for the testimonies. They too blessed me.

  • Gina Geertsma

    Thank you Pastor Morris for this beautiful bible text Psalm 131.

  • January

    Adult movie will effect frontal lobe to think. It damage brain, it will change view towardothers and it is must be remove fand destroy from grown up youth.

  • Eding Sevilla Dela Cruz

    Lord, please continue to remind us to rest upon you as promised in Matt. 11:28, and also to meditate this promised in 1John 5: 14 & 15. Please guard our hearts and minds in managing our precious time with you. I asked this in the name of Jesus! Amen!

  • Susan Absalon

    Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God, as I read this application along with how Satan keeps us busy I realized that I am missing the connection to God. I am doing this one chapter per day of the bible and then look at the comments to help me better understand the chapter and how to apply what I read, however there are days I feel inside I am rushing through just to do nothing afterwards that is worthy of the time that I could of still been making that connection. My prayers are rushed through and I leave the closet in a hurry. After reading this today I will spend more time in the closet with God until I know He has made me strong for the day to help me overcome the temptations that Satan sets before me. To truly rest in the arms of God.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Babusi Ngwenya

    This is soo true…please lets keep praying for each other. For devotionals, like a page “Babusi Ngwenya” on Facebook

  • Boipelo Job

    AMEN…

  • Abi

    Praise GOD ! I’m so blessed to have read this timely message. 🙂 We need to come unto Jesus and He will give us the true rest we need.