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SLWGG ( August 11, 2006): Rev 2:1-7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Villanueva   
Thursday, 10 August 2006
After a long absence from the growth group we have been attending, we finally were able to catch up tonight.

Tonight's topic is from Revelations 2:1-7 wherein Jesus was saying to the Ephesians that they "have forsaken their first love."

This reminded me of an email circulating on the internet about Satan holding a convention and it goes as:

Satan called a worldwide convention In his opening address to his evil angels, he said,

"We can't keep the Christians from going to church. 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 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." Satan answered "Tempt them to SPEND,SPEND,SPEND, then BORROW, BORROW,BORROW.

Convince the wives to go to work and the husbands to work 6 or 7 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. Entice them to play the radio wherever they drive, to keep the TV, the VCR, the DVD, and their CD's going constanly in their homes.

and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ."

"FILL their coffe tables with magazines and newspapers. POUND their minds with the news 24 hours a day. INVADE their driving moments with billboards.

FLOOD their mailboxes with Junk mail,sweepstakes, mail order catalogues, every kind of newsletter and promotional offering, 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 Talks so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion."

"Let them be involved in SOUL-WINNING, 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."

It was quite a convention in the end. and the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get BUSY, BUSY, BUSY and RUSH here and there.

Has the Devil been successful at his scheme?

Look at your own life..... You be the judge.

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