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(The following article was edited with additions and subtractions. The original author is unknown.)

It is said that Satan called a worldwide convention; and in his opening address to all his evil angels, he said, "We can't keep the real Christians from going to church services. We can't keep them from reading their bibles and knowing the truth. We can't even keep them from holding godly values. But we can keep them from forming an intimate, abiding fellowship with Christ. This is most critical for our cause, for if they have intimate, abiding fellowship with Christ, then we can have no power over them, and no chance of gaining strongholds in their lives. Therefore, my evil comrades, this is what I want you to do-- DISTRACT THEM!" "But how shall we do this?" shouted one of his demons. "Keep them busy in non-essentials of life! Invent unnumbered schemes to occupy their minds. Tempt them to spend, spend, spend and to borrow, borrow, borrow! Convince them to work 6 and 7 days a week with both husbands and wives working 10-12 hours per day, so they can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. Let televisions, VCR's, CD's, video games, and movies baby- sit their children. By these tactics alone, we will fragment their families." "Over stimulate their minds with high energy sounds and entertainment so that they cannot hear the still small voice of our dread enemy, the Holy Spirit. Entice them to listen to music and to watch programs, even many of the religious ones, which will jam their minds with our agenda and our philosophies. Flood their schedules with every kind of sports activity you can imagine. They are especially gullible to these kinds of tactics, since there is 'nothing wrong with them'! Fill them with dread by pounding their minds with news and weather reports 24 hours a day. Flood their mail and email boxes with "stuff"; and have them pass trivia to and fro to one another. Fill their minds with incredible amounts of sports trivia. You see, my dark friends, we shall JAM THEIR MINDS AND KEEP THEM FROM COMMUNION WITH CHRIST!" "In their recreation, entice them to be excessive. Fill church calendars with sports and recreation. Exhaust them, so that they will be too tired for serious bible study and prayer. Exhaust them so that they will have no time for Christian hospitality. Exhaust them so that they will have no heart for ministry to the lost. O evil one, our plan will cause them to forget that the lost are lost! Keep them going to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies; keep them consumed with the cares of this life! And when they do meet, instead of spiritual fellowship, have them involved in gossip and small talk and card games." "And don't forget to crowd their lives with causes and events that are 'good and acceptable'. Again, our strategy is to so exhaust them that they have no time to feed their souls, or to cultivate love for our dread enemy, Christ. Thus, they will have no spiritual power over temptations, over habits, over wrong attitudes and so much more. They will have less and less discernment as to what is true and what is false, as to what is good, and what is evil. They will not even suspect us!" Well, as you can tell, it was quite a convention! And the demons went eagerly to their assignments. Can we judge the success of their convention? Yes! Just give an honest answer to this one question-- Do you know any busy, busy, busy, exhausted Christians who are running to and fro, who have knowledge about many things, but have precious little time to sit at Jesus' feet, and who are fast losing their grip on peace and holiness and love and purity and forgiveness, and who have less and less time and heart for eternal things, or for the souls of others (even their own children!) because their minds and hearts are jammed with the things of this world?