If I were the devil! When Temptation Looms, Part 1


Have you ever thought what you would do if you were the devil?

Your purpose would be to thwart God's plans and try to alienate His creation from Him, but you are aware that big billboards with words such as: "Turn your back on God and follow me! Signed: The devil" would not have much impact. Instead your approach will have to more subtle, more underhanded, so that no one will even realize that they were playing into your hand!

Perhaps such statements as: "It looks fun! Why deny yourself?" "Everybody else does it! Why shouldn't you?" "Try it at least once!" Or "You are your own god! Go for it!" These are just simple suggestions, but they lead many into addictive habits. This gives you victory in your goals!

There is one group, however, that gives you more resistance than the others: The Christians! Not only are they annoying, but they also threaten to steal away those you have caused to rebel against God! New tactics have to be devised!

In third world countries, persecution works to your advantage. Many are scared to even talk to Christians. Past experiences however, have taught you that persecution often creates the opposite desired effect. What you need to do is infiltrate the church and render it powerless.

But how can you succeed with Jesus being the "head over everything for the church" (Eph 1:22 NIV)?

Remember, that what works with the population at large will work in the church as well. Your approach will need to be subtle and underhanded, so that no one even realizes that they were playing into your hand!

If it were me, I would attack the church in several different ways, all aimed at dividing them! As the Romans would say: divide and conquer. Quite a nifty strategy!

The first step would be to keep individual members really busy. Increase their pressure at work, at home, and even during their leisure activities. Make sure they never catch up on their work. Stress them to the maximum and haunt their dreams at night. Or even better, keep them awake, gasping for air at the mere thought of the myriads of tasks awaiting them.

Keeping them busy through church activities is also a promising undertaking. Remember, it doesn't matter what is keeping them busy, and it's easy enough to make them feel so guilty about not participating that they run non-stop from one church activity to another.

Next, whenever they take time to breathe, lure them into illicit activities. Find their weakness and tempt them to the maximum. Throw key thoughts or pictures into their minds, but do it in such a way that they think those are their own thoughts! Tempt them non-stop until they finally cave. This will keep them addicted to their "secret" deceptive sins, and will make them feel defeated.

Another great strategy is to step up the tension between both spouses, making them fight as much as possible. This is never very difficult! Eventually you can lead them to a successful break up. Then they will become even easier prey for our evil purposes!

Definitely work at discouraging them from praying and reading the Bible. Keep their live going at such a fast pace that they have no time for such futilities. If they feel the urge to communicate with God, make sure they talk themselves out of it. And if they do try to pray, makes sure they keep it brief and superficial. Reinforce their belief that they are trapped in their defeat. Tell them that this is quite normal among believers!

The next step will come naturally. They will begin to bicker with fellow believers and they will begin to distance themselves from the church. All of this will lead them to eventual defeat, and they will find themselves in our midst, under out dominionship, nothing but pawns in our hands. Then they can't be witnesses, and those they try to witness to won't fall away from our grasp!

Pretty clever, don't you think?

"A lot of you are going to assume that you'll sit down to God's salvation banquet just because you've been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you're going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you'll find the door locked and the Master saying, 'Sorry, you're not on my guest list.' You'll protest, 'But we've known you all our lives!' Only to be interrupted with his abrupt, 'Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don't know the first thing about me.' That's when you'll find yourselves out in the cold, strangers to grace. You'll watch Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets march into God's kingdom. You'll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north, and south and sit down at the table of God's kingdom. And all the time you'll be outside looking in - and wondering what happened." (Luke 13:24-29 The Message)

Welcome to hell, my friend!

P.S. It isn't too late to getting to know Jesus on a personal level! He is the only one who can assure your victory! Remember: "Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One." (1 John 2:14 The Message)

P.S.S. To discover how you can be victorious through Jesus Christ, check out the rest of the series: "When Temptation Looms"!

Rob Chaffart

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