Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.
In his opening address he said,
“We can’t keep Christians from going to church.”
“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.”
“We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their saviour.”
“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ..”
“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil:
“Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”
“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.
“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”
“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”
“Keep them from spending time with their children.”
“As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”
“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.”
“Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.” To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.”
“This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”
“Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”
“Invade their driving moments with billboards.”
“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives. “
“Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands”
“That will fragment their families quickly!”
“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas.”
“Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death.”
“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”
“Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”
“Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.”
“Keep them busy, busy, busy!”
“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”
“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”
“Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”
“It will work!”
“It will work!”
It was quite a plan!
The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there.
Having little time for their God or their families and friends.
Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.
WHATEVER THEY DO, DO NOT LET THEM SHARE THE GOSPEL WE WILL HAVE MORE WORK TO DO IF THEY EVANGELIZE…
I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?
You be the judge!!!!!
Does “BUSY” mean : B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?
- fwd: vathan shettigar
1. If you want to know how divided we are, just look at matrimonial page of our newspaper!
2. India is running the software of tomorrow on the hardware of yesterday!
4. If the mobile gets spoiled blame the child, if child gets spoiled blame the mobile!
5. If someone asks for dirty cloth to clean something you are in India!
6. The only country where people fight to be termed ‘backward’!
7. In India, you don’t cast your vote, you vote your caste!
8. An incredible country where actors are playing cricket, cricketers are playing politics, politicians are watching porn and porn stars are becoming actors!- vicious circle indeed!
9. Sarcasm is like electricity, half of India doesn’t get it!
10. And the ultimate one:
Where liking a Facebook post and sending messages on WhatsApp gets you arrested, while raping does not!
- fwd: kenneth d’sa
‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.
So the doctor said: ‘Ok and what do you want me to do?’
She said: ‘I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’
The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‘I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’
She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.
Then he continued: ‘You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.
The lady was horrified and said: ‘No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!
‘I agree’, the doctor replied. ’But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’
He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb.
The crime is the same!
- fwd: allen johannes
He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, ‘Juice, of course.’
‘Do you think apple juice could come out of it?’
‘No!’ he laughed.
‘What about grapefruit juice?’
‘What would come out of it?’
‘Orange juice, of course.’
‘Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?’
He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point. ‘Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.’
And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.’
It’s one of the great lessons of life. What comes out when life squeezes you? When someone hurts or offends you? If an ger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside. It doesn’t matter who does the squeezing: your mother, your brother, your children, your boss, the government.
If someone says something about you that you don’t like, what comes out of you is what’s inside. And what’s inside is up to you, it’s your choice.
When someone puts the pressure on you and out of you comes anything other than love, it’s because that’s what you’ve allowed to be inside. Once you take away all those negative things you don’t want in your life and replace them with love, you’ll find yourself living a highly functioning life.”
- fwd: alred fernandes
If you will take the time to read these.
They’re written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.
I’ve learned …That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned …. That when you’re in love, it shows.
I’ve learned …. That just one person saying to me, ’You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.
I’ve learned …. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned …. That being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned …. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
I’ve learned …. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned …. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned …. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned …. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned …. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned …. That money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned …. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned …. That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned …. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I’ve learned …. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned …. That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned …. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned …. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile..
I’ve learned …. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned …. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned …. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned …. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned ….. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned ….. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned …. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned …. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
- fwd: vathan shettigar
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. —Psalm 139:14
Buying a new car is a major investment.
We want to be sure we are getting our money’s worth.
We also want to be certain that the vehicle won’t cause us trouble.
So we carefully file the manufacturer’s warranty,
confident that if something doesn’t work right we can take our car back to the dealer.
Not only are we sure they have trained people
who can troubleshoot the problem and fix it,
but we know they have all the manufacturer’s specifications
and the parts that may be needed.
When we run into difficulties in life and aren’t able
to get things working right, where can we turn for help?
” Doesn’t it make sense that the One who made us is
totally qualified to supply the indispensable help we need ? “
The psalmist David found great comfort in this fact.
He wrote, “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are Your works . . . .
How precious also are Your thoughts to me,
O God! How great is the sum of them!” (Ps. 139:13-14,17).
God’s help is as available today as it was then.
And who is more qualified to know what we need than the One who made us!
All that I am I owe to Thee,
Thy wisdom, Lord, has fashioned me;
I give my Maker thankful praise,
Whose wondrous works my soul amaze. —Psalter
” God’s warranty: You’re covered for a lifetime “.
- fwd: v c mathews
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33).
Pain, suffering and hardships are normal ingredients of life.
What we mix them with—fear or faith– makes all the difference.
Jesus did not come to make us escapists but over-comers. How?
1. Honestly express your feelings.
Job exclaimed, “Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.
The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me…
My harp is tuned to mourning and my flute to the sound of wailing” (Job 30:26-31).
Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?”(Psalm 22:1).
Jesus said, “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?
Father, save me from this hour?
No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour” (John 12:27).
Expressing one’s true feelings is not a lack of faith.
It’s being real, and you must be willing to face reality before you can expect to overcome it.
It makes the situation more real and valid.
It also helps to talk to someone, but choose carefully whom you confide in.
2. Don’t suffer more than necessary by indulging in self-pity and bitterness.
Some people get stuck in what if. If only. I should have.
It isn’t necessarily our pain that causes us to suffer so acutely but our tendency to put ourselves down,
to view pain or tragedy as punishment, failure, or proof of our inherent worthlessness.
They talk about it as if it happened last week.
People who won’t let go of the past are not able to enjoy the present.
They suffer more than God intended.
3. Don’t spend time and energy on asking why.
It’s not nearly as important to know the why in life, as it is to know the Who of life.
Knowing God as a benevolent Sovereign who controls the events in my life gives me peace of mind.
Now that this thing has happened, what can I do to make it better?
How can I help to bring some relief to those who are suffering?
I can’t do anything about the why, but I can do something about the what.
And that’s where I want to put my energies.
- fwd: v c mathews
“With Jesus’ help we will continually offer our sacrifice of praise
to God by telling others of the glory of His name.
Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need,
for such sacrifices are very pleasing to Him” Hebrews 13:15,16
Sometimes, in my busy schedule which takes me from country to country and continent
to continent, my body is weary, my mind is fatigued,
and if I am not careful, my heart will grow cold.
I have learned to meditate on the many blessings of God
and to praise Him as an act of the will.
As I do so, my heart begins to warm and I sense the presence of God.
The psalmist often cataloged the blessings of God and found new reason to praise Him.
I would like to share with you several reasons
why I believe praise of God is so important in life.
First, God is truly worthy of praise.
Second, praise draws us closer to God.
Third, all who praise God are blessed.
Fourth, praise is contagious.
Fifth, Satan’s power is broken when we praise God.
Sixth, praise is a witness to carnal Christians and non-Christians.
Seventh, praise opens our hearts and minds to receive God’s message.
Eighth, praise is a form of sacrifice.
Ninth, praise makes for a more joyful life.
Tenth, praise enhances human relationships.
Eleventh, praise is a supernatural expression of faith.
- fwd: v c mathews
There are two days in every week that we should not worry about,
Two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is YESTERDAY, with its mistakes and cares,
Its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.
We cannot undo a single act we performed.
Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – YESTERDAY is gone!
The other day we shouldn’t worry about is TOMORROW,
With its impossible adversaries, its burden,
Its hopeful promise and poor performance.
TOMORROW is beyond our control.
TOMORROW’S sun will rise either in splendor,
Or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise.
And until it does, we have no stake in TOMORROW,
For it is yet unborn.
This leaves only one day – TODAY.
Any person can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when we add the burdens of ,
YESTERDAY and TOMORROW that we break down.
It is not the experience of TODAY that drives people mad,
It is the remorse of bitterness for something,
Which happened YESTERDAY,
And the dread of what TOMORROW may bring.
Let us, therefore, LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME!
LIVE FOR NOW, TODAY!
- fwd: theodore walsh / bg koshy
A person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room,
Is indeed blessed.
A day without laughter,
Is a day wasted.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter,
From the human face.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
Nothing is more frightful, Than laughter.
If love is the treasure,
Laughter is the key.
The human race has really one effective weapon,
And that is laughter.
Laughter brings out the child in all of us.
Laughter is an instant vocation
Laughter is the closest thing,
To God’s grace.
Laughter is a tranquilizer,
With no side effects.
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs from the heart.
Laughter is like
Laughter is a temple of happiness
There is nothing more beautiful than laughter lines
- fwd: blossom noronha