Summary: The Devil called a worldwide meeting of his demons. Keep them distracted with the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds. so that they would have little or no time for God, for their families, and much less time to tell others about Jesus’ power to change lives.
Distractions Designed to Destroy Destiny
Bishop Melvin L. Maughmer, Jr.
STORY:- I came across this in my studies on this week and when I read it I knew that this is what God would have me to expound upon on for this message, it’s a story called The Devil’s Meeting:- The Devil called a worldwide meeting of his demons. In his opening address he said, “We cannot keep Christians from going to church. We cannot keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. The important thing we must do is to keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their savior Jesus Christ. Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. “So, let them go to their churches but distract them so that they will not have time to build and maintain an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
“How shall we do this?” his demons replied.
“Keep them distracted with the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered. “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend and borrow, borrow, borrow to the point that both husband and wife must work in order just to pay the bills and keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fall apart, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of life!
Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice of God speaking to them. Hammer them with the news 24 hours a day. Flood their mailboxes with catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletters and promotions offering free products, services, and false hopes.
“Keep beautiful models in the magazines and on TV so that husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, Keep athletically built men on the TV and in magazines so that wives will not look at the character of their husbands and become dissatisfied with them.
Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children about the birth of Jesus Christ. Distract them with the Easter Bunny and colored eggs so they will not talk about Christ’s resurrection and power over sin and death.
When they meet for spiritual fellowship and worship, bombard them with superfluous rituals and rhetoric that leaves them with troubled consciences and confused understandings. Soon they will become so distracted that they will start working on their own strength, sacrificing their health and family and not seeking God at all. It will work! It will work!”
It was quite a plan so the demons went eagerly to their assignments, trying to distract Christians in the nonessentials of life so that they would have little or no time for God, for their families, and much less time to tell others about Jesus’ power to change lives.
Distractions Designed to Destroy Destiny!
SCRIPTURES:- 1 Corinthians 7:35 says “And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction”.
John 10:10 says “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “I know the thoughts I have toward you, thoughts of good and not evil to bring you to an expected end”.
DEFINITIONS:- DISTRACTION is:- Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) defines distraction as follows: Distraction \Dis-‘trac-tion, 1. The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation. To create distractions among us. 2. That which diverts attention; a diversion. “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.” 3. A diversity of direction; detachment. 4. State in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity.
DESTINY:- the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future. That’s why Jeremiah 29:11 calls this an expected end.
If I were to use a catechism to talk about destiny I would use “What is the chief end of man to glorify God and enjoy him forever”. As scripture stated in Jeremiah 29:11 That is the expected end or destiny of man to glorify God and enjoy him forever. David said it like this in Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple”. Destiny
Understand you may excel in certain things in life, you may become a great athlete, or entertainer, discover a cure for cancer or Covid-19, etc., but your destiny is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, those other things are the avenues that God has allowed you to use in order to fulfill that destiny in glorifying him.