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Article Time Stamp: 17 April 2004, 21:16:40 GMT+7
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BEING B-U-S-Y (The Devil's Convention)

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 even keep them from conservative values.

But we can do something else. We can keep them from forming an
intimate, abiding relationship 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 his angels.

"Keep them busy in the non essentials of life and invent unnumbered schemes
to occupy their minds," he answered.

"Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, then borrow, borrow, borrow. Convince the
wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6 or 7 days a week,
10 to 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 that they cannot hear that small still voice.
Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the
TV, VCR, DVDs, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their homes. And see to it
that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical, contradictory music
constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ."

"Fill their coffee-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 and 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 the recreation
exhausted, disquieted and unprepared for the coming week. Don't let them go out
to nature to reflect on God's wonders. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events,
concerts and movies instead."

"And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk
so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotions."

"Let them be involved in soul-winning, but crowd their lives with so many 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 for the good of the cause."

It was quite a convention in the end. The evil angels went to their assignments causing
Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there.

Has the devil been successful in his scheme?

You be the judge.

How about this definition of BUSY: Being Under Satan's Yoke

Satan's goal is to take our minds away from Christ and steer us towards the cares of the
world. God wants us to enjoy life, but He must be first. If we are too busy for God,
then we are too busy!

(Author Unknown)



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Are You "B.U.S.Y."?
Tau nggak, kata sibuk yang bahasa Inggrisnya BUSY itu singkatan dari: "Being
Under Satan's Yoke", artinya "Berada di bawah Kuk Setan"?

Dalam konferensi roh-roh jahat se dunia, iblis memberi kata sambutan dengan
berkata:

"Kita tidak dapat menghentikan orang-orang Kristen untuk datang ke gereja.
Kita tidak dapat membuat mereka berhenti membaca Alkitab. Malah ada buku-buku
renungan yang mengajarkannya, dan setiap bulan meningkat jumlah pembacanya.
Bahkan kita tidak dapat menyetop mereka untuk kembali ke nilai-nilai dasar
Alkitab."

"Tetapi kita dapat melakukan sesuatu. Kita dapat menghambat hubungan dan
pengalaman mereka dengan Yesus. Jika mereka berhasil membina hubungan dengan
Yesus, kuasa kita atas manusia akan hancur. Jadi,
biarkan mereka pergi ke gereja, biarkan mereka jadi fanatik dengan gereja
mereka, biarkan mereka membaca Alkitab, tetapi curi waktu mereka, sehingga
mereka tidak berhubungan dengan Yesus. Alihkan perhatian mereka agar mereka
tidak dapat berhubungan dengan Yesus."

"Bagaimana kami harus melakukannya?", tanya roh-roh jahat itu.
Iblis menjawab: "Buat mereka sibuk dengan hal-hal yang tidak
berguna, hal-hal yang tidak penting bagi hidup mereka, dan ciptakan
cara-cara untuk menyita pikiran mereka."

"Pengaruhi mereka untuk belanja, dan belanja, dan pinjam, dan pinjam.
Yakinkan isteri mereka untuk bekerja lebih lama dan suami-suami untuk
bekerja 7 (tujuh) hari seminggu. Pertahankan agar mereka tidak membagi waktu
buat anak-anak mereka. Jika rumah tangga mereka terpecah, akan tercipta
tekanan dan masalah baru bagi mereka."

"Tambahkan hal-hal ke dalam pikiran mereka agar suara Roh Kudus tidak lagi
terdengar pada telinga mereka. Pikat mereka untuk selalu mendengarkan radio,
kaset, vcd, cd, tv dan komputer mereka, dimanapun
mereka berada, di kantor, di rumah, di mobil dll."

"Penuhi toko-toko dan restoran-restoran dengan musik-musik dunia yang tidak
alkitabiah. Penuhi meja-meja mereka dengan majalah-majalah dan
tabloid-tabloid. Penuhi pikiran mereka dengan berita 24 jam. Banjiri
"mail-box" mereka dengan mail-mail sampah, katalog, news-letter dan
harapan-harapan kosong. Bahkan, biarkan mereka menikmati rekreasi yang
berlebihan, sehingga pulangnya mereka akan capek, bertengkar, dan tidak siap
untuk menghadapi minggu berikutnya."

"Jangan biarkan mereka menikmati keindahan alam yang akan mengingatkan
mereka kepada Tuhan. Kirim mereka untuk rekreasi ke konser-konser,
pertunjukan film, rumah karaoke, cafe-cafe, panti pijat dll."

"Jika mereka pergi ke persekutuan gereja, libatkan mereka dalam gossip,
cerita-burung, agar mereka tetap tidak sadar akan kebutuhan mereka dan kita
permainkan emosi mereka. Biarkan mereka aktif dalam
penginjilan, tetapi sibukkan mereka agar mereka tidak mencari kekuatan
dari Yesus."
"Akhirnya, mereka akan bekerja dengan kekuatan sendiri, mengorbankan
kesehatan mereka dan keluarga mereka."

Suatu konferensi yang meyakinkan, sehingga membuat roh-roh jahat sangat
ingin bersegera melakukan tugasnya, membuat orang-orang Kristen sibuk,sibuk,
sibuk, dan sibuk.

Bagaimana dengan anda? Apakah anda sudah masuk dalam perangkap iblis?
Hati-hatilah dengan sesuatu yang membuat anda terlalu sibuk!


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