The following was found in my notes from 1988. The Author is Unknown, I checked online.


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 forming an intimate, abiding relationship experience in Christ.

Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to their churches; let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection through-out their day!”

“How shall we do this?” shouted his angels.

“Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered. “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 family fragments, soon, their home 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, internet, iPhone’s and their laptops going constantly at home and at work. 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 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, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes.
Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines so their husbands will believe that external beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives.  That will fragment those families quickly!”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted and unprepared for the coming week. Don’t let them go out in nature to reflect on God’s wonders.  Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, 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 and unsettled emotions. Go ahead, let them be involved in soul-winning; but 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 convention.  The evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get more and more busy and more and more rushed, going here and there.
I guess the question is: Has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the judge!

Does “busy” mean:  B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?


As I’ve said many times, there’s no such thing as a balanced life. Jesus was one of the most unbalanced people I’ve studied. The hours He worked, the miles He walked, the thousands He healed, spoke to and touched. The sermons He preached, the parables He told, the all-night prayer meetings, the 40 days of fasting, the demons He fought off. Balance? If you seek a balanced life, do not go in to B4T work. But in the midst of all He did, Jesus was never rushed. He was always in control of His time.

And that’s how you know when you are too busy; it’s when you lose control of your time that you know you are too busy. So. Are you too busy?

And let me ask again. Has the devil been successful at his scheme?



PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.

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