Once upon a time, the devil presided in a federal executive council meeting of his government. He was worried, he needed a strategy that will get Christians to hell. All the principal officers of his government were present. After the usual preliminaries, he called for suggestions. An elderly demon suggested that they can get people to hell by telling them that neither hell nor heaven exists, therefore they should just live their lives as they please. The devil wasn't convinced, he said people already believe heaven and hell exist.
Another demon said they should tell people that God is too merciful to send anyone to hell. The devil shook his head in disappointment, God is merciful and also just. God's justice will take place at judgement day. After several but similar suggestions from his experienced demons, the devil was left devasted for want of effective strategy.
The atmosphere was gloomy and cloudy. Then a voice ruptured the silence, it was a young demon, newly promoted to the council. The atmosphere morphed from anxiety to cynical amusement. The young demon said they should tell people that God exists, God is good, there is hell and there is heaven, sin is bad, righteousness is good, going to church is good etc. The young demon validated all the teachings of scripture and the Christian faith. The councilors became horrified. Then the young demon added, 'tell the Christians all these truths but tell them to take their time, they don't need to be in a hurry, they should just try and enjoy life as they take their time". The devil was impressed and immediately made the young demon the chairman of the task force for making Christians complacent.
I don't want you to guess the gist of this story, I'll straight away tell you: the devil thinks outside the box, he ain't coming at you from the expected avenues. Eph 6:11 says: "put on the whole armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" The devil is a schemer, schemers are more subtle than vociferous.
Here is the deal. The devil is not interested in closing down churches, he will gain little or nothing from it. This is for those who still feel the devil caused the covid-19 to stop people from going to church. Not at all, he doesn't even have that power. The devil can even accompany you to church sit right beside you to make you sleep during sermon or distracted. He's not interested in empty churches but empty Christians. Most people in the Western world didn't stop going to church because churches were on lock down, not at all. They stopped going to church even when there was no virus. The devil will rather have church filled Christians who are still as worldly as unbelievers than empty churches with godly citizens. So, covid-19 is unfortunate, bad and undesirable in many ways, but it's not manufactured by the devil to stop public worship.
Same thing could be said of poverty and riches. The devil is not interested in making you poor or rich, he's more interested in using either your poverty or your riches to lure you to hell. Prov 30:8 is instructive here. How about barrenness? Not once in the Bible did I see where it was attributed to the devil, but today most barren people are sold the idea that it's the devil or demons. The devil doesn't care whether you are barren or fruitful, all he wants is to use your fruitfulness or barrenness to lure you into hell. A barren or fruitful woman can still go to hell. Same with marriage, if you're not married and have been told its demonic affliction, don't rush, some married people are also crying that the devil is using their husbands or wives to torment them in the marriage.
So, we have lots of problems in the world, we cannot deny it, there are some beyond us and this is where we rely on God who fortunately is faithful even when we are unfaithful. Miracles have been and will continue to happen. However, I want you to be very cautious when the devil is sold to you as the cause of one problem or the other in your life. The devil is more interested in seeing you in hell by all means than denying you the good things of life.
Stay safe, practice the health tips and shut your ears and mind from conspiracy theories. God bless you
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