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The 12-Step Plan

May 21, 2012

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

How still are you each day?

Blaise Pascal once said, “All human evil comes from a single cause: man’s inability to sit still in a room.”

How important is it to “be still”? Apparently a lot, because God commands it in the Bible. It’s not only a way to know God, but it’s also a way to defeat Satan.

Satan loves to destroy; he especially loves to destroy families. He uses a secret weapon that isn’t even something he has to put much effort into—we are really good at doing it all on our own: being too busy. Too busy for God. Too busy for our families. Too busy to accomplish the plan God has for us.

Instead, we are busy with our own agendas. It may be a good agenda, but does our agenda match God’s agenda? Are we so busy and so occupied and so consumed with the things of this world that we have no time, no energy, no desire to invest in knowing God and growing in our relationship with Him? Instead of first place, God often comes last. Our prayer time and quiet time with Him turns into a hurried 5-minute mutter … or perhaps gets pushed off the agenda entirely.

How does Satan keep us busy? One devotional outlines Satan’s plan (1). Satan is determined to have victory in believers’ lives with the following 12 things:

  1. Keep them busy with nonessentials.
  2. Tempt them to overspend and go into debt.
  3. Make them work long hours to maintain empty lifestyles.
  4. Discourage them from spending family time, for when homes disintegrate there’s no refuge from work.
  5. Overstimulate their minds with television and computers so that they can’t hear God speaking to them.
  6. Fill their coffee tables and nightstands with newspapers and magazines so they’ve no time for Bible reading.
  7. Flood their mailboxes with sweepstakes, promotions, and get-rich-quick schemes; keep them chasing material things.
  8. Put glamorous models on TV and on magazine covers to keep them focused on outward appearance; that way they’ll be dissatisfied with themselves and their mates.
  9. Make sure couples are too exhausted for physical intimacy; that way they’ll be tempted to look elsewhere.
  10. Emphasize Santa and the Easter bunny; that way you’ll divert them from the real meaning of the holidays.
  11. Involve them in “good” causes, so they won’t have time for “eternal” ones.
  12. Make them self-sufficient. Keep them busy working in their own strength that they’ll never know the joy of God’s power working through them.

This 12-step plan of Satan’s is working … it’s working in homes all across America, all across the world. Shamefully, it’s often worked in my own home.

Satan can be defeated in one mighty way: “Be still and know that I am God.”

Begin your day with being still, asking God for HIS agenda. Be determined to be  apart of God’s plan, not Satan’s. Work as a soldier in God’s army, for that is the only place where there is victory!

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(1) “I Never Thought I’d See the Day!” Dr. David Jeremiah (Faith Words, 2011);

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2012 11:07 am

    My ambition: Be still and know He is God

    and

    Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

  2. May 22, 2012 6:16 pm

    OH, I needed this reminder! I STINK at being still. I am in perpetual motion – “still” is almost (but shouldn’t be) a punishment for me. And yet…how many accidents and illnesses have occurred just this year that have forced me down? Lots. Maybe now I’ll get the message!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting today – such an encouragement when I dump my guts in a serious post! Love your blog…looking forward to more!

    • May 22, 2012 6:32 pm

      Thanks for reading! I think most of us stink at it. I can accomplish it for about 2.2 seconds before my mind wanders to my to-do list! I am in the processing of writing a book about this, but guess what …. I need to be still to write it! Ha!

      Just can’t say how much I loved your post on “Mom Enough.” I had dropped by your site months ago (gasp) got busy and lost track of it. Now I am adding you to Google reader. Thanks so much for your words! 🙂

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