Paul started on his way to the meeting place at the Children of God, and was joyfully anticipating the earnestly prayed for blessing which he was sure the Lord would give; but with horror he becomes aware that Satan is also going along the same way to the meeting?"
Startled by this Paul asks, "What do you want at the meeting?"
"Why shouldn't I go there where they preach against me? Who will defend me if I don't do it myself?" was the reply.
" But how do you do that," Paul Asked?
Oh there are innumerable ways for me to do that. For instance, I go early Sunday Mornings to some homes where I have already stopped the clocks during the night. As a result they sleep long, and their is no time to read the word of God or bow their knees to Thank God asking for his blessing. Then there needs to be only a torn off button, a collar too stiff, or a missing glove, to cause discord in the home and produce the bad mood, which I want for my purpose. So when they are in the meeting, they are not in the right state of Heart to enjoy the message.
"For those that come with a quiet and settled Heart, I have other means to distract their attention from the Lord. Do you see that young Lady passing in at the door? I distract here eyes to the Hat and Coat of her Neighbor, and she is all taken up with them instead of the Word of God which is being spoken, Thus she gets no blessing from the meeting.
At the left you see a few young men that count themselves among the well educated. I see to it that they will stumble over the grammatical errors and poor sentence construction, so at the close of the meeting they have only one conclusion: they were not satisfied with the meeting and so no blessing.
Do you see that pale Woman sitting just ahead of the young men? She is afraid of catching a cold. Knowing this, I need just help her to imagine there is a draft in the room, and she be unable to think of anything else but the draft, and there will be no blessing for her in the meeting.
These two men sitting at the right are business friends. On the way to the meeting, they talked about their difficulties in the business and the poor money market; for they were disturbed by the perplexing contents of letters, which I saw to it they received just a little while ago. And now you see they can't get these matters off of their minds, and the word spoken in the meeting finds no entrance. This is the way I rob them of the blessing.
Here in the back of the room sits a good Mother. She has given orders to the Maid to be sure and watch baby Lottie, for she is such a restless sleeper and might easily fall out of bed. So I need to just keep her worrying that this might have already happened, and neither will she get a blessing from the meeting.
But I accomplish my purposes the best with those that are like those two sitting at the front. See how attentively they listen and nod in assent. The Speaker has just been presenting the evil Heart of Man and they think at once of their neighbor Mueller who in a rage beat his wife and of the salesman Redlich in whom you can not believe a word. I thus them from once thinking the Word applies to them as well and so they have no profit from it.
My work does not close at the end of the meeting, however, on the way home I try to get the people to talk about the Weather, the accidents, the new Taxes and other things, so they thus forget the Word they heard and any impression it might have made will be wiped away.
An Unknown translation.
Dear Reader, is not this a true picture of what often takes place when we are gathered together in the Lord's Presence? Have you ever thought of it this way? The distractions that come in to distract you from your goal to know truth over error. For this enemy lucifer does not just do it there in a building of Churches. All over the world, with his minions helping him. For he is not omnipotent. All he has got to get across in anyone is a mindset, of you are right and everyone else is wrong.
Then eh does not have to do a thing more, once he has got the habit instilled in us, to be right, so we will fight for our rights.
Wow is me in this whole trickery of the enemy, seeing, learning daily, willingly from Father to know truth over error in the risen Jesus living in us that believe he is risen, and we will not stop belief to this
Even in troubles here on earth, for he, The Christ overcame the world for us to have as well in belief alone to Father to lead in his Spirit and truth only.
1 John 4:6Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Now this be John stating this, about not hearing him, in this message. Not for me to think I know, For John does though and has messaged us this truth, read all of what he has written and trust Father to reveal it to you and not be prideful, once you know it too.
For buffeting is for all that have agreed in belief to Father in risen Son for the new life given free to them (2 Cor. 12:7-10) And if no buffeting to teach thee, then turn to God and ask whether or not you are his.
For I know every time I thought I knew, I have been buffeted too.
So seeing this I am thankful to keep me in line with truth, as David even said this, God's rod and Staff comfort me. But this world does not teach that
Love you all as God has and does love me, in Son it is done, for us all to turn to Father in belief and be free, accepting adversities to teach us willingly from us or will not be taught