In one of my Bible classes many years ago, the students were given an examination that was comprised of several multiple choice and essay questions. One of the essay questions required students to write everything they knew about the Holy Spirit. The other question made the same requirement for everything known about Satan.
Most of the class completed the test with time to spare, but one moderately retarded young man who was only auditing the class was obviously struggling to complete the test in the time allotted. When the instructor, who was also our Pastor, announced that the allotted time had expired, the young man was the only student who had not finished. He stopped writing, ran his paper quickly up to the instructor and then turned to return to his seat.
The Pastor called after him in a gentle voice, "John, you didn't finish the examination. You forgot to write about Satan." John, without looking back at the Pastor abruptly replied, "Sorry, but I have no time for Satan." Reaching his desk, he grabbed up his books and other possessions in one big heap and clumsily hurried out of the classroom as was his custom when he felt embarrassed by his disability.
At the start of the next class, the Pastor called John up in front of the room and announced to the class that he had received an "A" on the examination. John looked puzzled because he knew that he had not had time to finish and had turned in an incomplete test. Before he could say anything, however, the Pastor said "John, I know you didn't finish the test because you ran out of time, but your oral response was better and wiser than any of the written responses I received. You said 'I have no time for Satan' and truly, that is all we need to know about him. If every Christian could learn that lesson, we would all get an "A" from the Lord. Congratulations."
John was not always quick to catch on to things, but he understood every word the Pastor had said and he was beaming as he made his way back to his chair. I don't think there was a dry eye in the classroom as we all cheered and applauded for him.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians "Neither give place to the devil" (Eph. 4:27 kjv). If you read this in conjunction with Romans chapter 7, where Paul speaks of the weakness and failings of his own flesh, you will understand that Paul was speaking from personal experience. He was encouraging Christians of his day and of generations to follow to resist temptation and to not allow any room in their lives for Satan.
Believers need to ensure that there is no place in their lives where Satan can find entry. We should conduct self-examinations to ensure that none of our time is spent for him.
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Believers need to ensure that there is no place in their lives where Satan can find entry. We should conduct self-examinations to ensure that none of our time is spent for him....Amen! Satan the theif comes to steal, kill and destroy and if we let him in, that's exactly what He's going to do. Thanks for sharing this and God bless you.
Giving in to the temptation of Satan is an easy way out for some people. Not having time for Satan is the right answer.
Well written article. Do not allow Satan any time in your life! That is the point I got from this article.