My beautiful wife Melinda often goes to sleep listening to the sound of another man’s voice. Should I be worried?
Satan can bring about prosperity, pleasure, and even peace to suit his larger, long-range purpose, namely, the final, eternal ruin of the soul. . . . Satan will bless us if by blessing us he blinds us.
Well, yes, if that other man was in the same room as her, but that’s certainly never the case. You see, Melinda listens to sermons through her earphones before she goes to sleep and when she wakes up. I have nothing to worry about.
One of her favourite sermon sources is found at kingscliff.adventist.org.au where the lead pastor is David Asscherick. I’ve also been challenged and inspired by his words, including this statement from his book God in Pain:
“Satan’s pleasure is not always your pain. In his subtlety, Satan can bring about prosperity, pleasure, and even peace to suit his larger, long-range purpose, namely, the final, eternal ruin of the soul. . . . Satan will bless us if by blessing us he blinds us.”*
That’s powerful. The fact is we can personally turn God’s blessings into curses by being distracted by them and focusing too much of our time and energy on His blessings instead of on Him, but Satan also wants to “bless” us—if it will blind us—and it often does.
How are your blessings affecting you?
* Asscherick, D, God in Pain, Pan de Vida Productions (2009) p 39. [italics by Asscherick]
Julian Archer is the author of Help! I’ve Been Blessed! and writes from Toowoomba, Queensland.