Value: Satan and his Ploys
Screwtape felt pretty happy with himself. He was one of the top devils in Hades because he was so good at
fooling Christians into committing sin. So when the assignment to disrupt one of the most Christian
families on their hit list came from the top man of all the devils, well he felt very pleased. He immediately
called his nephew devil, Wormwood to tackle the assignment.
â€œWormwood.â€ Screwtape said looking at his pointy tail and red horns, the pride and joy of any good
devil. â€œWe have a big job to do. The Smiths are devoted followers of Jesus. The dad and mom make
sure they are in church every Sunday. The little boy, Christopher sings in the youth choir and the older
daughter, Stephanie is planning on doing missions work after high school. The top man of all devils has
assigned us to ruin this family.â€ He said pacing back in forth in front of a blackboard like it were a military
exercise. Screwtape never wrote on the blackboard but he thought it looked cool.
â€œThe top man of all devils? Who is that?â€™ Wormwood asked because he was a little slow sometimes.
â€œSatan, you goof!.â€ Screwtape finally told him clearly frustrated with his nephew. â€œNow you know
what will work. Split them apart. Use anger, jealousy, hurtful remarks, rumors, irritations,. I will clue you
as you go so get up there, they are getting ready to have family devotions. This is a good time to get in the
â€œYes sir!â€ Wormwood said saluting and hurting his hand on his own devilâ€™s horns and off he took.
â€œMom, are we about ready for devotions?â€ Christopher said to his mom walking into the kitchen. He
was excited because tonight was his turn to pick the scripture to read.
Wormwood arrived just in time. He whispered in Christopherâ€™s momâ€™s ear.
â€œJust slow down young man. You donâ€™t set the pace around here, dad and I do. We will have
devotions when we are good and ready.â€ The mom snapped at her son and as soon as she did, she was
alarmed at what she said. She ran to Christopher and hugged him. â€œIâ€™m sorry sweetie. I donâ€™t
know what got into me.â€
â€œExcellent Wormwood.â€ Screwtape said to his nephew, â€œThat is just what we want, pour it on
Stephanie entered the living room where Christopher was reading his Bible, looking for a good passage.
While she could not see or feel him, instantly Wormwood was at her side whispering in her ear.
â€œYou think you are so cool with all your Bible reading.â€ She hissed at her brother who she loved so
much. Stephanie couldnâ€™t believe these words were even coming out of her mouth. â€œWell let me tell
you something. All the kids at church think you are a phony and they hate you.â€
â€œMOMâ€ Christopherâ€™s cries went up like a fire alarm. Dad came running from the back room.
Zeke the dog started barking, the cats ran for cover and mom was trying to out shout the two children to find
out what happened. Somewhere Screwtape was smiling and muttering, â€œFamily devotions is looking
pretty unlikely tonight.â€ Wormwood was on the move all over that house.
â€œYou kids are driving me crazy.â€ Daddy shouted. â€œI would be ashamed to be seen in public with
his bunch of animals.â€ Daddy immediately slapped his hand over his mouth. â€œWhere did that come
from?â€ He muttered.
â€œYou have always been jealous of me!â€ Christopher screamed at his sister feeling like someone else
had taken him over entirely. â€œItâ€™s because I am the youngest and you want all of mom and dads
attention.â€ He shouted and then he began to cry and he ran to his sister and hugged her. Even though she
was furious, she hugged him because her love of family was stronger than whatever this is that is attacking
Suddenly, Christopher and Stephanieâ€™s Daddyâ€™s face changed and everyone knew that he knew
something. â€œOK HOLD IT!â€ He shouted.
It was that voice of authority that nobody anywhere would dispute. Even Wormwood, in the spiritual realm
and unseen by the family, froze in his tracks at the commanding authority of the spiritual head of this
household. â€œEverybody, letâ€™s sit down.â€ Daddy instructed. Mom was so glad to hear his tone
because she felt that the Holy Spirit was using him to fix whatever was wrong.
â€œThe enemy is attacking us to stop us from having our devotions. Letâ€™s sing.â€ And he began to
sing, â€œJesus loves me, this I knowâ€¦â€ Soon the whole family was singing.
â€œOW OW OW OW OWâ€ Wormwood held his head and writhed in agony crying out for help.
â€œUncle Screwtape, I canâ€™t endure the songs of praise to Jesus. Help me!!!â€
â€œAbort, abort! Get yourself out of there.â€ Screwtape instructed his nephew and in seconds, Wormwood
was gone. As the Smiths embraced, loved each other and Jesus and apologized for all that was said,
Screwtape and Wormwood cowered in Hades.
â€œThey did it again, Uncle Screwtape. They defeated us with the name of Jesus and by singing Godâ€™s
praise.â€ Wormword said sounding very unhappy.
â€œI know.â€ Said the crafty devil Screwtape. â€œBut we will let them alone for a while and attack again.
They will have to stay close to Jesus to avoid our attacks. Just wait, Wormwood, just wait.â€
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