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Mr. Smooth

The man is known as Mr. Smooth. He wears a three piece suit or whatever clothing is attractive to the beholder. In some circles, he smokes cigarettes but never lights them for they light on their own. People laugh and think it is all a joke as Mr. Smooth blows cigarette smoke rings in the shape of 6's, three 6's at a time.

He is known to approach people in desperate circumstances and then make apparent bargains with them. Quite often he will promise money, position, or the fulfillment of an ultimate desire but will not disclose his price. It is common for persons who accept his offer to find out too late they have been victimized and swindled by him.

He is known as Mr. Smooth because of his sweet talk and handsome appearance. He easily establishes confidence with his calm and friendly manner. He instinctively knows what a person wants and desires as he shows people how to get what they want by telling them there will be no price to pay for getting what one wants. The idea of getting it free is appealing. So offering something for nothing is his trademark. He can work behind the scenes and stay relatively unseen until it is too late to make up for what he has taken from a person's life. He will easily distract a potential victim by using glitter and glamour to cover over what is essentially dirty and unclean. He will use basic human instincts and human drives to bring about destruction of an individual or group. He will promise love when a person needs love but when a victim becomes fully aware, the person realizes there is no love but only emptiness full of pain.

For persons who are powerless, Mr. Smooth will promise power only to take the powerless down a path of total destruction. For persons who are sick or ill, Mr. Smooth will bring to them depression and a feeling of hopelessness in an empty promise of healing. For persons who are in poverty, Mr. Smooth will promise money, wealth, or fame if they do what is self-destructive. For persons who are poor in spirit, Mr. Smooth will bring distractions like drugs, alcohol, illicit sex, and escapes of all kinds leading to a worsening of a person's state. One of his most frequent techniques is to blind a potential victim to eventual consequences of the actions of the potential victim. He is often known to give calm assurances to persons he is attempting to lure into illegal, immoral, or illicit acts by giving the assurance nothing will happen if a person commits such acts.

No one is immune from Mr. Smooth's influence. He appeals to small children and to the very old. He is known to influence a person with great talent to use the talent for Mr. Smooth's ambitions. Mr. Smooth has legions of followers and even legions more sympathizers. He infects the minds of the innocent and keeps the minds of the guilty in physical, spiritual, and emotional bondage. Mr. Smooth has been known to strike down millions in wars, famines, and plagues in one devastating swoop while then taking the life of all others in such random fashion no is aware of his causing death.

For persons seeking to make choices and decisions about personal matters, Mr. Smooth will tell a person he or she has no choice in a matter. For persons living a life full of darkness, Mr. Smooth will assure them they have no choice but to live the life they are living all the while assuring these persons their life of darkness has advantages over living a life in the light.

Mr. Smooth will victimize youngsters by using adults to abuse them, molest them, take away their dignity, take away their self-respect, and take away their confidence. Mr. Smooth will tell a person with a cold heart they have every reason to remain cold, aloof, and uncaring while giving them false reasons for being so. Mr. Smooth will devastate a person to such an extent they embrace death rather than life. He will take away a person's ambition and motivation so they decide to never pursue any kind of worthy goal. For others, he will convince them it is better, even admirable to wander through life without having a daily goal, a weekly, goal or any kind of life goal…all done in Mr. Smooth's objective to get every person to collapse into a state of doing nothing, thinking nothing, and being nothing.

Against the life force and the will to live, Mr. Smooth will come in and feed persons reasons to hate, generally though the influence of others. The end result of Mr. Smooth's infestation of hate is a wasted life, achieving for Mr. Smooth one of his ultimate victories. In a similar manner, Mr. Smooth will take a kind, gentle, sweet person, and in one stroke turn this person to Mr. Smooth's advantage by making this person start to think more about taking then giving. Once greediness sets in, Mr. Smooth will then feed the greedy person justifications for being greedy. In others, Mr. Smooth will inspire persons to be mean rather than kind as he gives the mean person sick satisfaction in being mean. In other people, he will invade a circumstance where there is reason, religious faith, and thoughtfulness and in this circumstance he will bring devastation by causing a person to be critical of others rather than giving support and encouragement. In search of victims, Mr. Smooth will take an active person and turn the person into a state of total passivity. For others, he will convince them they need to rest when what they really need is to plan, work, and achieve.

In many cases, Mr. Smooth will feed thoughts to a person with the thoughts being laden with doubt and uncertainty as he comes against a person having a life based upon faith and belief…thereby undermining a person's capability only faith can bring.

Most important of all, no one is immune. No person on earth is immune.

Matthew 4:3-11 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (NIV

A facetious story giving wisdom

This story first appeared in August, 2005, in the Virtual  Church web site at http://www.findthepower.com

 

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