SERMONETTE #20 09 June 1985
"The Devil's Playground"
While passing through the Mojave Desert on the way to Las Vegas
there is a town called Baker just past Barstow. A breath taking
sight catches the eye of the traveler at this point called Soda
Lake. Although it is a dry lake there is the illusion of water.
This mirage is created by the sun's reflection off the flat bed of
this barren plain as is common in desert regions. This phenomenon
can usually be seen during certain periods of the day depending on
the angle of view and the lighting from the sun. This plain
stretches for miles with sinister looking mountains in the
background like unto 'sentinels'. Furthur into the background is an
extension called 'The Devil's Playground'. It is very beautiful to
behold but dangerously deadly if one ever strays out there alone.
The Indians who inhabited this region were very superstitous of this
area. They claimed that spirits of the departed roamed this plane
at night and the cryes of these could could be heard echoing through
out the night. On nights of the full moon, appiritions were a
common occurance. This place was labeled 'taboo'. As being
strictly off limits, those who wandered off into this area and
managed to return were never the same. They were labeled as 'loco'
by the tribe. They were excommunicated for violating the 'taboo'
and were forced, with a few provisions, to wander in to the desert.
Death was imminent for these souls. This was the penalty for
treading on dangerous ground. Today there still exists reports from
the locals and travelers at night of seeing strange lights in this
The point of this little tale has a counter-part. The counter-part
is this whole world which is labeled by St. John in I John 5:19 as
"the whole world lieth in wickedness". This "spirit of the air" now
permeates the whole atmosphere of space. (EPH 2:2) All the drugs
illicit sex, satanic music, occult practices, witch craft, violence,
TV and movies that program all these satanic "toys" are labeled as
'Lucifer's territory' or "the devil's playground". The only excape
from this dangerous plane of existance is th take refuge in the Word
of God. This Word educates us to see through all the deceptions of
the 'god of this world'. The strange lights seen by the minds eye
are the deceptions of Lucifer who comes as an 'angel of light' with
glorious promises to all who will fall down and worship him. He
knows the weakness of man and that almost all will sell their souls
to enter his playground. We are all under the influence of this
powerful vicious entity. Only one has withstood his test and that
is Jesus the Master. He refused to gaze into the 'brillant light'
or bend a knee to this master sorceror. If we follow the directions
of this same Jesus who is the God that all men ingrorantly worship
under various names, He will deliver all who are weak and we shall
triumph over the world. (I JOH 2:15-17) We will hear the 'voices of
sin' calling to us in the darkness of the plane of ignorance which
is this present evil world, but we shall know them for exactly what
they are. (REV 13:13) Our playground is the 'Paradise of the Mind'
for we who have escaped the dry areas where there is no water. In
our playground there is a never ending water supply that springs up
out of our innermost being into eternal life. (REV 2:17, JOH 4:13-
14) Unlike the devil's playground where there is a price to pay in
the end, God's playround is open to all and the admittance is free.
When those in error see their plight and come to Jesus, He does not
cast them out to die or suffer in the wilderness of sin, but
welcomes all with open arms and the angels rejoice in heaven. They
are fed and clothed like kings and a party is given in their honor.
Their names are written in Heaven's great infallable computer and
listed in the 'Book of Life'. Those who refuse God's provision
receive nothing more than the 'mark of the beast' and are cast into
outer darkness being stars that wander for ever.(JUD :13)
AFFIRMATION : I can see through the waste land of evil and all it's
illusions for what they really are; illusions that fade in the light
of Christ. I now behold the overall error in a panoramic view and
thank the Lord that the old simple direction sign inscribed with
these words 'Jesus Saves' is really true and a sure direction to
someday meeting Him who is the Great Spirit in the 'playground of
God at the end of the rainbow.
COPYRIGHT (c) 1985 by Michael A. Tanous