It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale.
On the date of the sale, the tools were placed for public inspection;
each tool being marked with its sale price. They were a treacherous lot
of implements...Hatred, Envy, Jealousy, Deceit, Lying, Pride, and so on.
Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool, well worn and
priced very high.
"What is the name of this tool?" asked one of the purchasers, pointing
That is Discouragement", replied the devil.
"Why have you priced it so high?"
"Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get
inside a man's heart with that when I cannot get near him with my other
tools. Once I get inside, I can make him do what I choose. It is badly
worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know
that it belongs to me."
My friend, don't let satan discourage you in anyway. You are God's
child and have the victory already won. All you have to do is keep your
faith on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. The devil
will not have a chance to discourage you, even with his best tools.