Another Star Dies At Age 27

Would you make a pact with the devil if you could become a star and earn millions of dollars? The reason I ask is because a number of well-know stars, possibly 44 to date, have died at the early age of 27. The latest is an Ecuadorian soccer star, Christen Benitez, died at the age of 27 after signing a multimillion dollar contract with a new team. I have heard of people being propositioned by a person who offered them unbelievable opportunities if they would give them complete control of their lives. I have never heard from a person who accepted.

The Bible tells of Jesus being tempted by Satan. He was offered the chance to rule the world if He would bow down and worship Satan. I keep wondering if some have accepted a contract with the devil.

When I was in grade school and you could still pray and read the Bible, our teacher read us a short-story called “The Devil and Daniel Webster”. The story took place in New England and a farmer was having some very bad luck with his crops and farming in general. He said it was so bad that he was willing to sell his soul to the devil for better times. The next day, farmer Stone was visited by a stranger who identified himself as Mr. Scratch. Mr. Scratch said if you are serious about selling your soul I will give you seven very prosperous years. They made a binding contract and farmer Stone had seven of the very best years ever. We really do not realize the power and control the devil has.

After seven years he begged Mr. Scratch to give him just three more years. Again they made a contract and farmer Stone had another three prosperous years. However, farmer Stone no longer wanted to be controlled every minute by the devil and wanted out of his contract. He hired an attorney, Mr. Daniel Webster to take Mr. Scratch to court and force the contract to be broken.

The trial is really suspenseful and Daniel Webster won and the devil had to give farmer Stone back his soul. Ever since I was left believing that some politicians, business people, movie stars, pro athletes and others in general, may have sold their souls to the devil for prosperity, power, fame, etc. If this is true, I wonder how many people would be willing to sell their souls if the opportunity arose. We must recognize that the devil is skimming and wishes to deceive and trap us. Scripture warns us:

Ephesians 6:12 – “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” NLT

I previously wrote that it is extremely rare for a person who had sold their soul to break the contract. It is possible they allowed themselves to become possessed to gain the lime-light and did so not knowing the results. What would cause a superstar, receiving everything they could have ever dreamed of accomplishing, begin this very self-destructive behavior leading to eventual death? Could they have been offered a seven year contract at age 20 when they were too young to realize the future consequences?

I have absolutely no proof that anyone of these people dieing at 27 had anything to do with evil spirits. I just find it highly unusual. Then when I hear people telling weird stories about being offered unusual opportunities that seem strange, I just wondered: Is this what Scripture is warning us about?

Most ignore the fact that there are millions of evil spirits that are emissaries of Satan who are forever tempting and cursing people. They are constantly seeking to interfere with our relationship with God and are repeatedly tempting us. There may be times that they cause all sorts of problems. Their trick is to cause deception or disobedience. We cannot adequately stand against them in our own power.

It has been proven that we could have enemies who use evil spirits to persecute us, lie to us, cheat us, hurt us or even kill us. That enemy exits in the unseen world. There are wicked people who will do evil things that may affect us in many ways physically, mentally and materially. The battles that we go through may not be against flesh and blood and it may not be about people, but evil spirits.

Our struggles could be with the rulers of the darkness. Satan’s master plan is to deceive humans and get them to reject and rebel against God and His people. Their goal is to enslave people into various forms of idolatry, deceptive philosophies, evolution, humanism or even climate change. We are told we may even have to fight against wicked spirits in the heavens above. The immorality of our age has been inspired by demons.

How do we fight against evil spirits with power to exploit our human nature, to fan human passions and inflame human lusts and encourage us to make human errors? You don’t believe any of this? Then why would it be in the Bible to warn us? Scripture then goes on to tell us how to defend against these powers.
Are we conscious of the warning that we read in I Peter 5:8 – “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” My NIV study Bible states: Watch out for Satan when we are suffering or weak, when we are feeling alone, helpless or focused on our troubles that we forget to watch for danger. We are then especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks.”

A number of people hear voices but we must be careful whose voice it is. It may be one of the devils emissaries trying to convince you that the voice is from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would never do anything to inspire you to do anything against God or Scripture.

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