Before I knew it I had more content to pour through and try to preach than I had time. As I was pouring through it all trying to edit and decide what should go (I didn't want to toss any of it), a certain phrase hit me hard. It's a phrase my professor at ACU shared with me, "If the devil can't make you bad, he'll make you busy." I wasn't really worried about being busy preparing this sermon, but when that phrase hit me, I began to realize that Satan could make my sermon about him so "busy" that anything of great merit would be missed.
I stopped with that phrase resonating in my head and prayed. Two texts came to the top of the surface that did a great job of describing Satan and his work without glorifying him. So I decided to toss everything else and preach those two texts.
I knew that being busy in life can lead you away from God, but never thought that my sermons could be made so "busy" that they lead away from the point that needs to be made.
God speaks just as loud in a whisper as He does in a shout! Simple is not a lack of preparedness, but actually a much more prepared, edited, streamlined message.