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It was announced that the Devil was going out of business, and would offer all his tools for sale to whoever would pay his price. On the night of the sale, they were all attractively displayed. Even so, they were a sorry looking lot. Malice, hatred, envy, jealousy, sensuality and deceit and all the other implements of evil were spread out, each with its own price. Apart from the rest, lay a harmless looking wedge-shaped tool, much worn and priced higher than any of the others. Someone asked the Devil, "What is that?""That is discouragement." he replied."Why do you have it priced so high?" the prospective buyer inquired."Because," answered the Devil, "It is more useful to me that any of the others. When I cannot get inside a man's mind with any of the other tools I possess, I can pry open and get inside his conscience with this. Once I get inside his mind with discouragement, I can use him in whatever way suits me best. The reason this tool is so worn is that

I can use it with nearly everybody, as few people know it belongs to me."It hardly needs to be added, that since the Devil's price for discouragement was so high, that it never was sold. But, he still owns it and he still uses it!!!

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

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