Spam was first sold by Hormel, July 5, 1937. It became very popular during WWII. There are 20 varieties of Spam, including pumpkin spice flavor.

According to the Spam official website the name for spam is speculated to have been derived from “spiced ham.” It goes on to say that “the real answer is known by only a small circle of former Hormel Foods executives.”

The comedic group, Monty Python, did a skit where restaurant workers and patrons repeated the word “spam” over and over again to a customer who did not like spam. The unwanted repetition of the word “spam” came to refer to “unsolicited electronic messages” (Wikipedia article on “Spam”).

It seems to me that when you “unsubscribe” from an email advertiser that they often ignore your request to be removed from their list and they sell your contact information to other even less desirable “spammers.” It never seems to end. The “spam” never gets any less.

It might be that “spammers” have taken a lesson from some other “undesirables.”

When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.  Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. –Luke 11:24-26

Demon possession actually happened during the days of Jesus and of the apostles (Mat. 9:32-34; Lk. 10:17). But such possession was limited and is no longer happening (Zech. 13:2).

But that does not mean that the devil has ceased from his work of tempting us (1 Pet. 5:8). He is as hungry today for your soul as he has ever been. He never ever stops.

It might be that through faith, prayer and self-discipline you have overcome a temptation that has been a plague upon your spirit. Great! But do not become cocky. The ole devil is the consummate spammer of evil temptations. He will lay seven more temptations in your way hoping that one of them will plant a seed in your mind that will draw you away from God.

Like electronic spammers, the devil will send out his unsolicited temptations to your “in box” without number. But God has “regulated” Satan’s spamming power. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, God has promised, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Be ever vigilant in blocking and deleting Satan’s spam. It is full of malevolent viruses and damning programming designed to steal your identity [as a Christian]. Send it straight to your “trash bin.”

(A side note: I do like canned Spam in fried rice and fried in a sandwich. J)