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OBSTRUCTED VISION

May 15, 2013

Text:  “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”   II Corinthians 4:4

Satan is a liar and a deceiver. He has many tools in his arsenal to carry out his treachery. One of his most effective is blinding the minds of humans. So he hinders their perception of right and wrong. We have trouble enough telling truth from misconception without his hindrance.   Humans have a habit of being blind to things that threaten them, embarrass them, show their foibles, or contradict their beliefs. Satan is a master of keeping men in darkness so that they are deterred from obeying God.

John’s gospel sparkles with images about light vs darkness. John the Baptist’s mission was   ” to bear witness about the light.” John 1:7   The evangelist referred to Jesus as “the true light that lightens everyone.” John 1:9  But believe me, many reject seeing the light to the detriment of their souls. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” John 3:19

One of Jesus’ abilities was to reveal to his audiences who he was. (the Son of God.) One of his most powerful figures of speech we find in John 8:12. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  In this deeply benighted world we need a blazing beacon to help us find our way to our heavenly home. None other than  Jesus is that light.  We stumble and fall due to the darkness Satan has employed against us. Daylight and darkness demonstrate little difference. As out text above states, Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers. He opposes humanity by constantly instigating attacks to misdirect. He is our “accuser” and fabricates elaborate schemes to keep the truth from us in order to ensnare us.

Since there is in this world a shroud of darkness that Satan arrays against us, it behooves us to recognize when Satan is trying to “pull the wool” over our eyes and hearts. A number of defenses are pointed out in the Bible. Use these stratagems to defeat Satan’s clever aggression.

Flee temptations. Since Satan is far stronger than we are, we must learn when to run and what to run from. II Timothy 2:22  Better to save yourself than to become a casualty. But be sure to follow righteousness.

Put on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:11)  Why? “That you may stand against the schemes of the devil.” A good defense is needed against an opponent.. Further, put on  “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…love.” (Colossians 3:12-14)  These things give a Christian moral fortitude.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7b There is a time to flee and there is a time to fight. Have enough spiritual vitality to draw a line and defend the ground you have laid claim to.

Be strong in the Lord.  (Ephesians 6:10). Do not remain a weakling. Exercise yourself in knowledge and godliness. Satan knows your every weakness, so build your soul daily and rely upon the strength God gives you.

The words of Psalms 13:3 furnish you with a helpful prayer. “Consider and answer me, O Lord my God: light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.”

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