The Power Of Light & Dark (Part 1)
II Corinthians 4:4
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
In our world today there is a battle that is taking place under the noses of Christians and nonbeliever alike. This battle is happening in the secret places of man’s mind and in the stony places of men and women’s hearts. This battle is the battle between light and dark; good and evil. The dark one, which is satan, seeks to extinguish the lights in the hearts of man by blinding our minds with the things of this present world. This blinding makes us forget the presence of God and desire this present world.
In this series, we will discuss three questions that frequently arise when it comes to dealing with those that have been blinded or those seeking to break free from the darkness. One must ask these though provoking questions:
- How does the god of this world blind their minds?
- How does this method, of blinding, make so many so loyal to him?
- How can we escape this great deception?
- How does he enslave so many Christians?
- How can words in a book, the bible, give me victory over something that medicine, science, counseling or will power cannot?
Join us as we break the strongholds of besetting and secret sins in this new series: The Power Of Light & Dark.
I. HOW DOES THE GOD OF THIS WORLD BLIND THEIR MINDS?
Before we can answer this question we must first define who is doing what to whom. we know that, according to our text, that the God of this world is satan. Since God is Light, it would only stand to reason that the darkness is satan, which is the enemy of God. So, satan blinds the minds of people in three ways, according to the bible. We find this in I John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” So what does this mean? Here’s a breakdown:
- “the lust of the flesh” – The lust of the flesh is simply a desire to fulfill the wants and needs of the flesh more than the needs of God. This literally has the implication of being under the spell of the flesh’s influence. This distraction is a loss of desire. The desires of the flesh are powerful ones that will pull one away from. The fleshly desires are often the most difficult to overcome without supernatural intervention!
- “ and the lust of the eyes” – The lust of the eyes is simply a desire to fulfill the need to look a specific way, see a specific thing or appear to be something that one isn’t. This has the appearance of being better than another person because of what they see in your or your desire to covet the things that you happen to see in them. This distraction is a lack of determination. To often we aren’t very determined be content with the things that God has blessed us with in our lives. In fact, the bible tells us in Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” When I refuse to be content with the things that God has blessed me with already, why should He give me more?
- “and the pride of life” – The pride of life is simply a desire to be seen as important or better than another person. In short, it is the boasting and bragging condition that makes one feel, portray or come across as “I’m better than you because…”. When we show or display this arrogance we are actually displaying our ignorance. This distraction is a lack of personal discipline. We all have pride that we have to deal with but if it is not kept in check then it will run rampant. Discipline helps us keep ourselves in subjection to the Spirit of God.
The god of this world blinds our minds by only one thing; that thing is distraction! I imagine that he says something similar to this statement. “If I can make you take your eyes off of the road for a minute or two, I can make you give me control of the car while you are yet in the driver’s seat.” You have control of your own life and your own destiny! You don’t have to go down a road where you are being controlled from the outside in but you can yield Jesus control from the inside out. Jesus will never lead you blindly into destruction. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about the loyalty to the creature of darkness and how to break free. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.