The Power Of Light & Dark (Part 2)
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.
II. HOW DOES THIS METHOD, OF BLINDING, MAKE SO MANY SO LOYAL TO HIM?
As police homicide detectives investigate an murder, they look for three things. These are the “MMO” or Means, Motive and Opportunity. I think that this accurately describes why human beings denounce their power to the dark one. Today we will explore how satan exploits people and how he tricks people, those who yield to him, to remain loyal to him and his evil ploys.
- Means – “To have the mind as one’s purpose or intention; An agency, instrument, or method used to attain an end.” The question that may come up is; What means does satan use? I believe that he uses a many different approaches but I have personally observed these two highly effective tools.
- Dissimulation – This is the art of making something different or unlike it’s original. This simply means that satan will show you the good part of something while withholding the bad part. This is known as a half-truth or as many people will say a sin a omission. This makes the partaker focus on the good aspect of this desired item or though. For instance, most alcohol commercials NEVER broadcast the dangers of alcoholism and the potentials of DUI’s. Instead they focus on the cool aspect and how you could be cool if you consumed the product. They never talk about the horrible and bitter taste that it leaves in the mouths of the consumer. If something is too good to be true, stop and ask yourself, what would be the consequence if I partook in this situation. Also, meditate on this verse of scripture: Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
- Demand – This is the urgent pressing desire to have, receive or claim an object, service or item. This is the means by which satan attacks many Christians and especially their younger family members. If you’re old enough, you have probably heard your kids or another person’s kids say “…but everyone else is doing it!”. Satan creates a demand in the population by having people believe half-truths. They then get hooked on the thing that is bad for them and have an intense demand for it. This in turn makes others desire this popular object, which is bad for them. This is why the bible warns us in II Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
- Motive – “Something that causes a person to act in a certain way or do a certain thing.” The devil uses this to influence others to join his pursuit in sinful living. How does he use this tool to influence others to follow him? Here are a few ways that has used this tool in my life and can possibly use this tool in your life as well.
- Emotions – The devil uses our God given emotion to pull us toward his purpose. How? He makes us covet the attention or the status that another has through envy or jealousy. We then begin to think “If I only had this thing, I would be happy”.
- Enticement – This is literally luring one into an evil position or a sinful situation. This could be through the lusts of the eyes, or the flesh or even the pride of life.
- Opportunity – “An appropriate or favorable time or occasion; a good chance for an action to occur or take place.” The devil uses opportunities to attack us in order to fulfill his ungodly purpose. We see that there are many opportunities for him to act us.
- In Weakness – When we are void of strength or desire to fight, he puts up a harder fight but is so focused on seeing us fail that he is vulnerable to an uppercut from Heaven. This ONLY comes through cleaving to God.
- In Want – When we are so focused on one thing that not even the truth or the voice of reason will revert our attention. For instance, a man is so focused on work that he neglects family and church.
- In Worry – When we focus so much on what might happen, that we miss what is happening. Satan will whisper in our minds random scenarios for us to spin around like a wheel on a car to distract us from seeing that God is working right NOW.
There are many other tools and tricks that satan uses to distract us from seeing God’s hand at work. When these tools are used we focus on satan and his kingdom we will focus on being loyal to his cause and his means. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk more about light and dark. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.