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The Works of the Devil, and the Incredible Power of God

06 Mar

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 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. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

The Devil “blinds” the unbeliever to the Gospel; he puts bandages over their eyes and tells them that he’s helping them regain their sight, or he sticks them into a dark room somewhere, known as their mind, as leaves them to their own devices, or he blasts them with  so many different opportunities and temptations at once that they go Spiritually (Paul is, of course, talking Spiritually and not physically when he says that the Devil ‘blinds them.’) blind from lack of using their (Spiritual) eyes. Take your pick; he uses all those and more. With that being said though, we can pretty much narrow down the Devil’s blinding tactics to three general things:

  1. He gives them a religion which tells them work really hard, and maybe one day they’ll “gain inner-sight.” (i.e. he puts (blinding-)bandages over their eyes…)
  2. The Devil leaves them to their own thoughts, allowing themselves to, with the occasional prod in the wrong direction by him, realize the “pointlessness of life,” and naturally dig themselves into a deeper, darker, prison of depression.
  3. He puts so many things in front of the unbeliever’s physical eyes, they forget they even have Spiritual ones.

Let’s look at the first one:

1. The Devil “Gives” Them a Religion of Works

Everyone knows that they’ve done wrong. It’s simply a fact of life. Even though they may have, after a while of working at, managed to somewhat silence their conscience, they at one time realized that they did wrong. Everyone then, in turn, realizes that need to do something to stop doing wrong. – Note here, that guilt is caused by the Devil, who loves to point out what we’ve done wrong. Yet even so, is not in of itself evil. Rather, it can lead us to either a religion of works, which is wrong, or a relationship with God, which is very right. It’s just that the Devil has developed myriad ways to use guilt to his advantage. – Which is where Buddhism, Catholicism, and other religions of works come in.

The law tells us we must do something to save ourselves, Jesus tells us we are to do things out of our love for Him. Not to save ourselves, but because we should have a desire to serve God.

2. The Devil Leaves Them to Their Thoughts, With Occasional Prodding From Him

An extremely dangerous position, is when an unbeliever gets alone with his thoughts, and just starts thinking about life in general, and what part s/he plays in it. The Devil loves pointing out just how “pointless” life is, and how you’re “so insignificant that you don’t even matter to anyone. If you died, people wouldn’t even give you a second look.”.

Jesus came to give life. Not just life, but meaning to life! The Devil would like nothing better than mass suicides, Jesus would like nothing more than to see everyone come and find His light; to become His brothers, sisters, and coheirs, and to find protection from the Devil’s attacks in His armor (see: Ephesians 6).

3. He Blinds Them Spiritually, By Giving Them Too Much to Look at Physically

This is where temptation really comes in. The Devil, if he can’t turn people to works, or to depression, will give them that job opportunity that they always wanted… Granted, it requires I work two more hours a day, and always work Sunday. But, hey, who cares? Or he’ll simply bombard the unbeliever with so many temptations at once that the poor, undefended unbeliever will surely fall under the pressure.

If you are an unbeliever today, don’t let yourself be blinded! Come to Jesus, and His all en-compassing light. Ask Him to come into your heart and transform it; ask Him to open your eyes.

It’s only with Christ’s strength that anyone can resist temptation; it’s only possible with the Shield of Faith to block the fiery darts the Devil likes to throw. Which is exactly why Paul urges us in Ephesians to put on the armor of God! What honest soldier would go into a battlefield without armor? Than why would we, soldiers in the Lord’s armory, go into the battlefield of temptation naked? Paul sums it up perfectly in two verses:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

We are to be strong in the Lord, and we are to put on the armor of God. These two things will enable us to overcome the, “devil’s schemes.” Whatever those ‘schemes’ may be.

Finally, remember that our God is powerful, no matter what the Devil tempts us with, He is always able to keep us and protect us. He never runs out of strength to funnel to us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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4 responses to “The Works of the Devil, and the Incredible Power of God

  1. tacticianjenro

    March 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I’ve just read it and it’s a very powerful post. I think this also applies not only for unbelievers but some Christians as well–I think these are also effects of believing a false gospel.

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      March 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you Jenro, and I think you’re right: the Devil also tempts believers as well as unbelievers, so I suppose its natural that he would use the same sorts of tricks on both. And yes, I think they could also be effects of believing a false Gospel, after all, those who believe a false Gospel are blinded Spiritually, are usually under a religion of works, and could easily get depressed.

      Thanks again,

      Joshua

       
  2. Naphtali

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    very good Joshua.

     
    • Joshua Cleveland

      March 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Thank you, I always appreciate the encouragement. 🙂

      Joshua

       

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