Devotional: ‘Plainly Preaching the Truth’

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There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t have at least one conversation with someone concerning the growing spiritual darkness in America and around the world. “What is happening to us?” is the question many are asking. Paul tells us in the book of 2 Corinthians what the problem is, as well as the solution.

The Problem

2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. NIV

What is happening in America today is the same thing that has been happening to man since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. The ‘god of this world’ is blinding the hearts and minds of non-believers in order to keep them from seeing God’s spiritual truth. Who is the ‘god of this world?’ The Bible teaches us that it is Satan. Jesus called him the ‘prince of this world’ (see John 12;31; 14:30; 16:11) and Paul called him the ‘prince of the power (authority) of the air.’ (see Ephesians 2:2) Satan did not create this world, nor does he own it; however, during this day of darkness he is ruling in the hearts of many men and women.

Paul tells us that Satan exerts his influence to ‘blind the minds’ of non-believers. What does that mean? The word ‘blind’ is a very interesting word. As you dig deeper and deeper into this word you see that it means to ‘wrap in a smoke or vapor.’ Satan clouds men’s understanding. How does he do that? This same word translated as ‘blind’ also has reference to pride and conceit. Satan causes men to believe that having faith in God is ignorance and that they do not need a Savior. Satan’s blinds men’s minds with their own foolish pride.

On a side note – the technical word for this kind of thinking is ‘Humanism.’ Dictionary.com defines humanism as: {a variety of ethical theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.}

The Solution

The problem of spiritual blindness has become so great in recent years that some believe that there is no hope. Yet Paul tells us that there is a power that can penetrate Satan’s darkness.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. NIV

Paul’s world was very dark as well. He was combating a ruthless Roman government, a pagan Greek philosophy, and Jewish national pride. However, he said that he and his fellow-laborers ‘did not lose heart.’ No matter how dark their circumstances looked, they were not going to give up. Instead, they were going to ‘renounce the secret and shameful ways’ of Satan by plainly declaring the Word of God. In other words, they were going to preach God’s truth and believe that it had the power to penetrate the darkness and give people light.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
because it is the power of God that brings salvation
to everyone who believes…”
Romans 1:16 NIV

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