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There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships. Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality. The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
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Jul 12, 2018

Episode 125 Spiritual Blindness

What are the causes of spiritual blindness? Jesus had some strong things to say about blind leaders seeking to lead blind men. He also gave a strong rebuke to the church of Laodicea regarding blindness. Is it possible for us to be blind and not know it? Spiritual vision is a great miracle that comes to us by the mercy and grace of God. The scriptures teach us that we are all born into this world blind to spiritual things and God must open our eyes to see the unseen and see all things properly as God sees them. Jesus came as a great light into a world of spiritual darkness. Today we want to look again at the issues surrounding spiritual vision and the causes of spiritual blindness.

  • Spiritual vision is always a great miracle from God
    • Jesus came into a world of darkness (Matt. 4:16)
    • Blindness is a work of the enemy (2 Cor. 4:4)
    • Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12)
  • Spiritual vision is a continuous working from beginning to end
    • Those who have never seen (Matt. 15:13-14)
    • Those who have seen something but not clearly (Mark 8:22-26)
    • Those who have true vision but for whom a vast realm of divine thought waits for a fuller work of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:15-23)
    • Those who have seen, but have lost spiritual sight and are now blind but think they see (Rev. 3:14-23)
  • Causes of spiritual blindness
    • Unbelief (2 Cor. 4:4)
    • Disobedience (2 Peter 1:5-9, I John 2:9-11)
    • Self-seeking in some way (Matt. 6:22-23)
    • Some scriptural examples of those whose eyes were opened
      • Isaiah (2 Chron. 26, Isaiah 6) “I saw the Lord”
      • Balaam (Num. 22-24, 22:31) “the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes”
      • Man born blind (John 9)
      • Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)
      • Paul (Acts 9:3-8, 26:12-18)
    • Cure to spiritual blindness
      • Humility (John 9:41)
      • Honesty (I don’t see clearly)
      • The veil is removed “in Christ” (2 Cor. 3:14)
      • Continually beholding God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3-4,esp. 3:18, 4:6)
    • Jesus is the light of life (John 1:4, 8:12)

 

Some good ministry on this subject by T. Austin-Sparks:

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/spiritual_sight.html