Blind Believers

April 15, 2013

Blind Believers

            Alexander is a believer who has a habit of lying.  Several years ago he accepted Christ as his Savior.  Some things changed after he was saved, but the shameful habit of lying never left him.  Unfortunately, he refuses to recognize his sin.  If someone accuses him of lying, he denies it and accuses his accuser of having a lack of love for calling him a liar.  He is like some believers who are blind to their sin.

Blindness is a great disadvantage.  It is also a disadvantage for the one who is spiritually blind.  Alexander suffers and makes others suffer when he lies.  He who is physically blind may not cause others to suffer, but he creates an added burden on them.  They have to do for him what he can’t do for themselves.  Those who are physically blind would be thrilled if somehow their sight could be restored.  Once a blind man called out to Jesus saying, “Thou son of David, have mercy on me.” When Jesus asked him what he wanted he said, “Lord, that I might receive my sight” (Mark 10:51). Those of us who have sight can’t imagine how terrible it would be to be blind.  Most to be pitied are those who were born blind.  They know that they will most likely never see a flower or a beautiful sunset.  If they were to hear of a treatment that had the potential of giving them sight, they would be willing to pay almost any price for it.

There is a solution available to the spiritually blind, but unfortunately they often refuse to accept it.  They keep suffering, and make others suffer, even though it is possible for them to get victory over their fault. Romans 6:1-2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?   God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

The solution for the blind Christian is found in Galatians chapter five.  In this chapter Paul lists some of the works of the flesh and goes on to list some of the fruit of the Spirit.  He tells us that the victory over the flesh and the power to produce the fruit of the Spirit is found by walking in the Spirit.  Galatians 5:16 and 25 say, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. … If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Perhaps some say, “I’m not a liar.  Neither am I guilty of any of the works of the flesh that Paul mentions in this chapter.” That may be, but this is only a partial list.  It may also be that he is guilty of some of these sins, but his spiritual blindness hinders him from seeing it.

To walk in the spirit means that we are in intimate communion with God.  It means we have chosen to obey God in whatever he asks of us.  It is to say to God, in the words of I Samuel 3:9, “Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth.” If we have this measure of obedience, the Holy Spirit can make us aware of our faults and produce in us an abhorrence toward sin.

Our walk in the Spirit is possible because of our love for God.  It is a desire to please God in everything we do.  Those who do so can identify with the prayer of David in Psalm 139:23-24.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

The only logical explanation for those who go on in spiritual blindness is that they are not walking in the Spirit.  They aren’t in communion with God.  Sometimes the only way that God can deliver them from their spiritual blindness is by means of some chastisement to force them to face the truth about their sin, turn from it, and ask God for forgiveness.

The blind believer is incapable of producing the fruit of the Spirit because he is controlled by the old nature.  In John 15:5-6 Jesus said “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Frequently we need to let God search our hearts and show us if there are things in our life that aren’t pleasing to him.  Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that our hearts are “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”  It could be that we think we are right with God when we aren’t.  Frequently we need to take heed to what Romans 12:1-2 tells us to do.  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.   And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Are you allowing God to transform your mind in order that he might do his perfect will in your life?


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