Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-15

Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT

Observation
The context of chapter 4, particularly verses 1-15 deals with us, the believers, carrying Treasure in Fragile Clay Jars. That Treasure is The Good News of Jesus Christ and we are the Fragile Jars of Clay. Despite how frail we are as people, God uses us to carry his saving Good News. In verse 4, it says that Satan has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe so they can’t see or understand the good news. This kind of goes back to the series we just finished up on how our struggle isn’t against people, but the enemy behind their actions. People who don’t believe have their minds blinded by Satan, which only reaffirms that the enemy we’re dealing with doesn’t like the Good News we carry and therefore will stop at nothing to try to stop people from receiving it.

Application
When I think about the people in my life that haven’t received the Gospel, this Scriptures gives me what I need to pray and war against: the spirit of unbelief and blindness. By fighting against those spirits at work within people’s minds (especially since Easter is coming up and I’m inviting people to church that day), God is making a way for them to receive the Good News of Jesus. Then when I add prayer and warfare with the love of Christ in which I present the Good News to them, God will open their hearts to Him so that they will receive Jesus as their Savior. Part of the Gospel is being given power and authority over the enemy of our souls, so let’s get it!

Prayer
Lord, I take authority over unbelief and blindness in people’s minds that have yet to receive you as their Savior. I command that those spirits be rebuked, so that You Lord can open their hearts to receive You, as I tell them about You. And Lord I pray that I speak out of the overflow of love and kindness You have given me as Your Word also says that it is Your kindness that brings people to repentance. Remind me what it was like when I first experienced Your love so that it will motivate me to want to see the same thing happen to those around me. Amen!

Joseph Gardonis, Connect Students Team Leader
White Oak Campus

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