Dealing with Spiritual Blindness

“Spiritual blindness, more than physical blindness – a state that no one should ever get into – deprives its victims from the recognition and perceptiveness of spiritual realities” – Prosper Anang

What’s Spiritual Blindness?

What I call “blindness”, within the context of this post, is a state of “sightlessness or loss of sight”.

It’s a spiritual condition of lack of spiritual insight, which deprives a person from recognizing and discerning spiritual things.

It’s a spiritual condition that shades its victims from the reality that something may be right physically, yet spiritually incorrect.

What God’s Word tells us about Isaac in Genesis 27:1, 23 leaves us with a summary of what spiritual blindness represents: 1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. 23 And HE DISCERNED HIM NOT, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him”.

Isaac had two challenges here: first, his eyes were dim. This meant that physically, he had difficulty seeing. Second, he couldn’t discern that Jacob wasn’t Esau. His inability to discern stemmed from his lack of spiritual insightfulness. Even though his eyes were dimed physically, he was still expected to discern Jacob’s deception spiritually. The reason why he couldn’t was because he had lost his spiritual perceptivity.

Dear friend, one thing I want you to know is that the fact that you’re physically challenged doesn’t imply in any way that you’re spiritually grounded, except if you choose to be grounded. So it’s a matter of choice. In the case of Isaac he chose to allow his physical inability to see clearly to impede his spiritual capability to discern falsehood.

What Was Jesus’ Take on the Issue?

He was straightforward. Amongst others, Jesus taught two particular things about spiritual blindness:

First, the Primary Cause of Spiritual Blindness

Jesus said spiritual blindness is a spiritual condition that’s caused by a life of inconsistency with revealed biblical truth, which doesn’t stem from the unavailability of the Word, but from mental laziness.

He personally said to the Sadducees that “Your ERROR is caused by your ignorance of the Scriptures and God’s power!” [Matthew 22:29 TLB]

Second, the Consequences of Spiritual Blindness

While speaking to the Sadducees, whose question in Matthew 22:23-29 was prompted by their inconsistency with revealed biblical truth, Jesus pointed out that one of the major consequences of spiritual blindness is an inevitable display of an-error-bound life [Matthew 22:29 TLB].

Also, in Matthew 15:14, Jesus said that spiritual blindness will lead to a lifetime of spiritual dilapidation.

Jesus witnessed these during His earthly ministry with His then disciples, who fell from the faith, deserted Him, simply because they weren’t consistent with the truth Jesus had shared with them. John 6:60, 66

Jesus turned to the other disciples and asked if they wanted to also desert Him, but given the insight they had already caught by being with Jesus, they refused to leave. Speaking for the disciples, Peter said “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” [John 6:68].

What of the Apostles?

In addition to what Jesus taught about the cause of spiritual blindness, Peter tells us further that it’s caused by an insatiable quest for special interpretation of scriptures without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Such an attitude results to the twisting of scriptures. 2 Peter 3:15-16 [TLB].

As a matter of fact Paul told Timothy about spiritual blindness when he said: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” [1 Timothy 4:1-8].

Paul’s focus here was to teach Timothy about the symptoms of a life that’s spiritually blind. Paying close attention to what Paul told Timothy here will help you to know whether you’re walking in spiritual blindness or not.

You see, everything Paul said here was in line with what Jesus taught about knowing people by their fruit; and how a good tree can’t produce bad fruits, likewise a bad tree can’t produce good fruits, according to Matthew 12:33-37.

In his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul tells us the following: And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? [1 Corinthians 3:1-4].

Why Does the Bible Teach about the Need to be Spiritually Insightful?

For two reasons:

  1. Life is more spiritual than physical

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” [1Timothy 4:8]

  1. Spiritual insightfulness grants us unlimited and uninterrupted access to revelation knowledge of God.

Jesus tells us this by Himself: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” [John 16:12-13].

Two Causes of Spiritual Blindness

  1. Inconsistency with biblical truths.
  2. Lack of understanding of Scriptures, due to non-committal attitude to the Word.

 Final Thoughts:

The Cure for Spiritual Blindness is SPIRITUAL EDUCATION, which comes as a result of our consistency with the Word. As someone who had been with Jesus, and speaking by the Holy Spirit, Peter leaves us with the following counsel: “So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING THEY HAVE WRITTEN, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that otherwise would be dark and difficult. But when you consider the wonderful truth of the prophets’ words, then the light will dawn in your souls and Christ the Morning Star will shine in your hearts” [2 Peter 1:19 TLB].

In order not to be caught into the web of erroneous interpretation of God’s Word, I’d strongly recommend you consistently pray like the Psalmist “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy WORD” [Psalm 119:18].

I’m certain that you have been blessed by this post. Please, don’t hesitate to leave your comment and recommend this site [http://www.ncrealities.wordpress.com] to someone you love and care for. Remember, I’m only an email away and will gladly receive a direct mail from you through prosperanang@gmail.com in order to share some spiritual issues that are bothering you, bearing in mind that your spiritual welfare is my utmost concern. Follow me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/prosperanang. I love you and I’m praying for you.

You’re deeply loved, highly favoured and greatly blessed because you’re a life-giving spirit just like Jesus.

Jesus Is Lord!

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  1. Very True Prosper Anang some do believe and Trust in error because of their fleshy pride in their own understanding or in what others have taught them and not in Jesus’ leading and Teaching, He is our only Spiritual Teacher through the empowering of The Holy Spirit and confirmation of Scripture, this is why we must test the spirit of those who seek to Teach us with God’s Truth not Mans.

    We ask for and receive Gods Wisdom and Empowering by The Holy Spirit which none of us were not born with and so we all need to ask as Jesus tells us to for what we need Matthew 7:7-8 and when we ask for God’s Wisdom and Empowering, we can know without doubt that He is Teaching us all Truth and also giving us His discernment , reasoning, logic, knowledge and insight and to also recognize and correct error. As we Mature in Him (1Corinthians 2:9-16) we can share with others with full assurance in the confirmation of Scripture that is God’s Truth.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the Principal thing; therefore get Wisdom and with all thy getting get Understanding.

    James 1:5-7 If any of you lack Wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    Colossians 2 :2 -3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in Love and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God and of the Father and of Christ in whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge.

    Proverbs 4:11-13;18 I guide you in the way of Wisdom And lead you along straight paths. When you walk your steps will not be hampered; When you run you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction do not let it go, Guard it well for it is your life. The path of the Righteous is like the first gleam of dawn Shining ever brighter till the full light of day.(KJV)

    1 John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you and ye need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing Teacheth you of all things and is Truth and is no lie and even as it hath taught you ye shall abide in Him.

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV)

    John 16:13 -15. Howbeit when He The Spirit of Truth is come He will guide you into all truth for He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear that shall He speak and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me for He shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are min: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine and shall shew it unto you. (KJV)

    Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of Wisdom and the meditation of my heart shall be of Understanding.(KJV)

    1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

    Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes fear the Lord and depart from evil.(KJV)

    Proverbs 2:9-11 Then shalt thou Understand Righteousness and Judgment and Equity yea every Good Path when Wisdom entereth into thine heart and Knowledge is pleasant unto thy Soul.

    Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil know how to give good gifts unto your Children how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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    • Thanks Anne for this awesome comment. I must also thank you for not only taking out time to read my post but to also comment.

      You’re deeply loved, highly favoured and greatly blessed because you’re God’s righteousness in Christ and a life-giving spirit just like Jesus.

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