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Temporary Blindness

Spiritual Warfare Spiritual Blindness Satan

Source: Wikipedia

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:4 ; Mark 4:19

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

“Blinding Laser Weapons” are weapons that are designed to blind soldiers on the field of battle. Most countries adhere to international law to minimize the power of their lasers. China, however, instead of limiting the power of such weapons, took full advantage of the potential, developing the battery-powered ZM-87 Portable Laser Disturber. Its desired effect was to injure or dizzy the eyes of enemy combatants. By seeking to blind the enemy, they render them unable to fight.*

I’ve never thought much about the tactics of war, but it makes a lot of sense that a soldier doesn’t have to be destroyed in order to be rendered useless. Blinding them is enough.

*Though effective in its main objective of blinding the target, the weapon had several technical glitches and was subsequently retired. No doubt, however, the Chinese will continue their efforts to perfect a reliable model.

APPLICATION

Satan doesn’t have to get rid of us to take us out of the battle. All he needs to do us render us useless by blinding us to the truth.

"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" (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Who Needs An Electrical Toy?

Pride Vision Spiritual Blindness

Source: Neatorama

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-26

Scripture: Proverbs 16:18 ; 2 Corinthians 6:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Neatorama writes:

In 1876, Western Union had a monopoly on the telegraph, the world's most advanced communications technology. This made it one of America's richest and most powerful companies, with $41 million in capital and the pocketbooks of the financial world behind it. So when Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a wealthy Bostonian, approached [William] Orton with an offer to sell the patent for a new invention Hubbard had helped to fund, Orton treated it as a joke. Hubbard was asking for $100,000!

Orton bypassed Hubbard and drafted a response directly to the inventor. "Mr. Bell," he wrote, "after careful consideration of your invention, while it is a very interesting novelty, we have come to the conclusion that it has no commercial possibilities... What use could this company make of an electrical toy?"

The invention, the telephone, would have been perfect for Western Union. The company had a nationwide network of telegraph wires in place, and the inventor, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell, had shown that his telephone worked quite well on telegraph lines. All the company had to do was hook telephones up to its existing lines and it would have had the world's first nationwide telephone network in a matter of months.

Instead, Bell kept the patent and in a few decades his telephone company, renamed American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), had become the largest corporation in America ... The Bell patent - offered to Orton for a measly $100,000 - became the single most valuable patent in history. Ironically, less than two years of turning Bell down, Orton realized the magnitude of his mistake and spent millions of dollars challenging Bell's patents while attempting to build his own telephone network (which he was ultimately forced to hand over to Bell.)

Instead of going down in history as one of the architects of the telephone age, he is instead remembered for having made one of the worst decisions in American business history.

APPLICATION

It's hard to imagine a more obvious business opportunity than the one turned down by Western Union's William Orton. Mr. Orton couldn't see the "electrical toy" for what it could become. He was too blinded by his present success to appreciate the profound implications this opportunity held for the future.

This is exactly the situation many place themselves in as they scoff at the opportunity offered to them in the Gospel. Do they continue on as they are, content with their current success, or do they embrace this divine opportunity to have their lives count, not just for now, but for eternity?

Don't end up scrambling like William Orton, after it's already too late, to make up for the lost opportunity of a lifetime. 

"For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2, NLT).

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).

Man Homeless Outside His Own Home

Gospel Salvation Spiritual Blindness

Source: "Wife kicks husband out; he lives in yard," CNN, Posted: Oct 06, 2015 1:34 AM EDT

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-23

Scripture: John 14:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

HOUSTON, TX - Police have responded some thirty times to a dispute between a doctor and her husband who has been forced to live on his front yard for six months. According to KLTV (ABC):

Sharafat Khan has been sleeping outside his million-dollar home on and off for six months. His fragile state is what has neighbors in his upscale community so worried.

“He’s wearing the same clothing, it’s dirty, he has no bathroom facilities, no shoes,” said neighbor Debbie Scoggins.

Neighbor Laurel Stout is also concerned.

“The weather is starting to get colder,” she said. “He’s very frail. He can’t even walk.”

Khan said the feud with his wife of 32 years has been going on “maybe going on six years.” He said he won’t file for divorce because he needs money.

He said his wife, who is a doctor, kicked him out. She took away his keys and won’t let him in. There are signs posted all over the place instructing people not to feed him or help him.

“She doesn’t want me to have any sort of comfort,” he said.

Khan said it’s simple - he owns this home and half of everything inside. He said he doesn’t feel he should leave and claims his wife won’t file for divorce because she doesn’t want to give up half her fortune.

Now, neighbors are getting involved, desperate to help the man who is essentially homeless but who owns half of this mansion.

 

APPLICATION

Is Mrs. Khan being unreasonable, heartless, cruel, or is she refusing to facilitate a husband who has chosen to sponge off her success?  Only Mr. and Mrs. Khan know the answer to that.

Whatever the circumstances, it is a tragic irony that a man should be homeless just outside his own million-dollar house.  Likewise, whatever your circumstances might be, it would be a tragic irony if you were to remain encamped just outside the threshold of all that God has promised you. God has secured it … Jesus is preparing it …. have you received it?

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14:1-3).

There Is Light Without Sight

Spiritual Blindness Light Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-09

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Mind Games

Obedience Spiritual Blindness Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2015-03-07

Scripture: James 1:22

Author: Charles Schuyler
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Seeing Ourselves In 2 Dimensions

Self-image Spiritual Blindness Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12 ; James 1:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Blind Men and the Elephant

Truth Worldview Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2014-10-06

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: John Godfrey Saxe
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Unrecognized Blessings

Attitude Resentment Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Matt Hilgaertner | Date Posted: 2014-10-03

Scripture: Galatians 3:264 ; Matthew 7:11

Author: Unknown
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Blind No More

Spiritual Blindness Perspective Humor

Contributed By: Randall Langford | Date Posted: 2014-08-02

Scripture: Eph 1:18

Author: Randall Langford
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Boko Haram Decries Sin of Western Education

Freedom Truth Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-12

Scripture: John 8:32 ; John 8:36

Author: Isha Sesay, Vlad Duthiers and Chelsea J. Carter /
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