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(NKJV and KJV Scripture)

– And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. – 2 Corinthians 11:14

– But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.  In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them who don’t believe – lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God – should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

Someone once said we should be always careful if we think we see a bright light at the end of a tunnel – for it could be the headlight on the front of a locomotive coming the other way. Bright lights can be beautiful and beckoning – but also dangerous and deceiving.  They can appear to be receiving and righteous – and we can walk right into a wreck.  They can summon us to fun – a word found nowhere in KJV Scripture.

In the song “Blinded by the Light” written by Bruce Springsteen, there are these lyrics, “Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun – but Mama, that’s where the fun is.” Having as much fun as we can under the sun – is not why we’re Christians. However, we should not marvel, for Satan is transformed into an angel of light (lead verse) – and his ministers into ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15).

Satan is the deceiver of the whole world – the father of all lies (Revelation 12:9, John 8:44).  These lies can seem very bright and right – like luring lights – but they deceive us because they often look like fun for a while.  It won’t hurt, will it – to enjoy the pleasures of sin for another season (Hebrews 11:25)?  How much more enticing and inviting do the multi-colored and spinning lights of a carnival or county fair look in the evening, than during the day?

Las Vegas can look almost lifeless in the lazy afternoon hours after lunch.  However, when the bright lights on the strip start to shimmer and sparkle just before sundown, people start emerging forth from their hotel rooms – like moths to a flame – only to end up getting burned.  One tempting thing leads to another – and one is in trouble financially or romantically before they know it.  People may think it stays in Vegas, but God has seen it all (Psalm 139:3).

Digging ourselves out of these holes can be much more work than staying grounded and rooted in Christ (Ephesians 3:17). Isn’t reversing a wrong much harder than remaining in a right? We can either choose to suffer the afflictions of God’s people (Hebrews 11:25) – or succumb to an affinity with the world (1 John 2:15).  Do we really expect spiritual growth to occur by doing both (1 Corinthians 10:21, Galatians 5:22-23)?

When we’re born again, God sheds His love abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost given to us (Romans 5:5).  It is a baptism of fire – and a flame begins to burn within us (Matthew 3:11).  The middle wall of partition between our hearts and heaven is broken down (Ephesians 2:14).  God has commanded His marvelous light to shine out of the devil’s darkness we once walked in – and for us to walk in this new light as His children (2 Corinthians 4:6, Acts 26:18, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 5:8).

James Thurber wrote there are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.  Jesus reminded us to take heed, lest the light which is in us – be not darkness.  This is evidenced first by our eyes – the light of our soul (Luke 11:33-35).  This is the light of righteousness.  We have to be very careful we’re not walking straight into the wrong lights of Satan – the ones which can obscure obstacles right in front of us (Isaiah 59:9) – tripping us up and causing us to stumble spiritually time and again.

Staring too long at bright lights can cause vision loss. If we keep doing it, we can go totally blind.  Failing to follow the one true light of Christ, and obeying the commandments of God – can make us fall down, frustrate our faith – and make us grope and feel for walls right in front of us like men who have lost their sight (Isaiah 59:10).  Or, we can allow ourselves to be guided by the lights of other men and women of God first – before God; much like Job thought he was for others (Job 29:15). Where does that leave us if they should stray, betray, or fall away?

Christ dwells in such a brilliant light that no man has seen it – nor can even approach it (1 Timothy 6:16).  However, the light of the glorious gospel of God is given to us through the Holy Ghost, to glow steady and strong enough in our hearts – to be a lamp unto our feet, and light our path (Psalm 119:105).  To give us the confidence to be guides of those who are still walking around blindly without the Word – still blinded by the bright lights of this world (Luke 1:79, Romans 2:19).

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:4

– Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun – but Mama, that’s where the fun is.  – Bruce Springsteen, “Blinded by the Light” – copyright 1973.

Deer have terrible vision – about 10 times worse than humans. This is why we generally see them moving about just after dawn and just before dark.  These are the only times of day when they can go foraging for food – for it’s the only opportunity they have to find and actually see what they are eating – before the sun gets too bright or too high in the sky.

Despite the differences in vision quality between deer and humans – both have the initial reaction to blinding lights – they freeze. Nothing can be seen as whatever the light source is drowns out what can normally be seen in lower light.  Human eyes can adjust – the eyes of deer cannot.  They are literally blinded – unable to see even some objects.  This is why they freeze motionless in the headlights of approaching cars – and never see what hits them.  

All light – no matter how bright it may appear – is not necessarily God’s light.  Jesus warned us to “take heed lest the light in us is not darkness (Luke 11:35).  The gods of this world are the goods of this world – and the devil is their governor.  Satan only savors the things of man – not God (Mark 8:33).  We should not marvel then when the devil and his legions transform themselves into angels of light and ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Satan’s lights are all lies – for he is the father of them – there is no truth in him whatsoever (John 8:44).  But they lie in wait for us – and try to lure us away from the light of God in the way of worldly things like materialism, money, and fame – if we are not very careful and prayerful.  Someone once said we should always be mindful about any light appearing at the end of a tunnel in our lives – it could be the headlights on the lead engine of a long black train coming the other way.

The devil is the ruler of darkness – an invisible power we all wrestle against (Ephesians 6:12).  According to Nova, if the entire known light spectrum was spread and stretched out flat on a U.S. map – it would reach from New York City to Los Angeles.  However, the visible light spectrum that humans can see would be no longer than the width of a dime.

There are so many things invisible to the naked eye we will never comprehend.  However, all darkness and all light – are all the same to God (Psalm 139:12).  Only He knows what’s in that darkness – and only He can reveal the deep and secret things hidden within and bring them into His light (Daniel 2:22).  This is why we need God’s light shining in – and out from our hearts and eyes – through Christ at all times (Luke 11:33-36, 2 Corinthians 4:6).

As Christians, we have been called out of our past darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9, 1 John 2:8).  We are now walking as children of His light – not after Satan’s lies anymore (Romans 8:1, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:5). We are to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12).

We are to be a lamp to those who still sit in their darkness and in the shadow of death – with God guiding us into the way of peace (Luke 1:79).  Therefore, we must always maintain our confidence (faith) that we are a guide to the blind – a light of them who are still in darkness (Romans 2:19).  Otherwise, we will all be like deer frozen in the oncoming headlights of fast approaching cars – and never know or see what hits us.

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– He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory – but for men to search their own glory is not glory – John 7:18, Psalm 25:27

Job had a huge “I” problem – Satan knew it and so did God. When we read Job, Chapter 29 – we can see how big of an earthly blessing mindset vs. an eternal rewards blindness problem Job had. His glory was fresh in himself and his bow was renewed (Job 29:20). People could not wait to hear Job speak and hear his wisdom concerning godly matters – they kept silent at his counsel (Job 29:21-22).

When he was done – they waited for his next speech like the rain (Job 29:23). Job called himself personally blessed when people listened to his word (Job 29:11). He even went looking for causes he didn’t even know about yet – which further blurred his “I” sight (Job 29:16).

Because of the glory Job gave himself first – and because of his hedge of family, friends, and livestock – God gave Satan permission to take everything from Job but his wife and life. And, in the span of one day – the devil did just that (Job 1:3-19). Even though Job did not curse God nor sin as a result – it took some time for him and his friends to figure out why it happened (Job 1:22).

Pretty much all of the book of Job covers this – many opinions offered up as to why such bad things had befallen such a good – and godly man. But, Job’s glory was in himself – and God stripped him of it through Satan – removing the crown from Job’s head (Job 19:9). Suddenly, Job wasn’t feeling so blessed anymore (Job 19:10-20).

When we die, any glory we think we may have attained or obtained while living – will not descend into the grave after us (Psalm 49:17). As Bruce Springsteen once wrote, our glory days will pass us by in the wink of a young girl’s eyes. However, God glory is from everlasting to everlasting – and He will not give it to anyone else (Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 60:19).

That is the glory He has called us into by Christ Jesus for eternity (1 Peter 5:10) – not our own here on earth – especially as Christians. If we don’t like that – it could end in near disaster for us just like Job – who finally did “get” who gets all the glory (Job 38:1 – Job 42:15).

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