Struggling with unbelievers

 

What are your thoughts on the lost? When you think of people that do not know the Lord do you sometimes feel a certain level of frustration?

The Gospel has been presented to these people many times, what is wrong with them? Are they stupid??? Can they not see what is plainly before them?

It really is not nice to say anyone is stupid, that can however be the level of frustration we can feel when dealing with some people.

I have spoken to some people who are just not willing to listen. Then there are those who are willing to have a conversation but no matter what you say to them, no matter how well it is presented…the truth of what you are saying seems to elude them. How frustrating is that? Especially when that someone is a member of your own family.

Maybe we need to think of these people in a new light. Actually it is an old light that many of us have forgotten. This article was inspired by a new series being taught by
James MacDonald called Bigger Than My Blindness

If you have been a Believer for a while, I think it is easy to forget the fact that at one time, we were all blind. We were not born seeing the truth of Christ; do not confuse seeing the evidence of God all around us with being enlightened spiritually. These are two different things. While I see the evidence of God all around, that in no way means that I understand His teachings and see the truth of His words. The atheist sees the magnificent evidence of God in creation, and most also see the difference in right and wrong because they have a conscience; put there by God, but that does not mean that they believe in God…why?

It does not matter how well you teach, it does not matter how well you evangelize either. Even if you can evangelize like Greg Laurie, it does not matter if God has not opened the person’s eyes (heart) that you are speaking to!

Hence the reason I said we need to see people who do not know Jesus in a new light, the light of Christ. John 14:6 says, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.

And in John 6:44 it says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day”.

Unbelievers are spiritually blind, they cannot see. Without the light that is Christ, words are meaningless. We need to obey and teach others about Jesus, He commands us to do so. At the same time, whether or not our words will have any affect at all is solely up to Him.

Imagine for a moment that you are blindfolded and cannot see anything at all. I take you into a room you have never seen before and completely describe it to you. Now you have an idea of what it looks like…but that does not help you to really see the room does it? It is the same with unbelievers, they really do not “see” what you are saying. If the Holy Spirit is not working within them, they will not see nor will they understand.

The Apostle Paul was a great example of this. Paul was surrounded by people who believed in Jesus and yet he did not get it. In fact he killed people who worshipped the Lord Jesus. It was not until he met up with Jesus personally that Paul (then Saul) understood and believed. He was blind!

Satan, who blinds the minds of the unbelievers, rules the world. 2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

In other words, if you do not know Christ, His Word is foolishness. That may offend some, but this is right in the Bible verse above…I did not make it up. My own Aunt said the Bible was just a bunch of made up stories to scare people into behaving themselves! Why? Because she is blind, she cannot see the truth because God has not yet opened her eyes.

You would not take someone who has never driven a car before nor studied anything about driving and tell them to get in and drive you home.

In the same way, do not expect an unbeliever to understand God’s Word and His truth just because you explained it well and with passion.

You take care of the words; God will take care of the conversion. Trust me when I say this, actually trust God…even if you make a mess out of presenting the Gospel, if God wants them to become a Believer…they will! Greg Laurie (this story may be in Greg L. series Lost Boy) tells of one his first times of witnessing to an unbeliever and being rather nervous while stumbling through what he said to her…she ended up praying to receive Christ!

Just do your part and speak, God will take it from there.

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A prodigal for many years, I eventually found my way back to Jesus through several difficult trials. I write with the hope that I can bless others who have struggled as I have. I seek through Christ to present the truth, and lead others to the cross of Calvary. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other. In 2014 Greg Holt founded The Olive Branch Report, a premier Christian news service. Please visit Greg Holt on the web: Inspirational Christian Blogs, & The Olive Branch Report
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12 Responses to Struggling with unbelievers

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  3. I have been told by people that they prayed for me and that they shared the Gospel with me. I believe them, but I know I never ‘heard’ a word.

    I maintain that I never heard the Gospel message before that wonderful week, 1st – 8th June 1958, when at 22 years old, God stepped into my life, opened my understanding, gave me faith to believe and changed my life completely. It was all His doing.

    This is why it is so important to always be aware of Holy Spirit’s leading and to act when He calls us to witness. We should always be ready to testify of the Lord’s blessings in our lives and to share our testimony – to share the REALITY of knowing God personally. Even if there is no understanding, our Light should shine forth so that they are caused to wonder.

    We serve an amazing God!

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  5. ptl2010 says:

    “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s (tou theou) word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God (tou theou). And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the God of this age (ho theos to aionos toutou) has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (tou theou). For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God (ho theos) who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God (tou theou) in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God (to theou) and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-7

    Yes, it is frustrating to do one’s best in witnessing, expecting to see results for one’s effort and then being disappointed with no move towards God or even a choice against The Lord by the one being witnessed to. However, when we submit that it is all in God’s hands,
    - if a person remains blind,
    - if a person finally accepts Jesus as Savior
    - when that person receives Christ whether in youth with a whole life to be a wonderful witness or at death’s door,
    we just need to be His mouthpiece and conversion will happen only according to His good will and time.
    Then we can rejoice with the angels in heaven over one sinner who repents
    and leave those who reject Him to our just God without frustration because we have been obedient.
    Thank you for sharing His Word writinggomer . God bless your persistence in sharing His love.

    • writinggomer says:

      We are commanded to spread the Good news, however it is often referred to as sharing the Gospel, we share because we are not trying to shove it down anyone’s throat and command them to accept Jesus…as if we could.

      Thanks for a great comment! :)

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  7. sisterdot56 says:

    He was called a friend of God.
    James 2:23

  8. Excellent Post! So easy to get frustrated with spiritual blindness. That is why I love blogging. People will read my testimony and truths if they are directed by to do so by God. I used to waste so much energy trying to ‘keep’ someone within understanding, when they themselves weren’t willing to search for it (except to whinge at me about their problems, and claim they wish they had my faith). While I do still talk to people I come across, I can direct them to my posts and leave them to it. God will decide if they will finally ‘see’ His truth, Not I, no matter how much time I spend on them. Blessings to you!

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