In the book of Isaiah, God’s people were under judgment because they were spiritually blind. They had trouble seeing what was right in front of them and even more trouble seeing things that were so spiritual they could only be perceived with supernatural sight. It’s unfortunate, but today’s church suffers from much the same thing. Often, blinded by sin and distracted by cultural influences and personal desires, we’re unable to see what God is doing or how He wants us to respond. Thankfully, we don’t have to remain spiritually blind! God has provided a way for us to overcome the hindrances that keep us from seeing Him clearly. We just have to live out His terms for spiritual recovery—which starts with repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives.
How To Overcome Spiritual Blindness
Recognize Your Sin
One of the first steps in overcoming spiritual blindness is recognizing your sin. This is not an easy process for most people because it involves being honest with yourself, God, and others about the things you have done wrong. You may find that it is easier to lie or avoid talking about certain parts of your life than it would be to admit them openly and honestly. However, if you want to overcome this type of spiritual blindness, then this has got to be something that you are willing to do.
The Bible says that we need “humble hearts” (Proverbs 15:33) and “to turn away from evil” (Micah 6:8). If we don’t want these kinds of sins in our lives anymore then we must recognize them when they happen and repent by asking God for forgiveness so that He can cleanse us from them completely (1 John 1:9).
Realize Your Spiritual Vision Is Blurred
Let me ask you a question: When you look around and see the world, do you ever feel like it’s not what it should be? Do you ever feel that there’s something missing from your life? That something is off or out of place? If so, then there’s a good chance that spiritual blindness has crept into your heart, soul, mind and spirit.
The truth is God designed each of us to experience fullness in every area of our lives—and if one area is lacking (or even if several are), it will affect our ability to live up to His original design for us.
Repent Of Your Sin
As you repent of your sin, you will see the immediate benefit of a change in your perspective. The Lord has promised to give us wisdom and understanding through repentance (see Isaiah 55:8-9). When we turn away from our sins and turn toward Him, He gives us wisdom—a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in life. It is then that we begin to see ourselves as God sees us: precious children who are loved by Him!
In addition to being born again, we also need to die daily (see 1 Corinthians 15:31). This means walking away from old thoughts, attitudes and actions that hinder our growth spiritually. As Christians we should be growing every day; but if we continue doing things which are not pleasing to God then these things will hinder our spiritual growth. We cannot grow spiritually if we hold on to these unhealthy habits because they keep us from being transformed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Ask For The Lord’s Help
The Bible says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). So if you want to overcome spiritual blindness, ask God to help you see things more clearly. He will give vision to those who believe in Him and are willing to serve Him.
Ask God to help you see the things of God more clearly. He will reveal Himself as an all-sufficient Savior who loves us enough to die for us and make us His own people by grace through faith (Romans 5:1-2). Ask Him also how he wants to use your life for His glory.
Ask God to help you see your sin more clearly—not just its consequences but also its nature. Your sin separates you from a holy God and makes atonement necessary before reconciliation can occur (Romans 5:8; 1 John 1:9). Obey Christ when He commands repentance from sins (Matthew 3:2; Acts 17:30) so that one day His righteousness may be imputed for our justification before God (Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8-9).
Remove Hindrances That Distract You From God.
To overcome spiritual blindness, you must remove all hindrances that distract you from God. This means avoiding people, places and things that hinder your ability to commune with Him.
Avoiding distractions is a key to spiritual growth. It requires effort, time and self-control. It requires sacrifice on your part.
Ask God To Open Your Eyes
- Ask God to open your eyes to the things of God.
- Ask God to open your eyes to the things of the world.
- Ask God to open your eyes to the things of the spirit, and ask Him specifically what you need right now: “Lord, please show me who is trying to steal my joy!” or “Show me where I’m selfish.”
- Ask Him for a new perspective on yourself—how do you see yourself? Do you consider yourself worthy or unworthy?
With God’s help, you can recover your spiritual sight and see the things of God more clearly.
God is faithful to help you. He wants to restore you. He is the only one who can restore you. God can give you spiritual eyesight and help you see the things of God more clearly.
While spiritual blindness is a serious problem, it does have a cure. You can recover your spiritual sight and see the things of God with greater clarity. If you are suffering from some form of spiritual blindness right now, this is an excellent time to ask God for help in overcoming it. There is no need to continue going through life in partial darkness when you could be enjoying all that God has made available to you as one of His children. Accept His offer of healing today by asking Him to open your eyes, remove any obstacles blocking your vision, and begin seeing more clearly than ever before!