A friend of ours is teetering on the edge of committing his life to Christ.

But he can’t believe that God would forgive him for his sins. And he has a number of other objections to faith.

Yet he is clearly thirsting for God.

I have offered the answers to his questions that convinced me many years ago. He clings to his old beliefs that if he is good enough, God will let him into heaven. And yet he feels he will never be good enough.

More than ever, I realize that I can’t argue anyone into the kingdom of God. I see the Holy Spirit working in his heart and I long for the day when he surrenders. But I can’t do it for him.

Somehow, the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of those who are seeking and they understand what Christ’s life, death, and resurrection is all about.

The apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Satan 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.”

In effect, Satan has dropped a hood over the heads of unbelievers so they can’t see Jesus. The only one who can lift that hood is the Holy Spirit.

In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul says “the rulers of this world” did not understand the gospel of Christ. “But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.”

I am encouraged as I think of people I know who were blinded for a long time and could not grasp what the gospel was all about. But, suddenly, it all became clear and they understood and took the step of faith.

There are similar stories in history as men and women struggled with the story of Christ and his sacrifice for us. And, finally, they understood and believed.

I am praying now that our friend, too, will have the hood lifted from his eyes so that he can see Jesus – and believe.


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