I once watched a video where a man was trying to preach the gospel to an unbeliever. They sat at the street corner and were about going into serious discussions regarding the faith. God had granted this preacher a rare audience as the unbeliever was willing to listen and absorb all he said. Suddenly another man appeared from nowhere and began to make funny faces at them. Then he started hurling cuss words. He distracted them for as long as he could until the preacher summoned enough courage to drive him away. But for God’s grace, the unbeliever could have gotten irritated and impatient because of this waste of time by this man that was being influenced by Satan.
Influencing people to physically block out the gospel message is not one of Satan’s new tricks. He has been doing this ever since. We see this happen to Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2:18 and Acts 23:12-22. It happened to Jesus, Stephen, John and pretty much all the disciples. It still happens today.
There is another way in which Satan can hinder the gospel. It is by blinding the mind of the unbeliever so that they will not receive the Light. This one is his spiritual strategy to hinder men from receiving Christ.
The Berean Study Bible version of 2 Corinthians 4:4 puts it this way:
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
How Satan does this, I do not know. But one thing I know is that God can penetrate any barricade of the devil.
We have the Holy Ghost and the host of angels on our side.
If we activate our resources in the place of prayer, we will see God mightily at work in us softening hard hearts for Christ.
Remember that the script has already been written and at the end, Christ won, you won!