The Optical Illusion
Did you see what you thought that you saw?!
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12
Visual illusions; better referred to as optical illusions; have taught us that what we think that we see, doesn’t always reveal what is actually present. In a visual illusion, your brain attempts to process information received from your optic nerve. However, although many people can view the same picture they will not perceive the same image. This is thought to be a result of the complexity and individuality of our brain cells; as well as all of the occurrences and information that we have received throughout our lifetimes. Therefore, we have learned that we can only believe about a half of what we see with our physical eye.
As the end of time as we have now perceived it quickly draws nigh, it behooves us to more eagerly develop our spiritual senses. We must learn not to sensor everything through what we see with our physical eye, but to increase the awareness of our spirits (conscience, intuition, and communion with God)….. And to permit that knowledge to impact our soul (mind, will and emotions).
The enemy has painted most of the visual illusions that we cling to daily – and that we perceive as truth. Usually, our number one blockage or hindrance in our spiritual walk has resulted from nothing more than an optical illusion. The obstructions are because of some concept or precept that we have “viewed” and now its residue is still lingering….preventing us from aggressively and effectively defeating the enemy….at all times.
II Corinthians 4:18 summarizes this entire concept. Here Paul is telling us not to look at the things that we see…..because they are subject to change. I would like to encourage you to focus more on the “weightier” things in life. For example, many people will read every label prior to purchasing their food or clothing and exercise religiously. …nothing wrong here. However, their focus on the edification of their spirit man is not as meticulous.
Let’s not longer receive the optical illusion that this world has presented. Let’s take off the spiritual blinders….and stop living within the perimeters….the “lies” that the enemy has given to us. Walk by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). We are still privy to every blessing proclaimed in Deuteronomy 28. Don’t allow an optical illusion to deceive you!
“Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.” II Corinthians 4:18 Amplified Version