Distortion, Deception, and Reality

Light enables us to see images clearly.

  • When we can’t see clearly our ability to understand is limited.

  • When we can’t see clearly our perception is limited.

  • Limited perception alters what we see, and what we see becomes distorted.

  • With a distorted perception, we see a distorted image.

                   

          Distorted: to be pulled, stretched or contorted out of original shape.

  • The purposeful altering of perception is deception.

§  Deception: Causing someone to believe something that is not true

 

Ephesians 4:17-18 (NKJV)This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding (ability to perceive) darkened, being alienated (separated) from the life of God, because of the ignorance (lack of knowledge or information) that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

 

NOTICE: When our “understanding” is “darkened,” we are separated from “the life of God.”

 

2 Corinthians 4:4—Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see. They don’t understand the message unless the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

 

There is a battle between perception and reality.

  • Satan works to keep us in the dark, deceiving and distorting what we see.

  • God is working to reveal the truth, shine light on reality—to reveal what is real.

 

1 John 1:5 (NKJV)—This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

  • When we see clearly, our perception changes; illusion and deception disappear.

 

Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

  • The Word of God shines light to reveal the truth in every situation.

  • We need the light of the Word of God to shine into the dark corners of our lives.

 

When we see clearly, the way we live changes.

  • The problem is not that we can’t do it; it’s that we can’t see it.

  • We can’t see it because we’ve allowed someone else to create the images we see.

 

2 Corinthians 4:4—Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see. They don’t understand the message unless the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

 

Shine: to beam forth, to project—The Word of God projects, beams forth the real image.

John 12:46-47 (NLV) I came to the world to be a Light. Anyone who puts his trust in Me will not be in darkness. 47 If anyone hears My Words but does not believe them, I do not say he is guilty. I did not come to say the world is guilty. I came to save the world from the punishment of sin.

 

  • We “put our trust in God” by letting the Word of God define what we see (like a flashlight).

 

Matthew 13:15  For the hearts of this people have been blinded. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, unless they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, unless they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I can heal them.’

 

Most are afraid to put their trust in God (won’t work, not true, doesn’t care, punish).

  • The light of the Word of God doesn’t reveal to harm; He reveals to heal.

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