“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

In the 1970’s, the genocide by Communist leader Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge army killed over 3 million (1/3 of the country). 200 blind women came to the United States as refugees. One peculiarity was there eyes appeared to be healthy. Brain imagining determined their visual systems were functioning normally. There was nothing wrong with their eyes or their vision centers. Researchers dug deeper and learned all of the women had witnessed terrible suffering: the murder of their children. They had subconsciously chosen not to see anymore and had all gone blind. Their minds simply closed down and they refused to see.

Sadly, this is a phenomenon still occurring today, as sin has caused many to shut down, blinded to the eternal love and life God offers. Pain blinds us, but Jesus offers us sight to see an alternative to a sinful existence. We can step back and realize there is more to our situation than what we see. The Holy Spirit heals our distorted vision of being all alone and gives us God’s perspective.

What you believe about yourself determines the experience you have in life. Jesus offers complete freedom and peace in your everyday life. Remove all the negative thinking and deception that distorts the vision of who you are and embrace the fact that you are God’s possession, His delight. When wrong thoughts or emotions rise up, stop them in mid-thought and step into your right identity: God alive in you.

Adapted from “Now You See It” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis