The following is a guest post from Don’t Believe Your Eyes Bible study author, illusionist, and stunt artist Brock Gill.
Do you know which eye is dominant for you ?
Here is a test. Take your index finger and point to a small spot on the wall such as a light switch. You may see your finger looking blurry or even double and that’s ok. Close one eye at a time. If you see your finger jump then you have found your less dominant eye. If your finger remains clearly covering that small spot on the wall then you have found your dominant eye.
We all have one eye that is more dominant than the other. We also use our eyes more than the other senses, making our eyes the dominant sensory organ. We have all seen optical illusions that seem to be trickery for the eyes. In fact, it’s pretty easy for our eyes to be fooled. If you have ever driven a car, you know how easy it is to have blind spots. Our eyes are easily deceived. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us not to trust ourselves. Our heart is extremely deceitful and should not be trusted.
The heart is more deceitful than anything else,Jeremmiah 17:9 CSB
and incurable—who can understand it?
Hear me shout: “Do not follow your heart!”
How we physically see the world and how we mentally see the world are similarly corruptible. Our worldview can be polluted by the things we see and hear, and furthermore, by the things we believe.
Students are consuming more information through social media and devices than ever before. We all know that this has potentially huge negative consequences. We are seeing anxiety and depression—and even suicide—skyrocket to alarming rates.
It’s easy for us to believe things that are simply not true. I personally have been tricked many times even by things that were sent to me by a friend on social media or a simple text. We need to discover the Truth. It’s wise for both students and adults to recognize the fact that God’s Truth is unchanging, and can always be trusted. This is the remedy for how to live in a world so full of deception.
I have been challenging students and even adults lately to do the 21-day challenge. What is that exactly? Read one chapter of John each day for the next 21 days. In 21 days two things will happen: 1) You will finish the book of John. 2) You will begin to shape your worldview by seeing more through the eyes of Truth. You will be better at seeing the world and yourself the way God sees.
I am passionate about truth. I am tired of seeing people so easily deceived. We need a solution. We need it now. We all need to discover the truth behind how God sees us. Don’t believe your eyes!
In this new Bible study from Lifeway Students and Brock Gill—Don’t Believe Your Eyes—teenagers will discover that Jesus Christ is the only one who can cast our labels and disappointments aside and show us what it truly means to be loved. Through the artistry of illusion and his unique gift of evangelism, Brock examines the stories of broken, forgotten, branded, and lost people in the Bible whose lives were forever changed through an encounter with Jesus. Learn More
WHETHER HE IS RIDING A MOTORCYCLE BLINDFOLDED OR ESCAPING UNDERWATER FROM A LABYRINTH OF CHAINS, BROCK GILL IS ALWAYS LIVING ON THE EDGE.
Brock has one clear and evident purpose: sharing the love of Jesus with the forgotten, the broken, and the hopeless. Brock is the founder of Brock Gill Creative, a nonprofit organization that develops and sends creative evangelists into poor countries of the world to share the Gospel with those in prison, refugees, and the poor. Illusionist, stunt artist, evangelist, TV host, and author, Brock Gill is full of adventure wherever he goes.