Today's Insight

Friday, 09/25/20

The eye is the lamp of the body.

“If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. (Matthew 6:22-23)

I don’t think that Jesus is talking about poor eyesight. I’ve had a lot of trouble with my eyesight. I’ve had Corneal transplants, Retinal detachments, Cataract removals, etc. I think that Jesus is warning us about the things that we physically look at. I’ve noticed some brothers looking lustfully at attractive women, others who look enviously at houses, boats, kinds of cars and even labels on clothes. Jesus doesn’t explain what is bad or good, but He clearly is saying that What we look at and How we look, affects our thinking, our emotions and actions.. When your eye is bad, the whole body is full of darkness. The Word and the Holy Spirit will show us what is good or bad.

The writer of Proverbs solemnly warns us, “Above all else, GUARD your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23) He is telling us that whatever gets into our hearts, through any of our senses, affects the motivation and control of our lives. Would you let God analyze you for a moment? What thoughts affect your choices and decisions the most? What things affect your thoughts the most? Reflect on your “self talk” for a moment. Where do most of your spiritual battles come from? Do you struggle with insecurities, impure and lustful desires, envy of others, anger, bitterness, an unforgiving spirit, or jealousy?

Satan is a deceiver and a destroyer. He doesn’t care about what bad things or what good things have happened to us in our past. He wants us to think that these things have marked us, and that we cannot overcome these “imprints”. God says, “nothing shall be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20) He doesn’t mean that we now can do anything, He means that God can help us in EVERY circumstance of life, and nothing is too hard for GOD.

“And GOD is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)