THE EYE IS THE LAMP OF THE BODY

I don’t know if I am the only one that is overwhelmed by the immensity of what we as Christians have to face or not, but I know that there are days when I look at this world and weep because it seems the traps that ensnare souls are innumerable and the flood of false teachers that “wax worse and worse” (2nd Timothy 3:13) seem unending.

But I feel the Spirit of God quickening me not to lose heart and to exhort my brethren “to resist the devil” according to the truly infinite wisdom of God.

To this effect I want to help my brethren and share something from God’s word that I have recently been thinking on;

The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. ~Matthew 6:22-24

I will speak plainly to the effect that many brethren are filling their eyes with utter darkness and it is for this reason that so many people are turning from the light.

Never before has the world seen a “church” that is sometimes actually opposed to the light or exhortations to walk in the light, even though the scriptures testify that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness we lie and do not practice the Truth” (1st John 1:5-6).

I believe that among the reasons why so many people feel so distant from God in their relationship, and indeed, why so many are falling away, sits the reality that many are filling their eyes with darkness day in and day out in the TV, movies, and internet that they watch.

The scripture puts it another way, saying, “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes” (Psalm 101:3 NASB). Some versions like the KJV/NKJV say “no wicked thing” while others like ASV say “no base thing”.

The idea that is captured here warns us not to put the base and elemental worthless wicked things before our eyes.

Contrast this with Philippians 4:8 that says, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (NASB).

Acquaint yourself with the Holy Spirit and the joy of walking in fellowship with Jesus Christ and the joy of knowing God will fill you up and remove the need to place other worthless forms of entertainment before your eyes.

Do not expect that you will have spiritual vision or be able to see to walk in the light so long as you forget or ignore the lessons of these scriptures and persist in undisciplined entertainment.

I know from personal experience and I have seen firsthand as men of God are turned from the glory of their calling in Christ Jesus as they are lulled to sleep with so many worthless things like movies, sports, and even the new great American idol of politics.

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