““The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Matthew 6:22-23 NKJV
I have discovered that what I let in the eyegate has a tremendous impact on the rest of me, as my emotions, thoughts, and actions can be influenced by what I chose to see. Like many other people, the times that we are living in are stressful. I have found tht when I spend time looking various things on my television, my mood can rise and fall by what I choose to pay attention.
A few weeks ago I happened on a bunch of baby animal videos, and I became hooked on the cuteness. Seeing these little furry bits of God’s creation frolicking around, brought a calm to my soul. I found myself watching many of the short videos on Youtube. I have also found a similar reaction to watching fireplace videos.
On the downside, I spent a lot of time around the election watching videos regarding politics. I am not much concerned about such things, as I learned long ago that it really matters little. Unfortunately, the election was quite contentious, and for a time I spent too much energy on it. I found that my eyes were taken off of the Lord, and my mood darkened. It was as if I was allowing poison of the world into my system.
Once the darkness comes, it is hard to banish, and my whole life becomes dark. As I read through Matthew Chapter six this morning, I was reminded of the truth that the eye is the lamp of my body. What I fix it on, or more appropropriately what I give my attention to, governs the rest of me.
In the trials I have experienced, I have learned that God has instructed me to look to Him. Going back to my cancer experience, I remember the overwhelming sense that God held my attention in the darkest moments of that journey. It was like Jesus had a hold of my face, staring into my eyes, “look at me, don’t look at the terror, look at me!”
I have learned to look at Him. I look at His word, day after day, and soak it up. I find the mornings are the easiest to focus on the Lord, but I find that it is more difficult as the day progresses. The evil one has mastered media, and his presence is pervasive. He is all about drawing people to his temptations, and leading to doom. In the midst of the work day, a minute of time with Jesus can make the difference. I have the Bible on my phone, and Scripture is just a click away.
“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
I John 2:16 NKJV
Every minute of media is designed to appeal to every aspect of the flesh. Each day I have a choice. I can present my mind to the media, and find myself darkened by what has entered my eyegate, or I can focus on the things of God.
I have found relief as I have spent time watching sermon videos, and presentations of Christian apologetics. In the dire times, I run to the warm, fuzzy animals and the crackling fireplaces.
It is a deliberate choice. I will tell you, that there is great temptation to spend time looking at the political, but I can also tell you that it is very damaging.
In being attentive to the fleshly, we lose sight of the glory of God, and we find ourselves slipping into sinful patterns where we can easily find ourselves consuming things we ought not.
Brothers and sisters, let us mind our eyegates, let us also mind our eargates. Be careful what you allow into your senses, as the evil one is lurking about, looking to draw you into sin and destruction. He wants noting more than to destroy your testimony, and render the power of God in your life null and void to those you may bear witness.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
I Peter 5:8-9 NKJV
The devil knows his time is short and he is active. Do not allow yourselves to be distracted. Souls are at stake. Choose today to seek the Lord, and turn your concerns over to the Jesus. Focus on the glorious things, the coming glow of the kingdom of God. May that be what fills our minds, and floods our senses.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:1-4 NKJV
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