Monday, December 11, 2017

A Good Eye

Chuckle: "My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't!"
Quote: "To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see." --Helen Keller

"Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure (good) eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil (bad) eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. If the light you think you have is really darkness, how deep that darkness will be" (Matthew 6:22-23 NLT).
Those in law enforcement often find that multiple witnesses to the same crime will see the event with differing perceptions of what went down and what the perpetrator looked like. In other words, our eyes can sometimes fool us into thinking we see one thing when, in reality, we should have seen something entirely different. In the spiritual realm, our spiritual eyes/vision must be trained by God's Word and Holy Spirit to see clearly the reality of what God wants of us and to see the world as God sees it.
In the same way that we can train our physical eyes to accurately transmit to our minds true reality, we must also allow God to train our spiritual eyes to discern spiritual truth. When we are able to see spiritual truth clearly and accurately, our whole being will be filled with the light that only the Light of the World can provide.
The Message translation of our passage reads like this: "Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light." The next verse says, "If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have."
Our spiritual eyes perceive incorrectly the things of God because of a lack of understanding or discernment. It's easy to jump to conclusions and discredit a spiritual truth because our impaired spiritual vision transmits to our hearts and minds an incorrect image of God, His love, and His truths.
I'm sure you have heard "there is none so blind as those who won't see." Our spiritual eyes determine if we see light or darkness. If we make up our minds about God's truth using our distrustful squinty eyes and lack of faith, we can miss the amazing message of Scripture. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
Many of those who are lost will "pull the blinds on their windows" and miss experiencing the light of God's love and the eternal joy of knowing Christ and trusting Him. But Christians can also miss the joy of a close personal daily fellowship with Christ because we will not surrender completely to Him and let His Spirit light our way and give us 20-20 spiritual vision.
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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