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This Means War!

From Braveheart
From Braveheart

Jesus said:

The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore 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 therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23 NASB)

I want to build upon the ideas from yesterday’s post ‘The Evil Eye’ and talk about this idea of mixture a little further.

Yesterday we saw that Jesus contrasted a clear eye and an evil eye, and that having a clear eye has to with having a singular focus, and the evil eye, may glance at Jesus from time to time, but is not fixed on Him.

Let’s take a little field trip today over to one of the greatest landmarks of the Word of God, Romans chapter 8.

Paul here contrasts the spiritual mind and the carnal mind.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8 NKJV)

When our eyes are fixed on Jesus – when they are single, or clear – we are spiritually minded, which is pleasing to God.

However


When our eyes flit back and forth between the things God has promised, and that which the world imposes on our mind, we are at enmity against God. Enmity means active hostility. When we allow the worlds lies to have any place in our consciousness, we subvert the Lords efforts in to create the image of Christ in us.

This morning I heard someone read Paul’s words to the Ephesians:

Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (Ephesians 3:20 NASB)

I was so glad I heard it, because at that time my mind was processing circumstances, and pondering impossibilities. Thanks be to God who got in my face and said “I am able to do exceeding abundantly beyond any solution you can even dream up.”

My attempts to figure my way out of troubles undermines the Lords ability to save me. My attempts are religion, which militates against spiritual mind.

When I use the words “I can’t” it is an act of hostility toward my Rescuer because He told me “You Can.”

When I think “I’m worthless” it is an act of hostility toward the Lover of my soul who shed His own blood as a worthy sacrifice to buy me.

I beg you today - put down your weapons of warfare against God - Fix you eyes on Jesus and on Him alone. Don't allow mixture to undermine your help. In the belly of the whale Jonah prayed: They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 2:8 KJV) Don't forsake your own mercy!

I hope this makes sense. It is a big deal!

Thanks a bunch for taking time to read today.

See you tomorrow.

Ben

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  1. Francis Drake

    I believe part of the problem here is that the church mistakes the Spirit v Flesh choice as the Good V Evil choice.
    Hence instead of looking to the Lord, they look to their Tree of Knowledge for deciding how to respond to Rom8v5-8.
    For the most part, the church has no clue that absolutely everything from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is dead stinking unholy flesh.
    This applies to their most brilliant, good, perfect, decisions or actions just as much as any evil ones.
    If our own personal concept of good, or rightness, is the source, then it is merely self rightness. In other words, self righteousness, filthy rags, or to be biblical our good deeds are just menstrual cloths.

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  2. Caddo Veil

    I hope you're not yelling, because I wrote in my Thankful Project that you never beat up on us...God bless you big, brother Ben--you know I love you!--your old sis Caddo

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    1. Ben Nelson

      LOL - not yelling - just a bit passionate about this. It is an area where many of my dear brothers and sisters get beat up all by them selves. My heart is always to help, but sometimes help has a slight sting if you know what i mean.

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      1. Caddo Veil

        I know what you say is true--I'm probably just tired from eating too much! And no, I didn't put the onion in with the pumpkin custard--the onion went in with the wild rice blend and bacon, way yummy! And the pumpkin's gone, all but about 3 bites--hope you didn't want any!

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  3. Debbie

    This is way important , Ben, and I'm sitting up and paying attention. Asking Him to show me where I do this and to forgive me and change me. God bless you!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      I am glad you commented on this - it stirs me to write a little - how to deal with conviction piece (often needed when we get to these strong words of Jesus.) I think i will drop it in on Monday.

      thanks so much for hanging in there, and hanging out here.

      Ben

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