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This Means War!

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)

You see, 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.

Paul tells the church at Ephesus:

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 he did, because my mind likes to process circumstances, and ponder impossibilities. Thanks be to God who gets right in my face and says “I am able to do exceeding abundantly beyond any solution you can even dream up.”

My attempt to figure my way out of trouble undermines the Lord's 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 again soon.

Ben

Knight photo credit: One lucky guy via photopin cc

Originally posted November 23, 2012

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6 thoughts on “This Means War!

  1. cycleguy

    Ephesians 6 is so clear that we cannot win with weapons we can hold. it is won by weapons greater than those handled. I am reminded of Psalm 20:7: "Some trust in horses, some trust in chariots, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

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  2. Debbie

    Mr. Ben, this was really good and helpful! I had just asked a friend about those exact verses in Matthew! :). Thank you and God bless you!

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