Even Though We Live In A Dark World …… DON’T BE STRESSED

We live in a dark world. This is not a difficult statement to justify; all one needs to do is to look around the world, yes even in America, and take note of what is going on. There is every evil imaginable being done by man and being perpetrated on other men today on this earth; nothing seems to be held sacred anymore by mankind in general. I will attempt to explain why this is happening and why Jesus is the answer to what is ailing the world today.

Jesus says, “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”          Matthew 6: 22-23 NLT

The context here Jesus is talking about money and as He reveals to us the love of money is the root of all evil.

Jesus was speaking of spiritual vision; “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” [Psalm 119:105 NLT]. Without a lamp or light to show us the way through the darkness of this world, we don’t have a chance of not falling flat on our faces. God’s Word will illuminate the right way to go and keep us from stepping in the snare of the devil. Those who don’t use the light of God’s Word will fall prey to the enemy.

If we keep our attention (eye) single upon Jesus, the Word, then all that we will be filled with the light of His Word.

Christ, is the Eternal Word

John:

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

The key to victory is this singleness of purpose; the Apostle Paul only did one thing. He wasn’t renowned for anything but his relationship with the Lord and what it produced. Everything he did was as unto the Lord; he knew that desire for worldly achievements dilutes what he can do for the Lord. [Philippians 3:13].

The strength of the laser lies in the fact that all of the light is concentrated on one single point. Likewise, the strength of Christians lies in how single our vision is upon Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith [Hebrews 12:1-3].

Jesus, speaking in Matthew 6:22-23, here is speaking of being single in our vision. Here, Jesus contrasted that singleness of purpose and vision on Him with what He calls an evil eye. What Jesus is saying in effect is that an evil eye is anything that is not singularly focused upon the Lord, or as the writer of Proverbs says, “He who has an evil and covetous eye hastens to be rich and knows not that want will come upon him.” Proverbs 28:22 (AMP). How much evil has befallen this world creating incalculable want?

Yet the same writer says that a life of faithfully serving and obeying God allows Him [God] to place us in a position to be consistently blessed, Proverbs 28:20, a person who is faithful abounds with blessings.

It is clear to me throughout scripture that there are two types of people: one with and eye, a focus on the Lord and the other with an evil eye focused on money and self-gain. Jesus says that we cannot serve both masters at the same time.

We should seek first the kingdom of God, and all the things we need will be added unto us [Matthew 6:33]. Whatever calling or profession God has anointed you for do it with all your might but with an eye focused on Jesus and His Way, His Truth and His Life; for it is in Him that we live and move and have our being; we have the Mind of Christ let us all commit to focusing on using His Mind not leaning on our own understandings. If we Trust Him with all of our heart, lean not on our own understandings, acknowledge Him in ALL we do, He WILL direct our steps.

“… He will direct our steps”, isn’t that what we are all looking for; Father, show me Your Will for my life or for this or that situation? Jesus, being the Word of God, is telling us that He will keep us in His will if we do what He is requiring us to do.

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”              Joshua 1:8 (AMP)
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth”, it is important to note here that Jesus was instructing Joshua to speak the Word of God and meditate in it day and night. Reading the Word was never mentioned. Of course, it’s obvious that we can’t speak or meditate on what we have never read. The key point here is that unfortunately many believers stop at the mere reading of God’s Word, thinking that will produce everything they need. We’re in a relationship with The Father and live by eating His Bread, The Word of God, and abiding in Jesus. The main reason I put out the eBook, “Embrace His Grace” [ www.TransformationCafe.org/Embrace-Grace ] was to help us all cultivate a life of Speaking, Meditating [thinking over and over; using one’s imagination], and Observing and Do according to all that is written.

Speaking God’s Word without just reading it shows a familiarity with its truths that reveals a tremendous amount of study. And meditation is not the same as reading. Meditation is taking a truth that we read in Scripture and thinking on it over and over until we see its fulfillment or truth in our imaginations. It is written, as we think in our hearts, that’s what we will have;  Proverbs 23:7 teaches us that we become what we think, and I have certainly learned this truth over the years, where the mind goes, we follow. One of the first principles Christ Followers must learn if we intend to walk in real victory is that our minds must be renewed according to the Word of God, Rm 12: 1-2. We must learn to think like God! We have the mind of Christ.

Then, we have to be so strong in our convictions of what we have spoken and meditated on from God’s Word that it produces actions. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20). We have to do what God’s Word instructs us to do.

And when we have spoken, meditated on, and acted on God’s Word, THEN and only THEN will we make our way prosperous and then we shall have good success. Everyone would like to have the prosperity and success this verse promises, but unfortunately I find few are willing or dedicated enough to do what is necessary to see these results. Notice that this shall happen; there is no maybe about it. If we aren’t getting these results, then we aren’t doing what this verse admonishes.

Does this sound just like what is happening in the world on steroids today:

WHY DO the nations assemble with commotion [uproar and confusion of voices], and why do the people imagine (meditate upon and devise) an empty scheme?”      Psalm 2:1 (AMP)
“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.”         Proverbs 14:12 (AMP)

An evil eye is simply when we allow our thoughts to be anything less than single upon Jesus.  It is written, “[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]”. James 1:8 (AMP)

Question: Can we really be considered a Christ Follower if we are double minded?

It’s obvious that a double-minded man is a man who is thinking two different ways. This speaks of a person who believes and yet doubts at the same time. Please understand that doubt and faith are not mutually exclusive. We can believe and disbelieve at the same time. That’s the reason Jesus told the ruler of the synagogue to “believe only”  [Luke 8:50] and his daughter would be raised from the dead. He could have negated his faith by having doubt; the same holds true for us.

Effective faith isn’t big faith, but single-minded faith; effective faith is sustained faith, faith that doesn’t give up. When we walk in sustained faith, faith that is stable and reliable and certain above everything else we think, feel or decide or desire we are then focused on Jesus. Peter walked on water successfully only up to the point that he had his gaze fixed solely on Jesus.

Where is your gaze focused on today?

Light is symbolic of God and His kingdom:

John 1:4-9 (AMP)
4  In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
5  And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].
6  There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7  This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through him.
8  He was not the Light himself, but came that he might bear witness regarding the Light.
9  There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.

So darkness symbolizes Satan and his kingdom:

John 3 (AMP)
19  The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.

Not having our minds stayed on Jesus gives Satan an inroad into our lives [Romans 8:6].

If we are setting our affections on things of this earth [Colossians 3:1-4], then Satan and the unfruitful works of darkness [Ephesians 5:11] will dominate us.

So Jesus is Light

1 John 1:5-7 (AMP)
5  And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].
6  [So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].
7  But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

The Good News is that where sin abounds God’s Grace abounds more.

Our eye, our focus our attention, has to be single upon the Lord. … Jesus commands us, “do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? 32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

God is faithful to fulfill every one of His promises to us. How do you respond to Him when He brings one of His promises to pass in your life? Be like Solomon; tell others about God’s greatness and worship Him with thanksgiving ….
2 Chronicles 6:12-15 (AMP)
12  And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread forth his hands.
13  For he had made a bronze scaffold, five cubits square and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; upon it he stood, and he knelt upon his knees before all the assembly of Israel and spread forth his hands toward heaven,
14  And said, O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in the heavens or in the earth, keeping covenant and showing mercy and loving-kindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts,
15  You Who have kept Your promises to my father David and fulfilled with Your hand what You spoke with Your mouth, as it is today.

 

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