Eyes: The Light of the Body
There is not a camera manufactured by this world which can view and photograph the natural scenery including highlights and with the precision in which man’s natural vision can articulate. A camera lens focuses light onto film, similar to a structure inside our eye called the cornea which focuses light onto a light-sensitive membrane called the retina. Behind the cornea lies the iris housing the pupil whose job it is to expand to allow light to enter into the eye, or to contract to keep light out of eye according to ambient light conditions. Normal pupil function of the eye can be altered or halted by drug abuse, injury, medical conditions, and ingestion of certain prescription drugs.
Mankind’s eyes are natural windows on this world. He can easily consume through his eye gate the natural decorations which have been divinely and delicately hand painted by God. However, from man’s physical birth his spiritual eyes are not in working order and he must rely upon his natural eyesight when attempting to “see” and comprehend things of a spiritual nature but his natural eyes are dead to things of a spiritual nature.
Man can only naturally relate to things of god he can “see” or rest his eyes upon in this world.
Many spiritual things of God can only be “seen” through the fuel of faith not having any tangible presence in this world.
Godly vision can only be awakened and enhanced through mankind’s degree of spiritually based faith placed in the finished work of God in the shed blood of His Son upon the cross of Calvary. God is perpetually alive and busy about conveying seeds of His gospel message which can shed spiritual light to work inside hearts of regenerated mankind in this dark and a spiritually desperate world. When mankind places a measure of faith in the supernatural power and presence of God he is safe and secure now and for all eternity. When God illuminates his heart and soul it brings light and life to his eyes. His unlimited grace and mercy work to give man’s vision an eternal viewpoint as he sojourns in this world and forever in the eternal realm.
This devotion is the newest installment in our “Spiritually Fit Heart Series” dedicating valuable time into examining the physical working of mankind’s natural eyesight and shed light on the regenerated man’s divinely empowered spiritual vision.
The Bible tells us that man’s eyes are the light of his body. This truth emphatically declares that our physical eyes are an origin or harbor of either natural vision or spiritual vision into our human body. Man’s eyes physically work with what he sees about him to develop a personal character which resides in his heart. A man who “sees” the world through spiritual eyes is illuminated with the very essence of light from God. This man can be an effective godly light in this world, a light in His church, and serve as God’s representation of light while alive on this earth as he applies godly action along with Truth found living in his softened heart.
Man’s natural physical vision is molded by things of this world. Natural vision serves to identify or align with the darkness and evil of the god of this world. When the darkness of the world is found in the eyes of man, a storehouse of wickedness and darkness is found in his heart.
Spiritual vision only comes in an alive heart with the presence of God and serves to honor and glorify Him rather than compounding darkness in a deadly desperate heart condition.
God’s Word says:
Matthew 6:22-23 (KJB) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
A single eye is an eye which is solely directed to focus upon things of God. It serves as the perpetual vision for a body that is full of the eternal light of God.
An evil eye focuses intently upon the wickedness of the god of this world and serves to fill his body full of death and darkness.
Your own eyes are either focused squarely upon things of this world or aligned in synch with eternal light of God. Mankind cannot intently focus on both darkness of evil and eternal light of God for there is no such thing as “spiritually crossed eyes” with each eye operating in an opposite direction. Light and darkness are always in conflict and head in opposing directions. The Bible tells us that the man of God has a single vision, not exclusive tunnel vision, but an expounding eternal light for the purpose of illuminating his heart for providing clear cut direction peripherally; for near, far, and middle discernment in his spiritual field of vision. The man of God matures daily in his spiritual vision as he walks with God in this world. He will be found perfect receiving a greeting of “well done” in the eternal realm.
The man who follows after the god of this world has a worldly based vision which follows after the darkness and evil at work in this world. His vision is limited to what can be physically found in this world. The natural man cannot relate with the spiritual dimension of God at work inside the heart of regenerated mankind and present on His throne in the eternal realm. An earthly based vision directs man to live on this earth without any thought to an eternal existence without the presence of God in his near future. His faulty natural vision is missing spiritual discernment regarding the future in the eternal realm. Spiritual vision looks beyond a temporary physical existence on this earth to “see” or spiritually discriminate about a promised eternal presence in fellowship with God forever for every child of God.
Having God’s eternal light at work in his heart shines forth an eternal light for the future is a choice man makes. He either chooses to “see” God and “hear” His Truth while sojourning on this earth. Or man chooses to ignore and push away from any prodding of God choosing to live with his roots firmly planted in this world.
The Bible tells us David determined that his physical eyes would not look upon wickedness in this world. David chose to look upon things of God rather than view things through his natural vision of this world. David loved things of God while hating the things of the god of this world. He determined in his heart to follow after things of God.
Psalm 101:3 (KJB) I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
Job determined that he would not look upon a woman with lust. He was resolute in his heart to look upon ladies with renewed eyes of God rather than peer at them through his dark and devilish natural eyes of lust.
Job 31:1 (KJB) I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
Lustful eyes are naturally produced in this world as man feeds his fleshly nature. Peering at vile pornography and taking part in lewd situations serves to embolden the darkness of his flesh. The governance and balance of a godly spiritual vision come only from God’s presence living and working in the heart and mind of the man or woman of God. A spiritual person could choose to dally in devilish images or ways for a season or short time, and many have, but he or she will ultimately be steered by his or her pricked conscience choosing to view things through the righteous lens of God, rather than peering at dark things from the god of this world, thereby bringing honor and glory to His name instead of reveling in sin and shame.
A righteous man will choose to please God rather than continuing in sin and feeding desires of his fleshly nature.
An unrighteous man will choose to continue viewing life through his naturally warped and dysfunctional eyes anchored in things of the god of this world. Man’s fleshly nature “sees” things of a physical nature involving more than just his sexual nature.
Lot was a godly man who found himself led “spiritually off course” because he allowed a problem with his vision to conflict with his decision-making process. In fact, Abraham and Lot, his nephew, had to separate company because their combined families had grown too large for the area in which they lived causing strife and discord to ensue between their families.
The Bible tells us how Lot chose where his new dwelling was to be:
Genesis 13:10-12 (KJB) And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Lot chose to lift up his natural eyes towards the plain of Jordan. Using his natural vision, he sought what could be physically seen in the distance rather than launching his personal faith into what he could not “see” by his physical sight. Lot elected to pitch his tent in this good looking fertile land he could view from the distance and chose to face the opening of his tent towards the evil and darkness at work in Sodom.
The new land Lot chose to settle in was well watered and fertile (it was pleasing to Lot’s eyes).
Abraham allowed Lot choose his land first and was ultimately content to remain in the land of Canaan, despite perhaps greener grass which Lot saw in the plains. Abraham knew whatever land was deemed his would be a great area in which his family could live and serve the Lord.
Abraham gives us an example that serving the Lord can be accomplished wherever a man is planted by God on this earth, whether it be a desert or well-watered fertile land.
We also know that Eve’s physical vision created a huge spiritual dilemma, while she was sojourning in a lush and perfect setting, in need of nothing, her natural eyes took in a tree laden with scrumptious looking fruit. Satan told eve this fruit was for the purpose of making her wise but God had not disclosed that fact to her. Just like many today, Eve desired to attain more knowledge and was led by the desire of her eyes. Eve was not intimately familiar with the words of God. Her spiritual ignorance allowed satan to transpose God’s Words luring her easily into breaking the one commandment given of God.
Satan lured Adam and Even into choosing to sin.
There is a difference between wisdom based in this world and knowledge that comes from God.
Genesis 3:6 (KJB) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
It is fair to state that whenever man employs his natural vision it often leads him right down the pathway to a faceoff with temptation.
Just like Adam and Eve, Lot, and other familiar biblical personalities, when a man chooses to cave in, to give in to the ploys of the devil, he always attempts make flimsy excuses and rationalizations for his own personal choice to serve sin.
The Bible says Jesus Christ was enticed by the devil:
Matthew 4:8-9 (KJB) Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
When attempting to come to terms with God’s holy perspective, it is pertinent for mankind to realize Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil three times including through the window of His natural human vision. Jesus was enticed with all He could see with His eyes from a high mountain top looking down on the world. Actually, also keep in mind, all Jesus Christ could see which was offered by satan did not belong to him to give away. Satan could not give away what was created by and belongs to God (John 1:1-3).
Lie after lie was offered up to Jesus Christ in an attempt to get Him to sin. These opportunities to sin were served up to Jesus Christ on a tempting platter but He chose not to sin once, even while in a hungered and weakened human state.
Jesus Christ did not just drink this tempting scenery in with his physical eyes but was overtly influenced by His spiritual vision, thereby choosing not to fall prey to any clever ruse of the devil.
Job spoke of learning about God through his ear gate but had the opportunity to “see” God with the empowerment of his spiritual vision. It was like “putting the icing on the cake” for Job who remained spiritually steadfast in times of great persecution and testing.
Job 42:5 (KJB) I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
I hope and pray both your hearing and vision are eternally empowered by the presence and supernatural power of God at work in your life. Possessing the presence and power of God is the key to living in spiritual victory while temporarily sojourning in this world.
Without the spiritual presence of God, mankind is naturally aligned to only hear and see the vision and voice of the god of this world.
In fact, the Bible states that mankind cannot possibly hear and understand the things of God without God’s holy presence alive and working in man’s softened heart:
Matthew 13:13-16 (KJB) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Having imitate personal possession of the spiritual vision of God always brings a perpetual change to man’s acuity and vantage point. It moves a man to “see” with godly spiritual vision and reliance upon the eternal goodness and grace of God, visible only inside a personal relationship with Him.
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