Posted on Thu, Nov 1, 2012
Defeating the Lust of the Eyes
"If your eyes cause you to sin, pluck it out!" (Matthew 5:29)
How is it possible for us to keep our eyes from sinning? Actually, Jesus never said that our eyes would sin; however, like any other part of the body, mind, or soul, we can allow sin to take residence in our bodies or "temples". (I Corinthians 16:9) A temple can only have one god and therefore, anything that we allow in other thing God's Holy Spirit, should be treated like any other antibody, bacteria or virus.it must be expelled. Although Jesus was not instructing us to begin the "First Church of Amputations", He was, however, teaching us that the drastic measure of severing one's limbs, or removal of the eyes to avoid sin, represents the limited value of our flesh in comparison to everlasting life. If we are going to experience and sustain breakthrough, we must trust the Lord's instruction and be obedient to His Word. This "Matthew 5" teaching we call the Sermon on the Mount, was one of Jesus' most powerful messages. After laying out the Beatitudes, He proceeds to remind us that we are Salt & Light, the completeness of the Gospel/New Covenant and how to avoid murdering others in our hearts. Then, before He instructs on the sacredness of marriage, He teaches on the subject of physical and spiritual adultery. Some wise person once noted, "The eyes are the windows to your soul!" We may not open the door to sin, but opening a window and taking a quick peek may be all that Satan needs to poison our mind, will and emotions. We should all guard our hearts, control our tongues, point our feet on straight paths, shield our ears from excessive noise, and close our eyelids to wickedness. And when we accidently turn or fall in a place where sin is all around us, know this: "there is no temptation that has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it." (I Corinthians 10:13) The point is, God will do His part so we need to be ready to dismember or release those things dear to us. When we release those temporal things we can then grasp the eternal...like everlasting life.
In His Selfless Love,
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