22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
What I want to take a few minutes here and talk about your EYES and the View they are looking at---how are you looking at your life and plans for the new year---what are your EYES Seeing and dwelling on. What Filters are you looking through.
This last year your eyesight may have clouded over with hurt, pain, unforgiveness, disappointment, sin, bad news, fear, doubt. You heard the saying---you can't see straight. Maybe you have closed your eyes to things around you. OR you may have seen with great clarity—your eyes were crystal clear vision, bright, full of light.
OR you had a combination of both during the year!
As we have entered into 2016, we want to make sure our eyes are seeing clearly. i believe it will be a with some rough patches along the way. Make sure your eyes are gazing on the King of Kings! That we have the correct view looking through the unclouded lens. That we are letting the right things enter our eyegate.
This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he SEES the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
Jesus didn’t say What I hear the Father Saying---He said what I See the Father doing---Why---It put Jesus in a position of always looking up towards His Father and Heaven. His Eyes were not distracted with the things around Him---so He could see clearly. He had Singleness of Eye.
We have to position the EYES of our Soul and Spirit on God the Father to see clearly. Eyes are significant to God. There are almost 500 verses with eyes. Even God said we are the Apple of His Eye. The Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.
Rev. 4: 6-8 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
We don’t have as many eyes as those creatures but we do have several sets of EYES.
Eyes of the Body, Eyes of the Soul, Eyes of the Spirit
The Physical Eyes:
The human eye is an organ that reacts to light. The human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors. God did an awesome job when He was forming us!
Eyes of the Soul:
Our View here is filtered through our emotions, our will, our thinking.
Eyes of the Spirit:
Our View here is filtered through the Heart of God
When You are looking at your life and Purpose---What are you seeing---what filters are you looking through.
The Devils View:
For God knows that in the day you eat of it your EYES will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the EYES, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Then the EYES of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
OR in Matthew when the Devil took Jesus up on the High Mountain to show him the Kingdoms of this world.
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, Lust of the EYES, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Eyes of Your Soul: Can be seen through lies:
One of the lies is through pride. Psalm 36:1-2 there is no fear of God
before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.--
Another lie is through lust. Proverbs 27:20
Hell and Destruction are never satisfied,
and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
We grope for the wall like the blind;
we grope like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
among those in full vigor we are like dead men.
OR Seen through the Truth of the Word:
I will not set before my EYES
anything that is worthless.
Job 31:1 I have made a covenant with my EYES.
Matt 5:8 Blessed are the Pure in Heart, they shall SEE God.
Eyes of Your Spirit:
Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
Eph 1:18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
1 Cor 2:9 EYE has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor has it entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
What can we do to have our EYES Focused correctly for 2016:
We can train our natural and spiritual eyes for good or evil.
Fast tv or social media or extracurricular reading --- but replace that time with the Word of God--It's like going to a chiropractor – you need a realignment.
We can walk with Open, Sharp, Clear EYES in the Spirit.
Elisha and the servant---When the city was surrounded by army with chariots and horses and the servant is freaking out---Elisha prayed Open your servants eyes.
We need to see by the Spirit and not by the flesh. It can be through the word, dreams, visions, etc. Be expectant! When you see correctly, it will be easier for you to choose to react correctly.
Rev. 3:18 and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see
The light of the EYES rejoices my heart,
and good news refreshes my bones.
1. Psalm 121:1 I will lift up my EYES from where my help comes from.
2. Proverbs 23:26 I give you my heart, and that my EYES may observe your ways.
3. Proverbs 3:7 I will not Be wise in mine own EYES; I will fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
4. Psalm 119:37 Turn my EYES from looking at worthless things;
and revive me in your way.