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Temptation-Part 4

Temptation - Part IV
The Lust of the Eyes

Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied. Proverbs 27:20 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals on "Temptation." We have learned that we get our biblical meaning of "Temptation" from the word, "Peirasmos," pi-ras-mos´; which basically means to "Test" or "Prove" someone.  So in essence, Satans temptation of man is his way of testing us, or attempting to prove that we will fail in our obedience to God and His will for us in that particular situation.  

In Part III of this series we began to look at the 3-categories in which all temptation will be introduced to us.  We see these 3-catagories being listed in 1John 2:15-16, and they are:

  • The lust of the Flesh
  • The lust of the Eyes
  • The Pride of Life

We began to look at how to properly deal with The Lust of the Flesh, which is by disciplining our bodies.  Let's look at the 2nd category in which temptation will be introduced to us.

2.    The Lust of the Eyes

A second way in which temptation is introduced to us is through our sight. The more we learn about the human eye, the more we should stand in awe of God's precious gift to us. The "Lust of the eyes" is usually thought to refer to sexual lust, but it actually refers to everything that tempts the eyes. Our eyes are an amazing gift from God and they are more intricate than most people know.  Here are just a few amazing facts about our eyes.

  • About 80 % of what we perceive comes through the eyes. Our memories are made 80 % by images. The eye comes with information about the depth, distance, shape, color and movement of the objects.
  • The human eye can detect 10 million color hues, but cannot see ultraviolet or infrared light.
  • The human eyes are composed of more than two million working parts, which are capable of processing 36,000 bits of information every hour.

Jesus told us that our eyes are the lamp of the body.  

 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, 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 that darkness! Matthew 6:22-23 (NKJV)

This metaphor tells us that if our eyes will let in the "Light" of God, we will ourselves be full of Light.  The person who will not allow the light of God's Word to come into their body will be in darkness.  Such was the case of Lot's wife.   We see her longing for and lusting over the city of Sodom that was being destroyed by God for its immorality.  As the Angel of the Lord was rescuing Lot and his family, she looked back and "Desired" those things of the world more than the things of God

But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 (NKJV)

King David lusted with his eyes as he looked at Bathsheba while she bathed on the roof one night, and as he continued to look, he entered into sin and his actions that followed ended up in an adulterous affair and the death of her husband (2Samuel 11:1-12:24).

Our imagination is a God-given gift, but we must be careful of what we feed it.  For example, if we were to look at pornography then our thoughts and imagination will be filled of those pornographic images.  We must be careful to guard our imagination from those visual pictures that will lead us to sin.

We see Jesus speaking of this in Matthew.

 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Matthew 5:27-29 (NKJV)

Q:    How can we guard ourselves against the Lust of the Eyes?

A:    Guard what they look at.  

David may have learned the hard way, but his failure is our wisdom.  Look at what he wrote as a result of his failure.

I will set nothing wicked before my eyes... Psalms 101:3 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to guard yourself from what you may tempted to look at.  The enemy will lure you to take just one look, or to look just a little bit longer.  But when you do, you very well may find yourself just as David did.  If you see something that is causing you to imagine improperly within the confines of your mind, then cast down those thoughts and replace them with those found in Philippians 4:8.  Light and dark cannot occupy a room at the same time - when the light is turned on, darkness will naturally flee.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about the lust of the eyes from these Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you guarding your eyes from what they see, or are you willingly subjecting them to look at those things that are causing you to stumble in sin?

APPLICATION: Keep your eyes stayed upon the Lord, and His Word.  Screen everything that makes its way through and cast down any thoughts that materialize as a result - those thoughts that will lead to sin.

Father, Thank You for the gift of sight.  Thank You that I can see the beauty of Your creation.  Lord, it is through our sight that we can testify of You as we see your creation.  Father, I pray that You would help me to see things as You do.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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