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A Covenant With My Eyes

"The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness." Luke 11:34 (NKJV)

The human eyes are one of the most amazing pieces of God’s engineering within the human body.  They are virtual cameras, designed to receive light reflected from an object, and converted into electro-chemical signals, delivered to the brain and interpreted or "seen" as an image, but in actuality they are much more than this.   Our eyes are gates, much like those guarding a city from an enemy, and whether we guard our eyes or not will determine much about the health of our spiritual walk as Christian men and women.  Let me explain.

Our eyes are an amazing blessing from our Lord, but with this blessing come responsibility.  Much like the gates to the city, both good and bad can enter our mind by way of our eyes.  We are the gatekeepers and ultimately we are responsible for guarding what our eyes are able to look upon.  All throughout the Bible we can see many stories of tragedy because men failed to guard their eyes from the things enticing them to sin (cf. Eve in Gen. 3; Achan in Josh. 7; David in 2 Sa. 11).

We are told “the lust of the eyes” is not of the Father but is of the world (1 John 2:16).  The “lust of the eyes” can refer especially to sexual lust, but can also mean everything that entices the eyes.  It can be through the graphic images of pornography on the computer, or through violent images within the movies and television shows we watch.  Whatever we allow to go through the gates of our eyes will ultimately be what fills our mind.  And if these images and thoughts are not taken captive, they will fill our heart.  And whatever we think upon we tend to act upon at some point and in some way. 

Q:         So how can we best guard our eyes?

We must make the decision to guard our eyes prior to being tempted.  We need to make the decision not to allow ourselves to look upon those things we know to be wrong.  Job had this figured out, and he stated it perfectly when he said, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman?” (Job. 31:3).  Job simply made the decision not to look upon those things he knew would entice him to sin.  It is the same thing we see King David conclude when he wrote, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes” (Ps. 101:3).

We cannot possibly be thinking upon things that are noble, pure, lovely, and admirable (Phil. 4:8), if we are going to allow our eyes to look upon those things that are dishonorable, corrupt, ugly, and shameful.  Our eyes are an amazing gift, but we must utilize them properly and guard what they are allowed to view. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 11:34, what is the result of our eyes being guarded?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing your eyes to look upon unholy and evil things?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to take an inventory of the things you are allowing your eyes to look upon.  Screen out the garbage and make a covenant with your eyes not to look upon these things.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I confess I have looked upon many unholy things, and have justified it as entertainment.  Help me to identify those things You consider improper and give me the strength to guard my eyes from them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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