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Understanding and Overcoming Temptation Part 4

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 Understanding and Overcoming Temptation.  In Part 3 of this series we began to look at the first of three categories in which all temptation will be introduced to us—The lust of the flesh.  Let’s look at the second 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 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. She longed and lusted for the city of Sodom, and as God was destroying it for its immorality, she looked back and desired those things of the world more than the things of God (Gen. 19:26). 

Another example can be found in the life of King David. 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 sinful thoughts were soon followed with sinful actions, as he ended up in an adulterous affair, resulting in the death of her husband (2 Samuel 11:1-12:24). Our imagination is a God-given gift, but we must be careful of what we feed it (cf. Matt. 5:27-29). 

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

It’s as simple as guarding what our eyes look at, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). David learned the hard way, and later on he wrote, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…” (Ps. 101:3). Perhaps his failure can be our wisdom.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today, and to guard yourself from what you may be tempted to look at.  

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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s keep our eyes stayed upon the Lord, and His Word.  Let’s purpose within our heart to screen everything that makes its way into our mind, and cast down any thoughts that materialize as a result—those thoughts leading to sin.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for the gift of sight. Thank You that I can see the beauty of Your creation.  Lord, it is through my sight that I can testify of You as I see your creation. Father, I pray You would help me to see things as You do. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


May the Lord bless your day abundantly, Scott




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