WHAT WE SEE IS WHAT WE GET
In Luke 11 Jesus talks about a candle. He makes the statement in v 33: “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.” This was his way of saying that we should let the light within us shine, and not hide it. He goes on in verse 34 to say “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single (meaning unity), thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.” The word single, or unity means that there is a determination to have your whole self filled with the light of God. Eyes, ears, hands, and body. In other words, what we see with our eyes determines what happens within the rest of our body. If we look on evil, then the rest of our body becomes evil.
We live in a day of computers, cell phones, IPads, smart phones, and video games. There is much benefit to all of these devices, but there is also much to be seen that is evil. I am not against any of them. Yet, though the benefits are good, using these devices to spend time looking at things that are not glorifying God is not a good thing. Many video games that youngsters play are full of violence and demonic origins.
I know personally a young boy that played video games and his behavior changed and he became violent in grade school. His grandmother came to live with him to help out while his mother was stationed overseas. She talked to me about his behavior, wondering what she could do to change it. I asked about her if he was playing video games. I counselled her to remove the games from his room. This boy at about 7 or 8 threw a fit, but the grandmother held her ground. His behavior changed for the better after a short while. When his mother came back from overseas he was allowed to play these games again, and got into ongoing behavioral problems, and even tried to commit suicide. So, you see, what is before our eyes greatly influences us.
In the garden of Eden Eve “looked upon the tree and its fruit”. That was the first thing that drew her into sin. Looking causes us to have desires to want things that aren’t good for us. This is how much sin including pornography starts. The scripture tells us in Matthew 5:28: “ But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Those are strong words. It starts with looking.
How do we overcome the temptation of looking? We put on the helmet of salvation daily to keep our mind stayed on the things of God. It is a choice. We choose what to look at. I have bought movies and if it had impure content, I would turn it off.
Remember, it started with a look in the garden of Eden, so it continues today. We are to have our eyes full of light, not darkness. Holy Spirit will convict you if you are looking at the wrong things. Don’t be like Adam and Eve that played the blame game. Repent, and make the choice not to continue in darkness. Let the light of God be in you! .
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