Matthew 18:9 Dangerous Eyes

And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. Matthew 18:9

Having eyes is something that is very important to a person. It allows for one to be able to see and read.

A very large portion of media is built around the concept of being able to see. In today’s society there is a way to see nearly anything and everything that a person may want to see. People are willing to watch anything at any cost.

Jesus tells the people that if one has an eye that causes him to stumble, it is better to cut it out and throw it away. This prevents being cast into the fire of hell.

In the eyes of the world anything can be seen with no apparent consequences. Violence and pornography can be viewed very easily and all the time. People think that it is acceptable to see such things.

Along with viewing these things and more, the eyes also can cause jealousy, greed, and lust, all sins against God and others. Yet, people watch all of these things for pleasure.

Believers who allow their eyes to view sin and cause them to sin, are in danger of being cast into hell. Every believer is to flee all sin, rather than partake in sin. If viewing something is leading a person into sin, then it would be better to physically cut out the eye and cast it away, than to burn in hell for eternity.

God hates all sin in a person or a believer. The believer must do whatever it takes to keep from sin at any cost, including his eyes.

As you go through your days, ask yourself what are you willing to view with your eyes. Everything that you purposefully view should bring you closer to God. Anything that does not bring you closer to God should be rejected.

If you struggle with what you are viewing, be willing to do what it takes to stop. This is so important that Jesus said to even gouge the eye out.

Seek God and His Holy Spirit to give you strength to overcome the evil viewing. He will show you a way out that does not include gouging out the eye, but that is how important it is to God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will only look at things that draw you closer to God; that God will give you strength to not look at things that lead you into sin; and that God will guide you to turn away from all sin.

Proverbs 5:21 Everything In View

For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. Proverbs 5:21

Solomon starts out this chapter telling his son that he must stay as far away from an adulterous woman as possible. Walking down that path would lead to death. In this verse, Solomon reminds him that everything that he does is in God’s sight.

Doing things behind closed doors in secrecy is a common thing to happen. Although some things are acceptable to be done in secret, there are many more things done in secret that are not acceptable to God.

Very few crimes occur during the day. Most criminals try to do their crime during the night, when it is dark and other people cannot see what is happening. They do this so that people cannot see them doing something wrong.

One of the things many people do is look on others for sexual pleasure. In Solomon’s day, the only way to do that was to physically be with the other person. Today, all one has to do is turn on the internet. Behind closed doors or hidden behind the screen of a small phone, people can view the adulterous woman/man in a way no other person knows that it is happening.

In addition to viewing, thoughts can run anywhere anytime. People think that because no one knows it is happening, it is acceptable.

Yet, God is watching. Everything that you do is in full, open view of God. There is nothing hidden that He cannot see or know about. Whether it is viewing or acting with another person in a sexual sin, or some other type of sin, God sees it. There is not a single sin that God does not see.

As God is examining your ways, you must also examine your ways.

What are you doing?

What are you thinking?

What are you viewing?

The world is full of ways to do sin. As a believer, you must turn away and flee all sin and temptation. Do not allow yourself to be lured into the trap of sin and be destroyed. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

God loves you and wants you to live a full life with Him, not with this world and its sin. Jesus died to remove that sin, don’t go back to it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that God will break all sexual sinful habits in your life; and that your love for God will grow more and more.

Psalm 119:37 Desire Of Worthless Things

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37

The psalmist asks God a strange request, to turn his eyes away from worthless things. This is in a psalm that the focus is on knowing God’s Word and honoring it. What are worthless things, when looking at God’s Word?

Going through life a person can easily get distracted with things that pull them off the path they need to be on. In the workplace, two co-workers can get to talking about their past weekend adventures. This can become a worthless thing, when it distracts them from doing the work they are there to do.

While at home, people get distracted with playing games or watching TV and do not get needed work done. In a restaurant people get distracted with their phones while talking to someone at the table. Each of these things can become worthless at the time of their being done, because they do not help accomplish the current goal.

On the grand scale of eternity, many things become even more worthless. God’s Word points people on how to live for God in the best way possible. Living your best for God includes not only keeping yourself from sin, but also serving God by doing His will and serving others in this world.

It easy to get distracted by worthless things in this world. They can pull you away from spending time in God’s Word or time in prayer. They can keep you from being the witness you are supposed to be. Being a witness can be found in words and in actions, but if you are focused on self and things of this world…worthless things, you will not do what needs to be done.

As you go through this life, train your eyes to focus on what is really important and of high value. The greatest value in this world is your soul and the souls of every person on this planet. Your soul and every other person’s soul, needs to be focused on God and controlled by God, serving God.

Where are your eyes focused today?

Are they on the worthless, temporary things of this world?

Or on the eternal things of God?

I pray today that you will focus  your eyes on the things God focuses on; that you will turn your eyes from worthless things; that you will focus on God’s Word; and that God will strengthen you to keep your eyes on Him.

Psalm 101:3 Giving Approval

I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. Psalm 101:3

Businesses will say that one of the greatest methods of getting a product sold is to get people to approve of it and tell others about the product. When someone loves a product, they will be open to telling others about and encourage them to get it also. In this way the product is sold more, with no extra cost to the manufacturer.

What the product is does not matter. It could be clothing, hair product, a movie, a car, or anything else. Along with physical products, it can be actions or events that are occurring or about to occur.

Often people look on an event and give approval of it by not pointing out when it is something done completely against God. Sinful acts are promoted in movies all the time, and many Christians go and see those very same movies as though they are the best thing on the earth.

Other Christians will go to parties that are filled with drunkenness and other things against God’s word, and not be the witness God has called them to be. They will not stand up against the sin being done.

By doing these kinds of actions, the believer is giving approval to sin.

The psalmist says that he will not look on anything with approval that is vile or sin.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you must commit your heart to God. As you commit your heart to God, your eyes must also be committed to God. What are you willing to look at with approval?

God is not asking you to close your eyes to the world and not see what is going on around you. He is, however, telling you to not approve of the sin that is going on around you. Jesus saw sin as He walked on the earth, but never approved of it. He spoke against sin.

What are you approving of?

It should only be things that are of God and for God. These things will be filled with God’s love. Anything else should be rejected. Do not fall into the ways of this world and accept things as the world does. Live for God today.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the world as it is; that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will not approve of anything God does not approve of; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in this world.