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Step Into the Sunshine

Matthew 6:22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

Superman had xray vision and he used that vision to see through buildings and also see if those he was fighting had hidden weapons on them. His X-ray vision provided a safeguard for him as he fought evil in our world. Of course, Superman was a fictional character, but Jesus was real and Him being real makes everything change for us in how we view His words of truth and wisdom. In the above scripture Jesus is giving insights about how important our eyes are so we can clearly “see” the evil all around us and not be caught off guard. But so many have been caught off guard and with their guards down they can only guess about what is right to do in life situations. As Jesus says our eyes are like lamps that provide light for the whole body and that light exposes evil at every turn. In verse 23 Jesus says if our eyes is unhealthy our whole body is filled with darkness. The kicker at the end of this scripture is the impression that those who are actually in darkness have about whether they are in light or not. Jesus says they are in darkness, but do not know that they are in it.

In the above scenario a person in darkness can actually be in the darkness and think it is light. Another word for that is “deception and lies.” I reference the words in of Jesus in John 10 where he says 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. What better way for satan to spread his evil than through making those in darkness think they are “seeing the light!” If they think they are seeing the light the fruit of that deception is a deep desire to hold onto that “light” which is actually darkness.

Jesus talked to many religious leaders who had lived in the darkness, thinking it was light. But they had lived in that darkness for so long and they could no longer listen to His reasoning. In fact, they were so entrenched in that darkness that they could not change, even when the Son of God was telling them the way to go. In light of the verse 10 Scripture above we can conclude that the one behind all of this deception is satan himself and evil is his purpose and goal.

How would a person in this position get away from the deception of satan? Pray the blood of Jesus over the situation and plead to the Holy Spirit to fill you and change your heart and then the “true” light will make everything evident to you. If you have a hardened heart the change might prove difficult but the end result will be freedom from the lies of the devil and adherence to Jesus, the true light.

It is important to see everything as God sees it and then you can distinguish between the two, dark and light. The following story says a lot about making sure you can see everything clearly.

Making decisions in the dark can lead to some regrettable consequences. Back in the days before electricity, a tightfisted old farmer was taking his hired man to task for carrying a lighted lantern when he went to call on his best girl. “Why,” he exclaimed, “when I went a-courtin’ I never carried one of them things. I always went in the dark.” “Yes,” the hired man said wryly,” and look what you got!”

Live in the pure light and let that light guide your path. Jesus gives us X-ray vision to help us see even behind the curtain of things to keep us in close relationship with Him. If you have drifted into the darkness it is time to “come out!!” 1 John 1:7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Time to get step back into the sunshine and see life as it really is.

“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.” G.K. Chesterton

The Pilgrimage continues…..

David Warren

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