“The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. 23 But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness!” This is Matthew 6:22-23 in the AMP version of the Bible.
I’m reminded of a very sobering statement my husband made a few days ago. “You will eventually find what you’re focusing on.” The question now is do you want to find what you’re looking for? How is your vision? How is your ability to see God in challenge, in adversity, in trials and tests?
The Scripture talks about being spiritually blind. There’s the obvious definition of being blind, but the one I want to share is, “unable or unwilling to discern or judge.” This speaks volumes!
Here’s a potent and sobering thought. The reason why the enemy keeps sending the same lies to us is because we don’t discern or judge them as lies. We just continue to allow them to be suggested to us and they eventually live in our minds with the intent of forming a mentality! This is the gateway to spiritual blindness! As long as we won’t challenge those lies or thoughts and lead them away captive to the knowledge of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5), they will continue to come with the hopes of anesthetizing us (putting us to sleep) until we start to get comfortable with them! Then we settle in them until we build our lives around them. This is not the will of God!
It’s time to get our focus back! Stop believing every lie the enemy brings to you! Open your eyes. God has a great plan for your life. The best is ahead of you. Stop grieving over the past and believe that God has better for you. You are loved by God!
One of my favorite Scriptures is Ephesians 5:15-17. “Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], 16 making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.”
Living this life is not some walk in the park. It takes courage to find your identity and purpose in God. The Scripture tells us to not live vague and thoughtless lives. Vague simply means, “to not have a precise meaning.” In other words, living a vague life is living without an aim, without a reason and cause that is greater than yourself. How are you spending your time? Are you living according to your God-intended purpose?
It’s a dangerous thing to live a vague life. It’s dangerous to follow trends and not God’s will for our lives. Trends are catchy, but they’re also distracting. Of course, not all trends are bad, but good doesn’t always mean God.
Do you know that God has a plan for your life? He wants you to be confident in being who He has called you to be so you will be able to handle what He’s called you to do with His motive. People are waiting on you to access the real you.
Say there’s a computer with at least ten tabs open. The more frequent the computer has this many tabs open can eventually slow down the memory and speed of the computer. I liken the tabs on the computer to the tabs of the mind.
Like a computer, the tabs represent tasks performed. The more tabs we have open in our minds can eventually slow down our ability to hear the Holy Spirit and open ourselves up to anxiety. Multi-tasking is ok, but it’s much better to perform a task one at a time.
Are you stretched doing too many things at once? Step back, look at what tabs you have open, and assess them. Will it mean anything five years from now? Does it sow into your purpose? The Holy Spirit will give instructions on how to not only balance but prioritize your life.
How many times have you enlisted in a battle that’s not your assignment? Do an assessment of your life. Have you found yourself fighting for those who won’t fight for themselves, or being involved in something that is not your business? Have you gotten so upset about something until it ruined your whole day, only to find out that you don’t even have a relationship with the person you’re upset about? Be careful because this is a time leak. It’s a warfare tactic to wear out the saints. I believe that one of the main goals of the enemy is to keep us occupied and busy fighting something until the assigned challenge comes and we’re too tired to fight.
Yes, have empathy. Yes, have compassion. But be wise in your choice of battles. Your purpose and assignment depend on you being led by the wisdom of God and not the flesh. Every raised tone of voice is not for you to react or clap back. I know it’s a human desire to prove to people not to overstep their boundaries with you but think about the power of a life that is focused and submitted to the Father. Be so focused on doing your Father’s will that you have no energy for old cycles and old conversations.
The time has come for you to be who God called you to be. Your children are depending on it. The church is depending on it. The world is depending on it. God is waiting on you. Let’s go.