God is teaching me that I see not only with my physical eyes, but with my heart and mind. Whatever I see and believe to be truth, will be reflected in my heart. More importantly, sooner or later I will say, through my actions and my words, what’s in my heart. Don’t forget that Prov.27:19 says, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”
Proverb 3 reminds me not to be wise in my own eyes. I must fix my eyes on God. Why? The eyes truly are the windows to the soul. Matthew 6:22-23 says that the eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you, your conscience, is darkened, how dense is that darkness! [AMP] And as a man thinks in his heart, in his soul, so is he.
Have you wished you could say to a friend or family member, “If only you could see yourself the way I see you?” You see their potential. You see the gifts God has placed in them. You see the wonderful possibilities within their grasp if they would only allow God to direct their path. Well, in the Bible, the apostle Paul says in the book of Ephesians 1:18, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” In other words, Paul prayed that God would open our eyes so we could see that through Christ we will a better life, a stable hope, a glorious, fabulous inheritance, and great power available to us, because we believe in Him as our Savior. That’s what I want to focus on. I want to keep my eyes on the great possibilities and promises that God extends to me and you.
So what do you see? What is the vision you have for your life?
If your ‘vision’ for your life is not what you would like it to be, there is good news! God wants to improve your sight, your outlook, today. God wants your life to be different, to be better, to be holier, more peaceful, more joyous, more prosperous, and more loving. He wants His message to you today to be a catalyst or instrument for change. He wants to change your focus so that you no longer focus your sight on the ways, opinions, and philosophies of the world, but on Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.
I have to remember Proverbs says that a wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. The reverse of that is also true. A foolish man’s heart guides his mouth and his lips promote confusion and destruction.
We must see differently before we can speak differently. Since the power of life and death is in the tongue, and what we say is effected by what we see, we must see differently before we can speak differently. Further, we must speak differently, if we want to join God in His work of making our lives better. My friend, we must do what Paul told the people of Corinth to do in 2nd Corinthians 4:18, “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For, what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” There is no other way in which we may enlighten the eyes of our hearts but with the Word of God. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will for your life.”
Let’s take up this topic again next time.
Until then, etj3!
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