Matthew 6:22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.

Matthew 6:23 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.

What is the eye? The eye in this passage is speaking of how we see things. Some people are always negative complainers. Some are joyfully positive. Some are Republicans. Some are Democrats. Everyone has their own way of seeing things.

The scripture is saying as long as the eye is sound or in the right, you will be full of His light. If not, you will be full of darkness. The Lord requires truth in our inward parts. Ps.51:6 We can believe what ever we want, but if it does not line up with the truth we will suffer darkness in some degree. We can believe that grass is red. That does not change the fact that it is still green.

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, and about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater (in quality) than food, and the body (far above and more excellent) than clothing? Amp.

The scripture is telling us not to worry. Many times, I worry and I am not aware that I am. It just sneaks in. I have to pay attention to my spirit with the Lord’s help.

When I am sad, self pity, unthankfulness and discouragement are right around the corner. These are warning signals that something is wrong. The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Sadness will cause spiritual strength to leak out leaving my own fleshly weakness. He wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. These are conditions that can drag us down to the fleshly realm where fear can rule and not peace.

Praise and Worship are so important. It causes us to focus on the Lord’s goodness. Anointed songs will provide us with a staircase (Phil Driscoll’s words) to lift us out of the pain of this life if we focus on the Lord. Our focus must be on the good that God intends to bring out of any trial that we may be faced with and not on the circumstances or the lies of the enemy.

David did not focus on the size of Goliath, but on the power of the Almighty God who had previously delivered him from the lion and the bear.

Joshua and Caleb did not focus on the enemy they were about to defeat, but believed that they would possess the land because God parted the Red Sea for them and delighted in them.

Job said “Now my spiritual eye sees you and I loathe my words and repent.” Job 42:5-6

Abraham did not focus on his weakness or Sarah’s barren womb, but believed God’ s word of promise to him.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that men, may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

When our focus is right, we are trusting and believing in God’s word to us. That is what He wants from us. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. The just shall live by faith. If our focus is on our problems or our weaknesses, we are putting more faith in what the devil says than what the Lord says, and that is unbelief. That is the biggest sin of all and will keep us defeated.

Worry eventually leads to darkness and confusion. The Greek definition of Babylon is confusion. Rev. 18:4 says to come out from Babylon that you may not share in her plagues. This means physically and spiritually.

FEAR RULES

CONFUSION/BABYLON

UNBELIEF/DARKNESS

UNTHANKFULNESS

LIES OF THE ENEMY

SADNESS/DISCOURAGEMENT

WORRY

PEACE RULES

REST IN HIS LOVE AND PROMISES

PRAISE AND WORSHIP

THANKFUL/POSITIVE ATTITUDE

TRUTH/ WORD OF GOD

REPENTANCE

EYES ON JESUS/OFF SELF & CIRCUMSTANCES

BE STILL

The Promise

Isaiah 9:1 says in the midst of judgment there is a promise. Rev. 14:8 and 16:19 says Babylon will fall. Isaiah 14:25 and 9:4 says the yoke will depart from off the people of Judah. The Lord always has a special remnant, chosen by Him to be set free from the cares and worries of this world and to be a Light to the nations.

There is a glorious promise in 2Thess. 1:10 — “when He comes back to be glorified in His saints — He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people, in His glory reflected in all who have believed, trusted and relied on Him.”

What a wonderful privilege and opportunity we have. These days are gloomy and sad. These days are beautiful and glorious, depending on how you see them.

There is no future for the fleshly, carnal delights this world offers.

There is a glorious, wonderful, abundant, above all we can ever ask or think future for the Sons of God. It just depends on how you see things!

REST BY KELLY WILLARD

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