Single Eye, Single Mind

June 26, 2014

Single Eye, Single Mind

Luke 11:34-35
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when [thine eye] is evil, thy body also [is] full of darkness.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

We hear it said, “the eye is the window of the soul.” Jesus is saying something similar to this in this passage. The soul is made up of the mind, will and emotions. The eye really represents the input to what we are feeding into our soul. Someone could be physically blind and actually have more light in their body than someone who has all of their faculties. In John 9:39-41 Jesus has a conversation with the Pharisees after healing a blind man and remarks to them,”‚ĶFor judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And [some] of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” Our spiritual sight comes by way of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is what quickens the Word of the Lord to us and makes it light and life. We become accountable for the knowledge and light that we have. With what Jesus is saying to the Pharisees it is plain to see that just because they had the knowledge of the Word of God they didn’t necessarily have enlightenment and understanding. How many are deceived today because they think if they know something about God that saves them or puts them in right position spiritually? Jesus is saying to the Pharisees, if you were ignorant of the Word of God that would be one thing, but because you think you know the truth and because of your knowledge your sin remains. Knowing the truth is not necessarily living in the truth.
If there is one thing that I’ve seen through the years, “knowledge puffs up, but love edifies (1Corinthians 8:1).” We can have a great command of the Bible and great revelation knowledge, but it is not in what we know, it is in what we are walking in and putting into practice in our lives. Faith in action according to knowledge and working through love is what produces life and light.
Jesus is speaking to His disciples concerning spiritual sight in Matthew 13:10-17, “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].” In order for us to have light it must come to us through the eyes of spiritual insight. That brings with it not just knowledge and legalism, which is the state we see the people of Jesus’ day in, but it comes through the Word that is quickened by the Holy Spirit who gives life and understanding to our knowledge. Rather than a head thing, it becomes a heart thing. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:6, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” The law simply written on pages and administered by men simply becomes legalism, condemnation and death. The law written upon our hearts by a life changing Spirit becomes to us life, liberty and light.
Jesus likens our light as unto a candle set upon a lampstand. If we have a candle alone, like the Word without the Spirit, we have no light. If we have a flame with no candle we may well have a fire out of control. But if we have a candle lit with a flame we have a union that creates balance and produces light. We are the lampstands that are to carry that light with singleness of purpose. Our purpose is to be the outshining of His light and the truth of His Word through lives that are lived in the luminance of the light which He brings to us who of a single eye and a single mind.


Experience versus Knowledge

December 12, 2012

Romans 15:18
For I will not dare to speak of any things save those which Christ wrought through me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed,

Experience versus Knowledge

The apostle Paul makes this declaration from Romans 15:18, ” For I will not dare to speak of any things save those which Christ wrought through me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed.”
Paul was a very intellectual man. He knew the Word as far a being well versed in the letter of the law, but since his conversion from Judaism and being a Pharisee, he came to the revelation that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). He realized that all of that knowledge that he had acquired hadn’t led him to life, but death. After he came to know Christ, he came to the realization that the Word of God is a two edged sword. One side produces life, the other death and yet it is the same Word. It is like a surgeon’s scalpel, it could easily cut through arteries and kill a person, but used in the hand of a skillful surgeon that same blade can work to save, heal and bring life.
That is how God’s word is in us. If we are only full of a lot head knowledge or lofty revelations, no matter how true, and then use and flaunt that to show everyone how spiritual we are; it only produces pride and does not bring forth life.
In 1 Corinthians 8:1 Paul says, “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Love will use the knowledge that the Spirit has quickened and made real to us to produce life in others. It won’t be to show how smart and spiritual we are, but to put tools in the hands of others that can help them grow in the Spirit and overcome in life’s trials and adversities.
Paul gives us a principle here if we can hear it. The best things that we can share are those things that we have seen worked out and seasoned in us through life experience. It is not what we know in our heads, but what we have seen the reality of by walking in faith concerning those truths. The strongest voice, is the voice of experience.
In our inexperience, we all like to take the truths and revelations that we have received and run with them. We want to share them with everyone that will listen. There is a time and season to share the things that we know, but Paul says, “I will not dare speak of any things save those which Christ wrought through me” and to what end? “For the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed.” In other words for life giving purposes I will share only those things that God has made real in my life. I have proven them, by walking them out. I don’t just know them in my head, but I know the reality and substance of them through life experience and being led by the Spirit.
Knowing the Word, is not knowing how to regurgitate what someone else has taught us, but by allowing it to marinate in our life and heart till it becomes substance in us, then we can best share it with others. It is not any longer what was spoken to us, but what has now become a part of us through life experience and walking it out.
We live in a society of very educated Christians as far as knowledge of the Word is concerned, but it is not what we know in our head that give us wisdom and character. It is that which we walk out in daily life and living. It is not the knowledge of the Word that makes us godly, it is the application of the Word in real life situations that gives us a right to speak out of what we know, not intellectual, but inwardly in our hearts and lives. That is the same way we have to know Christ. Someone can know all about Christ, who He was, where He came from, what He did and how to become a Christian, but until that becomes a living reality in their heart through faith, it is only head knowledge and vanity. I know lots of people, but the one I know best is my wife. We have more than just an intellectual exchange or knowledge of one another. We have an intimate knowing exchange on every level of our lives. When I speak to you about my wife, I am speaking from a place of intimate knowledge and relationship with her. That is the same way it has to be with Christ in us. That is the same place we must speak and move out of; that intimate personal knowledge of Christ. That is the knowledge that will change people’s lives and help them grow up into Christ.


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