MATTHEW 6:23_therefore if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Darkness can be dangerous. To the body. To the soul. To the spirit.
Darkness of soul causes deep depression, an absence of hope. Hope gives light.
Without hope there is an absence of security. Security overrides fear.
Without security there is an absence of power. Power defies weakness.
Without power there is an absence of peace. Peace prevails over despair.
Without peace there is an absence of confidence. Confidence resists doubt.
Without confidence there is an absence of love. Love conquers all!
Darkness of the spirit is to be void of Jesus.
Giants cannot be slain.
Mountains cannot be moved.
Waters cannot be parted.
If you allow your light to become darkness – it will be dark indeed!
Jesus Who Conquers, Praise You there is no darkness You cannot conquer. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ has already conquered darkness—I must believe!
MATTHEW 6:22_if therefore thine eye be single…
When Jesus refers to the eye being single He does not mean a person with just one eye. Neither does He mean a person who has sight in only one eye. Jesus is teaching a principle here, not a lesson in physical science.
If you are a person who only has sight in one eye or if you’re totally blind – don’t you dare think you are in some way inferior. Thoughts of inferiority come from the devil – never from Jesus. As the Creator, Jesus understands the body, soul, and spirit. He understands the principles by which they operate. He created them to function together, with the spirit being the mainspring.
The devil has no understanding, or even knowledge of how Jesus’ principles of life work. He is the deceiver. It doesn’t really matter to him how Jesus’ creation works, because he plans to deceive you into believing his lies and not the truth. He knows how to discourage. He knows how to intimidate. He knows how to tempt.
The devil wants to deceive you out of your hope. He knows if he can get your focus off of Jesus, and into a defeated, giving up, I-don’t-stand-a-chance attitude, he’s won a major battle in your life. Don’t give him the satisfaction!
Remember, light expels darkness.
Holy God of Heaven, Help me not to be discouraged by the devil’s lies. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows the devil’s lies—He helps me overcome!
MATTHEW 6:19_Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…
The three hundred and seventy-third of Aesop’s fables is The Grasshopper and the Ant. If you’re not familiar with it, here is a brief synopsis. The grasshopper plays around all summer long and the ant works. When winter comes, the grasshopper finds himself without shelter or food.
Jesus tells something similar in Matthew 25:1-10 (KJV), “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came …“
The purpose behind Jesus’ use of this parable is to be prepared for the end times.
Do you find it interesting Jesus says not to lay up for yourself? Don’t miss tomorrow!
God of Hope, You will teach me the truth of Your Word. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to understand His truth—I will learn!
MATTHEW 6:14_Your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.
To understand forgiveness, understand your salvation.
Salvation is free. Yet it certainly was not free for Jesus. He paid an agonizing, heavy price for your sin freedom. This comes from love without boundaries. John 15:13 (KJV), “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Add another trait to God’s I AM name – HE IS love.
When you accept Jesus as Savior and serve Him as Lord, life changes. That is what salvation’s transformation does – changes lives – forever. You will never be the same. You have stepped from the path of death to life, from bondage to freedom, from despair to hope, and from hate to love. You do not want to stray from this path.
Salvation comes with love. Not just love for you, but love within you. A freedom and ability to love like you never knew was possible. This is how it works:
Love is a natural byproduct of salvation’s transformation.
Forgiveness is a natural byproduct of love.
You don’t have to work for natural byproducts.
They come with the territory.
Mighty Jesus, Thank You for the undeniable path of salvation. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gives His love to me—I will give it to others!
MATTHEW 6:13_but deliver us from evil…
Because the world is full of evil does not mean good does not exist. Nor does it mean good does not prevail. Good prevails more than evil – it is just harder to see. Ultimately, it will prevail once and for all. In the meantime, you live with evil.
Every day is a good-versus-evil battle. The times when evil wins are difficult. Just to see some of the world’s evil on the News can be disturbing. It causes an oppressive spirit to hang heavy in your soul. You ask God how such things can happen. You wonder how humans reach such a level of degradation.
When there is evil in your personal life – you need hope.
When you pray not to be led into temptation, add as Jesus did to be delivered from evil. The devil intends evil daily. That’s his intention. It does not mean he wins. God intends mercy daily. God holds all the cards. One card God holds which the devil can never get his hands on is found in Romans 8:28 (KJV), “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.“
Get to know this verse and praise God for it. This is why good prevails more than evil. God can take the devil’s evil and cause good for His people. The times when evil wins a battle are not the end of the war. Your hope is in this verse.
Somewhere in the long run, God’s compassion and power will use pain to make you a better person!
God of Hope, Please deliver me from evil. I know evil is in the world, but I know You are greater than the world. I praise Your power that helps me! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can make good from the devil’s evil – He does it for me!