MATTHEW 6:28_And why take ye thought for raiment?
Jesus re-visits the clothes issue. There is something else Jesus re-visits. Do you see it? Do you see the word thought?
The tenth commandment is Thou shalt not covet. Covet is akin to lust. Thought patterns are captured. A strong desire that doesn’t let go until it is satisfied. If the truth be told, covetousness can’t be satisfied.
Once lust, or covetousness, obtains its desire – it wants more. That’s the very nature of covetousness – an insatiable desire. Luke 12:15 (KJV), “And he [Jesus] said unto them, ‘Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.’’’ There is a difference in coveting the latest brand name and just needing clothes.
Covet is also akin to envy. Envy dwells on what someone else possesses. The longer the dwell, the deeper envy works its way into the heart. Once there, envy causes conflict. Not because you’ve been done any wrong, but because the one you envy dresses like you want to – but can’t.
Galatians 5:26 (KJV), “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Don’t let worry thought patterns fill you with strife over clothes.
Lord Jesus, Help me trust You to provide for me what is best at this time. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows all my needs—He will provide
MATTHEW 6:27_Which of you by taking thought…
If you find a basic truth in the Bible – keep rehearsing it. Get the truth into your heart. The truth will eventually overpower worry. This is called meditation.
Meditation works like worry only with positive results. Rehearse the truth over and over in your heart. Seek the wisdom of the Bible and apply it to your problem. Ask God for insight, wait for it to come.
Hebrews chapter 11 (KJV) is known as the faith chapter. There is one person included in this chapter who has a very small part in the Bible, but something extraordinary happened to him, “5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
Enoch was translated from earth to heaven without ever dying! All that was really said about Enoch was “he pleased God.” This leads to, “6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (KJV).
The answer to overcoming worry – faith!
God in Whom I Trust, Increase my faith that I may please You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants to increase my faith—I will let Him!
MATTHEW 6:23_thy whole body shall be full of darkness…
What causes the whole body to be full of darkness? Evil. You can be totally blind, but still have light inside if your eye is single – focused on Jesus.
In the John chapter 9 account of the man born blind, Jesus pointed this out to the Pharisees. The blind man believed in Jesus and worshiped Him. Because of the blind man’s ability to know who Jesus truly was, he received sight. This was not physical sight. Jesus had already given him that. This was receiving the light of truth – giving him freedom.
The Pharisees did not believe. Jesus said they were blind. Although they had physical sight, their lack of faith in Jesus caused their whole being to be full of darkness – causing them bondage.
The evil eye sees double. It cannot distinguish truth from lies. An evil eye has stepped off the path and lost its light. Without light there is darkness.
In darkness you reach out, constantly trying to touch, to feel, to hold to something secure. You cry out, call out, hoping to hear a familiar voice.
Perhaps someone will come and help you find your way back to the path – to Jesus!
Incomparable Jesus, When I am in darkness, I stumble. Bring me back to You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the path to freedom—I want to stay with Him!
MATTHEW 6:23_But if thine eye be evil…
If someone gives you the evil eye, they gave you a mean look – very mean! The mean look suggests something evil towards you – physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Maybe all of those.
This verse has a similar meaning. The single eye focuses on a relationship with Jesus more than with the world. Your whole being fills with light. The light is Jesus Himself, the Light of the World.
People with double vision cannot see a single image before their eyes. The image is doubled either horizontally or vertically. Double vision can affect one eye or both. Corrective lenses can help not only for vision, but to keep them safe from injury to self or others.
James 1 (KJV) , “5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Seeing double divides vision – one vision is genuine and the other false.
Prayer with lack of faith is double-mindedness.
God of Wisdom, Help me not to see double, but to see Your truth and believe. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can clear double vision—I want Him to clear mine!
MATTHEW 6:22_thy whole body shall be full of light.
Jesus gives courage and light to face every day. Only the truth can give that. Lies give fear and darkness. God says to Joshua in chapter 1 (KJV):“6 Be strong and of a good courage …,’ and in verse ‘7 Only be thou strong and very courageous …,’ and in verse ‘9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
The single eye Jesus refers to here means focused on Him, only. Singleness of vision on Jesus keeps you on His path. Never forget, His path leads to freedom.
Freedom breaks bondage. Nothing in bondage is free, and nothing free is in bondage. With your spirit as the mainspring, shackles corrode away. The mainspring creates the function of whatever it is operating. For everything to function properly the mainspring has to be free from any encumbrance. An encumbrance is a false part that does not belong.
Jesus wants your focus on Him alone.
Your whole being (body, soul, spirit) will be full of light.
God of Courage, Help me be strong and of a good courage every day. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to keep my eyes on Him—I will!