Psalm 81:16 10/2011
He should have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with Honey From The Rock should I have satisfied thee.
Dear Friends and Family,
This month we will be continuing and hopefully completing our study of the Kingdoms of your heart and riches. We left off last month with the Heart; and we saw that worldly riches have in themselves a principal of corruption and decay; they wither of themselves, and make themselves wings so to speak. This month we will continue with the eye and mammon. Our base Scripture is:
Matthew 6:19-2419 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Your eye is how you see and react to life. If your eye is good (if you see and react to life in positive, biblical ways) then your whole body benefits. When you come into the Kingdom your sight changes from earthly or carnal and selfish, to heavenly or spiritual, God-focused. If your spiritual sight is good you will benefit in all things. If your eye is bad, darkness will set into your spiritual vision. You will be a Christian walking in the darkness of the world, stumbling around in the dark, not knowing what is hindering and destroying you. You may not even have enough light to recognize that some of your ways and thoughts ARE destroying you. If you don’t understand the principles of God you will go through your Christian walk trying to live God’s way with man’s principles and getting nowhere.
Your eye is what keeps the focus in your life. What is your eye looking at? Yourself, your needs, your desires, your plans, your purposes, your fun times, YOU-YOU-YOU-YOU? Or are you focused on Jesus, His person, His Word, His purposes, etc. Scripture says if the light that is in you is darkness how great is that darkness!! It is our duty to fix our affections on heavenly things. Jesus proceeds to illustrate this by a reference to the “eye.” When the eye is directed steadily toward an object, and is in health, or is single, everything is clear and plain. If it vibrates, flits back and forth to different objects, is fixed on no one object in particular, or is diseased, then nothing is seen clearly. Everything is dim and confused. The person therefore, is unsteady. The eye regulates the motion of the body. To have an object distinctly in view is necessary in order to correct and regulate action. Tight-rope walkers, in order to steady themselves, fix the eye on some object on the wall, and look steadily at that. If they should look down on the rope or the people, they might become unsteady and fall. A man crossing a stream on a log, if he looks across at some object steadily, he’ll remain steady, but If he looks down on the dashing and rolling waters, he will become unsteady, and fall. The same principle holds for a twirling ballerina! So Jesus says, in order that your conduct may be right, it is important to fix your affections (eye, gaze) on heaven. When your affections are in the heavenly or spiritual realm, and the eye of faith is single, steady, unwavering, then your conduct will be regular and steady also. All you need to direct the body is that the eye be fixed right. No other light is required. So all that is needful to direct the soul and the conduct is, that the eye of faith be fixed on heaven; that your affections be there. The word – Single in this passage of scripture means: Steady, directed to one object. Not confused, as persons’ eyes are when they see double. The word “light,” here, signifies “the mind,” or principles of the soul. If this is dark, how great is that darkness! The meaning of this passage may be expressed this way: The light of the body, the guide and director, is the eye. We all know how debilitating it is when when the eye is diseased or lost and light is irregular or extinguished hindering our physical sight. So if the light that is in us is the soul (mind, will, emotions) and if that soul is debased by attending exclusively to self and earthly objects, if it is diseased, and not fixed on heaven how much darker and more destructive will it be than any darkness of the physical eye! Excessive or insatiable desire for wealth and gain of any kind darkens the mind, obscures the view, and brings a dreadful and gloomy darkness over all our faculties. If we don’t give our “eye” to God in all 4 areas, time, gifts, money, and possessions, Satan will be glad to take all those things from you. Worldly-mindedness is as common and as fatal a symptom of hypocrisy as any other, for by no sin can Satan have a surer and faster hold of the soul, under the cloak of a visible and passable profession of religion, than by this; and therefore Christ, having warned us concerning the kingdoms of our heart, proceeds next to warn us against coveting the wealth of the world. The fundamental error here is that we are guilty concerning the choice we make of looking to the world for our reward; we must therefore take heed against hypocrisy and worldly-mindedness, in the choices we make concerning what our treasure is, what end we want to accomplish, and who our masters are.
MAMMON – AND THE FOCUS OF THE MIND
It is important to note here that mammon is a word that covers much more than money. It means material wealth or possessions, treasure or riches, something that is trusted in and valued. It comes from a root word meaning to have confidence in. Mammon is a Syriac word, a name given to an idol worshipped as the god of riches. It has the same meaning as Plutus among the Greeks. It is not known that the Jews ever formally worshipped this idol, but they used the word to denote wealth. The meaning is, you cannot serve the true God, and at the same time be primarily engaged in obtaining the riches of this world. Christ proceeds to illustrate the necessity of laying up treasures in heaven from a well-known fact, that a servant cannot serve two masters at the same time. His affections and obedience would be divided, and he would fail altogether in his duty to one or the other. One he would love, the other he would hate. He would adhere to the interests of the one, and the interests of the other he would neglect. This is a law of human nature. A person’s supreme affections can be fixed on only one object. So, says Jesus, the servant of God cannot at the same time obey him and be greedy for gain primarily seeking treasures on earth. One interferes with the other, and one or the other will be, and must be, surrendered; this is a good caution against making the things that are seen, that are temporal, our best things, and placing our happiness in them. Christ’s disciples had left all to follow him. A treasure is an abundance of something that is in itself, at least in our opinion, precious and valuable, and likely to stand us in good stead for the future. We must not count these things the best things, nor the most valuable in themselves, nor the most useful to us: we must not glorify them knowing that they have no glory in comparison with the glory that excels all – Jesus Christ and the Kingdom to come. We must not covet an abundance of these things, nor be still grasping at more and more of them, and adding to them, as men do with things they treasure, never knowing when we have enough. We must not confide in them to be our security and supply in time to come or for future events or prospects, we must not say to the gold, “Thou art my hope.” We must not be content with these things considering them all we need or desire. These things must not be our reassurance or solace, our good things, and certainly not our BEST things. Remember we are “laying up”, not for our posterity in this world, but for ourselves in the next world. We are given a choice that we might choose what will be ours in the next world. It concerns us then to choose wisely, for we are choosing for ourselves, and we will have whatsoever we choose! If we know and consider ourselves what we are, what we are made for, how large our capacities are, and how long our lifespan on this earth in comparison to eternity, and that our souls are who we are, we will quickly see how foolish it is to lay up our treasures on earth. Christ gave good counsel, when he encouraged us to make the joys and glories of the next world, those things not seen that are eternal, our best things, and to place our happiness in them. There are treasures in heaven, as sure as there are on this earth; and those in heaven are the only true treasures, the riches and glories and pleasures that are at God’s right hand. It is our wisdom to lay up our treasure in those treasuries; giving all diligence to make sure our claim to eternal life through Jesus Christ, and to depend upon that as our happiness, and look upon all things here below as not worthy to be compared with it, being content with nothing less than HIS ALL. If we will make those treasures ours, they WILL be kept for us, and we CAN trust God to keep them safe for us; so then let’s put all our energies, and extend all our desires; let’s spend our best efforts and best affections for God and His Kingdom. Let’s not burden ourselves with the “cash” of this world, which will become a heavy load and defile us, and be liable to sink us, but rather let’s lay up in store good securities – the promises and the Word of God. The promises of God are bills of exchange, by which all true believers return their treasure to heaven. It is a great encouragement to us to lay up our treasure in heaven, because there it is safe; it will not decay of itself, no moth nor rust will corrupt it; nor can we be by force or fraud deprived of it; thieves do not break through and steal. It is a happiness above and beyond the changes and chances of time, an inheritance incorruptible. Praise the Lord.
In His Love,
Solid Rock Ministries