Luke 11:33-36 No one, having lit a lamp, puts it in a cellar or under the grain measure, but upon the lampstand, in order that those who are entering from time to time, may see the light. When your eye is in single focus, sound, and fulfilling its function, also your whole body is well lighted. But when it is pernicious, also your body is full of darkness. Be constantly scrutinizing yourself therefore, lest the light which is in you is darkness. Therefore, assuming that your whole body is well lighted, not having any part full of darkness, the whole shall be full of light as when the lamp by its bright shining illuminates you. (Taken from Weust translation of the Greek New Testament.)
There is a difference in having some light and being full of light. The Greek meaning of light is brilliancy. If you are full of light (lustrous, transparent, well-illuminated), your whole body is well lit with no darkness hiding in obscure corners.
The only way to recognize true light from darkness is to read the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal its truths. Satan is a master at deception, and if you don’t know the whole truth, you can easily be deceived. If you have read the Bible enough to know what it says about a particular thing, it will be much harder to be deceived when Satan tries to lead you in the wrong direction.
***It’s easy to justify your actions and rationalize them as being right.
***It’s not always easy to swallow your pride when you find that your actions have been more in darkness than light.
***BUT there’s no room for pride to rule your life when you desire to “live in the light”.
The Holy Spirit can help you stay clean, pure and brilliantly transparent. He can show you areas in your life where God desires change; then through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God can mold you into the person He desires you to be.
Weust also says: If the eye is evil (ill or diseased, hurtful in effect or influence), the body is full of darkness (opaque, benighted, dark). We must constantly make sure that our eye has not become diseased and that our body is not full of darkness (shadiness or obscurity) instead of light (luminous, to shine). The bright shining of a candle means glaring or lightning. When our eye is single it is folded together or clear. We can see things very clearly.When the Holy Spirit shows you an area in your life that needs change, you have a choice. You will either do whatever it takes to make things right with God, or you will allow your fleshly pride to talk you out of making the needed change. Putting an end to fleshly desires is the only way to be transparently brilliant and well illuminated.
From personal experience, I have found that the hardest part to conquering pride is initially MAKING THE CHOICE to not allow it to rule your life. Once you have decided that you are going to do the right thing no matter what others might think, there is a feeling of freedom and relief that sweeps over you. You will see that Satan just wanted to keep you in bondage and darkness for that area of your life.
God wants you to have an eye that is single, which means to wholeheartedly seek Him, then walk in obedience to what He says. He has great plans for your life, but He won’t be able to bring them to pass as long as you give YOUR PLANS top priority.
Even though it may seem that living this kind of life will be extremely dull and boring, nothing could be further from the truth. When you put God first, you will see Him start to use you in ways you never imagined. And once God starts to use you supernaturally, everything else will pale in comparison.
Our God is a living God who wants to bless you and give you an abundant life. That might be different from what you have imagined, but your life will never be boring.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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