Friday, January 24, 2014

I made a covenant with my eyes.....

Job 31:1 I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.

Every believer should follow Job’s example. Everyone has someone or something that will lead them into sin if they are not careful. God made us uniquely different and only you know what your weaknesses really are. Fixation on those things that exploits our weaknesses is a very dangerous thing. It can only lead us into sin.

I encourage you to pause as you read this today and think about what your weaknesses are. If you are tempted by visual things, make a covenant with your eyes so that you don’t look at them. You can’t keep from seeing things that tempt you, but you can determine in your heart not to linger and dwell on them. If you are tempted by the things you read, make a covenant with your eyes that you will not pick up material that exploits your weaknesses and read them.

Our eyes are the gateway to the soul. What we allow our eyes to see affects our souls. The heart will dwell on what we see as long as we are looking at it. Every time we allow ourselves to dwell on what tempts us, we weaken our resolve, which only leads us into sin.

We are daily challenged by what filters through our eyes. We constantly fight the urge to justify what we look at. The sources we have available to us to look at are everywhere. Whether it’s in the public arena or in the privacy of our homes, we must take charge of our souls and not allow ourselves to linger with our eyes on those things which are sinful or lead us into sinful thoughts or actions.

Dear friend, the Lord knows what you are looking at and dwelling on. Do yourself a huge favor and make a covenant with your eyes to not play with fire and look at what tempts you. Renew your covenant daily before the Lord and your successes will far outweigh your failures. And when you do fall, confess your sin to the Lord and He will forgive you and help you to try harder the next time. There is no shame in failing, but there is great shame in not trying.

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