17: A Body Full of Darkness
Posted: Friday, November 21st, 2014Print
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God set lights in the heavens for ruling, and Heaven does indeed rule. This series looks at the deeper meanings and roles of LIGHT and its affect on our world, our lives and our destinies.
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Matthew 6:23 NASB
We will be full. We will. Light or darkness will take over our very being, our whole being. Every one of us.
We know what Light is. It is Christ, He who is Truth. What then is darkness, that it is equally as permeating to the whole body? The answer follows:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
Matthew 6:24 NASB
Light and Darkness are renamed as two masters. Jesus exposes that these are the choices ever before us. Only two masters – God and wealth. One of these we will choose and serve. It is not possible to possess both or be captured by both at once. One will rise over the other and fill you with itself. One will win. You choose which.
Money stands for many things other than money itself: power, possessions, position. Money and its aspects are the security that fires God from His Father-job. Wealth is power, power to not be reduced to need, but instead to simply take what you want.
The verses that follow show that ‘wealth’ is no vast fortune, but simply the ordinary need of human basics: food, drink, clothing. And serving the Master “Wealth” is exposed by worry over the basics.
Length of life…size of body…
“Who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or the span of his life?”
Matthew 6:27 AMP
Practical needs of life…
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What shall we eat? or what will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
The size of the wealth is not the issue. Worry exposes the master as money. Focus on self and selfish aims is evidence of the master being money. What frightens you is what holds you, and what you focus on becomes your inner condition.
How do we become full of darkness?
When the eye is on self-serving and self-worship, it is actual worship of Satan, in his secret ruling behind the world of personally owned wealth. And the body becomes filled with darkness in all the hell that that means from mental delusion to plagues of sickness. The startling statement of Jesus Himself: your whole body will be full of darkness.
And the Spirit emphasizes:
If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Matthew 6:23b NASB
You cannot SERVE God and wealth. The word used is ‘serve!’1 You will SERVE one or the other. You and I will master or own neither God nor money, but we will be mastered by one or the other.
1 SERVE: Greek “douleuo,” to be a slave to (from ‘doulos’ meaning a slave, subjection or subservience)
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