This week’s thought is written by Sharon Healey.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye be in single focus, pure, sound, your whole body will be well lighted. (Luke 11:34)
During a dark and difficult period in my early years, I went for ministry for deliverance expecting to be set free immediately upon receiving prayer. I was told by those praying with me that I was not ready and was instructed to come back a month later. Although I trusted those praying with me, I felt disappointed and tortured; I did not want to be carrying any darkness in me for an hour let alone a month.
I got home and cried out in pain to God. He answered with these words from Matthew 6:22:
Let thine eye be single and your whole body will be full of light.
A hope came into the midst of my turmoil. I believed God would fulfil his word to me and I was going to be totally set free, but there was a part for me to do.I was to keep my eye single, to simply look at Christ, keep my eyes on the only one who could set me free and not remove my gaze from Him. It was Jesus who would deliver me.
As I walked in obedience a sweet presence began to surround me and I felt Christ walking close beside me for that month. He was carrying me. I did not look to the left or the right and I read the word and thought about him. A month later, His light came and the darkness had to flee. My life changed drastically, I felt as if I was born again again. Where once there was a wall that separated me from Christ, it had been levelled to the ground and when I closed my eyes Jesus was there; I could feel Him so close.
In the Song of Solomon 1:15 the Lord sees within his bride a quality He intensely desires to cultivate:
Behold, you are fair my love… you have dove’s eyes.
“When a dove fixes his gaze upon its mate, it is not distracted by any activities around it and is referred to as being a ‘love bird’ as it has a ‘single eye’ toward another dove. In complimenting us for having this ‘dove’s eye’, it indicates we have cultivated a spiritual sensitivity that lifts us above the earthly distractions.” (wadetaylor.org/the-eye-of-a-dove)
Let us be like the dove today, fixing our eyes upon our beloved and not being distracted by the world. This is where true freedom lies.
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