“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. There- fore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light”—Luke 11:33-36
“It’s fascinating that Jesus spoke of our bodies as though they can be filled with either light or darkness. The implications of this truth are vitally important to our victory and joy in Christ, and intensely relevant to our secret place.
“There is a place in God where our bodies are full of light, where all darkness has been eradicated from our bodies. This is a place of incredible freedom from temptation. Temptation often finds its power in the fact that it is able to appeal to dark areas within our body. When the body is full of light, bodily sins lose their power over us, and we walk in a fantastic dimension of victory.
“How do we get greater light into our body? Jesus clearly taught that light comes to the body through the eye. A good eye will bring light into the body; a bad eye will keep light out. The whole thing has to do with the eyes.
“It is vitally important what we look at! If we peer into the law of liberty (God’s word), we will be filled with illumination and clarity; if we look at things that defile, we not only fill our minds with garbage, but we also allow darkness to get established in portions of our body.
“Guard your eyes, dearly beloved! Give your eyes to reading His word and beholding His face. Then, when temptation comes, your body will not be fighting against your spirit. Your body will be in alignment with the light, and the tentacles of lust and greed and anger will not be able to wrap around and enslave you.
“When our eye is bad, we can come to God’s word and still not see anything. We must do more than stop looking at the wrong things—we must put salve on our eyes so that we might see the right things. “‘Anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see’” (Revelation 3:18)…As we apply ourselves to God’s word in a disciplined, focused way, our eye will slowly begin to heal and clear up and will begin to allow the light of Christ into our bodies.
“When our body is filled with light, our body has come into full alignment with God’s kingdom and purposes. There is nothing within our bodies that is resisting His will…Without impediment, you are now a clear channel of grace.
“Jesus was saying when our eye is good and our whole body is full of light, we begin to shine with a radiance beyond what we may even realize. We’re ablaze with truth, like a shining lamp! The Lord says when He has set you on fire with that kind of light, He will not bury your life in a place of obscurity and hiddenness. No, He will place that kind of light on a lampstand, ‘that those who come in may see the light.’
“When your body is filled with light, you will know greater victory over bodily sins, you will touch deeper dimensions of intimacy with Jesus, and you will be granted a place of greater influence in the body of Christ. Oh, this is a powerful secret! Put a guard on your eyes! Reserve them for beholding the glory of God and looking into His wonderful word. Then your entire being will radiate the light and glory of God!”—Bob Sorge
“Oh Lord, may my eyes be focused. May my eyes be totally consecrated to You. May my eyes never have the freedom to roam about; to choose what it wants to see. I take charge of my eyes so that I command them to see what I want them to see—and that will be things that bring glory to God. Lord, I refuse to give my eyes the pleasures it desires to see. I refuse to give my eyes the liberty it wants. I constrain and restrain it to behold only the glories of things that please Your heart. My Father, I want my life to be full of Your light and when it is so filled, I know that I will naturally radiate a powerful beam of Your light. Lord, I am not there yet. I don’t see that radiation of Your light breaking forth as it ought to. I still see pockets of darkness around corners of my life—some being lodged somewhere in my subconscious, having crept in there unnoticed, through my eyes. Oh Lord, fill me with Your light and let there be no remnant of darkness anywhere in me—at all. Let my eyes be the gateway through which Your light will pass through to illuminate my entire inner being. Let Your light find its way in greater degrees and measures into the recesses and crevices of my soul. I am saved. I am a child of God. I am not seeking salvation by works. I know I am a child of light—and that is the very reason why I cannot be satisfied without the fullness of the light of God beaming into and through me. That is why I cannot afford to give my eyes the permissions to behold anything that corrupts—because these will in turn introduce darkness within me. I am the light of the world because Jesus lives in me. Lord, You don’t share Your glory with anyone. Please—shine forth most powerfully and fully in me and through me, beginning with my eyes. May my entire being radiate You, Jesus—the light of the world. In Your name I pray. Amen.”
Watch what your eyes are watching. Guard your eyes jealously. It’s the passage to what happens within you. Be ruthless. Stop romancing things that could define your inner life through your eyes.