The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
The eye is the lamp of the body. Not an eye, but the eye. Not the hand, not the tongue, but the eye. Specifically, it is the eye that is the organ that illuminates the man.
Specifically, when the eye is set correctly, the entire body is filled with light. This means the solution to being fully illuminated is not in the performance of a thing, nor in the individual execution of any deed, but solely based upon the focus, or gaze of an individual.
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Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
For too long, our theology has been laid out by theologians, and not by children. Ask any eight-year old what it means that the Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven hidden in dough means, and they’ll tell you that it means, more or less, that the Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven! It takes a real grown-up to tell you, after reading the words of Jesus, that the Kingdom of Heaven is anything other than what He just said it was.
What does the Kingdom resemble? A little bit of yeast! (Matthew 13:33). What must we do to have life within ourselves? Eat and drink His blood (John 6:53). Simple, eh?
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Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Luke 17:33 KJV
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 10:39 KJV
Perhaps one of the most enigmatic phrases to the carnal observer would be this one, largely because it is so simple. He has hidden things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them to babes. Instinctive to nearly every human being who has not been otherwise affected is the basic drive for self-survival, self-preservation. It is at a core part of their being. In a human realm, such as in gangs and the mafia, only a greater fear than death itself is capable of overcoming such an innate, core part of our human nature. We fear death, and losing our self, and yet, this is at the core of not only the Gospel, yet of love itself. To love is to lose yourself, and yet retain it.
This verse is perplexing only in a natural sense, however, to mind of man, and not to God. Many have of course tried to fulfill this in their flesh, only to fail again and again, and some have set up whole camps for doctrines of thought around the whole idea that we should simply not try and just “let God”. While this may sound wonderfully and spiritual, the plain fact remains that we were given instruction for a reason, if we could just know how to apply it!
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When all is stripped away, and nothing else remains, you can trust in His love. His love remains, when everything else is shaken (Romans 8:37-39), and by it, we live without fear (1 John 4:18).
Into His love we commend ourselves each day. Further into His glory, His goodness, His mercy.
All we need is His love. Our only true possession in this life is this place of union.
The life of the flesh doesn’t matter in the end. What matters is Eternity. According to Isaiah 40, all of man’s pomp and pride fall away into the dust and ashes they came from, and all that remains is faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
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Then I seemed to go into still another higher dimension. The fishing line I had in my hand turned into a shoestring, about one-half an inch in diameter. I was holding a baby’s shoe, with eyelets about an eighth of an inch in diameter. I was trying to put this half-inch shoestring through one of the eighth-inch eyelets, and I had broken many threads in the shoestring. The Angel of The Lord was still standing in front of me, and he asked sternly, yet kindly, “What are you trying to do?” I answered, “I am trying to lace this shoe.” He said, “You are using the wrong end of the string.”
I looked down at the other end of the string and noticed it was reduced and bound with a metal tip that would easily go through the eyelet. I said, “Oh, I’m sorry, Sir, I hadn’t noticed that I was using the wrong end.” He said, “You can’t teach babies supernatural things without causing carnal comparisons!”
Portion of a vision given to William Branham
In understanding this portion of this vision given to William Branham, the most important part is the lesson at the end. You can’t teach babies supernatural things without causing carnal comparisons. Jesus indicated that the same was true as He was departing, saying, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (John 16:12).
This lesson was important for the work of William Branham, and it is important for us to understand the principle as we enter into the deeper things of God today. Let us consider the parable presented by the angel of the Lord. As we are faithful with what we have (someone else’s revelations), perhaps God will be so gracious as to give us our own. Only, let us go on to maturity, holding fast to the head, not forsaking the Word.
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He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Jesus had secrets. God has secrets.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”
It is something to think of this. In some ways, they were closely guarded secrets, yet on the other hand, they could be thought of as some of the ideas hidden in the most plain sight possible.
Even as Jesus had no earthly comeliness that men should be drawn to Himself, it was the inner, Spirit in the message that made the difference.
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Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Paul wrote that the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6). True religion is a good thing, as opposed to the thing commonly called the “religious spirit”, aka, the demonic force of blindness, deafness, and mere rules. True religion expresses faith through an attitude of love. The word “expresses” here means it does something. As James wrote elsewhere, faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Religion does something, it is both forward and reserved, but always after some goal.
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There is only one way to walk consistently in the power of God, and that is focus. What a man beholds, he sees that thing, and it is magnified in his imagination.
If a man set gaze upon it, he can possess it, though it is costly.
Consider the following:
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
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He who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought.
1 Corinthians 8:2 (paraphrase)
The most interesting thing about the gospel is that, you could have all the words right, you could say all the right things, have all the right demeanor and mannerism, you could know when to shout and how to dance, but you could be just as much of a devil as Judas was. That’s right. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
You don’t have what it takes. You never have, and you never will. If you can do it, it isn’t God, and it needs to die.
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If you would see the Kingdom, you must be born again. If you would enter into His life, His Word of life must come into you as a seed and begin to grow.
Everything starts small. It starts obscure. We do not despise the smallness, but we understand that everything which is planted, in its full time, grows to maturity.
From the yeast beginning with just a small bit for the entire dough, to the mustard seed which would grow, the life of the Spirit must begin very small, yet grow to its size.