The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:6:19 @ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where mothand rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal;

kjv@Matthew:6:20 @ But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

kjv@Matthew:6:21 @ For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

kjv@Matthew:6:22 @ The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

kjv@Matthew:6:23 @ But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

kjv@Matthew:6:24 @ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Today's notes: If Thine Eye Be

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Note: The Lord has transitioned from religion in the wider view to religion in the narrower more personal sense. Along the course of this sermon we have considered differences between the faith/righteousness that we or anyone else would be able to manufacture and the faith/righteousness God more properly would want to HIMSELF influence upon us. Early on He had said that unless this exceeding influence be operated from on our part, not even a person as religiously devout as a Pharisee would enter into His kingdom. Little by little through this Gospel we have been shown the many evidences of our failing including the precipitous state the well meaning nation Israel teeters on this sermon night. Most recently we had considered the notion that as the plan of God quickly now unfolds in the person of Jesus the expectation/procedure to exceed so too shifts. This will be a hard transition for those many locked tight by man made (largely) traditions.

What is man believing/doing?:

The light of the body is the eye. We have already talked about what we would be doing by what is right in our own eye. The eye forms the bases of our deduction, our reasoning, our prediction, our judgment, our hope, our design towards action, our assessment of previous action. It both gives it's input into the heart and receives input from the heart. The heart can even overtake the eye so as to cloud or alter the perception of what is being seen.

The heart and the eye as evidenced by forty-two generations has not shown itself well in the past and has comfortably determined itself to continue largely upon the same incomplete (inconsequential) path. Now the spiritual landscape is drastically changing with Jesus and the soul is likely to miss the change unless shown the evil that it is subject to both along the crucification road of our Savior of that day and the denial else commingling road we've taken ever since. One measure of testing this changing front is the the topic of what one's heart treasures most.

What will be proven shortly is that the heart of this people illustrated will choose to treasure and thus serve the status quo, present order, the way that the hypocritical and corrupt chief priests, the puppet king and over bearing Roman hierarchy can maintain things over anything that Jesus has to offer. The majority decision would not even be close. Jesus, even today, is seen as something future tense, something revolutionary and radical, something dangerous and friction/faction making. The eye of what is right in our own eyes will rule the present day even though the present day has been shown to be on a most failing and destructive course.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

To do otherwise requires a most sure commitment. It requires turning against the overwhelming tide to establish a foot hold, maintaining that foot hold against the tide, advancing that foot hold in the manner Jesus would prescribe. It requires in other words God's direct influence; an influence most believers are too shy to import and outwardly put forward. Unless God can be known as only God can reveal HIMSELF then our effort is not much more than manufacturing a righteousness just as all the rest. Therefore, the challenge becomes "how real is Jesus", "how real is His kingdom" and "how real are the treasures we would rather be storing in heaven"? Not till we settle that are we actually settled against the manufacture of our own righteousness. And only then are we serving a much different master.


Mammon or money is often considered on the bases of it's attachable immoral greed. It would be wise to take the consideration further into other amoral and moral contexts. To a large extent money is the means of security/equity/procurement/investment/insurance; all things that Jesus claims to be in control of as Lord and deliverer on our behalf. Serving both for these needs is mostly a unmanageable duplication of effort, the effort of the one opposing the effort of the other, likely leading to negation (at least partial) of all effort else the fooling of one's self into thinking that the one is being done when it is actually the other.

Loving the one and hating the other may not be the way we see ourselves. The likelihood is that we have simply adjusted our image of God. HE would see it as hate from HIS perspective yes (and rightly so), we however would have made our selves to be justified by reverting back to the manufactured righteousness and image minus HIS export.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Despite our perceived image to be independent and free from control, we are precisely the opposite. Much of the proof of that is that we despise and hate the counter demands God places upon us. One would think that they have no controls placed upon them until there comes God, but God is showing them that they have been under another's control all along.
  2. It may be supposed that the mere belief in Jesus or God or religion alleviates the controlling factors, but actually the tension only increases as now the eye is on two masters. The church body can be filled with this type duplicitous believer and is, effecting it's every movement until the Lord performs His work on them. The tension doesn't end their either as faith is now called into obedience and action.
  3. The eye or focus of the body here in the States has become a clash between several masters while it rather should solely be on the person and work of Jesus Christ upon His body and our obedience within that.

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