Matthew 5: 27-28 ” Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart..”
We established the fact that the first thing to watch out for is the old nature from within us. But now we are going to see the second thing is the enemy from without. The enemy knows our weakness and for many of us it is our eye gate. For we use our eyes for everything. To look at pictures, to watch t.v., to look at the internet, to read books. The book of James says But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. What is the difference between temptation and sin, temptation is when your just asked to do it. Sin is actually doing it. We see this in Genesis 3:6 and Joshua 7:21. We live in a visual world. If you look at marketing anywhere you see their goal is to catch your eye. There are people who sit down and discuss how they will draw you in to their products. What they can do to awaken your sinful nature and desires from within. We live in a society today where it is easier than ever to commit adultery with your mind. Because the enemy has stepped up his game and he knows what trips us up. The church today no longer teaches on this subject, they are no longer teaching on the warring against the flesh. This is where bible instruction is so important to our Christian walk. Every answer you need is found in the word of God. The Psalmist David says How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed to God’s word. David also said Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against God. In Proverbs 5:3 we have a picture of the world trying to draw a person, enticing a person. It says ” For the lips of a strange women drop as an honeycomb and her mouth is smoother than oil. It is pictured as beautiful and good. But we see from vs 5 ” Her feet go down to death and her steps take hold on hell. We must realize what we see through the eye gate can be deceptive , it may be beautiful but deadly. So we must not be deceived by the enemies tricks. We also see from vs 8 “Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house.” This is like Joseph who ran as fast as he could out of Potiphar house to avoid sin when temptation came. God is telling every believer when the flesh rises up to get rid of it as soon as possible. To many times we flirt with the thought that comes to our mind and we get burned. Psalms 101:3 is a verse we should post over are t.v. and computer. ” I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; It shall not cleave to me.” For to many of us we are entertained by the very thing Christ died for and that is sin. Job 31:1 ” I made a covenant with mine eyes, why then should I think upon a maid. The children’s song says O be careful little eyes what you see. Why is that because Christ wants purity. God is looking for a person with clean hands and a pure heart who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully. That’s why Christ teaches us here sin is a matter of the heart and mind not just the actions. So today Jesus wants to work on cleaning out the heart. As children of God we are told in Romans 13:14 ” But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. We must let the Spirit of God guide our every thought. Matthew 6:22-23 ” The light of the body is the eye: If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 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!” The slightest interest in our old nature which is our sin nature will bring sin into our life. We are to take the attitude that we are not going to harbor sin in our life.
The inner life must overcome the flesh or the flesh will overcome and destroy the inner life. A.W. Tozer