Daily Devotional – 8/4/17 “New eyes!”

Last night in class, Redemptive Cinema, we watched the movie The Matrix. I had seen the movie before, a long time ago, yet this time it was different. This time when I watched it, I did so through spiritual eyes and everything I missed before was clear now. I did not realize how spiritually relatable this movie actually was. From the name of the ship (Nebuchadnezzar) to the correlations of the overall theme (prophecy, hope, etc.); it was all spiritual but I missed it the first time. Why? Because my eyes were only registering the natural. Oh but when I begin to look through the spiritual, a lot of things I thought were one way, were actually different. I no longer saw things the same because I was able to now see people for who they truly are and stuff for what it was. And it’s the same for you. See, when you look through natural eyes you see lust masquerading as love but spiritual eyes will show you true love. With natural eyes you see green grass but in your spiritual eyes you’ll see it’s just a patch of dirt painted green. In your natural eyes you’ll see trust but in your spiritual eyes you’ll see it is a temptation. In your natural eyes you’ll see marriage material but in your spiritual eyes you will see it is just misery looking for company. In the natural, you will see a contract but in the spiritual, you will see it is just a con.

The bible says in Matthew 6:22-23, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” How is your vision beloved? Are you seeing things/people clearly or is your focus off? What are you seeing? You may want to check your eyes because they may be the reason everything around you looks dark. Yea, it might just be your eyes deceiving you that has you thinking nobody can be trusted. It may just be your eyes sending you in the wrong direction. How’s your vision? Do you find yourself bumping into stuff? You might need new eyes. Do you occasionally have a hard time reading things/people? You might need new eyes. Having trouble figuring out stuff? You might need new eyes. If you do, don’t feel bad because we all need to have our eyes check, every now and then. This is why my prayer is like Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.” And there is nothing wrong with admitting you need new eyes but there is definitely something wrong with acting like the old ones still work.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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