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Matthew 6:19–24 NASB95
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

There is a lot to unpack in this text
Jesus closes by saying, “you cannot serve God and wealth.”
the context here is found in verse 21.
Matthew 6:21 NASB95
21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Notice treasure..
Treasure means, a quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.
so, treasure is that that you have deemed valuable.
thats why the next verse says “the eye.”
you have placed value on, what you focus on.
we know thats true because if it is worth nothing, it not worth giving attention too.
Notice again, “the eye.” folks often say “the eye is the window to the souls.
the bible actually says,
“The eye is the lamp of the body.”
one translation for the word eye is “gaze.”
i often times say, you lead by your gazes.
reminder verse 21
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
so, what you focus on effects you heart.
Heart here is the word kardia, which speaks of ones interior and ones feelings or emotion.
where are the emotions?
kardia
in the mind
where is the mind?
in the soul
back to verse 22
Matthew 6:22 NASB95
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.
if your eye is clear
Clear, not blinded by specks or cataracts.
not polluted, but clear..
notice, your whole body will be full of light.
look at
Genesis 3:1–6 NASB95
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
The garden represents the place of the presence of God.
More than a place though the garden represents a position.
A state of closeness and relationships.
God desire for man from the beginning.
To have community with God.
look at verse 5
Genesis 6:5 NASB95
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 3:5 NASB95
5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
eyes! heres the first speck!
the Devil is crafty and doesnt want you eyes to be clear. He want to pollute your heart.
Genesis 3:6 NASB95
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Notice the attack is against their innocence.
Your eyes will be open.
“When the woman saw!”
1 John 2:15–17 NASB95
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
1john 2:
Often times things in the world seems more desirable than following the will of God.
See the perimeter are good for you.
God is not trying to take your freedom his trying to preserve your innocence.
But there is a system or a spirit in the world that is continually trying to draw us out of God presence.
She saw.. Wasn't just that she looked she saw.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
Lust of the flesh
She saw that it was a delight to the eyes,
Lust of the eyes
and that the tree was desirable to make one wise
Pride of life
Every sin includes these.
Our flesh, our covetousness , and our pride.
Because we were drawn away.
Often times addition start because someone offered us sometime.
We saw it might feel good. We thought it might make us look good and we rebelled again God authorities in our lives.
Then we see a cycle beginning.
I was hurt or abused or exposed and then...
she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”
Notice the victim becomes the victimizer.
Spreading his addiction. Spreading his hatred. The abused becomes the abuser.
Hurting people hurt people and when there is whole in ones heart often we go out of our way to fix them and along the way we hurt other
I was controlled so now feeling in control feel the whole of being controlled and now my life is out of control.
Matthew 6:22–23 NASB95
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
This is the battle!
the Devil is crafty and doesn't want you eyes to be clear. He want to pollute your heart.
so that, If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
watch jesus next words,
Matthew 6:24 NASB95
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
you can not serve two master..
make a choice… be separate… be different
Matthew 6:19–20 NASB95
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
in essence live for another age..
don’t allow the things of the world to pollute your soul....
Don’t give a place to the Evil
Ephesians 4:27 NASB95
27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.
Remember, whatever controls your mind controls you.
Ephesians 4:22–23 NASB95
22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
ep 4:22-
Ephesians 4:22–32 NASB95
22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
ep 4:22-
Again, we need the Holy Spirt to do a work of Renewing the mind.
Ephesians 4:24–27 NASB95
24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.
ep 4:24
opportunity is the greek topos, meaning place or room.
who do we not give him a place
topos
Ephesians 4:28–32 NASB95
28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
ep 4:
Ephesians 4:28 NASB95
28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.
so, for all yall cursing christians, stop!
Ephesians 4:29–32 NASB95
29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
ep 4:2
why?
Matthew 6:24 NASB95
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
matt 6:
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