Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Self-Examination 2020: Eyes, Eye Candy
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable...
Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)
All that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:16 (NKJV)
The devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
Matthew 4:8 (NKJV)
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:29 (NKJV)*
Eye candy is superficial beauty, but underneath the engaging image is an ugly gotcha straight from Satan.

The world merchandises phony facades:

Cosmetic re-do's, injected faces, freakishly white teeth, re-sculpted bodies, photo-shopped models, synthetic clothing, simulated lives, fabricated stars, paper credentials, artificial foods. and flavor enhancers;

Virtual friendships, beauty in bottles, love in quick kisses, hope in lying words, faith in false visions, joy in purchases, peace in laying low, safety in assets, power in numbers, church in big buildings, and entertainment.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: As you know, Satan is 'The tempter' (Matthew 4:3), and eye candy is his specialty. He has examined your weaknesses and he's all about make-believe shows.

Hollywood likes make-believe shows, too, but their stars are honest about it. And honesty about pretenses is better than pretend religion--which is surely the worst show of all.

Therein consider two action plans:

1. Jesus said to avoid temptation, so avoid the candies you might crave. Don't look, click, go, touch, bite, sign or buy. Whatever entices you to lust, avoid it like the bubonic plague--no matter how pretty it's packaged.

2. On the stages of entertainment, beauty and truth become One in you. Be the church outsiders haven't seen. Model Christ for every seeking heart. Eye candy and sweet tarts fall away when Jesus steps up to the table.

## Self-Examination 2020: Eyes, Eye Candy (Part 13)

* Short article: Did Jesus mean we should literally pluck out our eyes and cut off our hands in Matthew 5:29-30 and 18:8-9?

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2017 Shine Devotion series, 'Self-Examination.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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