SingleVISION Living

Without SingleVISION it is not even possible to LOVE as the Scripture commands us or to even LIVE the Christian life.  This article will help you understand what we mean by the term “SingleVISION.”


HOW YOU SEE THINGS
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 way you see things that happen in your life has a great effect on your state of being according to the verses above.  “Single” or good, healthy, or whole vision is seeing God in everything.  If God is your hope, your salvation, your security, your peace, then God must be the One Who has charge of everything.  Otherwise, you will fall apart with fear and dread.  The future becomes a monster that threatens you.  But, if your “EYE is SINGLE,” leaving no room to consider anyone or anything other than God being in control, you have peace and rest in Him.

WHO IS FLYING YOUR PLANE?
A little boy flying in a commercial airplane was sitting in the seat next to a lady who was shredding her Kleenex, trembling with worry and fear.  “Little boy,” she asked, “How can you be so calm as we fly through this storm?  Aren’t you terrified?”  “No,” the lad responded as he played with his toy airplane.  “How can you be so calm in a situation like this?”  The boy stopped flying his toy plane and looked her straight in the eye and said, “I’m not worried.  You see, my dad is the pilot.”

Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
According to W. E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary, two Greek words (hagnos & katharos) are translated “pure” in our English Bibles.  Hagnos means pure from defilement. (Phil. 4:8; 1 Tim 5:22; James 3:17; 1 John 3:3)  Katharos means “unmixed.”  Wine mixed with water may be “hagnos” – not being contaminated; but it is not “katharos” when there is the admixture of any element, even though the water and the wine are both “pure” in themselves.  (Mat. 5:8; Titus 1:15; 1 Tim. 1:5; 3:9; 2 Tim. 1:3; 2:22; Heb. 10:22; Jas. 1:27; 1 Pet. 1:22; Rev. 15:6; 21:18; 22:1)

So, if you have a clean glass of water and a clean glass of wine (both are drinkable) and you pour the water into the pure (unmixed) wine.  The wine, although still drinkable, is not pure having been “mixed” with the water.  That is the meaning of the original Greek word in the text.  “Blessed are the UNMIXED in heart for they shall SEE GOD.”

GOOD AND EVIL
We are not to look at life based on our perception of “GOOD AND EVIL.”  In the garden, Adam was told that if he ate of the “Tree of the KNOWLEDGE of Good and Evil,” he would die.

Genesis 2:16-17 – And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

But Satan interpreting God said, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The only GOOD is GOD.  And God is working IN ALL THINGS.  So the ONLY good in all things is GOD.  Everything else is good and evil. You are good and evil.  Your pastor is good and evil.  You church is good and evil.  The best thing you ever did was good and evil.

Everything is good and evil, except God.  He is GOOD.  He is the ONLY GOOD and He is in all things.  GOD is the ONLY GOOD IN ALL THINGS.  So, having a pure (unmixed heart, you will look for God in ALL THINGS and you will be practicing what we call SingleVISION.  Read the Scriptures  for your self:

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Mark 10:17-18 – As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good– except God alone.”

God is the only interpreter of what is good and what is evil.  God in His Sovereignty will even send evil in order to accomplish His good.

First, see that He has made one as well as the other.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 – When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.

Isaiah 45:7 – I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.

Lamentations 3:37-38 – Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?  Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?

EXAMPLES FROM SCRIPTURE
Job is an example of SingleVISION living:  he lost all his wealth and the lives of his sons and daughters in one day.  How would you “see” such a horrible experience? Nothing we have experienced could equal this, but note his response:

Job 1:21 –  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”

There is no mention of Satan by Job.  We would do well to talk more about the LORD and what He is doing in our life than so much about Satan.

Job said “the LORD” is the ONE Who did this evil in my life and the Scripture says He didn’t sin in saying it. Later when Job was struck with sores all over his body and he was in extreme pain and his wife told him to curse God, notice his response to her:

Job 2:9-10 – His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”  He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job is saying that the good came from God. That isn’t hard to accept.  Job is also saying that this horrible evil also came from God.  Job is always seeing all things coming from God.  He is secure in the midst of chaos by this SingleVISION life style and so much so that he later exclaims, “Though HE slay me, yet will I hope in Him.” (Job 13:15) What an example Job is to us today.

Joseph is an example of SingleVISION living:  his brothers sold him as a slave, which took him all the way to Egypt as a very young man.  Notice his response to his brothers years later when they thought he was going to revenge his suffering by their hands:

Genesis 50:19-20 –   “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Another time Joseph told them:
Genesis 45:4-8 –  “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

Is there any question that his brothers did sin against him?  No.  But, we see that Joseph had SingleVISION as he told them God used their sin to accomplish His purpose.  Joseph seeing God in all things was practicing SingleVISION.

Paul is an example.  Paul was in jail, kept from his missionary travels.  Paul’s way of looking at this hardship was a SingleVISION approach:

Philippians 1:12-14 – Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

Paul was clearly declaring that God was working in this “evil” circumstance to bring about good for the church. Paul knew the principle that we callSingleVISION.

Moses gives us an excellent example of how to endure, persevere and not fear the powers that be.  How?  By SingleVISION – “seeing God (the invisible)”
Hebrews 11:27 – By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Jesus is the best example.  What is the worst thing that man has ever done?  Wasn’t it when Jesus was crucified?  Look at what the Word says about that:

Isaiah 53:10 – Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer

Acts 2:22-23 –  “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. (It was “wicked” but it was according to God’s “set purpose and foreknowledge.”)

Acts 4:27-28 – Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.

Don’t Be An Expert of Evil
How we see things is extremely important.  Our “eye” affects our whole “body.” (Mat. 6:22)  We are to be mature about what is good, but infants about what is evil.  Some people think that we are to be “experts” about evil to protect ourselves from it.  No!  Read this:

1 Corinthians 14:20 – Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

Romans 16:19 – Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

LOVE NOT POSSIBLE
SingleVISION is necessary if we are to fulfill the Scripture command to love.  We CANNOT LOVE without a PURE (unmixed) HEART, according to Paul’s instructions to Timothy:

1 Timothy 1:5 – The goal of this command is LOVE, which comes from a (1) pure heart and a (2) good conscience and (3) a sincere faith.

1.     A Pure Heart – A mixed heart is seeing “good and evil.”  The reason you can see evil is because it is there.  According to Matthew 5:8 coupled with Romans 8:28, an unmixed heart sees God in all things.  This would include the evil things as well as the good.  With a mixed heart of seeing good and evil you will be filled with “FEAR.”  Paul said the object of his command is LOVE.  The opposite of love is fear according to John.

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

If you have SingleVISION, then ALL THINGS are PURE.  If you don’t have SingleVISION, NOTHING IS PURE.  Note the extreme contrast in the Scriptures:

Titus 1:15-16 – To the pure (unmixed – seeing God in all things as in Mat. 5:8), all things are pure (unmixed), but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

In other words, those “experts” in seeing evil are disqualified and are “unfit for doing anything good.”  The “identity” they give themselves contradicts their usefulness.  Remember, there is evil in everything and everyone.  So seeing evil is not that difficult because it is there, but SEEING GOD is a deliberate choice based on the truth of the Scriptures that God is IN ALL THINGS working for our GOOD (Romans 8:28).

2.   A Good Conscience – Since the best thing you have ever done has enough sin in it for you to deserve hell, how could you have a good conscience no matter what you do?  Your good conscience cannot be based on what YOU do.  It must be based on what HE has done.  After describing what the New Covenant is about, the writer of Hebrews says:

Hebrews 10:19-24 – Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus (not by what we have done) by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest (not our works)over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a [note the same 3 things] (1) sincere heart in full assurance of (2) faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty (3) conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (Here is what we must do)Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

So hold fast to the good conscience we have because of Christ Jesus.  Since the very best thing we ever did has enough sin in it to send us to hell, how could we truly have a good conscience?  It has to be by His righteousness and not our own.  In the same way we partake of the Lord’s Supper, “discerning the body of the Lord,” not our worthiness apart from Him.  If you don’t have a PURE HEART you won’t have a good conscience. And your pure heart comes from knowing who you are IN CHRIST.

Titus 1:15-16 – To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Paul knew what it was to be guilty and yet have a “clear conscience.”  In the following Scripture Paul said he was guilty, but he had a clear conscience.  How did he do that?  Read this:

1 Corinthians 4:3-5 – I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. (not condemnation, but “PRAISE.”  Why?  Because there is NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.)

Romans 8:1 – There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

JUDGE YOURSELF IN CHRIST
There are so many people who think we should go around judging ourselves all the time, that is, condemning ourselves through self-examination.  The trouble is that we always come up short.

Take your motives for example.  If you examine your motives, can you really ever say they are pure. Which of us has ever had totally pure motives?  What good thing have you ever done that was without sin?

Paul said he didn’t even “judge himself.”  When the Scripture tells us to judge ourselves, it means to judge ourselves correctly IN JESUS CHRIST. IN HIM is our only safe haven.  That’s where there is no condemnation.  If we observe the table of the Lord with an eye on our own worthiness, we do not rightly discern the Lord’s body and we observe the table of the Lord in an unworthy manner.

1Corinthians 11:28-29 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.  In Him we are not condemned. ALWAYS JUDGE YOURSELF IN CHRIST, and there will be no condemnation, just “praise from God.”

3.   A Sincere Faith – Not only must we have an UNMIXED HEART and an UNFALLEN CONSCIENCE, but also, an UNFEIGNED FAITH.  Faith does not cause or originate anything.  Faith is a response.  The Word (Rhema) must come into us first and then we respond in faith.  The Word of God is spoken by the Spirit and we then have faith.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word (Rhema) of God.

Matthew 4:4 – Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (Rhema) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

John 5:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

It is BY FAITH that we receive wisdom from God and if we do not have SingleVISION we will not receive anything from God according to James.

James 1:5-8 – If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault (there is no condemnation to us in Christ) and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt (The word “doubt” is from the old English “double thought”, or two thoughts), because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Don’t have two thoughts – good and evil – have one thought – GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD AND HE IS IN EVERYTHING.

CONCLUSION
The way we see things greatly effects our life, even our health.  The reason people can see evil is because it is there.  Only God is good.  God is working in everything for our good, so having an unmixed heart we will see God in everything whether it be considered good or evil.  The quality of our life and the ability to “hear” God is greatly influenced by whether or not we SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, i.e., SingleVISION.  If any one is double-minded they will not receive anything from God.  SingleVISION is a serious issue.  Practice SingleVISION and discover for yourself how God is always working in all things for your good and according to His purpose.  BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART (unmixed – not mixed with the knowledge of good and evil)  FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.

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