Things Which Are Not Seen

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Readers,

When I was growing up, I remember there being 13 channels of garbage on the TV to choose from. Today, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of choices to choose from, and for the most part, no one better than the other. One of the best things my wife and I did for our family was to eliminate cable TV. TV is pure pollution for the mind. Hypnotic brainwashing. Between the programming and the advertisements, minds are corrupted to the detriment of all mankind. Subliminal messages to change and re shape our beliefs. Morality rejected and immorality raised to a level of acceptance, tolerance, and the way of the land. Sadly, besides TV, immorality is propagated in many different ways (the internet, music, video games, smart phones, YouTube, Facebook, educational system etc.) and has spread like a disease in just about every aspect of everyday life in the world we live in.

There are some images that we have seen in our lives that we will never forget. We try to close our eyes and make them go away but they are still there. There is this thing called the mind’s eye. It records everything we see. We may think we forget, but everything we see is recorded in the mind’s eye. Unfortunately, things which are harmful, the mind’s eye will recall subconsciously. So, it is fair to say that what you see is what you get. What are the things we look at every day?

Coveting begins with seeing and we begin to covet the things we see every day. How many images are flashed before us during our day? Things which we do not go out of our way to see, yet are so readily displayed before us. Voluntary or not, we see more than we care to in this world. But it is up to us to choose not to keep looking. If we continue to look, we begin to covet. This is God’s 10th commandment: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's. Exodus 20:17. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; [and] quicken thou me in thy way. Psalms 119:37. There are also other dangers of continuing to look. Our outlook on life will change. If we watch violent programs, sports included, we will acquire a propensity for violence. Violence begets violence. Senseless, random killing of innocent lives. Young adults or children committing these crimes because they lacked any guidance in their lives. They did not learn to value life and were not instructed in the 6th commandment of God: Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13. Take note parents, that while we are looking, others are looking at us. Our children see what we see. They assume that if we are watching these things, being entertained, it must be all right for them to watch as well. We are conditioning our children to accept certain behaviors and are instilling in them that it is ok for them to follow and live by an immoral belief system. How tragic this is, all because we could not exercise self- control. So much immorality, hate, and crime get shoved in our face, and in the faces of young, innocent children. What is the solution? Isolate our children, never let them out of the house? No, it begins with the parents and the examples that parents set before their children. Whose examples then should the parents follow if they were not taught any better. It is the example of our great exemplar, Jesus Christ. He has set before us His ways, and His way is in the sanctuary, in the Most Holy Place where the golden Ark of the Covenant rests, and in it are God’s 10 commandments. Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as [our] God? Psalms 77:13

While the wind is itself invisible, it produces effects that are seen and felt. So, the work of the Spirit upon the soul will reveal itself in every act of him who has felt its saving power. When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven. No one sees the hand that lifts the burden, or beholds the light descend from the courts above. The blessing comes when by faith the soul surrenders itself to God. Then that power which no human eye can see creates a new being in the image of God. {DA 173.1}

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

We all have a choice as to who we will serve. Will you serve God or will you serve man? God does not force His will upon us. He gives us freewill. Sin is what separates us from God and the wages of sin are death. For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23. So, we can choose God and life, or we can choose sin and death. The choice is quite clear to me and prayerfully it is clear to you. Jesus has told us: come, take up the cross, and follow me. Mark 10:21. So, let’s do as our great exemplar and remember to keep your eyes on Jesus. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal. 2. Corinthians 4:18

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