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The Double-Minded ManPosted Friday, August 31, 2012, at 12:20 PM
"If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]."
(James 1:5-8, Amplified)
A Christian who has not yet been made perfect in Christ constantly battles double-mindedness. He acts one way when he is with one group of people but acts another way when he is with another group of people. Or, he has a certain belief with one person but quickly changes his mind when he is in the presence of another person. This person, lacking in confidence, simply doesn't know who he is yet. He struggles with being insecure and spiritually immature.
James warns that the double-minded man will "not receive anything from the Lord". That's a strong statement! I don't know about you but I want to receive everything the Lord has in store for me.
To obtain the spiritual maturity necessary to avoid being a double-minded man, James urges believers to develop their faith by seeking wisdom from God. He reminds us that we have a choice: We could either give in to sin and suffer the consequences, or we can stand firm and experience the maturing of faith that comes by accepting the trials that will inevitably come. James maintained that the latter would produce patience and ultimately perfect and complete us in Christ (James 1:2-4).
The potential a Christian has for maturity relates to the realization of their God-given destiny, avoiding the striving that comes with reaching a goal that only God can enable us to achieve.
So today I urge you to be confident in the Lord and develop your faith by seeking wisdom from God, being stable in all your ways and avoiding the pitfall of being a double-minded believer.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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