**I know I’ve been MIA here for a few weeks now. I’ve had computer troubles. But I’m back ;). So let’s get into this week’s discussion, shall we?
We’ve all heard and/or read this passage from James 1;
Have you ever thought about what double-mindedness looks like? Though the passage is familiar, I believe we often overlook the weight of it. Because of this many of us have been and/or still are double-minded but fail to recognize it in ourselves. Let’s look at this important issue more closely.
Double-minded means one is wavering, uncertain, doubting. It is to have divided interest.
The Greek word translated double-minded in Scripture is δίψυχος (Dipsuchos [dip’-soo-khos]). It literally means to be two spirited – vacillating (indecisive) in opinion or purpose.
The Bible says a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. This means Mr. or Ms. Double-mind is unsteady, faithless and changeable in everything they think, say, and do! According to James 1:7 such individuals will receive nothing from the Lord!
If you are double-minded you can talk faith today and lack trust tomorrow. You can encourage others that God will help them but, regarding yourself, God “NEVER” honors your request! Such individuals often have a “but” ready when confronted with the truth of Scripture. Why is this?
There can be a number of reasons causing one to be double-minded. Neglecting to assemble together with other *true* believers will contribute to double-mindedness. Being separated from the Body is dangerous for a believer. I believe another cause of double-mindedness is a lack of understanding. Most of the time if someone mentions double-mindedness they just call it doubt; “if you doubt you are double-minded.” While doubt is definitely a fundamental component of the double-minded, it is seldom explained just how subtle double-mindedness can be. It is something we all (no matter how strong we believe ourselves to be) have to be on guard against.
For example, ladies, when Aunt Flo comes to town and emotions want to take the helm, you are in a perfect position for double-mindedness to creep in. Emotions are high, perhaps a little depression starts to set in, and before you know it you’ve become soft in the head and loose at the lips. At times like these “God is to blame for…;” “God never….;” and so on. I have even heard individuals say such foolhardy things as “faith (in God) does not work.” I mean, think about it; if faith in God doesn’t work then how can we be saved? See? Letting emotions run away with your mouth causes one to be reckless with words.
Is it not an unreasonable speech for a man at midnight to say, it will never be day? It is as unreasonable for a man in trouble to say, O Lord, I shall never get free; it will always be thus! ~Richard Sibbes
We think of double-mindedness in regards to a lack of real trust in God; however, have you ever thought about the ways in which we cultivate double-mindedness?
Think about it. You need a job; you pray and eventually get a job. You are thankful and happy for the job. It’s even “better than other jobs” you’ve had. You couldn’t be more positive! Once you become accustomed to the work, however, the job suddenly isn’t that good anymore. Annoyances and frustrations with conditions and people cause you to become an unthankful griper, who can’t even see one blessing in having the job in the first place. Double-Minded!
Think about those times we become impatient with one thing or another. I have watched people lose patience with inanimate objects they can’t “work.” Next thing you know it’s the worse piece of junk known to man, they hate it, etc… My first thought is, if it’s so bad then quit using it! We love this stuff when it works the way we want when we want. Have a glitch though, even if it’s our fault, then an instant hatred for it spews from our lips. Double-Minded!
Examine how you deal with what God has blessed you with. Do you give credit to God while in your Christian circles, only to treat it as worthless when you think no one’s looking? Double-minded!
Examine your relationship with people. Do you thank God for your spouse one moment and then disparage them for their faults the next? Double-minded!
Even with God our trust so often comes with strings attached. If everything is going good (money in the bank, food on the table, no health scares etc…) then God is trustworthy, wonderful and worthy to be praised! Let life happen and it’s a totally different story. The God we want and can’t wait to see suddenly becomes the recipient of complaints, contempt and vicious hostility. Double-Minded!
The double-minded are indecisive, confused and unable to truly trust God as they should. Double-mindedness is disobedience to God. It is also dangerous for the believer (Hebrews 10:38; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11).
When we don’t practice counting our blessings and being thankful, double-mindedness is sure to enter in. When we don’t train ourselves to govern our thoughts, words and emotions we will remain bouncing around on those waves the Apostle James talked about. When we don’t acknowledge this tendency in the small, mundane situations of life we will develop a habit that carries over into our walk with God.
I think every believer has been bitten by the double-minded bug at one point or another in their walk with God. I can and will admit that I have been guilty of this in some way or another myself. I have learned though, it can be avoided.
We must take a moment to search ourselves. If we have been traveling the double-minded path, we need to repent now. Be honest with God and repent of our disrespect and distrust of Him; repent of practicing double-minded living – even if unwittingly.Therefore if any man be in Christ,he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2Co 5:17 Click To Tweet
Let yourself be the new creature in Christ by allowing those old ways, thoughts, and speech to pass away. We have to cooperate with the process of transformation; our mind has to be renewed. (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:17-20; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 John 2:15-17; Ephesians 5:17; Romans 13:14)
In order to break free from a double-mind, we must do our part. Here are some key steps to get you started.
Let’s here some chatter out there!
Have you experienced double-mindedness?
Did you overcome it?
What would you add to help someone who’s battling this issue?
Until next time!