Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 56)
Mind: Double Minds
I hate those who are double-minded, but I love Your Law.
Psalm 119:113 (NASB)
And He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
Matthew 22:37 (NASB
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5-8 (NASB)
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:7-8 (NASB)
Sometimes I reflect upon my parents: my ahead-of-her-time, activist mom, who wanted to be a missionary, but instead became a fashion model. Or my fighter-pilot, war-hero dad, who wanted to remain in the Air Force, but instead deferred my mother's will.
Concerning my mom, my dad used to say: 'Carey, Millie agrees with the last reasonable thing she heard.'
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider symptoms and suggestions for cases of double-mindedness:*
1) Susceptibility to salesmen: Whether people, plans or merchandise, you're tempted to invest in a con without confirmation from the Lord.
The Answer for gullibility is God Himself and knowing His Word. It's asking Him for increased wisdom and seeking out godly counselors. It's growing up to be mature saints: trees of righteousness, rooted in God.
2) Worry over your circumstances, as if the Lord is not in control and does not have your welfare in mind. You seek answers from men more than God.
The Bible says God allows hard times to test us and to teach us His ways; to refine us in hot furnaces, separating our treasure from trash. Practice your faith by leashing your mouth. Speak and walk in faith, no matter what.
3) Showcasing worldly lives as Christians, because you believe worldly pastors: loving positions and possessions while professing your love for Jesus.
Jesus lived a life of sacrifice and remarkable humility. He said no man can serve two masters--nor can he rise above his master. He said saints must pick up their crosses--not dangle small trinkets from their necks.**
4) Never being truly satisfied; moving from job to job, friend to friend, church to church or Savior to savior. Sliding around becomes a lifestyle.
Saints must keep their eyes on the Target and not veer to the right or the left,*** even when walking blind through a fog, or through thorns, swamps or deserts, saying 'Lord I believe, help my unbelief' (Mark 9:24).
To Be Continued...
* Definitions of double-minded (Merriam-Webster Dictionary): 1) Wavering in mind, undecided, vacillating: a double-minded man unstable in all his ways. James 1:8 (Revised Standard Version); 2) Marked by hypocrisy: insincere.
* Short, biblically referenced article: What does it mean to be double-minded?https://www.gotquestions.org/double-minded.html
** 'No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money' (Matthew 6:24).
** 'The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master' (Matthew 10:24).
*** 'Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil' (Proverbs 4:27, NLT).
*** 'So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left' (Deuteronomy 5:32, NIV).
*** 'And do not turn aside from any of the Words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them' (Deuteronomy 28:14).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.