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A Word From Karen 12/28/2017

 

THE CURE FOR DOUBLEMINDEDNESS

"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8)

In judging the quality and the fruit of your life today, can you  locate any double mindedness on your part?  You might ask yourselves these questions:  

 

1. What does it mean to be double minded?

2. If we are double minded, what is missing or misaligned in our lives that causes this condition?

3. What is the cure?

 

  1. To be double minded means that we are operating out of two different mindsets.  This can be further explained as operating out of two souls. Adam Clarke describes this as: "The man of two souls, who has one for earth, and another for Heaven; who wishes to secure both worlds; he will not give up earth, and he is loth [extremely fearful] to let heaven go."

    James explains that double mindedness makes us unstable in ALL of our ways; not in just a few ways, but in ALL ways.  Jesus says: "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13). 

     
  2. Our clear understanding of what double mindedness indicates, might be hidden from us.  We all need to look at James 1:3 and 1:5.  Faith and wisdom are not in operation when we become double minded. Remember "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).  Faith must be tested.  We all must face our various uniquely designed (yet common to all) trials.  James says to count it all JOY when we fall into or are surrounded by trials (testings).  Our trials are doing a work in us in order to test our FAITH.  The testing of our faith is creating and fashioning PATIENCE.  "In your patience POSSESS ye your souls" (Luke 21:19).  

    When we are going through various trials, we must ask for WISDOM, and we must ask in FAITH.  We cannot waver in opinion when we are appealing to God for wisdom.  A wavering man is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed (James 1:6).  The fruit of a man who is not operating in faith produces wavering and instability.  I personally believe the root of all double-mindedness is the lack of faith.  Lack of faith is usually a picture of our pride in action, causing us to try to think from our worldly knowledge and fleshly logic and not from the principles of  God's Word.  

    King David understood both double mindedness and faith when he wrote Psalm 12: "Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak" (Psalms 12:1-2). 

    If we operate out of two hearts (mindsets), only one is able to bring forth truth; the other a lie.  This phenomenon is called duplicity. Duplicity is trickery and deception.  All of us who stand in a place of leadership must speak truth to the hearers, otherwise we are spinning a delusion or lie which instruction could never be followed and lead to success (pleasing God).  The Apostle Paul tells us:  "Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me" (I Co 4:16).  Specifically, we are to follow him, as he was following the Messiah.  We follow leaders only as they follow Christ. 

    Martin Buber, in his book Good and Evil, pg. 10, explaining Psalm 12 says of the double minded man, "They speak with a double heart, literally with 'heart and heart.'   This expression must be grasped in all its depth.  The duplicity is not just between heart and mouth, but actually between heart and heart.  In order that the lie may bear the stamp of truth, the liars, as it were, manufacture a special heart, an apparatus which functions with the greatest appearance of naturalness, from which lies well up to the 'smooth lips' like spontaneous utterances of experience and insight."

     
  3. The cure for double mindedness is:  
    1. Repent of all doubt and unbelief in the power of the Word of God.  It is the Truth (of God's Word) that sets us free.  "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).  
       
    2. "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you; cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded" (James 4:8).  This is a personal responsibility of all saints.  We have to take the first steps in drawing near God, cleansing our hands and purifying our hearts (minds).  The Word of God is as water and fire and brings transformation and healing.  We have to choose to no longer be conformed to the pattern of this world, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2).

May God bless all of you who have taken time to read this letter. "But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James 1:25).   

May 2018 be the most productive and greatest year of your life.

Blessings and hope,

P/Karen

 

 

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