Monday, June 1, 2015

double minded

What is it that keeps us from believing that God really is LIMITLESS?  Often there are walls or fences that keep us from applying the things that we believe about God.  We say that we believe God is LIMITLESS, but our minds and hearts don’t grasp it.  Our God is LIMITLESS, yet we are terribly limited as humans.  Some of our problems keep us from experiencing fully God, His character and even His grace.

Our minds, our thinking and the problem is often of what we allow in leaves us confused and even turned in the wrong direction.

Philippians 4:8  NLT
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

This verse, Colossians 3:2, Hebrews 12:1-2 and others tell us to fix our minds, to focus our thoughts and to press toward God who is to be our focus always.

Our thinking is polluted.  Have you noticed that truth?  It is impossible to think in a different direction.  God has told us that in the Bible.  He reminded us to guard our hearts, to change our thinking and to focus completely on God.  Let me illustrate this using one of my favorite verses:

James 1:5-8  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.

We become “double-minded” and unable to accept God’s wisdom or to live by faith.  Doubting God makes us unstable.  Have you found that to be true?  God calls this double minded.  I see it somewhat like a roadblock or confusion.

It is a fact that we need God’s wisdom, yet what gets in the way is our doubting.  It really is hard to change or reverse wrong thinking.  We have been taught things so long that we believe and follow them, yet it is time to relearn some things.  We have to learn to trust God rather than ourselves.  What happens when we trust both, or try to?

Many people, even Christians, try to mix the good with the bad.  Or maybe it is the clear and the unclear.  Mixing our faith with human reasoning leads to being double minded, to being unstable and to lacking faith and wisdom.  We need God to clear this up!

Romans 8:6-7  NASB
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

May God bring us clear thinking so that we are no longer double-minded.  Come closer to God, and He will come closer to you!

James 4:8  NASB
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

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