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Double-mindedness

Double-minded

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

— James 1:6-8

Observation:

This is such a stinging word from God through James. When we are double-minded we are really not expressing faith in anything. When we ask of God, are we trusting Him to respond or are we looking for a back up plan? When we are trusting God for His answer and provision, it will also be expressed in our daily decisions in all aspects of our life. When my son Leo makes a decision about something, I am wary. He often makes a decision and when it is too late, he changes his mind and says he wants something else. It is very frustrating to a point that I have to confirm over and over with him before moving ahead with a decision. However, praise God He is more patient than I! Yet, doubting God is saying we trust in ourselves and our own ways to get things because we feel, “Well, if God doesn’t make this happen, I have a back up plan.” God doesn’t need a back up plan, He needs us to trust and have faith in Him regardless of His answer, for He knows all the possible outcomes and He really does know best!

Application:

What is hindering me from trusting in God? 

1) forgetting- I need to remember the Lord’s goodness. I need to reread those times God had answered my prayers. I need to remember times He has come through for me. 

2)distraction- when I ask God for something, there always seems to be something that pulls me toward worrying about it or doubt. I need to start training myself harder to doubt my doubts. Furthermore, I find when I ask for something from God, thoughts come in to try to make me consider other options. I also need to pray against these temptations and distractions.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your patience with me when I doubt and return to my own ways to solve problems or work through challenges. I ask for a stronger memory to remember all you have done. I ask for protection from thoughts. I choose to build up perseverance in trusting in you and trusting your will. I love you! In your Name Jesus! Amen!

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