This Sunday Derek preached out of James 1:5-8. For those of you who heard the message I’m sure there were many truths God used to speak to your heart and our hope is that you will allow him to change you through what you heard. The thing that hit me the hardest was realizing that I am often a Double Minded Man. In the last part of that scripture it says,
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
I think my thought process when I’ve read this in the past is something like, “Yeah, of course that makes sense… so next time I need wisdom, I’ll be sure to ask in faith.” The concept that struck me on Sunday though was that being “double minded” applies to us in a lot more areas than just when we’re asking God for wisdom. Derek defined it as “having one mind on the World and one mind on God.” And this makes a person very unstable. When I use this as a magnifying glass to examine my life, I see how true it is. I can spend time in prayer and in God’s Word in the morning, setting my mind on the things of God and on God himself, and then move onto the busyness of routine life and think nothing of Him. It’s so easy to compartmentalize our lives, and I find myself guilty of forgetting God as I get into doing my own things.
James 1:5-8 reminds me of another scripture – Matthew 6:24. Part of me wonders if recalling Jesus say this inspired James to write what he did. It was one of times when Jesus was teaching and he says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” I love how Jesus is so straight forward with us. To me, it’s like he’s saying – serve me or everything else. And so we’re faced with this choice every moment of everyday, to put God first and keep him at the forefront of our minds so we will not live like the Double Minded Man.
Prayer is key here. Paul said in Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” NLT
We need to continually be in prayer. In all of these trials that we face, we need God’s wisdom for our lives and the only way we will receive it is through his word and prayer. Hope you all have a good rest of your week and we’ll see you Sunday!