The Double-Minded

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Growing up I read a story about a young girl called Carol. Carol was a very good girl in school, well behaved and respectful towards her teachers. Everyone loved her. She made everyone smile, always used as an example of good behavior: Every parent’s dream. But her parents were not aware, because at home she was the total opposite, she made her parents miserable. She was lazy, rude and disrespectful. She disobeyed her parents, hurt her siblings and was always the cause of trouble in the house. One day the school found out about her other side, the one she exposes at home. She was very devastated. Everyone in school was very disappointed in her. The two carols were exposed, the perfect student and the rude child. A great lesson to learn as a young girl; double mindedness makes you unstable.  

In pursuit of happiness we go through the ups and downs of searching for that which will give us joy and happiness. Sometimes we find ourselves pulled between two thoughts/directions. Ever heard of someone claiming to be in love with two women and even add that he loves them equally? Or a woman claiming to have an equal balance between two men? Even in business and investments, you might find yourself corrupt at work, yet you are the one preaching against corruption. When we are not consistent with our faith, our beliefs, our values and our standards, we start wavering. The Bible says that such a man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:7-8)

 An unstable mind is unreliable: One day you are in, the next day you are out. One day you are saved, the next you are not. Such uncertainty shakes up your entire life, which is why the Bible says such a person is unstable in all their ways. When you are unstable in your faith, you fail even in your family, when you are unstable in your character you fail even in your career. Once you are double minded it affects all other areas of your life negatively. It is equal to serving two masters as sited in Matthew 6:24 “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 be two carols spiritually, it is tiring and frustrating, it also results to nothing: Because you will receive nothing from God. God is calling us to be consistent. Consistency will build our character. God is calling upon us to make a decision. He says we should either be hot or cold; because if we are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-God is about to spit us out of His mouth. God is calling us to purify ourselves, ‘Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded’ (James 4:8) If you are caught up at crossroads, ask God for direction. No matter what, do not be double minded.

Selah

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