Troubles Of A Double Mind

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Double mindedness means to exist with divided loyalties and allegiances.  It is one mind, one soul swayed by doubt or uncertainty. One moment you believe God and the next moment you don’t, today you want to be married and the next day you don’t.  Today you want to be a part of your local church and tomorrow you don’t because you were swayed by someone.  That is inconsistency and instability.  You accomplish nothing that way!    

A person’s mental state of being can determine their success or their failure.  A double mind is a detriment to our marriage, family, business, success, healing or deliverance.

Single mindedness is a made-up mind that has been renewed by the word and Spirit of God. Singleness of mind is one that has been delivered from vain imaginations.  

It takes the word and wisdom of God to establish a single mind. The wisdom of God reveals to us why it is important to count it all joy when we fall into various trials.  We need His wisdom! Ask for His wisdom in faith without doubting or wavering and it shall be given to you! When rejoicing, patience, wisdom and faith has been established in us, that trial will cease!  You have passed the test!  

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Verse 2.
Joy in trials is contrary to our human nature but counting it all joy during trials is God’s will for all His children.  Our human nature naturally wants to get upset or angry and complain when trials come.  As I said, that is the human side of us.  We cannot afford to forget that there is Divine, born again, supernatural nature in us also.  A soft “yes Lord” when things are not going well releases the grace of God.  Joy in trials is a sign of trust in God and I really believe He waits for us to respond in joy so that He may infuse us with His grace to overcome whatever it may be.  I did not say it would be easy, I said it is the will of God to respond biblically to obtain your desired results.  Complaining in trials is a sign of self-sufficiency and prolongs the trial.
Verse 3.
Every believer is or should be a child of faith.  We are the just, therefore we live by faith.  Trials come to test our faith, not just our emotions.  As we pass the faith test, patience is produced in us.  Question is, are we in faith?  That question must be answered by each of us individually.  Each of us know if we are standing in faith.  We know by the contents of our heart and the confession of our mouth.  The faith of God does not stumble or faint during trials, faith stands!  The ones who stand in faith during trials will consistently confess the word of God.  When we stand firm in faith during trials, it produces patience.  Developing patience in our heart is a must for every believer.  The gateway to patience is through trials and tribulations. Don’t waste your trials!  Don’t be afraid of trials, just stay in faith and in confession of the word of God.  The process of developing patience is as old as God is and is tried and true. He brings us through.  Patience having its perfect work in us produces maturity! Every child of God must understand the importance of developing patience.  Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and without it we are lacking.  Let’s be clear about this, a lack of patience has caused many people to quit or remain immature!  Please remember, faith and patience are inseparable companions!  Stand in faith and let patience have its perfect work that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing!
Verse 4. Let patience work perfectly in you (be quiet-control your tongue - be still- listen-control your emotions and thoughts).  Patience fine tunes us for the Lord’s use.  While being patient, faith becomes the substance and the evidence of our needs.  Faith does not need impatience to hinder its process of believing and confessing the promises!  In other words, faith and patience working together, matures us in Christ, completes us in Christ and by the two working together every need is met, and we lack nothing!  Through faith and patience, we inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).  A lack of patience has disrupted many peoples faith and left them in lack of health, peace, joy, anointing and provisions!
Verse 5. No-one needs to lack wisdom.  Wisdom is a gift from God for the asking.  Just ask for it and believe.  God’s wisdom gives us the ability to understand how important it is to operate in faith and patience!  Don’t make it rocket science! It is simple!  Ask Holy Spirit for His wisdom and believe He has given it to you!  Wisdom, faith, and patience provides consistency and stability! We are talking about supernatural wisdom from Jehovah Lord God Almighty! Man’s natural wisdom does not make the connection between faith and patience. God’s wisdom opens the eyes of our understanding that we may perceive His will for us!
Verse 6. Ask in faith!  Believe that He heard and answered you!  No doubting!  No doubting!  No doubting!  Ask God for His wisdom.  By faith receive it!  Believe it!  Confess with your mouth that you received His wisdom.  It is important to receive it, believe it and confess it!  Doubting that we have received of God what we have asked for is double mindedness and reveals inconsistency and instability. Doubt is double mindedness and is compared to the waves in the sea, driven and tossed by the winds.  Think about that! He who doubts is like a wave in the sea! Did you ever see a wave in the sea?  He who doubts is driven and tossed by the winds of circumstances, the prince of the power of the air and by vain imaginations.  That is why we need the wisdom of God.  God’s wisdom gives us understanding, settles us down and give us stability and consistency.
Verse 7. Let not that man suppose: (assume or expect). That is huge!  No child of God can afford to live in doubt and unbelief!  Doubt derails expectancy. Asking for God’s wisdom and then doubting God has given us His wisdom is a serious matter!  This kind of behavior reveals double mindedness, inconsistency, and instability!  Doubting God’s ability is an insult to His integrity and righteousness.  It is better not to ask than to ask and doubt that He will perform what He has spoken. God does not reward double mindedness, He rewards faith, consistency, and stability!  I believe that these set of scriptures have revealed why so many of our prayers are not answered.
Verse 8. A double minded person is unstable, inconsistent, lacks faith, lacks patience and is consistently in a crisis.  Double mindedness is one mind changing constantly depending on circumstances.  A double mind is driven and tossed by winds of adversity, indifferences, the prince of the power of the air and by vain imaginations.  That person is unstable in all their ways.  I have seen this kind of behavior influence and control entire families.  We can change our mental state of being as we cast down vain imaginations and every opposition to the will of God!  

Doubts, vain thoughts, and imaginations must be dealt with in authority, in prayer.  Our prayers must be direct and intentional.  We must cast down all opposition to the known will of God that seeks to control our minds.  After casting down all opposition we must renew our minds by meditating and studying the word of God.  God’s word will establish the mind of Christ in us.
Please study the scriptures below.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The Lord has given us His immutable word to meditate on for mind renewal and heart transformation.  It takes obedience and discipline to apply the word of God to our lives. Hearing the word only is not sufficient. This word must get in our heart and produce faith.  Once faith has come, we will confession what faith has become in us. As we confess what faith has become in us, we will witness great manifestations. The manifestation we are seeking here is a sound mind.

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