Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Perils of Double Mindedness, Doubt & Unbelief

The Perils of Double Mindedness, Doubt & Unbelief

“A person who has doubts shouldn't expect to receive anything from the Lord... A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can't make up his mind about anything”. (James 1:6-8 GW).

Let us first look at double mindedness; which is designed to stop us receiving from God and in fact is synonymous with being double-spirited. If you look up this word “double-minded” in the Authorized Version of the Bible (KJV) and use the Strong’s Concordance or the Vines dictionary to discover its original Greek meaning you will find that “double-minded” (δίψυχος dipsychos) actually means “two-spirited!” Now this adds a whole new emphasis on being double minded?! In other words we cannot successfully live in two different kingdoms or operate in two different spirits at the same time (i.e. the spirit of this world & the spirit of God / the kingdom of God & the kingdom of darkness) it just does not function! (See Strong’s #1374)

In fact being double minded and doubting is practically the same thing, so when we step into doubt, we step into instability as verse 8 tells that a double minded person is “...unstable in all of his ways” (KJV). Doubt literally means to waver in judgement; to hesitate in indecision and to distrust. Most Christians find themselves - at some point - in this sad condition and then wonder why they are spiritually and emotionally “confused!”

For example, when asked, most Christians would say that they believe what the Word says about a situation but also admit that they always have a ‘Plan B’ (contingency arrangement!) just in case it doesn’t quite work out as God said it would! That’s like going forwards only to go backwards! James 1:5-8 says; “…let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord” (KJV).

Now unbelief is different to double mindedness or doubt in that it won’t even “consider” plan A; instead it just “deserts” God altogether as seen here in Hebrews 3:12
“…brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert…the living God” (AMP).

This scripture clearly warns against the unbelieving heart that “refuses to… trust.” In fact from the very onset “unbelief” is decidedly negative, unreasonable and faithless; where doubters are a little more subtle in their contemplation; "I believe God’s Word; it’s just not working for me!" Unbelief on the other hand, has no intention of flowing with God.

In fact, unbelief cannot be accused of being “double-minded” at all; with its flat refusal to believe! It is simply “hostile” to God; again Hebrews above warns of the “wickedness” of the unbelieving heart but here in Romans 8:6 it talks of the sheer “hostility” of the carnal mind towards God, “Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God's Law; indeed it cannot (AMP).

In other words doubt “wavers” between making decisions, where unbelief has already decided! “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word” (1Kings 18:21).

So there you have it, pure and simple; unbelief is a satanic force and is unambiguous (clear-cut) in its approach. It holds itself to a “complete-denial” of deity and refusal of truth. For instance there is always someone who will say, "I believe that speaking in tongues is of the devil." This in itself is “refusing” God's Word not “doubting” it. There are many people in unbelief today simply because they do not believe the verity of God’s Word. We even have theologians who teach that angels do not exist while in the New Testament Jesus Himself told of how the angels came to feed and minister to Him and in the Old Testament for instance - Psalm 91 - it is unquestionably talking about angels! So although clearly present in His Word they still deny it!

Then there are those who say there is no devil. Well then I can only say that Jesus must have been hallucinating or imagined some weird and wonderful happenings out there in the desert! However the Word clearly says that the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness; in fact Jesus Himself told us that we would cast out devils in His name (Mark 16; 17-18).

It is sad to say that those who consider themselves to be “believers” are the ones who often suffer from unbelief the most! In fact in Africa (where I have travelled extensively), Europe is known as the “dark continent” which has churches full of “unbelieving believers!?” What a parody (distortion) and a poor legacy that we have left the rest of the world! In fact it’s a spiritual travesty!

Father forgive me for any unbelief or double-mindedness in my life. I want to walk free of double-mindedness or being “double-spirited.” You translated me from the kingdom of darkness into your glorious light and I am not confused about where I want to be. I have no desire to dwell in two kingdoms or to compromise your love for me. Help me by your Spirit to walk uprightly in your Kingdom and never to be double mined. Amen.

Today I walk by faith. My life is dictated to by faith and not by the dictates of my flesh. Every decision I make is a quality one and never compromises my faith in Christ or His Word. I refuse to be “tossed about” or confused in my thinking. I have a deliberate mind; I have the “mind of Christ.” Hallelujah!


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