The Keys To Turning Instability Into Stability

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Charles Spurgeon, the English Baptist Pastor known as the Prince of Preachers, once said:

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

As I read and re-read that quote. . .I started thinking about the current political climate in this nation and around the world.  There is more instability, lies and manipulations than I’ve ever seen or read about in history.

There is also a great deal of turmoil in the lives of people, including believers, on every level.

Truthfully, I put all the personal and political acrimony out of my mind and I went into a place of rest. 

While I was reading the Word and praying. . .the following words dropped into my spirit.

“Don’t pray doubled-minded.”

Immediately, I thought about James 1:8 which says:

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the word double-minded is the Greek word dipsychos (G1374) and it means:

“wavering, uncertain, doubting; divided in interest”

Are you wavering in what you believe about Biblical prosperity?

“I know our Pastor teaches prosperity but I’m not sure it’s for today’s Christians.”

Are you uncertain in what you believe about Biblical prosperity?

“I believe Biblical prosperity exists in the Bible. . .but I’m just not certain it’s something that will ever happen to me.”

Do you doubt the reality of Biblical prosperity manifesting in your life?

“I’ve sown when, where and what God told me to sow but I haven’t received my harvest yet.”

Are you interested in the world’s solutions to your financial problems or are you relying on the word system to free you from your bondage?

“I named my seed “rent payment” but it appears I’ll need to borrow money from my family or a payday loan center to meet this obligation.”

Are you totally convinced that divine healing is for today or do you believe people are selectively healed?  In other words, God heals some but not others.  If you don’t hit the healing lottery you’ll stay sick?

That’s absolutely not true. . .because it would make God a respecter of persons which He’s not and can’t be.

Acts 10:34 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons.”

The Message Bible version of Acts 10:34 says:

“God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.”

God is not double-minded and neither should we be.

If you want to see the supernatural power of God moving in and through your finances and your life. . .you must eliminate divided interests and actions.

James 1:8 in the Amplified Bible points out more clearly that being double-minded is more than having divided interests. . .it’s having two minds about the same subject. 

For instance you can believe healing and prosperity are for God’s people but you may not be quite sure they are for you.  That makes you unstable in your thinking on the subject.

The verse says:

“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”

When James 1:8 speaks about not being double minded it goes much deeper than simply changing your mind from day to day.

 

Our bodies and minds are amazing. They run on a series of impulses and reactions that we don’t consciously even think about.

 

Our body functions effortlessly. Our mind sends signals that start, stop and delay reactions, initiate chemicals and enzymes and generally make our bodies work.

 

Our minds also run on two levels: the sub conscious and conscious.

 

Our sub conscious is what has formed over the course of years from early years to now. This along with our temperament and present circumstance laid a foundation of impulses that even though we aren’t aware are governing our day-to-day choices and decisions.

 

In being double minded we are being led by our sub conscious mind and that can rule our conscious mind and cause us much frustration. Paul even said, the things I want to do. . I don’t and the things I hate. . .I do (Romans 7:15).

 

We can lay a strong foundation of thinking through the daily renewing of our minds. Speak life back into our financial situation. Get rid of the old ways of thinking and the ways significant people in our lives may have done it. This is a new day . . . a day of new and victorious beginnings.

 

As it says in the New Living Translation of Romans 12:2: “…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think….”

 

So the question is… how can we bring that about?

 

Proverbs 22:17-19 in the Amplified Bible shows us the progression of renewing our minds:

Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;  18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them. 19 So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.

 

How do we renew our minds?

 

First… we listen to what the Word of God says.

 

Then, we consent to the Word

 

And finally, we submit to the Word…applying our minds to His knowledge.

 

For then we will find the Word pleasant as our mind begins to believe and our mouth begins to confess it … thus causing our trust, support and confidence to grow in Him.

 

One more time. . .let’s look at James 1:8 in the Amplified Bible which says:

 

“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”

“A man of two minds.”

A man of two minds is unstable in all his ways. . .making him hesitating, dubious and irresolute.

In dictionary.com hesitating is defined as:

“to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination”

A question for each of us:

Are we hesitant to do the right thing or a new thing because of a fear of failure?  Do we realize that our indecision is actually making a decision . . .  to do nothing to change?

Hesitating is not doing. . .dubious is doubting whether you should do something at all.

An irresolute double-minded person is one who is not only doubtful but vacillates back and forth between doing and not doing.

James 1:8 in the Amplified Bible goes on to say:

A man of two minds is “. . .unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels and decides].”

Sounds like a prescription for continued failure.

I think it’s clear that if you have two minds. . .one is focused on the Word while the other is focused on the world.

Your focus determines your future.

When you pray. . .

“Lord, I know you’re my Source. . .that you’ve given me the power to get wealth . . . but I need money now. . .I don’t have enough money to pay my bills.”

Such a prayer is. . .double-minded, wavering, uncertain, doubting and it has divided interests.  In fact, such a prayer is creating spiritual instability.

How do you keep from praying double-minded about your prosperity or for that matter, your health. . .or anything else?

Here are seven keys to turning instability into stability.

First, identify and personalize scriptures you want manifested in your life.

John 3:16 (personalized) says:

“For God so loved <<your name>>, that he gave his only begotten Son, that <<your name>> believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you’re quoting and confessing the Word of God in your specific situation then you will not be praying double-minded.

Go to haroldherring.com and you’ll see a box offering free personalized scriptures.  There are currently nine groupings of scriptures you can personalize. . .I’m going add three more groups. . .which will give us twelve by the end of 2018.

Each grouping of scriptures has seven scriptures you can personalize.

2.      Confessing the Word of God will keep you from being double-minded.

Your confession changes your direction.

Ephesians 4:29 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”

You can change where you are in life by what comes out of your mouth.

You choose your destiny by the words you speak.  Need proof?  Get this next scripture deep in your heart.

Proverbs 18:21 in the World English Bible translation says:

“Death and life are in the power of <<your name>>’s tongue: and if <<your name>> loves it, <<he/she/they>>loves it, <<he/she/they>> will eat its fruit.”

Once you confess your scriptures for twenty-one days you will begin to see a profound difference in your thought process and the quality of your life.  More importantly, you will find that you’ll never want to be double-minded again.

3.      Immediately eliminating negative thoughts when they attack you will keep you from being double-minded.

When confronted with a challenge, problem or opportunity. . .what’s your first thought?

If your first thought when given an assignment or an opportunity is negative. . .it will become a way of thinking and living.

That same thing happens if we let everything that happens to us unexpectedly become a source of worry as opposed to a source of seeing God works things out supernaturally.   We may be caught off guard but we show we don’t trust God if we think He is thrown off guard too.

If someone says that something is impossible when the Word of God says it’s possible that’s being double-minded.

Matthew 17:20 in God’s WORD Translation says:

“He told them, “Because you have so little faith. I can guarantee this truth: If your faith is the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

If the word of God says nothing is impossible to you. . .and you say something isn’t possible then you’re being double-minded. . .and even more dangerous. . .you’re exalting what you think above the Word of God.  That makes you double-minded.

We eliminate negative thoughts by:

First, realizing they aren’t from God.

Second, knowing they’re unscriptural and ultimately sinful. . .thus refusing to allow them to exalt themselves above the knowledge of Him in our minds and hearts.

Third, replace negative thoughts of impossibilities with positive thoughts about possibilities.

Finally and most importantly. . .let the Word of God be the sole answer to every problem you face.

4.      Bombarding your sub-conscious mind with the pure, powerful and positive thoughts from the Word of God.

What you think determines how you act.

The sub-conscious mind is like a computer. . .it will retain everything. . .which is why, you need to defrag your mental hard-drive on occasion.

The best and the most lasting way to rid yourself of negative, double-minded thinking is by reprogramming your mind.

No surprise. . .the best way. . .to reprogram your mind I by seven powerful words.

READ YOUR BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.

As you read the Bible. . .you will find that your perceptions change. . .which means your reality will change as well.

Purpose in your heart right now that you will not allow negative, double-minded thoughts in your thought processes.

Immediately memorize 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.  The New King James Version says it this way:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

If the enemy tries to sneak in negative talk. . .flush it immediately.  That’s right; send it down the drain into the sewage dump where it belongs.  You have been given the weapons to do just that.

What you think determines how you act..

5. Public purity doesn’t remove private guilt.

If you think about or look at people in ways that you shouldn’t. . .even though no one else in your circle of friends will ever know you’re thinking. . .you’ve just created double-mildness in your life. Coveting someone’s spouse or their wealth will keep your from the success you desire

Such personal ambiguity will hinder your spiritual growth and development as well as you future success.

Make no mistake. . .you may hide things from your spouse, your parents, your children, your pastor, your best friend and others. . .but you cannot nor will you ever be able to hide things from God.

If you’re thinking about things you shouldn’t in private moments while acting pious to everyone else. . .then you’re double-minded.

Hidden sin brings forth the worst kind of guilt that anyone could ever face.  It’s also known as being two-faced because you are living with two mindsets.

Proverbs 28:13 in the New International Version says:

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Let me tell you one other problem with being double-minded. . .it means you’re using your mind instead of His.

6. Be a willing epistle.

There is an old saying. . .you can talk the talk but you must also walk the walk.

It’s one thing to say the right things. . .it’s something else to do what is right.

If we’re single-minded. . .walking in purity. . .then we will be single-minded. . .focused on Him.  In fact, we will be what the scripture calls. . .a living epistle.

2 Corinthians 3:1:3 in the American Standard Version the Apostle Paul writes:

“Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men;  being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables (that are) hearts of flesh.”

 

A living epistle is someone who can be read, heard, understood. . .who also has the ability to convince and convict.  A living epistle by definition can never be double-minded.

 

The best way to never be double-minded is to live your life in such a way that it can be continually known and read by men.

 

What you see is what you get.

 

There are no hidden agendas. . .no strange thought life. . .just purity and a life lived in obedience to the Word.

 

7.      Know where you stand and Whom you’re standing with.

 

In every adversity. . .every opportunity. . .in everyday life. . .He’s right there with you. . . He can help.

 

You know the human mind is a funny albeit amazing thing. . .as I was writing this seventh point. . .the song “I Can Help” by Billy Swan. . .came to my mind.

 

“If you've got a problem, I don't care what it is

If you need a hand, I can assure you this

I can help. . .”

 

Understand it’s definitely not a Christian song. . .but every moment of the day. . .you and I need to realize that if we’re standing with our Heavenly Father. . .obeying His instructions. . .He can and will help.

 

If you stand on the Word and in His Presence. . .you will eliminate all double-mindedness.

 

However, if you spend your time with people who are spiritually immature and carnal then you will have an entirely different thought process.

 

Psalm 119:113 in the Amplified Bible says:

 

“I hate the thoughts of undecided [in religion], double-minded people, but your law do I love.”

 

I’m going to say it again. . .when you stand on His Word. . .not only will it keep you from being double-minded but it will make you a winner in life.

 

Joshua 1:5 in the New Living Translation says:

 

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”

 

Now that’s what I call great news. . .no two ways about it. (Smiling)

 

Let’s look at one final translation of James 1:8.  The time in the New Living Translation where it says:

 

“Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”

 

Have no fear …there is hope for the person who is walking with one foot in the world and another in the Word.

 

James 4:8 in the New International Version says:

 

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

 

How do we purify our hearts?  By coming close to God through His Word and never letting go.

 

Charles Spurgeon, the English Baptist Pastor known as the Prince of Preachers, once said:

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

As I read and re-read that quote. . .I started thinking about the current political climate in this nation and around the world.  There is more instability, lies and manipulations than I’ve ever seen or read about in history.

There is also a great deal of turmoil in the lives of people, including believers, on every level.

Truthfully, I put all the personal and political acrimony out of my mind and I went into a place of rest. 

While I was reading the Word and praying. . .the following words dropped into my spirit.

“Don’t pray doubled-minded.”

Immediately, I thought about James 1:8 which says:

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the word double-minded is the Greek word dipsychos (G1374) and it means:

“wavering, uncertain, doubting; divided in interest”

Are you wavering in what you believe about Biblical prosperity?

“I know our Pastor teaches prosperity but I’m not sure it’s for today’s Christians.”

Are you uncertain in what you believe about Biblical prosperity?

“I believe Biblical prosperity exists in the Bible. . .but I’m just not certain it’s something that will ever happen to me.”

Do you doubt the reality of Biblical prosperity manifesting in your life?

“I’ve sown when, where and what God told me to sow but I haven’t received my harvest yet.”

Are you interested in the world’s solutions to your financial problems or are you relying on the word system to free you from your bondage?

“I named my seed “rent payment” but it appears I’ll need to borrow money from my family or a payday loan center to meet this obligation.”

Are you totally convinced that divine healing is for today or do you believe people are selectively healed?  In other words, God heals some but not others.  If you don’t hit the healing lottery you’ll stay sick?

That’s absolutely not true. . .because it would make God a respecter of persons which He’s not and can’t be.

Acts 10:34 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons.”

The Message Bible version of Acts 10:34 says:

“God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.”

God is not double-minded and neither should we be.

If you want to see the supernatural power of God moving in and through your finances and your life. . .you must eliminate divided interests and actions.

James 1:8 in the Amplified Bible points out more clearly that being double-minded is more than having divided interests. . .it’s having two minds about the same subject. 

For instance you can believe healing and prosperity are for God’s people but you may not be quite sure they are for you.  That makes you unstable in your thinking on the subject.

The verse says:

“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”

When James 1:8 speaks about not being double minded it goes much deeper than simply changing your mind from day to day.

Our bodies and minds are amazing. They run on a series of impulses and reactions that we don’t consciously even think about.

Our body functions effortlessly. Our mind sends signals that start, stop and delay reactions, initiate chemicals and enzymes and generally make our bodies work.

Our minds also run on two levels: the sub conscious and conscious.

Our sub conscious is what has formed over the course of years from early years to now. This along with our temperament and present circumstance laid a foundation of impulses that even though we aren’t aware are governing our day-to-day choices and decisions.

In being double minded we are being led by our sub conscious mind and that can rule our conscious mind and cause us much frustration. Paul even said, the things I want to do. . I don’t and the things I hate. . .I do (Romans 7:15).

We can lay a strong foundation of thinking through the daily renewing of our minds. Speak life back into our financial situation. Get rid of the old ways of thinking and the ways significant people in our lives may have done it. This is a new day . . . a day of new and victorious beginnings.

As it says in the New Living Translation of Romans 12:2: “…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think….”

So the question is… how can we bring that about?

Proverbs 22:17-19 in the Amplified Bible shows us the progression of renewing our minds:

Listen (consent and submit) to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; 18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them. 19 So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.

How do we renew our minds?

First… we listen to what the Word of God says.

Then, we consent to the Word

And finally, we submit to the Word…applying our minds to His knowledge.

For then we will find the Word pleasant as our mind begins to believe and our mouth begins to confess it … thus causing our trust, support and confidence to grow in Him.

One more time. . .let’s look at James 1:8 in the Amplified Bible which says:

“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].”

“A man of two minds.”

A man of two minds is unstable in all his ways. . .making him hesitating, dubious and irresolute.

In dictionary.com hesitating is defined as:

“to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination”

A question for each of us:

Are we hesitant to do the right thing or a new thing because of a fear of failure?  Do we realize that our indecision is actually making a decision . . .  to do nothing to change?

Hesitating is not doing. . .dubious is doubting whether you should do something at all.

An irresolute double-minded person is one who is not only doubtful but vacillates back and forth between doing and not doing.

James 1:8 in the Amplified Bible goes on to say:

A man of two minds is “. . .unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels and decides].”

Sounds like a prescription for continued failure.

I think it’s clear that if you have two minds. . .one is focused on the Word while the other is focused on the world.

Your focus determines your future.

When you pray. . .

“Lord, I know you’re my Source. . .that you’ve given me the power to get wealth . . . but I need money now. . .I don’t have enough money to pay my bills.”

Such a prayer is. . .double-minded, wavering, uncertain, doubting and it has divided interests.  In fact, such a prayer is creating spiritual instability.

How do you keep from praying double-minded about your prosperity or for that matter, your health. . .or anything else?

Here are seven keys to turning instability into stability.

First, identify and personalize scriptures you want manifested in your life.

John 3:16 (personalized) says:

“For God so loved <<your name>>, that he gave his only begotten Son, that <<your name>> believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you’re quoting and confessing the Word of God in your specific situation then you will not be praying double-minded.

Go to haroldherring.com and you’ll see a box offering free personalized scriptures.  There are currently nine groupings of scriptures you can personalize. . .I’m going add three more groups. . .which will give us twelve by the end of 2018.

Each grouping of scriptures has seven scriptures you can personalize.

2.      Confessing the Word of God will keep you from being double-minded.

Your confession changes your direction.

Ephesians 4:29 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”

You can change where you are in life by what comes out of your mouth.

You choose your destiny by the words you speak.  Need proof?  Get this next scripture deep in your heart.

Proverbs 18:21 in the World English Bible translation says:

“Death and life are in the power of <<your name>>’s tongue: and if <<your name>> loves it, <<he/she/they>>loves it, <<he/she/they>> will eat its fruit.”

Once you confess your scriptures for twenty-one days you will begin to see a profound difference in your thought process and the quality of your life.  More importantly, you will find that you’ll never want to be double-minded again.

3.      Immediately eliminating negative thoughts when they attack you will keep you from being double-minded.

When confronted with a challenge, problem or opportunity. . .what’s your first thought?

If your first thought when given an assignment or an opportunity is negative. . .it will become a way of thinking and living.

That same thing happens if we let everything that happens to us unexpectedly become a source of worry as opposed to a source of seeing God works things out supernaturally.   We may be caught off guard but we show we don’t trust God if we think He is thrown off guard too.

If someone says that something is impossible when the Word of God says it’s possible that’s being double-minded.

Matthew 17:20 in God’s WORD Translation says:

“He told them, “Because you have so little faith. I can guarantee this truth: If your faith is the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

If the word of God says nothing is impossible to you. . .and you say something isn’t possible then you’re being double-minded. . .and even more dangerous. . .you’re exalting what you think above the Word of God.  That makes you double-minded.

We eliminate negative thoughts by:

First, realizing they aren’t from God.

Second, knowing they’re unscriptural and ultimately sinful. . .thus refusing to allow them to exalt themselves above the knowledge of Him in our minds and hearts.

Third, replace negative thoughts of impossibilities with positive thoughts about possibilities.

Finally and most importantly. . .let the Word of God be the sole answer to every problem you face.

4.      Bombarding your sub-conscious mind with the pure, powerful and positive thoughts from the Word of God.

What you think determines how you act.

The sub-conscious mind is like a computer. . .it will retain everything. . .which is why, you need to defrag your mental hard-drive on occasion.

The best and the most lasting way to rid yourself of negative, double-minded thinking is by reprogramming your mind.

No surprise. . .the best way. . .to reprogram your mind I by seven powerful words.

READ YOUR BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.

As you read the Bible. . .you will find that your perceptions change. . .which means your reality will change as well.

Purpose in your heart right now that you will not allow negative, double-minded thoughts in your thought processes.

Immediately memorize 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.  The New King James Version says it this way:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

If the enemy tries to sneak in negative talk. . .flush it immediately.  That’s right; send it down the drain into the sewage dump where it belongs.  You have been given the weapons to do just that.

What you think determines how you act..

5. Public purity doesn’t remove private guilt.

If you think about or look at people in ways that you shouldn’t. . .even though no one else in your circle of friends will ever know you’re thinking. . .you’ve just created double-mildness in your life. Coveting someone’s spouse or their wealth will keep your from the success you desire

Such personal ambiguity will hinder your spiritual growth and development as well as you future success.

Make no mistake. . .you may hide things from your spouse, your parents, your children, your pastor, your best friend and others. . .but you cannot nor will you ever be able to hide things from God.

If you’re thinking about things you shouldn’t in private moments while acting pious to everyone else. . .then you’re double-minded.

Hidden sin brings forth the worst kind of guilt that anyone could ever face.  It’s also known as being two-faced because you are living with two mindsets.

Proverbs 28:13 in the New International Version says:

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Let me tell you one other problem with being double-minded. . .it means you’re using your mind instead of His.

6. Be a willing epistle.

There is an old saying. . .you can talk the talk but you must also walk the walk.

It’s one thing to say the right things. . .it’s something else to do what is right.

If we’re single-minded. . .walking in purity. . .then we will be single-minded. . .focused on Him.  In fact, we will be what the scripture calls. . .a living epistle.

2 Corinthians 3:1:3 in the American Standard Version the Apostle Paul writes:

“Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables (that are) hearts of flesh.”

 

A living epistle is someone who can be read, heard, understood. . .who also has the ability to convince and convict.  A living epistle by definition can never be double-minded.

 

The best way to never be double-minded is to live your life in such a way that it can be continually known and read by men.

 

What you see is what you get.

 

There are no hidden agendas. . .no strange thought life. . .just purity and a life lived in obedience to the Word.

 

7.      Know where you stand and Whom you’re standing with.

 

In every adversity. . .every opportunity. . .in everyday life. . .He’s right there with you. . . He can help.

 

You know the human mind is a funny albeit amazing thing. . .as I was writing this seventh point. . .the song “I Can Help” by Billy Swan. . .came to my mind.

 

“If you've got a problem, I don't care what it is

If you need a hand, I can assure you this

I can help. . .”

 

Understand it’s definitely not a Christian song. . .but every moment of the day. . .you and I need to realize that if we’re standing with our Heavenly Father. . .obeying His instructions. . .He can and will help.

 

If you stand on the Word and in His Presence. . .you will eliminate all double-mindedness.

 

However, if you spend your time with people who are spiritually immature and carnal then you will have an entirely different thought process.

 

Psalm 119:113 in the Amplified Bible says:

 

“I hate the thoughts of undecided [in religion], double-minded people, but your law do I love.”

 

I’m going to say it again. . .when you stand on His Word. . .not only will it keep you from being double-minded but it will make you a winner in life.

 

Joshua 1:5 in the New Living Translation says:

 

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”

 

Now that’s what I call great news. . .no two ways about it. (Smiling)

 

Let’s look at one final translation of James 1:8.  The time in the New Living Translation where it says:

 

“Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”

 

Have no fear …there is hope for the person who is walking with one foot in the world and another in the Word.

 

James 4:8 in the New International Version says:

 

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

 

How do we purify our hearts?  By coming close to God through His Word and never letting go.

 

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