I was in a place of rest. . .reading when 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 by seed “rent payment” but it appears I’ll need to borrow money from my family or a payday loan center to meet this obligation.”
If you want to see the supernatural power of God moving in and through your finances. . .you must never have divided interests and/or 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. 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].”
“A man of two minds.”
I think it’s clear that if you have two minds. . .one is focused on the Word while the other focuses 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 definitely has divided interests.
How do you keep from praying double-minded about your prosperity or for that matter, your health. . .or anything else.
Here are seven ways to avoid being double-minded.
First, identify and personalize scriptures you want manifested in your life.
If you believe for prosperity. . .you should identify scriptures that deal with prosperity. The same is true for healing, freedom from addiction, encouragement or anything else.
There are so many scriptures on prosperity, however, I’m going to share four of my favorite verses. . .one from the Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Proverbs.
Deuteronomy 8:18 says:
“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth <<YourName>> power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
3 John 1:2 says:
“I pray that <<YourName>> may prosper in all things and be in good health, even as <<YourName>>‘s soul prospers.”
Psalm 112:3 says:
“Wealth and riches shall be in <<YourName’s>> house: and <<his, her, their>> righteousness endureth for ever.”
Proverbs 10:22 says:
“The Lord’s blessings brings wealth to <<Sal>>, And He adds no trouble to it.”
Here are four healing scriptures for you from the Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Proverbs. You may add your favorite to the list.
Isaiah 53:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“But He was wounded for <<your name’s>> transgressions, He was bruised for <<my/our>> guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for <<your name>> was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him <<your name>> are healed and made whole.”
1 Peter 2:24 says:
“Who his own self bare <<your name’s>> sins in his own body on the tree, that <<your name>>, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes <<your name>> were healed.”
Psalm 107:20 in the Contemporary English Versions says:
“By the power of his own word, he healed <<your name>>and saved <<him/her>> from destruction.”
Proverbs 3:8 in the New Living Translation says:
“Then <<your name>> will have healing for <<his/her>> body and strength for <<his/her>> bones.
Here are a couple of scriptures to personalize, memorize and confess for loved ones to be saved.
John 3:16 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.”
2 Peter 3:9 in the Amplified Bible says:
“The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward <<your name>>, not desiring that <<he/her/they>> should perish, but that <<your name>> should turn to repentance.”
If you’re quoting and confessing the Word of God in your specific situation then you will never be or pray double-minded.
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? Here are four scriptures you should study.
First, 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.”
Second, Proverbs 13:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”
Third, Matthew 12:34 in the Amplified Bible says:
“You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.”
The Message Bible translation of Matthew 12:34-37 says:
“How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
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 be double-minded again.
3. Immediately eliminating negative thoughts will keep you from being double-minded.
When confronted with a challenge, problem or opportunity. . .what’s your first thought?
“Okay, but I don’t think it can be done.”
“Oh no, where will I ever get the money for … this new tire … this raise in rent … this fee?”
“Okay, but I’m not sure this is going to work.”
If you’re asked to fulfill an assignment . . .and you say “okay, but then question the viability of the instruction in the same sentence. . .then you’re being double-minded.
To agree to an assignment while questioning the success of the task is being double-minded.
If you’re 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.
2 Corinthians 10:5 say:
“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.”
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 sinful. . .thus not allowing them to exalt themselves above the knowledge of Him.
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.
Mark 9:23 in God’s WORD Translation say:
“Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”
4. Bombarding your sub-conscious mind with the pure, powerful and positive thoughts from the Word of God.
The sub-conscious mind is like a computer. . .it retains 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.
If the enemy tries to sneak one in. . .flush it immediately. That’s right; send it down the drain into the sewage dump where it belongs.
Romans 12:2 NLT says:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
As a counter measure designate a specific time every day. . .preferably in the morning where you get into His Word and His presence. . .so you can work on your mental renovation.
Spending time in the Word not only eliminates and replaces negative, double-minded thoughts. . .but it develops the kind of attitude that Jesus had.
Ephesians 4:23 in the New Living Translation says:
“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”
Talk about possibilities and opportunities . . .get excited as you read Philippians 2:5 in the New Living Translation which says:
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
What you think determines how you act.
The Contemporary English Version of Philippians 2:5 says:
“And think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.”
Get rid of negative, double-minded thoughts.
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 looking. . .you’ve just created double-mildness in your life.
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.
Acting one way. . .but living another way is a sin.A pure heart should manifest a pure lifestyle.
Titus 1:15-16 in The Living Bible says:
“A person who is pure of heart sees goodness and purity in everything; but a person whose own heart is evil and untrusting finds evil in everything, for his dirty mind and rebellious heart color all he sees and hears. Such persons claim they know God, but from seeing the way they act, one knows they don't. They are rotten and disobedient, worthless so far as doing anything good is concerned. “
The scriptural message is very clear. . .
James 4:8 says:
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
The New Living Translation of James 4:8 says:
“. . .Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
Hidden sin brings forth the worst kind of guilt that anyone could ever face. It’s also known as being two-faced because there exists two minds.
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 says:
“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. Ha ha!
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