January 18, 2016

Do you believe?

"Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do," (James 1:8).

James is telling us that there are those who are unstable, or are mentally and emotionally likely to change depending on events, and that person does not behave one way and then another sometimes, but it is a constant occurrence, for James says in "all they do" they are wishy-washy, and not secure.

James gives us the characteristics of a double-minded person in verses six and seven.

First of all, James wrote this letter to the twelve tribes scattered throughout the world, or to believers, but not everyone who heard the letters were believers, and the letters are constantly defining what a believer does, and how they live, so that one can know for sure that they are a believer.

That's why Scripture is given— so that we may know that we really have eternal life (I John 5:13).

So who are the double-minded souls, and are you one of them?

You are double-minded, according to verse six and seven, if when you speak to God, then you still have doubt. If your prayers end in anxious behavior, and fear, and not trust in the God to whom you  think that you pray, then you are also told not to expect anything, nothing at all, from the Lord.

You will also be like a wave in the ocean driven about, and tossed about, and blown by the wind.

You will be one who is happy, and then sad, and up, and then down.

Circumstances throw you.

Curve balls are not allowed in your world.

Plans need to go according to the plan, or else.

You love only if everyone behaves themselves.

You are kind only if rules are followed.

You suffer long with someone only if they do what is expected of them.

Otherwise your temper flares, and you find yourself wondering if there is a God in heaven.

You find yourself cheating in your mind against your husband, and will be disloyal to him.

You find ways to get around doing what you ought, and tell falsehoods to make things happen.

You find you cannot be kind, nor do you want to be kind to all.

In all your ways you are first one way, and then another.

Your husband will not know which gal is in the kitchen when he gets home.

A stable person, on the other hand, is always kind, thoughtful, and will suffer long— till death.

Which one are you?

Stable or unstable?

Do you believe that a person is really all one way, or the other, as Scripture says?

Or do you think that James over-stated this whole idea of stability, and double-mindedness?

The truly redeemed have the mind of Christ, and believe what Scripture says is true.

The mind of Christ is in the redeemed, and their old nature, and instability, is gone.

They have been crucified (Galatians 2:20).

Crucifixion is done to someone.

Upon repentance, a soul is crucified with Christ, and comes alive to him, not by anything they do.

Yes, they see themselves in a new way, and reckon themselves dead (Romans 6:11).

To "reckon" is to say, "Yep. It's true!" and to believe a certain way about something.

It is to wake up in the mornings, and say, "Yep, I'm still dead to me!"

It is a miracle done only by God— upon repentance.

It is marvelous, for it is not done by any work any woman, or man can do.

God keeps them from being tempted beyond what they can bear (I Corinthians 10:13).

They always are victorious, for Christ lives in them, and accomplishes the victory for them.

But first they had to come to their senses, and change their mind about the sin in them.

Then all the unrighteousness is washed from them (I John 1:9).

Repent, and then you will believe that a double-minded person is unstable in all that they do.

Yes, it is true.

You cannot be saved, and be up, and then down, and good, and then bad.

That is instability.

The stable soul has the love of God, and the love of God in a soul flows always (Romans 5:5).

Or do you not believe it?

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