Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 97
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James 1:8 is really an informative verse…really shows the heart of the battle for Christians. Michael gives us one of the most important lessons we can ever learn!
. . . a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. --James 1:8
It is said that if you want the fruit, dig without damaging the root; if you do not want the fruit, lay an ax to the root. In short, deal with the real issue. If a believer lacks peace, he should go to the root. Jesus has given the promise that we will have perfect peace if our minds are on Him. That means there can be only one reason for the lack of peace. Truth is not only preached, it is demonstrated. That is the preface.
So many today are unstable at home, work, and within. Road rage does not happen on the road; today people are so mad when they get in their cars that all it takes is a little inconvenience to reveal the buried anger. Dad is explosive, Mom is short-tempered, the kids are impulsive and rebellious, and all are unstable. Could it be that people are unstable not because of a poor childhood, abuse, prejudice, pain, hurt, or anxiety? Could it be that people are unstable because they are double-minded? “Let God be found true, though every man [be found] a liar” (Romans 3:4). Double-minded is to want for one’s self and, at the same time, to want for another. A father wants the new woman, the new car, and every minute of time for himself; yet he wants to be a loving, giving, caring father. If he gives in to the father and husband side of himself, the enemy is whispering how much he will lose. If he gives in to self, the enemy makes sure he cannot stand the image of being a bad father. What to do with this kind of double-mindedness? He does not know what to do, so he gets angry.
If you are unstable, ask God to show you where you are double-minded. What are you doing that you should not be? What should you be doing that you are not? Where is the battle between self and the cross?
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
There is so much to grasp in Michael’s writing this day…
1. Deal with the REAL issue.
2. Jesus has given us the PROMISE, and the PREMISE, of a peaceful life here on earth.
3. All the issues “man” constantly tries to solve are the WRONG issues.
4. Double-mindedness is primarily a “self-focus” issue.
5. The REAL issue is WHICH MIND are we going to live in.
WHICH MIND? Yes, WHICH mind…the Bible makes it clear that Christians have two minds: the earthly mind we were born with in a “lost” state, AND…the Mind of Christ that we were given when we were Born Again. Therefore, technically, ONLY Christians can be truly “double-minded” (two minds). And we are that way ALL the time! The issue is: WHICH mind are we going to live in?!?
And God tells us in 2 Corin 10 we have weapons to bring EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ. So, what’s our problem? CHOICE.
a. Which mind?
b. Whose power?
Choose correctly and enjoy that “perfect peace” in Isaiah 26:3. Amen.
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