Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger
James 1:6-8 says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Double-mindedness is a character flaw of inconsistency. Inconsistent means: erratic, changeable, unpredictable, variable, varying, changing, inconstant, unstable, irregular, fluctuating, unsteady, unsettled, uneven. The Lord desires wholeheartedness.
The impurity of double-mindedness weakens our faith. It divides our mind. It causes us to be drawn in two separate ways. When doubt plays in and wars against truth, our heart is divided. Affirmations unite our heart with truth and increase our faith. They feed on God’s faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Steadfast and immoveable are great faith words that anchor our mind, will, and emotions.
In Colossians 2:5 Paul commends them for their steadfastness of faith. Then he says in verse 7, “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Hebrews 6:18-19 says, “…we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.”
He is our Steadfast Hope. Nothing can shake our faith when we are anchored in Him. It is when we take our eyes off Him and focus on our impossible circumstances that it makes us double-minded. The enemy of our soul does everything he can to make us doubt. Truth is everlasting. It never changes. Therefore truth in our inward parts will ground us in our faith.
Trials purify the inconsistency in our character. It is dross that must be removed. We may chafe at His way, but it is perfectly designed and orchestrated. He knows exactly what circumstances will draw it to the surface.
IMPURITY: PRECONCEIVED IDEAS
Psalm 78:41 says, “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” How do we limit God?
In 2 Chronicles 14 king Asa has an army of 580,000. The enemy had 1 million men. Verse 11 says that the Lord delivered them with a mighty deliverance. Verse 13 says that they were broken before the Lord and His army.
Asa faced another army. This time he did not rely on the Lord. The Lord asked him why in 2 Chronicles 16:8. In verse 9 He said that because he didn’t rely on Him this time that he would have wars. Asa created his own future adversity.
It is a great example for us in fresh trust. Every adversity has its own deliverance, trust, grace, and wisdom. Our God is not limited. He wants to present Himself in a fresh way in each situation.
David is a great example of fresh trust. In 2 Samuel 5:19 David inquired of the Lord. The Philistines had deployed themselves for battle. The Lord told him to go up for He would doubtless deliver them into David’s hand. In verse 22 the same scene plays out. Yet David again inquired of the Lord. This time He gave him a different instruction. Verses 23-24 says, “…You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance…” David had no preconceived plan. Each time he inquired of the Lord for fresh instruction.
Our preconceived ideas are dross in our faith. Preconceived means: an idea or opinion formed before having the evidence of its truth. He wants us to look to Him to reveal Himself to us in a fresh revealing. Our expectations are to be on Him, and not what He might do based on past deliverances. Each time we can ask Him what He wants to be for us in our present trial or adversity. He is waiting.
He delights to show Himself strong on our behalf. Each adversity is a new opportunity to trust Him, and have our faith purified and strengthened. David understood where his expectation was to be. Psalm 62 was written by David regarding waiting on the Lord in adversity. Verse 5 says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”
j marilyn adams ~ February 11, 2016