Single Versus Double-Mindedness

James 1:6-8 are very unique verses. They help me understand the word ‘vacillate’ more clearly. I love to watch the waves break upon the shore. It is a good picture of doubting and believing. We can only do one at a time. Facing our impossibilities is a great setting for this. One moment we may be holding onto truth, and the next moment doubting. 


Verse 6 says that when we ask in faith, we need to be single minded and not doubt. Verse 7 says, “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” Doubt is flesh driven. Verse 8 says, “He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Note the word ‘all’ as being without exception.


Unstable means to be inconsistent, and not dependable to follow through. Single-mindedness is steadfast, immoveable, undistracted, one accord, dependable, diligent, and one whose word is true. Single-mindedness and double-mindedness are character qualities. Mark 11:22 says, “…Have faith in God.” It is when we put our faith in ourselves, others, or our circumstances that opens the door for the fiery dart of doubt to penetrate.


Doubt is hesitation. Elijah addressed the children of Israel on this subject. 1 Kings 18:21 says, “…How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, follow him. But the people answered him not a word.” They had no heart conviction in their belief. Joel 3:14 says, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of indecision!…”


Indecision is a perfect word for double-mindedness. We can’t decide so we sit on the fence. That is only in our mind. God’s word is true. There is no room for vacillation. When doubt seeps in, I turn to Romans 4:20 and quote it to myself. Faith comes by hearing the word (Romans 10:17). It says of Abraham, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief…” The Amplified says, “…he grew strong and was empowered by faith AS he gave praise and glory to God.” The emphasis is on the ‘as’ because that is what kept him from wavering.


To waver is to doubtingly question. That is what satan did with Eve. He said, ‘Did God really say?’ See the implication to interject doubt? We need to have verses built in as our heart’s weaponry. It is the hidden word that the Holy Spirit brings to our mind when the enemy bombards our thoughts. We never have to question God’s word to us.

It is His hidden word that is the anchor of our mind, will, and emotions. I have anchor verses that I rely on. A lot of them are in the Psalms that David wrote. He had a unique way of expressing his heart. I love all of Psalm 18. Here are David’s declaration in verses 1-2. I put capitals in my mind when I quote them. 


“I will love You, O Lord, my Strength. The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer; my God, my Strength, in whom I will trust; my Shield and the Horn Of My Salvation, my Stronghold.” As we declare Who the Lord is at all times, our mind becomes single focused. It is when we gaze upon the Lord, beholding Him as Who He is, that we are transformed from double-minded to single-minded. Just one glimpse, and the temptation to doubt will fall flat!

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