James 1, Double Mindedness
By Robert Foster
An extremely important thing that I have tried over the years to communicate to people is the need to listen to the Holy Spirit but to make your decisions on what he says. I have watched a long line of people say the right thing, put effort forward only to change their direction based on outside factors. Many of these people have what I call a “seasonal” understanding of the prophetic.
Seasonal, meaning “as long as the situation and circumstances are correct to their understanding they will keep following the given prophetic information”. This has a serious downside for several reasons. One; is that it undermines future revelation as you teach yourself to second guess what the Lord is saying to you. Second; is that it creates instability within yourself.
James 1:6-8 “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
The root of double mindedness comes deep from within the Garden of Eden in the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” We all fight it, there is no getting around it except for the Blood of Christ. One of the things we can do with the help of Christ is to learn to identify it and put it on the cross. Because if we do not, it will simply make our prophetic vision very short sighted.
One of the things the Father greatly desires is to trust us with more from his hand. This is something that is fundamental to not only in his heart, but to our spiritual growth. As our vision increases, so does our steps of faith in Him. Consider Abraham,
- There was not only his call to leave his home at his age? It most likely did not make sense to the people around him.
- Sacrifice the Son you have been waiting for?
- How about Genesis 15:17; I am sorry that just looks strange.
There was also Noah building a big boat for a hundred years? Not to mention Jesus with his crazy sayings like to live you must die? Or to be a part of me you must drink my blood and eat my flesh?
Hopefully, you see what I am trying to say.
One of the tests of leadership is the road you travel. You can see the pattern everywhere in the Bible, from start to end. Most will not believe what you believe and as a result the amount of people around you can grow thin. The reality is if you’re thinking that this a road for a few then you’re wrong. Because the few will become many as we get closer to the end of days. God is in the process as we speak of redefining who we all are and many of us will have no choice but to leave behind our childish double mindedness.
The first four verses before James 1:6 reads, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Number one; check your attitude, change it to Joy because the Lord is moving you to Maturity.
Number two; you’re going to face trials because it is a part of the process.
Number Three; Do not give up on the process, let it finish.
Number four; The purpose of the process is to bring you to a place that you hunger for wisdom. That way wisdom becomes the food you desire, not a fashion accessory.
When we start learning to stand on the prophetic evidence He has delivered us. Then we can start taking our stand against the evils not only in our life, but also in the world around us.
Seasonal prophecy changes with the wind and may make a person feel better for a time. It benefits no one including yourself in the end. Double mindedness will not carry you during these days as the Lord is now starting to require his people to follow him in a way that will not make sense.