Good afternoon church family,
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8
Wow, Bible study was so good last night!! The things we are learning in James are so in tune with our sermon series in Colossians. I have strongly felt God speaking to me personally and to us as a Church on the need to be good apprentices who are maturing in the faith. Don’t be double-minded has been a message that has come through so strongly lately. We can’t follow Jesus and keep one eye on the things, worries and ways of the world. We have to be all in, headed in one direction toward Jesus doing what he has called us to do faithfully.
So how can we begin to be single minded, well have you every heard the expression mind over matter. When we are in two minds about a thought, a hurt or a situation we need to fix our eyes on Jesus. We don’t want to be like a wave on the ocean tossed about. We stop take note of our thoughts, situation or hurts and point it in the direction of Jesus. We tell ourselves, I know how you feel, what this looks like, what you think you about to do, just stop, are you heading in Jesus’s direction. If the answer is yes than keep going, if the answer is no, stop and turn around, reorientate your thought,your hurt, your situation toward Jesus and allow the light of His truth to shine on it and guide you in a better direction, toward healing and hope. Your act of reorientation despite what you are feeling is an act of obedience; this is what it means to follow Jesus.