Seeking to Become Single-Minded

Do Not Be Double-Minded

(James 1:8)

What does the Bible mean when the Bible says that ‘a double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways’.?  What does the term ‘double-minded’ actually mean? The word translated is ‘dipsuchos’, dis, meaning “twice”, and psuche meaning “mind”.  This word ‘double-minded’ should conjure up images of someone who is uncertain or half-hearted and divided where their loyalty is concerned and vacillating in their thoughts, decisions and actions.  We have all been in this mindset at one time or another.  Even great men of the Bible suffered double-mindedness when the heat was turned up in their lives.  John the Baptist was convinced that Jesus Christ was the sent One.  He was so convinced that he began to cry out to anyone who would listen and he witnessed both the Holy Spirit and the voice of God, when he baptized Jesus.  However, when John was arrested (and soon beheaded), he sent his men to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the Coming One or do we look for another”?  (Luke 7:19-20)  John was having his doubts.  Though feelings can persuade us and bring us into a double-minded state, we are not to give into these fickle feelings. We may not change, right away, about how we feel about something or someone, but we can make a decision about how we will act or what we will say that will be pleasing to God.

And what does the Bible mean when the Bible states that a double-minded man is ‘unstable in all his ways’?  Doubt or uncertainty, will inevitably produce instability. Instability brings us into doubting God and hesitating to step forward concerning His Will for our lives.  This can affect us in our working with the Lord.  If we doubt God, our prayer life will suffer.  Why pray (earnestly) to a God we cannot trust?  If we doubt His Word, then why obey what He has told us to do?  If we doubt the rewards He has promised us, then why would we bother to press on and press through?  If we doubt His power, then we will become hesitant about telling others about the goodness of God.  If we doubt that He cares for us, then we will not cast our cares upon Him.  And the list goes on.  Bottom line is, our Christian lives may become completely damaging to the Christian faith and unconvincing to ourselves as well as others.

We are logical thinkers by nature.  But, this thinking should never interfere with what we are believing about God.  An ignorance and lack of  knowledge about the Bible (God’s Word) will cause us to HAVE to rely upon our own reasonings and conclusions (as long as we are striving to learn the Will of God, God will protect even the ignorant).  And these reasonings and conclusions will be swayed by our feelings and our need to be accepted into society.  Therefore the cure for double-mindedness is knowing what is the desire and will of God.  We might waver a bit, but as long as we come back to the Word of God, we will come back to the truth which will stabilize our minds, and stabilization is an ongoing process.

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7 Responses to Seeking to Become Single-Minded

  1. debradoo says:

    Amen Amy! Thanks for your kind words. It is such a blessing to have internet, that way we can keep in touch. Hugs!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Dear Amy Jane, welcome to ChristianBlessings and to make our readers smile again and again by your comments and may you make many friends here. Indeed may we be single minded for Jesus.

  3. Amy Jane says:

    Very good, insightful, and insperatinal.It is very important to be in the word, espesially with all the negitive influances now day. It keeps us looking in the right direction and moving forward. John 10:10 reminds us there is always a battle going on. but God has the Winning move. And I would prefer to be on the winning side. But it is not always easy. The important thing is that one strives to be single minded ~ Jesus minded…..

  4. rickroehm says:

    James 4:8…purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    Heart purity for the double minded comes from the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire like on the day of Pentecost. A sinful man never had an inner conflict until he was born of God. When the new birth came…a conflict began.

    The purpose of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire is to purify man’s heart from the the still existing Adamic nature (that causes doublemindedness). When the heart is liberated from the Adamic life completely…that person will become single minded concerning Christ. The affections, the motives, the interests, the habits, and the intents of that heart will be Christ centered.

    All for Christ! Single minded! No more conflict! No more inner struggle. Sanctified! Full of the Spirit! Cleansed! Purged from all the dross. Temptation doesn’t have the same effect on a single minded believer. The problems and obstacles of life don’t have the same effect. The weights of life and sins that beset us are layed aside! Stable in Christ! Sold out! One track mind. Single minded! Controlled by Christ. Filled with the Spirit. Certain! Without doubt!

    SINGLE MINDEDNESS comes from the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire! This experience cames “after” your saved.

    • debradoo says:

      Rick, speaking spiritually, you are right. But, still we are a natural man even after we have been saved and have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 2 Cor. 10:5-6 tells us that we are to cast down vain imaginations or any thought that comes into our minds that would go against what God has said. Why? Because when we measure our thoughts with the Word of God, we are taking control of our thought life and when we take control of our thought life, God will be the One who is in control of our lives. Our thoughts influence our emotions and our emotions influence our choices and our choices influence our decisions and our decisions produce our life. Whoever controls our thinking will ultimately control our life.

      Everyday we are inundated with messages that are contrary to what God has said in His Word. If we are not keeping ourselves ‘washed’ with the cleansing water of the Word, then our minds become ‘double’ in the natural. Our thoughts can become conflicting. The Holy Spirit cannot do a work through us if we are ‘stagnate’ or ‘uncertain’ in our thinking. We are to strive to have the mind of Christ and this would require that we think like He thinks and we can do this when we stay active in our seeking to know Him, through study and prayer.

  5. ptl2010 says:

    To be double-minded is to be untrusting and the root of that is fear of the consequences.
    We should remind ourselves then that the only consequence we should fear is how does our vacillating and decision affect our relationship with God. It is so easy to fear what people think but that could be directionally opposite to God’s way.
    Let us run this race of life with patience and our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1

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