Decisiveness versus Double Minded
This is WEEK 9 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by.
What would you think if you met a man who:
Talked professionally while on the job, but cussed like a sailor outside of work.
Went to church every Sunday, but frequented the bars on work nights.
Said he loved his wife , but then flirted with and had affairs with other women.
1. having the power or quality of deciding, putting an end to controversy
2. with little or no hesitation; determined
Synonyms for decisive: conclusive, pivotal, key, critical, significant, strong-minded, resolute, determined, clear-sighted, focused
Antonyms for decisive: insignificant, uncertain, unfocused, wavering
What the Bible says about Decisiveness:
James 1: 6-8: But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Psalm 119:113 I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.
2 Peter 2:14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed–an accursed brood!
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ
Examples from the Bible:
Eve in the Garden of Eden (double-minded)
King Saul (double-minded)
Abraham (decisive )
Queen Esther (decisive)
The Example of Jesus to Us:
Matthew 6:24. “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
Mark 3:24. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”
Jesus was always intentional and decisive. The Bible says he was tempted in every way as a human is tempted, yet he never wavered. He knew the purpose for which he was born on this Earth, and he was faithful to seek and obey the will of the Father, even unto death.
Personal Thoughts and Application:
One of my favorite passages of scripture that I memorized as a child is Psalm 1.
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
I want to be like that tree planted by streams of water….that is constantly drinking and being nourished by God’s word. If you are struggling with being double-minded, try setting aside a month of taking every thought captive….gaurding what music you listen to, what you watch on TV, what you read, what you say, and who you let influence you. Stay in the Word of God, and pray….let God focus you and give you clarity of mind. Know what you believe, and why you believe it. It is in questioning that we grow and learn. God promises to teach and guide us.
Prayer For You: May God continue to mature you as a Christian so that you may have focus and purposeful intent that does not waver. May you be like the tree that is planted by streams of water, ever renewed and nourished by His Word.