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No Wishy-Washy!

“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.”

– James 1:6-8

We are all familiar with the person in our newsfeeds who is constantly in and out of different relationships, and never seems to make their mind up about any important decision in life. This isn’t healthy, and it’s not the life God wants for those who trust in Him. We are to look over situations and utilize the brain He has given us as well as His gift of discernment to understand what path to follow. Being unstable and unsteady as a lifestyle isn’t the mark of a Christian.

“I hate the double-minded,

but I love Your law.”

– Psalm 119:113

No one else appreciates someone’s wishy-washy behavior either. As followers of Christ and examples to others, we are to stay sober-minded, using our critical thinking skills.

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

– 1 Peter 1:13

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Hearing vs. Listening

The difference between only hearing the Word of God and actually listening to it is faith. Not everyone who hears the message of the Gospel with their ears or who reads it with their eyes accepts the salvation of Jesus Christ.

“For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” – Hebrews 4:2

When we hear the Word of God, or read it, we must absorb the text with faith in our hearts in order to benefit from it. We also must accept that, while we can and should reach out and share the message of the Gospel with others, we can’t control whether they are only hearing it or actually listening.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14

So far as it depends upon us, let us LISTEN to Scripture, rather than only hearing it.

Work For Peace

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

When our hearts and our mindset is righteous, God blesses us with peace.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3

God has already planned peace in our lives, as He works in and through us through His sovereign grace.

“O LORD, You will ordain peace for us, for You have indeed done for us all our works.” – Isaiah 26:12

We are to grant this peace to others as well, by living harmoniously, as much as we are able to do so.

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” – Romans 12:18

Simply believing in and trusting in Jesus Christ brings peace and joy to our lives as well.

“May the God of hope full you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13

Even in the most troubling of times, God’s love can sustain us and give us an internal peace that far surpasses what we could ever imagine. May His peace bless us today as we follow His will.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Where Is Your Focus?

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” – Romans 12:2

When we are in Christ and have yielded our thoughts to Him, our focus subjects change. We think less about ourselves and our own interests and think more about what interests God and what interests others. We become more intentional, less about “me” and more about “we” or “you.”

Change of thinking also changed the focus of the subject matter of our minds. We dwell more on the eternal rather than the temporal, and on what is pure and good rather than what is dirty and evil.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worth of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

When we are others-focused, our actions are thoughtful.

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

We set an example of righteous living.

“Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

Not Alone in Your Struggle

“Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you.” – Psalm 55:22

From time to time, and for some all the time, the struggles of life come at us at once, and it’s easy to internalize all that’s happening, put on a brave face, and move through life the best we can, alone.

We must remember that God is faithful during (and especially!) our times of our most adversity, our greatest sufferings. He is no stranger to the human condition – Jesus came to earth both as fully God and fully human. He wasn’t always the picture of joy or the life of the party, either.

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” – Isaiah 53:3

He did this to give us hope by taking our pain on Himself and still conquering death and evil and sorrow.

“Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows.” – Isaiah 53:4a

God promises to take care of us as a mother bird does for her fledglings –

“He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” – Psalm 91:4

Even in the darkest times of our lives, the love and presence of Jesus Christ sustain us; we are not alone.

Created For His Glory

“He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” – Psalm 100:3

God specifically created His people for the purpose of living to please Him and bring Him glory. From the moment He made us, God designed us for a relationship with Him. As the Westminster Confession of Faith so aptly phrases this concept:

“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”

We aren’t just an accident, a blunder of random space dust or prehistoric goo. We were designed with a life purpose in mind. We are here for a reason.

It’s easy as humans to doubt our purpose, to wonder why we are here, and to feel insignificant. Reminders like this verse should help us to realize how truly empowering it is to have our hope sustained by the work of Christ, and God’s plan from before time began.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20, we are exhorted to honor God in all we do with our human bodies:

“…Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God…You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

When we remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our redemption from our sins, it should cause us to want to do rightly.

Strong And Courageous

“Be strong and courageous! For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

What exactly are we to embody as strong and courageous people?

Some of the definitions of “strong” include: having the ability to perform a specific action powerfully, likely to succeed because of sound reason and convincing evidence, possessing skills and qualities that create a likelihood of success, and the ability to withstand great force or pressure. A person who is strong is not easily upset, shows determination, self-control, and good judgment. They are established, intense, resonant, passionate, and eager.

Some of the definitions of “courageous” are: not deterred by danger or pain; brave. A courageous person is plucky, valiant, bold, daring, “lionhearted,” venturesome, spunky, audacious, and indomitable.

As we look at these qualities, some of them (such as spunky, audacious, intense, and eager) are often viewed by our society as a negative – something to be dampened, quelled, or quenched altogether. However, as a believer, we are reminded that if we are keeping the Lord as our focus, these qualities are actually very desirable, and are given to us by God, that we may be passionate for Him and for what He cares about. Don’t quench and suppress God’s gifts to you.