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An Encouraging Word





"…For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." James 1:6b – 8 (KJV)


It's amazing how we take things for granted until we need them. I was driving this morning and I ran out of washer fluid; however, today's weather and road conditions required that I have fluid. Without it my vision was impaired and it caused me to slow down, because I could not see clearly and it was a strain to focus.


Without proper or singleness of focus, we cannot fulfill God's purpose in our lives. In our devotional it says,. “Do not think he will receive anything.” Wow! A person who wavers in their faith has a "doubting heart." This is a person whose faith is on the Cross of Jesus Christ and something else, which produces instability. The Lord never honors a double-minded (focused) person. When God speaks to us and gives us our instructions there can be no alternatives.  We must slow down and regain our focus so that we can accomplish what God has destined for us.  


It is the job of the enemy to distract you; however, we must be like Joshua and not "look to the right or to the left", but focus on Jesus Christ and His promises. A single-minded faith in Jesus Christ is a daily requirement for answered prayers and our spiritual growth. It is said that, "The only reason men fail is because of broken focus."


What are you praying for in your life? Is it your family, marriage, spiritual life, health, job, finances? Whatever it is, we must focus on Jesus Christ. The scripture provides powerful instruction regarding our minds. It tells us:


• Not to faint in one's mind. - Hebrews 12:3
• Not to put one's mind on high things, but to be humble. - Romans 12:16
• To attend upon the Lord without distraction. - 1 Cor. 7:35
• To be armed with the same mind as Christ in facing the trials of life. - 1 Peter 4:1-6
• To be fully persuaded in one's own mind about social activities. - Romans 14:5
• To be mentally persuaded of one's behavior before doing questionable things.- Romans 14:5
• To fix one's mind upon Christ. - Hebrews 3:1
• To gird up the loins of one's mind. - 1 Peter 1:13
• To give undivided attention to one's task. - John 21:20-23
• To glorify God with one mind. - Romans 15:16
• To have a renewed mind.-Romans 8:5-8; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23; Hebrews 8:10-12
• To have one's mind transformed and renewed. - Romans 12:2
• To love God with all of one's mind. § Matthew 22:37; - Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27
• To put on a mind of humility. - Colossians 3:12
• To receive the Word of God with a readiness of mind. - Acts 17:11


Throughout the book of James we see a theme of walking out our faith by being focused on Jesus Christ. Today, what are you going to do to ensure your focus is on the Lord?   


"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded." James 4:8







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