James 1:6

MONDAY

One of the challenges facing Christians throughout the ages is doubt. Another way of describing doubt is being uncertain in your mind, or judging or over-evaluating yourself (the actual meaning of the word used in James 1:6). It effects our relationship with God, the decisions we make and when determining the will of God.

What causes doubt and how can it be neutralized? This is the topic of this week’s study. We will spend three days examining the causes of doubt before spending two days examining removal techniques.

NAU James 1:6 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.

NIV James 1:6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

KJV James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

One of the causes of doubt according to James is the instability of being double-minded.  An double-minded person is one who tries to live in two worlds – the world of faith and the world of doubt. Though professing confidence in God and His Word, he also denies  there is confidence that comes from the wisdom found in God’s Word.

In the context of James 1:2-8, when an instable person encounters trials, he doubts his relationship with God, the ability to receive direction from God, and the confidence that God is personally interested is his/her struggles. The instable person is then tossed like a wave on the ocean. Waves do not control their formation, their direction or their height – they are at the mercy of the intensity and the direction of the wind.

The antidote to double-mindedness is to become single-minded. This is accomplished by losing one of the two extremes. If the two extremes are faith and doubt, the obvious way to become a confident, single-minded person is to reject doubt and retain faith.

Are you a Christian encountering trials and doubting the personal care and direction that comes from God and His Word? Then stop being double-minded! Become single-minded by rejecting doubt (uncertainty, self-judgment and self-evaluation)! Believe God at His Word CONFIDENTLY!

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