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Doubt

Scripture: James 1:6-8 “…for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

 

In the Greek, the word “doubt” implies being at variance with oneself, or hesitating. It’s like something shifting back and forth, just like a wave being tossed by the wind. We’ve all been there, right? When we’re not firmly fixed and confident in our beliefs, our thoughts, emotions, and circumstances can blow us in different directions. It’s part of the human experience, but the key is to operate in victory despite these challenges.

The Passion Translation describes it as being “ambivalent,” having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas. This ambivalence leaves us in a state of uncertainty, being unsure and indecisive. It’s like having two minds, one of the flesh and one of the Spirit, and the dominant one is the one we exercise the most. This is why declaring the Word daily is so vital!

 

Reflection:

Take a moment to reflect on your life. Are there areas where you find yourself “wavering” between the mind of your flesh and the mind of the Spirit? Perhaps you’ve encountered times when your confidence in God’s promises wavered, and you felt tossed about by life’s uncertainties.

Remember, you are not alone in this struggle. Even the strongest believers face moments of doubt. What sets us apart is our response to these doubts. Can you identify situations where your faith has been tested? Take a moment to acknowledge these challenges and bring them before God in prayer.

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I admit that I sometimes struggle with doubt and wavering faith. I ask for your strength and guidance in these moments of uncertainty. Help me anchor my beliefs and confidence in your Word, so I may remain stable, unwavering, and resolute in the face of life’s challenges. I pray for the wisdom to recognize when I am being ambivalent and for the courage to choose the mind of the Spirit over the mind of the flesh. In your name, I pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

In our stability, we find peace, strength, and the ability to overcome life’s uncertainties. God’s Word is the anchor that keeps us fixed, and even when our circumstances are unstable, we don’t have to be. Remember, the Lord is with you through every wave of life’s challenges.

 

To learn more on this topic:

Read: Enforcing You: Activating Your Kingdom Identity In Christ: https://www.lisa-schwarz.com/enforcing-you/

Watch this YouTube Series: Enforcing You: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaMLikcR9YvZ6S-wQw86GD0liugrb7Lls&si=AJ46TBh9OXK12BaG

Listen to Lisa Schwarz’s podcast: Enforcing Purpose: https://www.lisa-schwarz.com/podcast/