“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” —James 1:5-7
No Longer Double-minded
A person who is “double-minded” and “unstable in all he does” demonstrates unholiness by the inconsistency between what he says and what he actually believes and does. God says to us, in effect, “If you ask Me for something and then doubt that I will give it, don’t even think you will receive it.”
If God were not true to His Word, He would be acting in an unholy way. Because we know God is holy, we can believe He will fulfill what He has promised. Since God is holy, we, too, must be holy to receive answers to prayer.
“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.” —Ephesians 4:14-15
Prayer: Father, Help me to not be a double-minded believer. I commit to speaking the truth in love and growing up to be more like Christ. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read Ephesians 4:14-15 | James 1:5-7
Weekend Readings: Philippians 1-2; Genesis 4
– Pastor Ted Winsley, Chaplain of the Philadelphia Eagles