Curing Double-Mindedness ~ blog
As we saw yesterday, being double-minded is a dangerous place. I think there is a place in double-mindedness where we have all stood. That place is called indecision. It is that moment when we choose do I go to the right or to the left. Do I say yes to sin and no to God … knowing that it will ultimately harm me and my loved ones. Or, do I say yes to God and no to sin which quite frankly seems boring.
I like to say that when it comes to living out our day to day lives, we need to realize that we are on a down escalator. If we do nothing on a down escalator, then we are going to automatically go down.
We must understand that there are forces working against us that can do serious damage to our lives and loved ones. Our flesh or sin nature desires things that are wrong and evil. Our world around us offers us daily opportunities to sin and at any moment. And we have a powerful enemy of our soul, the devil, who is working against us.
These are the forces of the down escalator. It is only by making an effort to keep moving forward that we will make any progress in our recovery. Some effort is required to just stay in the same place. More effort is needed if we are to advance in the Christian life and become more like Christ through the transformational power of the Holy Spirit.
There are attitudes that keep us in the land of double-mindedness. Some of them are;
I don’t care.
It doesn’t really matter.
I am all alone.
Nobody loves me.
I deserve and am entitled to this.
The solution is simple to say and very difficult to do. The answer is single-mindedness. To make the decision which way you are going to go in and then stick to it. Every day. Every stinking day. Left Foot … Right Foot … Left Foot … Right Foot.
Here are some passages that express this.
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Paul realized that God had a purpose for his life. And that purpose was not what Paul would have expected or wanted. He was raised a devout Jew. He excelled in living out his Jewish traditions and gave himself completely to serving God … which led to his believing that God was calling him to beat, imprison, and even kill Christians. He was single-minded in fulfilling this mission until Jesus knocked him off his ass and onto his ass, blinded him for 3 days and then showed him his true God-given purpose – to tell Gentiles about Jesus.
Paul believed that he was the worst of all sinners …
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.”
Paul was responsible for the stoning to death of Stephen. Paul tells us in Romans 7 that he struggled with every kind of covetous desires which would have included lust. He even cries out …
“Wretched man that I am … who will free me from this body of death.”
But notice what he said in the Philippians passage;
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal…”
That is single-mindedness. To always be pressing on. To always be moving forward. To forget the past sins and failures and straining toward what is ahead. Like the sprinter wanting to break the tape and beat his opponents, he is straining forward to shave even one-tenth of a second off of his time.
So, to be single-mindedness will take work. It is to set yourself on the journey of becoming a more Christ-like person by giving yourself daily to God and being filled continuously by the Holy Spirit. It means forgetting the past with all our sins and failures and making a daily effort to go deeper with God.
It means turning off and tuning out the distractions of this world and engaging our minds with truth and honesty. It means saying no to the sin that has so easily entangled us and offering our bodies to God as a living sacrifice every day.
It means a whole lot more which I will get into tomorrow. But let me ask you about today.
Have you begun your day surrendering your life and will to Him?
Have you offered Him your body, soul, mind, and spirit as a living sacrifice?
Have you asked the Spirit to fill you and to empower you to walk in the Spirit?
Have you put on the full armor of God to deal with demonic influences?
This is what it will take to not only overcome the pull of the down escalator but to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith and gain positive ground in your recovery from sexual brokenness.