I hear the song “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” by Aaron Tippin. I’ve heard it before in my mind, but it’s been quite a while. Do I stand for anything? So I wonder, am I too in the middle? Could I be the double-minded man the bible talks about? James 1:8 (NKJV) States: “He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his way.”
Double minded can be multiple things: uncertain, half-hearted, doer, divided in his interest or loyalties, wavering, and two-faced.
Uncertain – James 1:6-8 “But let him ask in faith with no doubting, or 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.” I have to admit, I have prayed with doubt and at times self-centered. My words would appear strong and good, but the Lord knows that I have doubts. Frankly, my prayers have been self-centered as well. It’s the doubts like “I will pray, hope for the best and expect the same or worse to happen.” or even the “I will pray but the Lord knows in my heart my motives are self-centered.” Oh my prayers look strong, sound strong, but in reality 1) I doubt and 2) my motives are self- seeking and not God- Centered. God wants us to come to him in confidence. 1 John 5:14 tells us “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hear us.” and God also wants our motives to be right. James 4:3 says “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
Ouch! Reading both of those really hits home. Not only do I have doubt in the back of my mind, but I ask for ME! And MY Selfish reasons!! So I have learned to take it one prayer at a time. Making sure there is honestly no doubt and truly, whole heartedly believing God will answer my prayer. I also ask myself if this prayer is self-centered or God-Centered. Yeah I have had to “re-write”, “re-focus”, “re-center my prayers. Realizing that my prayers, though seeming whole hearted and God-Centered was more Sef-Centered.
Doer – James 1:22-25 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” So I am somewhere in between. I do and I hear. In all honestly I probably just hear more than I do. This is something that needs to change, needing to be more like Christ. Christ even tells us in Matthew 7:24-26 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and it did not all, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these says of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:”
Again OUCH! Living the life of the Libra – Everything in balance- Going with the flow – is not going to work that well for me! Frankly, it hasn’t been working out that well. I now have to decide to continue living so-so or am I choosing to live and do as Christ said and did. This one will be a struggle. Living quietly in the background and in the middle has always felt “comfortable” and honestly, it has not gotten me anywhere. Frankly, it’s left my life feeling blah, full of worry and at times out of control.
James 1:8 (NKJV) “He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his way.” This verse could fit me perfectly, not that I want it too, but unless I stand for something, “I will fall for anything.”…..
So now I must decide which one of Three kinds of Christians I relate too:
Tow Boat – they only go if someone drags them along
Sail Boat – they go in fair weather
Steam Boat – Go at all times