THE ESTABLISHED HEART
“For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
Receiving from God shouldn’t be difficult yet many a believer have more stories of failed faith expectations than the fulfillment that comes from seeing prayers answered.
James being primarily a pastor, was faced with the task of dealing with the practical issues that his church members were faced with. He had to provide them scriptural answers for their questions.
Apparently one of the issues that they were faced with was with dealing with the challenges and adversities they were faced with.
In addressing it, he makes a profound statement. Read our text for the day again.
Clearly, a man can be praying and apparently standing in faith and receive nothing from the Lord. Note the absoluteness of his statement. Such a man can receive nothing from the Lord. A double minded man receives nothing from the Lord.
Unfortunately this is one major gaffe in the walk of faith of many believers.
It’s an established heart that receives from the Lord. Double mindedness refers to oscillating and vacillating in your belief. It’s a heart that is tossed to and fro by every thought and circumstance. It takes no definite stand on the Word.
An established heart is quite the opposite. David describes it in one of his Psalms.
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.”
Note that even though he hears evil tidings, his heart remains fixed, trusting the Lord. Many people’s hearts are not fixed.
They start out believing for something today but with one negative news that comes to them, they start wavering in their Faith.
Again, David says this about a fixed heart;
“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
“O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise,
even with my glory.”
Note that David consistently speaks of a fixed heart. It’s a non-negotiable in your walk of faith.
Now the question is ‘how do I fix my heart?’ Well, there are two keys. First is keeping your eyes on the Word and not the circumstance. I’d focus more on the second which I’m sure you have deduced from the two excerpts from David that I shared above.
Maintaining a posture of praise and worship keeps the heart fixed. Rather than worrying and complaining, spend time Praising. Whenever contrary winds blow and evil tidings come to you, particularly as regards what you’re believing for, choose to praise rather than worry.
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” Romans 4:20
Many stagger because they don’t add the element of Praise to their faith walk.
Praise Him today as though it’s done. Rejoice!
Dear Heavenly Father, I rejoice in your word that has come to me today. Thank you for I choose to keep my eyes and stay my mind on the word of God which is able to deliver all that it talks about. I refuse to be like the double-minded man who is unstable in his ways. I choose the stance and position of the word of God and praise, no matter what is happening around me. Thank you, Dear Heavenly Father, In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33