A Single Source

double mindedPraises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good and bad water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives, or can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water. James 3:10-12

We can’t have it both ways.

We believe one thing, but our behavior doesn’t match our belief.

We give advice to someone but don’t apply it into our own life.

We hand something over to God and then play tug-of-war.

We claim to trust God yet try to take control.

We live by God’s standards by excusing our fuzzy lines when we prefer.

We rationalize not only our own behavior but also support our friends by rationalizing those things we know will help momentarily even if they aren’t best in the long run.

We look for shortcuts of faith, certain God would prefer we not meander through what seems to be an arduous journey.

We define beauty, peace, love and so much more by our own experiences instead of seeking the truth of God’s definitions and examples.

Which of the above statements ring true to you?

The right hand can do what the left hand cannot. The left hand can do what the right hand cannot. It’s about the positioning to your body. If you pick up a cup with your right hand, you cannot pick up the cup with your left hand using the exact same hand positioning. You have to adjust. You cannot replace the right hand with the left hand and achieve the exact same results. The right hand does what the right hand is intended to do. The left hand does what the left hand is intended to do. There is no other hand.

When you’re double-minded or double-hearted, you’re trying to accomplish two things that cannot be accomplished at once. You’re trying to occupy a space – in your heart or your mind – with more than one thing. One or the other will be sacrificed. There’s only so much space, and duplicity doesn’t fit.

Live It. Invite God to examine your life today and reveal at least one area in which you are double-minded or double-hearted. Trust him to guide you to give up duplicity and focus only on him.

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