An Issue of the Heart
Let’s agree that our lives are the direct result of what’s in our hearts.
The more we study double-mindedness, the more we realise it is not only about indecision, doubting, wavering, and inconsistency, but it is also something that is characteristic of the wicked, people who are far from God for whatever reason.
Though me may try to normalise it, insecurity and double-mindedness are not normal or good. They are greatly limiting to a full and enjoyable life.
The letter of James talks about double-mindedness in two places. The writer applies this word to someone who has something impure in their heart:
“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways”. James 1:8
“Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded”. James 4:8
Throughout the Scriptures double-minded people are equated with sinful, wicked people. In Psalm 119:113, the psalmist says, “I hate those who are double-minded, but I love your law,” drawing a parallel between stable-mindedness and obedience to God.
I’m sorry it sounds so harsh, but this is what the word of God says, and besides God doesn’t want us to live this way. He wants the best for us. Let’s journey together how.
Double-mindedness is not a characteristic of a godly person. God only wants the abundant life for us, which is why He made deliverance from double-mindedness possible. He wants our hearts to be whole so that our lives can be whole.
When we see a person’s life messed up, it is usually because their heart is messed up. The Bible says, “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flow all of the issues of life” Proverbs 4:23.
The heart, in spiritual terms is more than a physical pump for circulating blood through the body. The heart the bible refers to is a person’s mind and spirit- the center of one’s being. Out of this center flow the issues of life.
We cannot keep operating under false assumption that we all have good hearts when the fruit of our lives is not good. Yes, we may have good motives from time to time, but if we are living messed-up lives, then our hearts are not good. We need a change of heart.
Your heart controls what comes out in your life. It’s important to make sure that your heart, soul, and mind are right. That’s what deliverance is for: to restore your soul and to deal with something on the inside of you that causes your heart not to be right, whether it be rejection, rebellion, fear, anger, lust, hatred, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, envy, paranoia, selfish, distrust, or whatever issue it is. If those things are in your heart, they are going to affect that way you live, from relationships to lifestyle to prosperity. You will not prosper the way God wants you to, if you do not prosper on the inside first.