Monday, April 1, 2019

Two Heads Aren't Better Than One

Scientists studied a two-headed snake and discovered that each head had a mind of its own. One moment it would crawl one way, then the other mind would take over and it would slither in a completely different direction. Both heads were competing to control the body.

Doubt is being double-minded. It’s like having two minds inside your head, each wanting their own way. It’s like the hitch-hiker who was thumbing a ride with his hand in one direction—and thumbing a ride with his other hand in the opposite direction. He wasn’t sure which way to go. Here's how doubt can affect you:

1. Doubt makes you unstable in all your ways. James 1:8 says, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” The Greek word for unstable means “restless” and “unsettled.” You’re controlled by however you feel at the moment. One minute you’re up, the next minute you’re down. You’re as confused as a termite inside a yo-yo and unstable in all your ways.

2. Doubt keeps you from making correct decisions. Years ago I counseled a young man who was constantly plagued by doubts. He would listen to whatever thought popped into his mind. He would say, “I think I’m supposed to do this” and then a little later, “No, I think I’m supposed to do that.” A few minutes later, he changed his mind again. Why? He was double-minded.

3. Doubt destroys your confidence. You can’t make up your mind because the two voices tell you opposite things. To be confident you must be sure about what to do.

How can you to turn a double-mind into a single-mind? The cure is to surrender yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. “You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you (Isa. 26:3). That’s single-mindedness.
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