... a weekly letter of encouragement.
24 June, 1998
THE AGONY OF BEING DOUBLE-MINDED WITH GOD:
Double-mindedness is cause for agony in any arena:
- Who wants an employee who has never decided to kick it in 100% with the company ?
- Or someone on the athletic team who is half-hearted?
Having our affections divided between God and the world is like a guy standing on two chunks of ice that are floating in opposite directions. Disaster is imminent!
Here's how Francois Fenelon addresses this business of double-mindedness:
"...Woe unto those weak and timid souls who are divided between God and their love for the world!
"They want and they do not want.
"They are torn by passion and remorse at the same time.
"They fear the judgments of God and those of others.
"They have a horror of evil and a shame of good.
"They have the pains of virtue without tasting its sweet consolations."
"O how wretched they are! Ah, if they had a little courage to despise the empty talk, the cold mockings, and the rash criticism of others, what peace they would enjoy in the bosom of God."
"THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO LOVE GOD: TO TAKE NOT A SINGLE STEP WITHOUT HIM, AND TO
FOLLOW WITH A BRAVE HEART WHEREVER HE LEADS."+
James cautions us that a double-minded man "cannot hope to receive anything from the Lord, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn." (James 1:7,8; Phillips)
So, if you are struggling with a divided heart, you may want to pray this prayer,
"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; GIVE ME AN UNDIVIDED HEART,
THAT I MAY FEAR YOUR NAME." (Psalm 86:11)
+"Devotional Classics" edited by Richard J. Foster and James B. Smith; page 49; Harper San Francisco My prayer is that you are having a great week!
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