September 19, 2020

STEADY MIND - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved , I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of James 1:8 “For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, for he is unstable in all ways.”
From the above context we understand that a man will be blessed only if he is stable and not double minded. You might ask, the question, “What does it mean to be double-minded. Well, the term double-minded means, “a person with two minds or souls.” James writes of the doubting person that he is “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all that he does. ” A doubter is a double-minded person. Who is unstable, unsteady, wavering, in both his character and feelings.”
A double-minded person is restless and confused in his thoughts, his actions, and his behaviour. Such a person is always in conflict with himself. One torn by such inner conflict can never lean with confidence on God and His gracious promises. The term “unstable” refers to a drunken man who is unable to walk in a straight line, he seems to be swaying one way, then another. He has no defined direction and as a result doesn’t get anywhere. Such a person is “unstable in all that he does.”

Those who are double-minded do not have faith in God. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.” We cannot be both “certain” and doubting, as is the double-minded person. One part of his mind is sure of something, while the other part doubts. Such is the double-minded man. They should ask God for wisdom and good understanding. Faith comes by reading the word of God. So read the Bible and pray for faith. God freely gives what is good to those who ask Him and it’s good to ask for an increase of faith, for everyone who asks receives.

Some of you reading this message is so worried about such children, even grown up children behave in this manner. For instance some children change their mind from time to time. Some children tell their parents that they will take a particular group in a particular college. Parents would soon go to that college make the payment, and admit their children their son or daughter. Then after few weeks their son might say, “This College is not good and this group seems to be too difficult. So put me in another college and I shall choose another group.” So in order to please their son the parent would again admit him in another college. Then after few weeks the son would say, “Daddy here they treat us like kids. I don’t like this college, I shall do some other new course introduced newly.” I prefer to join that college and remain in the Hostel to study well.” So again the parent will heed to the words of their son and get him admitted in the new course and new college that he prefers. Thus we see that the boy or girl does not have a steady mind. They fail to understand the pain and stress they cause to their parents because of their double mindedness. Even such children are now reading this message. I wish a change come upon them after reading this message. May the Lord bring about a pure, clean and steady mind and help them to walk perfectly.
Jesus declared, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” This is very true. One must be in a position to choose the right option set before him rather than switching over from one thing to another. Sometimes certain families get distorted and shattered because either the husband or the wife fail to have a steady mind. As a result the father gets separated and the mother sometimes works in one place and children are forced to stay in the hostel or in their grandparent’s house. Some wives say, “ My Husband does not have a steady mind. He doesn’t care for me or my children, then how can we trust and live with him? This brings about a great havoc within the members of the family and it becomes very difficult to set things right in such families. May God help you to avoid such crisis arising in your family and cooperate with each other to remain in harmony and peace. I pray that, “ Peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces.” God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank You because you are a God who is faithful, to those who seek you. Teach us not to be double minded. Help us to have a steady mind. Give us the wisdom and good understanding to handle situations correctly. Help us not to trouble others because of our misunderstanding or misguidance. Guide us to have the right perspective of our goals in life and means to achieve them.
In Jesus name we pray.

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