Psalm 119:113-120 – I hate double-minded men, but I love your law. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their deceitfulness is in vain. All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes. My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
The person who loves God’s Word will naturally disdain anything that is contrary or opposed to it. The vacillating nature of double-minded men is repulsive to that which is pure and true and good. It is the “adulterous spirit” that God’s Word exposes. Double-mindedness will never completely choose between God and the world. It will continue to flirt with both sides. Since God’s law is pure, good and true, double-mindedness is completely abhorrent and wicked. Similarly, evildoing is also despised because it’s completely contrary to the laws, commands, decrees, and statutes of God’s Word.
God’s Word promotes single-minded devotion and love for what is holy, good, pure, righteous and true. Anything less than this single-mindedness is not worthy of God’s Word! That’s why the Psalmist hates double-minded men! That’s why he insists on separation from evildoers. That’s why God rejects the deceitful people who stray from His decrees! That’s why he compares the wicked to dross that is discarded! God’s Word is awesome. It promotes love for the things that God loves. It establishes confidence in God’s protection as we make His Word our word. God’s promises build hope, His decrees inspire trust, and His laws hold us in holy awe!
James gives his perspective on the double-minded and provides instruction for correcting this sinful condition. The Message version translates James 4:4-10 in this way: You're cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn't care? The proverb has it that "he's a fiercely jealous lover." And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you'll find. It's common knowledge that "God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble." So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Thank God for His matchless Word. Declare your undivided love for God and His Word.
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Paul & Karen Rose (Cora, Paul, Shayne), Dennis & Sherry Smith, Bob & Alison St.James (Matt, Kelley, Nate).
- Commit your heart to the Lord. Give thanks for His undivided love for you.
- Ask God to forgive any double-mindedness you may have. Pray for a heart and mind singled to His glory.
- Join in with our Sunday prayer services to pray for God’s presence and blessing.
- Pray for a heart that loves what God loves and hates what He hates.
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Praise God for His promises toward those who humble themselves, resist the devil, and say yes to Him.
- Pray that God will give you such a love for His Word that everything the world offers will seem hateful in comparison.
Prayer Challenge: Pray that God will grant every believer: a passionate devotion to His Word, a humble recognition that we have much room for growth and improvement, His corrective discipline (that may be painful but produces good fruit), and a steadfast courage with strength to endure the arrogance, hostility, ridicule and slander of those who disregard the beauty and authority of God’s Word.