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What does it mean to be double-minded and what causes us to experience it? Knowing what the spiritual root of double-mindedness is and how to stop it in its tracks can help you begin living without fear and standing firmly rooted in the Word!
But this begins with really facing what causes this to happen in your life and in your faith! What makes a person double-minded and what does the Bible say about it? You might be surprised by what it could mean in your own life!
Read on to learn more about it and how to live boldly in your faith!
Learning the Spiritual Root of Double-Mindedness: First, Define It
I was reading a verse in the Book of James about being double-minded that really hit home with me late last week. It was this verse:
The phrase “double-minded” comes from the Greek word “dipsychos” and it means uncertain, doubting. It also means divided in interest.
It means that you are wavering and divided between two interests.
Divided in interest.
Yeah, that hit me pretty hard, I will be honest. I had to face some truths about myself right here.
Have you ever posted something on Facebook and set the permissions so only certain people can see it?Have you ever posted something on Facebook and set the permissions so only certain people can see it? Click To Tweet
On Social Media
Guilty! I have done that many a time, and sometimes it is for good reason.
Sometimes it’s just because it only pertains to certain people so I don’t want to bog down people’s newsfeeds with something that only interests a few, like maybe a family-related post.
Or maybe it is super personal that I only want close friends and family to see. Those are all pretty good reasons.
But that wasn’t what bothered me.
What bothered me were the other posts I set permissions on.
I didn’t want to be judged by people who might have a wrong perception of what faith in Christ is truly about or what I represent.
Then There Was the Opposite
The funny memes or off-color posts I might think are funny so I share them but hide them from my Christian friends because I don’t want them to think I am acting in a way that is ungodly.
They weren’t BAD or anything most people would find offensive. I DO live my walk as much as possible! I just thought people might be too harsh and judge me for it. I didn’t trust people not to judge!
The makeup and fashion I love so much, I hid from my Christian friends because I feared being labeled as caring about “worldly things”.
But loving those things is NOT wrong! Making an idol out of them is wrong! Finding your worth in them is wrong.
But enjoying those things (and oh, I do) is not wrong! Enjoying them for fun is not wrong! And if anyone were to judge me for it, the issue is more with them than me!
Fear of Being Judged
Basically, the spiritual root of double-mindedness for me was fear.
I was fearing the judgment of man. So I compromised. I was being double-minded.
I was portraying one “me” to one group and the other “me” to the other group and NEITHER me was bad nor wrong!!
That is the odd thing about it. I don’t post anything that is ungodly or fanatical!! I was worried about someone’s perception of me versus the reality of me.
So, I tried to be one person to one group and another person to the other and the truth was somewhere in the middle.
My interests were divided. I had one set for one and another for the other!Basically, I was fearing the judgment of man. So I compromised. I was being double-minded. Click To Tweet
This is Who I Am
If my friends dislike me because of my faith then I don’t need those friends. Period! It sounds harsh but it is true!
My faith is who I am. If you love me as my friend, then you love me BECAUSE of my faith because that is what shapes the person I am.
If my Christian friends dislike me for my weird humor or my love of fashion or my loud-mouthed NY attitude, that’s more their issue than mine.
God didn’t make us all alike and there’s a good reason for that! We balance out the church that way!
Romans 12:4-5 says:
We weren’t made the same! Our toes and fingers have different functions and offer different benefits, but they are all part of the same body.
Getting at the Spiritual Root of Double-Mindedness Requires Trust
It really all came down to a lack of trust.
I didn’t trust my Christian friends with the weird, crazy side of me and I didn’t trust my non-Christian friends with the part that is truly ALL of me; the Christian.
I was literally living like a split personality and in the end, no one knew the real me; the WHOLE me.
I wasn’t being fake. After all, each was truly a part of who I am. But I wasn’t being real either.
The spiritual root of double-mindedness is fear and lack of trust and even a certain degree of comparison that is planted in us by the enemy so that we are not living with boldness and faith.
We are, instead, living in an unstable way.I was literally living like a split personality and in the end, no one knew the real me; the WHOLE me. Click To Tweet
Stop Being Double-Minded by Living Boldly
James 1:6-8 says that a double-minded man is:
How could I ever go to God and ask for anything if I live in doubt and am divided in my interests? If I am blown and tossed by the winds of opinion or judgment of people, how can I ever expect God to trust me with what I am praying for?
So, I decided to live boldly.
Boldly in my faith and boldly in my humor! I have decided to be the authentic ME! Take me or leave me but at least it will be the REAL me you’re getting! And what God thinks of me and who He made me be is far more important.
Living boldly and living authentically!
If I don’t feel comfortable enough to share a post with my Christian friends, then maybe I shouldn’t be posting it!!
And if I don’t feel comfortable posting something for my non-Christian friends to see, then I need to re-examine my heart and whether I am trying to please God or man!
Look at the opinion of God, not the opinions of friends on Facebook. And if you are pleasing God, then that is all that matters!
If you’ve ever experienced this fear of judgment or fear of losing popularity, comment below and let me know how you stepped out boldly yourself!
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