Delay, Doubt and Double-Mindedness
Monday, June 4, 2018 1:59 PM

Delay, Doubt and Double-Mindedness

Monday, June 4, 2018 1:59 PM
Monday, June 4, 2018 1:59 PM

The moment you make up your mind to obey God - depending upon the assignment, either the Adversary himself is going to come after you; or, he will assign demons to come after you. Not to stop you, but to delay you.

The longer we delay, the stronger doubt grows. Delay increases doubt and decreases courage. Delay, fueled by procrastination is one of the Enemy's favorite strategies to prevent us from fulfilling our purpose, reaching our goals and experiencing what God calls "good success."

If we keep doubting we never will step out of the shadows and into the light of our purpose. We, instead, will be stuck in the darkness of the tension between "should I or shouldn't I?" 

Asking everybody but God who alone knows the answer. Double-mindedness.

James writes, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."  James 1:5-8.

The Prophet Elijah asked the people of Israel a very poignant question in 1 Kings 18:21, "how long will you hesitate between two opinions?"

When I founded Christians in Public Service, Inc., I was in my last semester of seminary. I knew God had put on my heart to do it, though the details were not at all clear.

I wrote down notes as I believed I was being directed by the Holy Spirit and carried around that one sheet of worn paper for weeks.

I would from time-to-time share it with various professors and classmates, asking their opinions. But despite sensing God's leading, I nonetheless for the most part, kept that sheet of paper tucked neatly inside my notebook.

Had I not gotten the courage to take that first step, you wouldn't be reading this today as this organization would not exist.

What I learned was this. God often will not make clear the details until we act on the details he does give us. The details become clearer with each step. But if we never walk it out, God will never work it out. Faith is key. And doubt is the antithesis of faith.

Jesus told his disciples that we have an Adversary (the devil). He is a thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

How did Satan cause the fall of Adam and Eve and through their actions, the fall of the entire world?

By planting in Eve's mind a seed of doubt. And he will do the same to you and me. It is his modus operandi with the goal always the same -  to steal, kill or destroy.

He stole Adam's authority. He killed their unfettered fellowship with God and he destroyed their abilities to fully realize all they could have been, done and developed.

What is your excuse? Do you keep putting off something you know God has put on your heart to do? Do you go back and forth determined to get after it full blast one day, only to find yourself doubting or fearful the next day that you can do it?

If Satan can get us to doubt long enough, he knows we either will disobey God and do what we want to; or, do not nothing at all. Either way, he wins and we lose.

Many of us right now are living with the consequences of these actions - bouncing around with no real sense of purpose, direction or with an empty sense of urgency to do something, we just don't know what anymore.

Delay, doubt and double-mindedness will kill your purpose and thus your future.

What are you putting off doing? What are you double-minded about? Are you doubting God's leading? What is holding you back?  No money? No blueprint? No help? I've been there and these are merely excuses.

Trust me on this one - don't believe the lie that if you take one step, God will take two.  Not true.

What I can promise you is this - where God guides, He is obligated to provide, and He will.

You have to be laser-focused, have faith in God; not yourself, but in Him as you take the first step. Looking neither to the right nor left and certainly not behind.

If you are in a place of doubt and are delaying stepping out, promising yourself you will do "it" tomorrow. Do right now what is within your power to do. Don't think about the what ifs, but the what now.

Do what you can right now and watch how much easier it is to take the next step. Then the next, Then the next... 

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