Do I Doubt?
Am I Like the Surf of the Sea? James 1:6-8
Yesterday, we LOOKED at the command to ask God for wisdom, believing He will grant it.
Today, we want to understand what God means when He refers to the one who doubts.
Lord, we come today to Your Word, knowing You will instruct and teach us properly. Lord we come asking that you give us ears to listen to Your counsel and accept discipline, so that we may be wise. (Isa 28:6; Pro 19:20).
Let’s LOOK at What God Says!
Begin at the Beginning
Read James 1:5-8 again, asking the 5W’s and H.
How is the one who doubts described?
What can he expect?
Understand the Words God Uses
But if you doubt…
What do you LEARN about doubt and double minded?
Doubting, diakrínō; to separate thoroughly, to withdraw from; to hesitate; halting between 2 opinions. A divided mind being torn in two different directions.
NOTE: The Grammar is present tense, indicating continuous, so this is talking about a habitual doubting.
TIP Remember to take what you have learned back to the text, to see what it means in its context.
“the one who doubts [who habitually hesitates between 2 opinions, with a divided mind torn in 2 different directions] is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind”
Double-minded, dípsucho; referring to the doubter or waverer which corresponds to diakrínō, doubt. Such a person suffers from divided loyalties. On the one hand, he wishes to maintain a religious confession and desires the presence of God in his life; on the other hand, he loves the ways of the world and prefers to live according to its mores and ethics.
“being a double-minded man, [one with divided loyalties, between God and the world] is unstable in all his ways.
God Uses Truth to Explain Truth
Let’s check out what God says in the Cross References. Remember to ask the 5W’s and H to help you have better insight about doubting and being double minded.
the one who doubts
- is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
- is doubleminded and unstable in all his ways.
- ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord. (Jam 1:6-7)
- The Lord set: before His people life or death (2 different directions, 2 opinions) telling them to choose life – to love the LORD God by obeying and holding fast to Him. (Deu 30:15-20)
- Joshua said: told the people to fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the other gods. They needed to choose whom they would serve. (the LORD or other gods – 2 directions.) (Jos 24:14-15)
- Elijah said: “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” (1Ki 18:21)
- Jesus said: you cannot serve two masters. (Mat 6:24)
- Paul said: you cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons (the Lord or demons – 2 different directions). (1Co 10:21)
- The Lord: will spit out the lukewarm people because they are neither hot nor cold (hot or cold – 2 different opinions). (Rev 3:14-21)
Being a double-minded man
- They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart (double loyalties between God and the world) they speak. (Psa 12:2)
- I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law. (Psa 119:113)
- Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (Jam 4:8)
What Did We LEARN?
Let’s Sum it Up!
- Those who doubt, who hesitate between 2 opinions, have a divided mind and heart about God and other gods.
- They have divided loyalties between God and the world.
- We cannot serve two masters.
- God will spit us out!
- God hates those who are double-minded!
- The double-minded are referred to as sinners.
- The double-minded can draw near to God cleanse their hands and purify their hearts.
View the #4 LIVE Question
- Am I a habitual doubter, double-minded, not believing? Why?
- Do I want God, but vacillate wanting something else?
- Do I waiver in my trust and commitment to God?
- What am I willing to do if I am a habitual doubter, double-minded, and unstable?
LIVE it out…Respond to God!
That’s a wrap!
“I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways,” (Psalm 119:15).
Are you beginning to understand how to LOOK at what God says and then to LEARN what He means? Are you amazed at what He has taught you today? Ponder and chew on all God has shown you.
Journal Your Discovery in Your Notes
Take a minute to put the Definitions and Cross References not only in your Notes but also in your hardbound Bibles next to Jam 1:6-8.
I can’t say this enough!
Let’s Pray. OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN, I am in awe of all You are teaching us about our trials. Thank you for showing us that we need Your wisdom to respond as we should when going through trials, tribulations, sufferings. Oh Father God, help us not to doubt, to hesitate between 2 different opinions, when it comes to trusting in You. Help us not to be torn in 2 different directions, but to run to You. Help us to obey Your command to ask You for Your wisdom, in order to know what to do. May we ask, believing that You will be faithful to give to us generously and without reproach. Oh Father, may we go into any and every trial with Your wisdom. And Father, may we be willing to examine ourselves, and be willing to admit and confess if we are habitual doubters, double-minded and unstable. May we cleanse our hands and purify our hearts, (Jam 4:8). Oh Father, renew our minds with Your Truths, and give us the unwavering confidence that You are there to help us. Encourage us not to grow weary in our trials, and to calm our fears. May we follow You, joyfully, no matter what. In Jesus name we ask these things. Amen.
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