If you think it is difficult—now, with all the information being shared, today, just wait as we get closer to the time when this gets all wrapped up!  I’m speaking about the many doctrines we hear today.  I can guarantee you this, if you play “politician” thinking to be agreeable with everyone, you’re headed for a difficult time.  God foresaw this and gave James a bit of inspiration when he recorded:

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8 (KJV)

In fact, it is so bad, he had to write something about it again:

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8 (KJV)

In the second verse, he is giving the formula how to overcome the problem of being double-minded.  Just what is being “double-minded”?  In short, the inability to make up your mind what is right.  This often is a result of not knowing what is right and being easily persuaded by what you hear or see, at the time.  Then, when someone presents a countering view, what might be perceived as reasonableness in considering another view, persuading you to change from your first position, and back again, repetitively demonstrates you really don’t know what to believe!  And, this means trouble, not only for yourself but anyone around you, especially those who depend on you for guidance and strength.

I have an admission:  I often find myself in this position and between you and me, I don’t like it!  I think this gives me the ability to address it because when I am speaking to you, I’m also speaking to myself.

The enemy knows us better than we know ourselves.  He’s been with us our whole lives and what is even more profound, he has been with our parents/guardians their whole lives and whatever he used to influence them, he knows full well how to present issues, to us, which we will find confusing and upsetting.  Let me make a point:  “No one will get into the Kingdom of Heaven by stumbling.”  There are decided, definite steps getting from here to there.

You might have to put into place some very hard choices.  You might have to shut your ears to those who present countering views which does not settle with you well—until you are able to be settled within your own mind what is the truth regarding a matter.  Do not be afraid to be offensive to someone who causes your trouble.  There is nothing like an unsettled and troubled mind.  Believe me, I’ve been there, EXCEPT for when it leads you into truth.  But if it is leading AWAY from truth, then you need to shut it down and shut the entry way which causes you problems.  We have to begin trusting more in the Holy Spirit and less on others and even ourselves!

You can count on the fact, during the Time of Trouble, and it is not too far in the future, being attacked in areas you are not certain.  All it takes is being uncertain to throw you completely off your game and into the pit.  Again, no one will be stumbling their way into heaven.  Either you walk decidedly or not, but there will not be wishy-washy character types finding themselves there.  This is not the time to be unsure on issues which takes assuredness.

March 17, 2017