“The degree of our faithfulness is a direct result of our regard for God’s faithfulness” ~ Beth Moore. Faith is about your actions, not your feelings. God’s desire for you is to develop into your best self—the person He designed you to become. His desire for you is to lack nothing like it says in James 1:2-8.
Components of complete: living here and now (no worry/regret), not being fragmented within yourself (no disunity within self), and dealing what is actually happening (no denial).
James 1:5-8 “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.”
Then verse 2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But you must let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”
Evan thinks it’s interesting to read it out of order like that. And the problem of being double-minded is the exact opposite of “complete.”
Like trying to walk two directions at the same time. Or having doubt about God’s character. Do we trust or do we doubt? A little of both is being double-minded.
Christians struggle with this because we have our two natures—the angel and the devil on our shoulders. But one should be getting smaller and the other growing. They can’t stay equal influences in our lives.
We have to believe God to see Him work. Without that faith, we don’t move forward.
Faith is about our actions—not our feelings.
How we think about the world is how we act on it, so if we’re not thinking what’s true, we will not function well.
God planned for you to grow into the person He designed you to be—that’s your best self.
His desire is for you to lack nothing like it says in this passage.
Our doubts are rooted in our emotional baggage.
Quote from Beth Moore Living Beyond Yourself Bible study, “the degree of our faithfulness is a direct result of our regard for God’s faithfulness.”
God is serious about sin. It’s very possible to be let down by another person, but not by God. Look at the ways he talks about the severity of sin, like when He says not to harm children because if you do, it would be better if a millstone was tied to you and you thrown into the sea!
God is sad and upset about sin too.
We’ve tested God’s instructions and found them to be helpful and true. Imagine that!?
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