Sunday, December 25, 2011

He is a Double-Minded Man, Unstable in All His Ways

Lord! Do not allow me to doubt your will! Forbid me to be "like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind"!

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8 ESV)

I am Your servant, Lord. Why do I dwell on what could be instead of finding peace in what the days ahead will hold. Guide my tongue as it puts together the words of my heart. Please grant me wisdom and guard me against the desires of my flesh. My mind plots my own way but You direct my steps (Proverbs 16:9). I am confident Your will, will be done (Proverbs 19:21).

The "what ifs" cyclone about in my brain. The only thing that matters is whether or not I am walking according to Your will in a manner that is glorifying You! The details remain safely in Your loving hands. Softly you carry the burden of orchestration and sorting through all that must happen for the designated purpose. You precisely weave the tapestry which looks like a confusing mess to me until it is complete and flipped over. The image takes my breath away. It never ceases to astonish me! Oh amazing grace!

Whatever Does Not Proceed From Faith is Sin

The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. (Romans 14:22, 23 ESV)

Please, Lord, keep me faithful!
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