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Double Minded To Destiny Blog series Day 3

In this world there are countless people and social media messages that constantly encourage: “You can do it; God is with you. Follow your dreams; they are from God!” And they are right! Daily, I would seek this encouragement to medicate and treat the doubt I was facing.   This may be the case with you as well.  But if the challenge is rooted in divided loyalty, it cannot be fixed with constant encouragement. The problem that first brought the division is what must be fixed - the love of the world.  Once the problem is dealt with, it will be possible to stand firm, believe God, and accomplish God-given dreams and assignments.

What is the Love of the World? God defines the love of the world in 1 John, along with a caution for His children:

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.                                                                               

— 1 John 2:15–17, NLT

The love of the world is associated with an antichrist spirit or mindset. The term “anti” in the Greek (Strong’s G473) can mean both “against” and “in place of.” An antichrist spirit is opposite to Christ. It is self-seeking. When Satan wanted to usurp God’s throne, he did so out of selfish motive and ambition.  Jesus defined the greatest love as a person’s willingness to lay down his or her life for a friend. This is not the “gimme-gimme” attitude of Satan. Satan looked at what he could take, while Jesus looked for what He could give and how He could serve. 

The harm is not in the size of the fruit or sin, it’s in the luring away from God

Jesus did not look out for His own interests. He looked out for ours. He gave up His position and the pride of life to become a humble and obedient servant. No wonder God says that friendship with the world—the spirit of antichrist—is enmity with God, and that whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4). It’s because the heart behind it is so opposite to God’s. What fellowship has light with darkness? None at all. 

Satan tried this on both Eve and Jesus with different results. Remember that if Satan can divide your heart, then he can divide your faith and faith is needed to fulfill your destiny.  He doesn’t need a huge part of your heart, just a little of your loyalty, longing and devotion. There’s lots of fruit on a fruit tree, but he only had to get Eve to take a single bite of one puny little apple.  The harm is not in the size of the fruit or sin, it’s in the luring away from God by temptation. He tempted Eve to pursue her own sense of godhead and to be like God. Satan deceived her and she was led astray from her simple devotion to the Lord to a “gimme-gimme” mindset:

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

— 2 Corinthians 11:3, NIV

Eve was tempted in three ways. This temptation lured her away from loyalty to God to loyalty to herself. This is an antichrist mindset—Eve put things in God’s place within her heart. These methods of temptation are at work today and are the same temptations Jesus had to overcome. The website gotquestions.org succinctly explains: 

Eve was tempted by the serpent to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve perceived that the fruit was “good for food,” “pleasing to the eye,” and “desirable for gaining wisdom” (Gen. 3:6). She coveted the fruit in three ways. First, it was appealing to her appetite. John refers to this as the “lust of the flesh,” the desire for that which satisfies any of the physical needs. The fruit was also pleasing or delightful to the eye, that which we see and desire to own or possess. Here is the “lust of the eyes” John refers to. Finally, Eve somehow perceived that the fruit would make her wise, giving her a wisdom beyond her own. Part of Satan’s lie was that eating the fruit would make her “like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5).

Satan tempted Jesus with the lust of the flesh, bread for His hunger (Matt. 4:2–3), the lust of the eyes, “all the kingdoms of the world with their splendor” (Matt. 4:8–9), and the pride of life, daring Him to cast Himself from the roof of the Temple in order to prove that He was the Messiah by an ostentatious display of power that was not in the will of God or His plan for the redemption of mankind (Matt. 4:5–6). But Jesus, though He was “tempted in every way, just as we are” (Heb. 4:15), resisted the devil and used the Word of God to ensure victory over him.

God is committed to you

Christians have always been, and will always be, lured by the same three temptations Eve and Jesus experienced. Satan doesn’t change his methods; he doesn’t have to because they continue to be successful. He tempts us with the lust of the flesh—sexual gratification, gluttony, excessive alcohol consumption, and drugs, both legal and illegal, as well as the “deeds of the flesh” about which Paul warned the Galatians, “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Gal. 5:19–21).[1]

TemptationsEveJesus
1 John 2:16Genesis 3Matthew 4
"lust of the flesh""good for food"(v6)"Command these stones to become bread" (v3)
"lust of the eyes""pleasing to the eye"(v6) "showed him all the kingdoms"(v8)
"The pride of life""desirable for wisdom" (v6)"throw yourself down" (v6)

Faith comes by hearing God.  This love of the world opposes the love of God; like a nattering mistress, it can drown out God’s voice, lure you away from fidelity to your God who gives you the faith in the first place, and cause you to become calloused to your first love: Jesus Christ. Just as a mistress hardens a man’s heart toward his wife and prevents him from fulfilling his marital commitment, so sin hardens our heart toward God, making it difficult for us to finish our commitment to Him.  

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

— Hebrews 12:1, NIV

This hardening or resistance can lead to rebellion that will hinder you from being obedient to God. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way:

You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.

And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.  

— Hebrews 3:13, 18–19, NLT

But God is committed to you, and as you commit to Him, cast off the sin that entangles, you will finish the wonderful race marked out for you-your destiny.  Obedience keeps our hearts undivided and soft, beating in time with God’s heart. It enables you to fully access the incredible deposit of faith God has given you to live out your assignments—and to receive the blessings He is waiting to pour out. 

Reflect with the Holy Spirit

  1. Lord, am I trying to medicate doubt with constant encouragement?
  2. Lord, where is my heart obedient and soft to You?
  3. Tell me more about the race You have marked out for me.
  4. Am I willing to cut off any second head/ mistress wooing my away heart from You?  Even if it has had some benefits for a season? Your word says You work in us the will to do and to act according to Your good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).  I give you permission to work and put into me the will to do and act!
  5. Lord Jesus, will you help me forgo all the benefits a mistress can bring and return to my pure and simple devotion to You, my First Love? Assure me and give me a confirmation of Your pleasure to do this in my life.

Next week, I will share the prophetic dream God used to launch a new life into single-mindedness. I think my fabulous auntie will be awfully surprised to see herself in next weeks blog.... shhhh! She's also in the BOOK! I'll give you a hint, it involves a sword and a wee bit of BLOOD! OK, a lot of blood! But that's wild, wonderful victory for ya. It's always on the other side of the battle. See ya next week!

This teaching devotional is part of a series based on Tyrelle Smith's book: From Double-Minded To Destiny. Each week we will publish more on how you can remove doubts and insecurities and fulfill God's plan for your life in a greater way.


[1] GotQuestions.org. N.p., 26 May 2017. Web. 30 May 2017.

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Have you ever watched a show where someone is in love with two people?  The producers of the show have developed the story line so well that you sit on the edge of your seat.  Tension builds inside you as you wonder who they will choose. From scene to scene, they are tossed back and forth in their emotions and just when they are about to choose, they begin to doubt, end up not deciding, then season two starts and the cycle begins all over again! Very disheartening! This back-n-forth cycle is common among Christians but God is both authoring and it's demise, not just in your life but throughout the nations of the earth. His children are about to go free!

Double-mindedness means: to be devoted to or love two people or two things. It’s like having both a spouse and a lover. When two people love each other so much that they desire to commit to each other in a deep, intimate, and exclusive way, marriage is the next step. When you come to Jesus, you are entering a covenant.  He is faithful to you and like any good husband, He is jealous for you, His bride. 

“physical adultery” is not where the adultery occurred.

Many new couples start strong, but soon life begins to impact their relationship; bills and responsibilities can affect the couple’s interactions. Marital love is meant to deepen beyond the early infatuation stage; commitment starts to take a bigger role than feelings as the couple faces obstacles. But sometimes something else happens. One person in the marriage may start to miss the “zing of the fling” from when they first met and become vulnerable to other affections. Soon another person may catch their interest and through various chats, smiles, and pleasant words. A shared attraction may be birthed. When that mutual attraction becomes more concrete, one person might take the leap and invite the other to deepen the connection through coffees, then lunches, and perhaps dinners—and soon they will cross the line into something physical. Their hearts may begin to develop an affection that creates a greater and greater attachment. However, “physical adultery” is not where the adultery occurred. The adultery occurred when the heart was led astray by its own desires for the “zing of the fling.” James put it this way:

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.

— James 1:14, NLT

Does this person stop loving his or her spouse? Not usually. Often their love is still quite intense. But one spouse’s heart has become divided. This is where conflict, wavering doubts and instability take root within the adulterer.

A Picture of a Divided Heart

I remember when the Holy Spirit gave me a picture to understand the concept better. Imagine a man in the above scenario. He has a wife whom he loves standing on one side of him and his mistress on the other. Each woman is holding tightly to one of his arms. Each love is pulling him back and forth demanding his commitment and fidelity, making him literally unstable and unable to stand firm; he is at the mercy of both loves. He cannot decide which woman he wants more because he has given himself—his heart and loyalty—to each. He is invested in both.

This is a picture of double-mindedness.  The insecurity of not being able to decide between your loyalties may motivate you to poll others around you. But polling others will do nothing to safeguard your mind from the constant reasoning and doubt of deciding.  Your love for both loyalties will speak to your thoughts and pull you back and forth. The two loyalties will continually natter at you to choose. This can cause mental torment and obsessive thinking and exhaust you emotionally and physically. Making decisions based on your love for both will lead to confusion, and you will not feel at rest.

Think of it this way.  The Bible teaches that out of the abundance of a person’s heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). When your heart is divided between two loyalties, it is like having two mouths and thus two heads speaking two arguing viewpoints.  Imagine having two heads, one speaking the mind of Christ and the other nattering the desires of the world and of the enemy. To remain in a place of peace, there cannot be two nattering heads talking at the same time. 

It’s like soldiers fighting a war who are loyal to both sides; victory on the battlefield is impossible

One head speaks truth loyally for God, saying that with God all things are possible. He can be trusted, and He will do what He says. This head whispers for us to simply trust and obey God. The other head springs from a loyalty to the world rooted in selfish desires that has an antichrist spirit in nature; this head does not believe the things of God. It woos us to question God’s Word and draw us away from Jesus and into our own desires. Jesus warned against a split in devotion, saying, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matt. 6:24). Jesus’ nature is giving, but the love of the world is selfish; because of this, they will always be at war within the person who is devoted to both. It’s like soldiers fighting a war who are loyal to both sides; victory on the battlefield is impossible.  If you want to win, you must commit to one and one only. God is ready to help you fully to Him.

Grab a coffee, a pen and some paper and treat yourself to some stillness. Listen quietly and just write.

Here is a link if this is new to you. Hearing God's voice 8 minute video. Mark Virkler has an international ministry that has taught on hearing God's voice for over 30 years. He is a tremendous blessing. Enjoy.

Reflect with the Holy Spirit

  1. Lord Jesus, will You help me root out the sources of my double-mindedness?
  2. Lord, what mistresses do I have that pull me away from You?
  3. Where do I feel tossed about and unsettled?
  4. What area of my life do I experience the most doubt?
  5. Is doubt affecting my ability to commit? Am I stuck in a cycle of indecision or doubt?
  6. Ask the Lord to lead you from double-mindedness into your destiny.

Stay Tuned! Next Week we will be covering "The Love of the World and Cutting off the Second Head" It is a foundational teaching to prepare you to cut off the second head that leads you into double-mindedness. We aren't quite ready to pull out the swords just yet. But stick with me here and begin to pray daily that the Lord will prepare your heart and your mind for all of the next steps as you journey From Double-minded to Destiny! You are going to win!

This teaching devotional is part of a series based on Tyrelle Smith's book: From Double-Minded To Destiny. Each week we will publish more on how you can remove doubts and insecurities and fulfill God's plan for your life in a greater way.