Can you imagine having a child who could not make a decision? You desire to bless them and fulfill their requests, but they cannot decide what they want. That is how God sees His indecisive children. He really does want to help us, but we are often double minded, fearful of making the wrong decision. This fear is generated because we are relying on ourselves and our abilities instead of God. Sometimes walking in faith and often walking in doubt, fear, and worry, we have a divided mind. Afraid of making an error, we become trapped in our minds and overthink things to death.
What if we could be set free from the curse of double mindedness? We can. What if I told you it could become easy for us to make decisions? It can.
God’s Warning About Double Mindedness
A divided mind is like a plague, especially for those who have lived with indecision all of their lives. It torments a person, steals life, incapacitates, and causes enormous grief and pain. Indecision, double mindedness, or a divided mind is something God warns us against. He tells us in James that if we have a double mind not to expect anything from Him.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8 BSB
We can see by the verses in James that faith is the opposite of double mindedness. This tells us our inability to make decisions is due to our lack of trust in God’s willingness and ability to take care of us. This leaves us tossed about and unstable in all our ways. We say we trust God’s Word for the big things that cannot be seen yet, but in our actions, we doubt God’s Word and rely on our old nature, fearful of making the wrong decision with what we can see.
We may say we want God’s wisdom to make decisions, but we often go to Him with a divided mind, like the kid in a giant toy store who only gets to pick one toy. God does not know what we want, so in the end, we get no help. Or if we ask for wisdom, we get a sense of what we should do and then still do what we want to do. Or worse yet, we meditate on past mistakes, do nothing and analyze our situation to death, vacillating between our options because we are fearful of making the wrong one. This makes God’s advice and wisdom of no effect in our lives, leaving us worse than when we started. We have let fear get in the way of faith.
Then, before we decide, another decision needs to be made, and we push the first one aside for now. The next day, another decision is asked of us, and we push yesterdays off too. Eventually, procrastination has left us with a bunch of decisions to make. In the end, we become overwhelmed, crawl under the covers, and nothing gets done. Indecision is ruling and ruining our lives.
A divided mind is a malady that leaving us meditating on our doubts, worries and fears. It keeps us stuck and easy prey for the enemy’s attacks on the battlefield of our mind.
Freedom from Double Mindedness
Can you imagine how much better your life will be when you can make decisions easily? If you cannot imagine it, I guarantee it will be. The Bible tells us Jesus is the Word, and the Word sets us free. James tells us that the answer to our problems is to ask in faith, believing that God will answer us and guide us to the best decision. This will not always be the answer we want, but if we have asked in faith, we will listen and do as God suggests. That sounds easy, but for the double minded person it is not, and that is the problem.
So, here is the part of the Word that can set us free from our double mindedness. Make the best decision we can with God’s help and then stand on Romans 8:28. Even if we still get it wrong, God promises He will make it work out for the good of those who love Him.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28 ESV
When I mentioned this to a good friend of mine, he responded, “Wow, that means I do not need to worry about making decisions any more, what a freedom.” Can you imagine what it would be like to not worry about making decisions any longer?
The question is, will you put this very simple and Biblical idea into practice? That is your first decision to make, an easy one to get you going. If you still struggle, make the best decision you can, but make a decision and say this small prayer, “God, block it, or bless it.” It’s a short prayer that works.Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20