“If Any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:5-8
The issue of doubt is the catalyst for deception. Doubting something, whether pure or not, opens up the mind for skepticism hidden beneath layers of cognitive thought. We question everything and it’s validity today because what we see or hear must be judged according to what we know or have been told. We have become narcissists to a certain degree because the internet has armed us with an arsenal of knowledge, most of which is inherently untrue.
In a nut shell—we’ve convinced ourselves that we are right—100% of the time. We have deceived ourselves in doing so to ignorant levels. No one believes in much of anything anymore—only what they can see and form an opinion about. And even then, there’s this level of deception that convinces us that the truth is in fact a lie. How low have we stooped? Hollywood? Washington? I can show you my handkerchief and tell you that it’s blue. And you can either agree or disagree stating your perspective because there is many shades of blue. Even if I show someone the packaging it was purchased instating that it is blue—it is still relative in certain person’s point of view.
Deception is obscured truth and a betrayal of trust. You either form a strong opinion about something or believe a lie so much that it becomes your own personal truth. You must believe and not doubt. The scripture is very clear about this. When you ask God for something but don’t believe in Him or that He’s not capable of following through on His promises, you become deceived in your believing. You are very unstable in all that you do. I heard this statement one time:
“A person who asks for advice but doesn’t follow it is an Askhole.”
Funny but true.
The scripture specifically points to knowledge as the subject to ask for. Knowledge is readily available everywhere and at any time, but Godly wisdom only comes from one place. The Holy Spirit dispatches the information you are requesting, in agreement to your personal position with God and your belief backs this up. This is how you “double-down” on doubt. Ask in prayer, and receive by believing in the Lord and His truth. It must be a “done-deal” to believe in God. You can no longer question God and expect to move forward. It’s not going to happen. Move forward, with God, fully immersed in His word and truth. Make up your mind to make up your mind! Literally!
Be Blessed and be a Blessing!
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