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Wired to be Single-minded

By Lan & Nita Olude

Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
“No one CAN serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”

It is interesting to note that the word used in this verse of scripture is “CAN”. This indicates that no human being is capable of serving or being devoted to two things simultaneously. We were created to be single-minded. We were designed to maintain devotion to a single course of events at a time. This truth is consistent with the findings of our scientists, as well. They are discovering that no one is really able to multi-task. We can only be truly devoted to a single course of events before switching over to another course of events. We were created to be single-minded, and we should start disabusing our minds of the tendency of double-mindedness, doubts or unbelief. But, why should we disabuse our minds of the tendency of double-mindedness, doubts or unbelief?

In addition to realizing that we were created to be single-minded, we need to realize that double-mindedness, doubt or unbelief is evil. Hebrews 3:12 states that we need to guard against an evil heart of unbelief or double-mindedness, which is evil. According to James 1:6-8, this evil of double-mindedness makes us unstable in our conducts and prevents us from receiving God’s blessings. Unbelief, doubt or double-mindedness is evil. It rids the planet of the power of God and blocks the manifestation of God’s blessings in the earth. James 1:6-8 compares a person who tolerates doubts in his or her mind, as the wave of the sea which is being tossed to and from by the wind. The bible indicates that we cannot receive from God if we indulge in a mindset like this.

We must be single-minded with regards to the promises of God’s Word. Even if situations in the natural appear to contradict God’s Word, we must not tolerate suggestions that challenge the authenticity of the Word of God to us. We need to settle in our minds that whether or not the realm of the natural aligns with God’s promises, God’s Word still holds true. The evil in an attitude of unbelief can be seen as well, in the story of Jesus when He COULD NOT perform any miracle in His hometown because the unbelief of the people (Mark 6:4-6). If an attitude of unbelief was potent enough to inhibit the flow of God’s power in Jesus’ ministry, this attitude is strong enough to cripple our lives today as well.

We want to encourage you to begin to rid your mind of any contrary thought of unbelief today. Say “No” to such thoughts by replacing them with the truth of God’s Word. The Word of God is the truth and the highest form of reality because it is not subject to change (John 17:17, Psalm 119:89). This highest form of reality has the power to change the facts that you can see in the realm of the natural. Do not tolerate suggestions of evil from people, circumstances or any other external agent. Let them know that your life is regulated by another form of reality, which is the Word of God. Without being rude, let them know that your prosperity is on the line if you let go of your faith. Keep your mind single and focused on God’s promises and watch God fulfill His wonders in your life.

Please reference additional scriptures below to renew your mind in this regard, and access resources on www.heroesmart.com to feed your spirit and grow your faith in Christ Jesus.

Relevant Scriptures:

James 1:6-8 (NIV)
“…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.”

Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
“No one CAN serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”

Psalm 119:89 (NIV)
“Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”

John 17:17 (NIV)
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

Hebrews 3:12 (NKJV)
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God…”

Matthew 6:22 (KJV)
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”

Mark 6:4-6 (NIV)
“Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.”

Mark 11:23 (KJV)
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
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