If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8 (KJV)
If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn’t find fault with them. When you ask for something, don’t have any doubts. A person who has doubts is like a wave that is blown by the wind and tossed by the sea. A person who has doubts shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can’t make up his mind about anything. James 1:5-8 (GW)
Chapter 10: “Reasoning Leads To Confusion”
Before we get into the study I want to say that I am sorry that I did not get a chance to post this on the 12th of Thursday. It will show for Thursday but it was done Friday the 13th.
I had some things to take care of yesterday and I was running on empty and I could not get the post done. I want to apologize to all of you for not getting it done or saying something sooner. Thank you for understanding……
Now on to the post If you notice I put two different versions of the Bible Verse to help you better understand the Bible Verse better.
“We have discovered that wondering and confusion are relatives. Wondering, rather than being definite in thought, can and does cause doubt and confusion.
James 1:5-8 are excellent Scriptures that help us understand how to overcome wondering, doubt and confusion and to receive what we need from God.
To me, the “man of two minds” (the King James Version calls him “a double-minded man”) is the picture of confusion as he constantly goes back and forth, back and forth, never deciding on anything.
As soon as he thinks he has made a decision, here comes wondering, doubt and confusion to get him operating once again in two minds. He is uncertain about everything.” Joyce Myers
“Reasoning occurs when a person tries to figure out the “why” behind something. Reasoning causes the mind to revolve around and around a situation, issue or event attempting to understand all its intricate component parts.
We are reasoning when we dissect a statement or teaching to see if it is logical, and disregard it if it is not. Satan frequently steals the will of God from us due to reasoning.
The Lord may direct us to do a certain thing, but if it does not make sense—if it is not logical—we may be tempted to disregard it. What God leads a person to do does not always make logical sense to his mind.
His spirit may affirm it and His mind reject it, especially if it would be out of the ordinary or unpleasant or if it would require personal sacrifice or discomfort.” Joyce Myers
Joyce Myers list four things we need to do to help our minds get free from confusion:
- “DON’T REASON IN THE MIND, JUST OBEY IN THE SPIRIT” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
- “BE A DOER OF THE WORD!” (James 1:22)
- “TRUST GOD. NOT HUMAN REASON” (Proverbs 3:5)
“RESOLVE TO KNOW NOTHING BUT CHRIST” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)
Please answer the following questions:
2. Discover within Matthew 16:8 what led to the disciples’ confusion. ______________
3. Give two definitions for the word “reason.”
a) Noun form: ____________
b) Verb form: _____________
4. Why does reasoning cause confusion? _________________
5. How can reasoning keep us from doing the will of God? _______________________
6. Discover within 1 Corinthians 2:14 two reasons why the natural man (our carnal
mind) does not understand the things of the Spirit of God.
Ladies there are some more wonderful questions that will help you in the study guide and you will find that link on the top of this page, please click on it.
Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions. God Bless….
Love Always One Of God’s Children 9/13/2013