I used to play chess. In fact, I was class champion in the 8th grade, Impressed? Didn’t think so. Truth is I never got a trophy for it and never wound up in therapy over it (see yesterday’s post). Good chess players explore every possible move and the subsequent possibilities that can arise from each move. They are usually four, five, or even six moves ahead in their thinking, but eventually they have to make a move to keep the game going.
When sin is executing its battle plan against our soul, at some point we have to make a tactical move. We can’t stay in defensive posture forever. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in the battle and then a very clear next move for us.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8 KJV)
Unstable isn’t a word we would probably use to describe our lives. It’s a word of weakness and uncertainty, In fact, the word translated “Unstable” in the original language is ἀκατάστατος which carries the weight of being “unsettled” and almost anarchic (see Strong’s concordance). James is clear: if you are double-minded your behaviors and actions will not reflect a life controlled and directed by the Holy Spirit. It has a paralyzing effect that keeps you drifting through life.
James has more to say about this idea of being double-minded.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
(James 4:8 NKJV)
Double Minded is δίψυχοι (dip su koi) in the original and means “double-souled or split-souled”
Yesterday we looked at the idea of sin waging war against our souls. Our Soul MRI revealed that sin fractures, splits and shatters your soul. Sin makes you double minded or double souled.
How many of you have ever made a statements like these:
My life is falling apart.
I just can’t seem to get myself together.
I just can’t get my act together.
I seem to be coming to pieces.
I am coming apart at the seams.
If you’ve ever said things like that, here’s why you feel that way: it’s the cry of your soul longing for wholeness. You’re only going to find that wholeness your soul so desperately craves in God. The war that sin is waging against our soul mandates a clear battle plan for us and an important tactical move.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
The appetites of your flesh, thoughts and directives of your mind and propensity of your will are going to pull you in one direction while the soul that seeks to integrate all of this into a single, whole life before God will pull you in the opposite direction. Once you bring every thought captive and say no to the flesh and your stubborn will, you are moving toward wholeness. The truth is, the move toward wholeness is yours and yours alone.
How much do you you want it? How badly do you want a life that is whole and stable as opposed to unstable and anarchic? The choice is yours and the move is yours.
Make the move.