If you're just now catching on, I have been writing as of late on topics that God spoke to me and said were "not optional" as I started this new year. Oh how good God is that as He teaches us, He also tests us, and we find just how much we really still have to learn... But let him ask in faith, without wavering. For the one who wavers is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. 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 1:6-8)
I had a conversation recently where someone was describing another person saying, "one minute they say this and they want this and the next minute they say this and they want this". I'll be honest, I kind of laughed to myself because I know that I am often like that. In fact I've been told straight up that I'm like that. lol.
In James, the Word is discussing how our faith should not waver. If you have faith for what you're asking for then stay in faith. Don't be tossed around by circumstances or emotions, STAY. IN. FAITH. There is no doubt in my mind that I need more "consistency" in my life in this area. In reality I could tie this one post in with many of the others such as faith, joy, trust etc. and as I said in the last post, trust has everything to do with it.
If I trust Him with my whole heart, I can stay consistent despite circumstances and emotions. You see what happens is we begin to see the war between flesh and Spirit. God will give you peace in a situation and then your emotions rise up and try to take away your peace. I can talk to you one minute where I'm so full on the Word and His presence that I'm speaking scripture, talking about peace, every word coming out of my mouth is in faith and then you could talk to me 5 hours later.... Perhaps something was said that challenged that peace, maybe a circumstance occurred that challenged that peace, maybe I just started thinking too much, then the next thing you know I'm not saying words of faith, of peace, instead you'll hear a lot of "I feel like..." "I'm thinking that...." and just that fast I'm like a wave driven by circumstances, thoughts, or emotions rather than the Spirit.
Perhaps it is in the area of joy (blog on that to come soon). Maybe you've been struggling with a difficult situation in your life and it seems like every time you think about it, you just get down, you begin to doubt and struggle with your emotions. God can give you a Word to stand on, man He can give you a promise, and the next thing you know, it's like the problem doesn't even exist. GOD GAVE YOU BREAKTHROUGH. You're declaring that Word, you're standing on that promise, if someone asks you're going off about how God is faithful, He'll see you through, etc. Then one conversation with someone else and boom.... you're back in the struggle. Maybe another straw added on that camel's back and you're back to doubting. Maybe you just spent too much time thinking about the impossibility of the situation and now you're back in the dumps.... Do you see how inconsistent we can be?
I am trying to learn to be consistent. I've found the only way I can do that is by declaring the Word, reminding myself of His promises, and yes a lot of time in His presence. When my thoughts begin to run away from me and try and tell me something contradictory to His Word, to His promises, then I just begin to tell them what He says!!! He said if I trust in Him and lean not to my own understanding He'd make my path straight!!! He says that He works ALL THINGS for the good of those who love Him!! He says He's faithful even if I'm faithless!!! He said greater is He that is in ME than he that is in the world...... oh and I'll be honest if that doesn't work then I just start telling myself how good He is. Thank you Jesus that you died for me. Thank you Jesus that I am called your friend. Thank You God that I can come boldly into your throne room. You are worthy of praise! You are deserving of honor and glory.... Let me tell you by the time I'm done the enemy will be sorry that he ever tried to mess with my emotions in the first place because if he thought I was full of faith and speaking the Word before my trial, he just better watch out after he tries to attack.
The only way to become consistent is to trust in Him. When I trust Him I believe His word, I am full of faith, I don't listen to my emotions and thoughts over the Spirit, I am LED by the Spirit, I stand on His Word, I stand on His promises, and therefore I do not doubt and I am not tossed to and fro and I can expect that I will receive from the Lord.
Oh God is good and His mercy endures forever. I have often been a double minded person, tossed to and fro by my own doubt because of circumstances and emotions. Once again God has said "consistency"... it's not optional. James 1 sets it straight, if you want to receive from the Lord, we must stay consistent in our faith.
Be Blessed, J. Tate