The illustration below from our homeschooling years shows one aspect of the cycle of double mindedness. Defining herself by her feelings and circumstances, the girl believes that she is somehow no longer the new creation that God says she is (2 Cor 5:17). In this mentality, she walks by sight, not by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). In her unbelief, she uses something other than God’s truth to define reality.
As a result, she submits to enemy spirits of guilt and shame which automatically feed a false distance between her and God (Rom. 8:28-29). This deception, in turn, causes her to “feel the compulsion/habit/addiction” to confess her sins to God (1 John 1:9 out of context) to “get forgiveness” which she has already been granted (John 19:20). (See Believer’s Bar of Soap, Grace Rules Flesh Drools and Power of the Cross).
Would she remember the truth that she is still a new creation in the midst of her challenging circumstances, her feelings would slowly catch up with the truth. As a result, she would be empowered to act on the truth that she is a new creation while facing the challenging circumstances.
Are you caught in the cycle of double mindedness? Declare and believe God’s truth about yourself and walk free.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
Psalm 119:113 I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.
James 1:8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
James 1:23-24 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
Hebrews 10:10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 7:26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, 39 or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.