Don’t Be Double-Minded
Uncategorized | October, 11, 2013 | by Nancy Alcorn 0 Comments

Sometimes we’ll do a visual activity at Mercy where we get a Velcro board and we’ll say, “Ok, this is what has been said about you. Victim. Bipolar. Addict. Manic-depressive. Schizophrenic.” We’ll put those titles on the board, then we’ll tell the girls the truth.

In James 1, God says, “Do not be double-minded. Let not that person think they are going to receive anything from the Lord.” To fight our mind, we need to realize that there is only one answer to our problems: Jesus.

If God says I am a new creation in Christ Jesus, then that’s what I’m going to say about myself. If He says greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world, then that’s what I am going to say about myself. If He says that old things can be passed away and all things can be made new, then that’s what I am going to say about myself. If He tells me that I have been born again and that I have been washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus Christ, then that’s what I’m going to believe.

As much as anyone, the apostle Paul had to throw off his stigma and believe in the words of Christ. Before becoming a Christian, Paul persecuted, tricked, and murdered those who followed Jesus. He was bad, but then he had a face to face encounter with the Lord Jesus. He was so bad that, when he got saved, the people who had been praying for him didn’t believe he was really saved. They were scared of him. If he lived today, I’m sure he would be sent to the best mental health center they could find, and they would declare him criminally insane. A psychiatrist might have sent him to a support group for recovering murderers. Can you imagine if the apostle Paul had written, “My name is Paul. I was once a murderer, and I will always be a murderer.”

This same guy is the one who wrote the amazing words that set Mercy girls free. He said, “I have been crucified with Christ. Nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ now lives in me. And the life that I now live in this flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” He wrote things like 2 Corinthians 5:21, “He who knew no sin became sin for me that I might be made the righteousness in Jesus Christ.” God takes our state of sin and all the junk and yuck, and He puts robes of righteousness on us. An exchange takes place. He paid a price for our freedom, so we don’t go out and say, “I’m praying that Jesus will set you free.” We go out and say, “Jesus has already set you free.” There is nothing too hard for God. Nothing.

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