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Empowering Christian Women To Get Organized and Discover God's Plan for Their Lives

Organizing the Inside – Day 141 Are You Single-Minded?

6Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. ~James 1:6-8

Are you a single-minded person?
When we think of single-mindedness it usually has a negative connotation that goes along with it. I find nothing negative about being single-minded. The person who has integrity is often called a single-minded person who thinks one way. This person doesn’t have divided loyalties but remains true to the values and principles that they believe in.  These people have nothing to hide and are not overly concerned with what others think of them. Having high moral standards and values, the single-minded person lives a life of great integrity. If you are a single-minded person for Christ then you are part of something that is greater than your personal convictions, you are a part of God’s plan for His people, the body of Christ.

The war within
Even a single-minded person whose desires are shaped by their convictions at times find the conflict of spirit and flesh a constant reminder of their own human limitations. The single-minded Christian is predisposed to a sense of knowing that the Word of God is the final authority. When faced with conflict it is that same internal conviction that causes the single-minded person to look to the truth, and their personal core values (the heart) to make the right choice and win each battle.  Paul spoke openly about this internal confliction. 18And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. Romans 7: 18, 19 For everything in life that Christians battle, God has already put in place countermeasures to ensure your success.

Every battle can be won if you are equipped to fight.
I believe that no matter which battle, a battle of truth, a battle of the mind, a battle of the heart or a battle of the flesh each Christian is fully equipped to not only fight that battle, but to come out victoriously. Be mindful that, although the enemy may use people and things around you, these people and things are not whom or what you are fighting. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:12 The person standing in front of you who has just betrayed your trust, or said untrue things about you, no matter how real it may seem – they are not the issue.  Put on your spiritual eyeglasses to see that the weapons God has given you are weapons to fight a spiritual war not a physical one.

Some Christians are fearful when it comes to the subject of spiritual warfare.
For many years I was one of them. The thought of battling with demons and other unknown forces that I couldn’t see was something I wanted to have nothing to do with. If you can relate, I understand and the enemy would have you remain ignorant to the truth.  The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful… 1 Corinthians 10:13a The word ignorant comes from the word ignore. Yes, if you are like I was you would rather ignore that part of the Christian life. Keep in mind, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  Psalm 119:130 No doubt, the spiritual forces of darkness hate it when the truth of the light of God’s word enters in.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:5 The darkness doesn’t understand it, cannot extinguish it and is rendered completely powerless before it.

Tomorrow if God is willing, I will share with you God’s plan on how to get organized to fight and never lose another battle again. Yes, I say that with a great degree of certainty, simply because I know that God is the one truly fighting through His warriors. Having to deal with spiritual warfare is inevitable for every Christian. Whether you are a newbie in Christ or you have walked with the Lord for many years. The internal conflict and the need to stand steadfast in your single-mindedness is not going to change. But thank God for Jesus; He defeated death, hell and the grave and it’s that same power that raised Jesus from the dead that makes you and me more than conquerors, through Him who loves us, and equips us for battle. Stay prayerful for tomorrow’s post.

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6 Comments»

  Author of Christian Comfort & Conversation wrote @

Liz,
God doesn’t want us engaged in battles that are going to leave us tired and distracted. Let’s exercise discernment in what we’re actually about. The biggest battle raging is not outside of us, it is within us. We try to prove who we are to those who don’t accept us on equal terms only because we don’t yet know ourselves, or who we are. When we know that, we don’t have to prove anything. I want people to know that there is a battle raging for the souls of men, women and children. I want people to know that you can’t win the battle for your soul yourself. You need God’s help! I am looking forward to your next post. I am reminded, in 1 Peter 5:10 that, “The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” The storms that this life brings will be turned around for your good and will bring you to the knowledge of how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:18} It is only after you have been in a painful battle and watched as your God defeated all of your problems that you can grow in unwavering trust.

Blessings from my heart to yours…

  Liz Mason wrote @

Oh Shenine,
Your wisdom far exceeds your years. I couldn’t agree more with what you said, “The biggest battle raging is not outside of us, it is within us.” As I mentioned in the post, while Paul wrote openly about his internal conflict, there is One who has overcome the world. The victory that Christ experienced is assurance for each of us, that as children of God sin no longer rules. Thanks for stopping by again.

  nightshade130 wrote @

I like how you talked about being single-minded Liz. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). Consistency allows for stability. If one doesn’t stand for anything then they’ll fall for anything.

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hey Sherline,
Yes, that is so true that consistency allows (I like to think it creates structure) for stability. Very powerful!
Thanks for sharing that scripture also. Quite appropriate and timely, I added it to my post. Thank you, I appreciate you being there.

  Karen Augustine wrote @

Oh Liz, how powerful this is – single-minded for Christ. I never thought of single-mindedness for Christ as the way you described it. When you are like-minded with Christ then there is no other way to think – no compromising. God’s thoughts and mind are higher than ours, so why would we want to think any other way. We must be rooted deeply and grounded in Christ to know that however. The warfare that goes on in our thoughts and mind will not take place or come to fruition if we are like-minded with Christ. Our thoughts are not His thoughts, our ways are not His ways. I like His best!! Thank you Liz for allowing me to share. Karen

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hey Karen,
True that!! There really is no need to explore other opinions is there? God’s Word is the final authority and as women of God we need to have the mind of Christ. What other mind would we need? Thank you for stopping by. Your comments often seem to give us one more thing to consider, I appreciate that. Your comments are always welcomed.


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