The following is a portion of my book, Overcomer, that will be published in September:
What in the world does it mean to have a weak mind? To be weak-minded in biblical terms can have a vast array of meanings some of which will be discussed in this chapter. Any Christian can be capable of having a weak mind, just as we can become weak spiritually, or even physically.
Not a Lack of Intelligence
To have a weak mind is not to insult one’s natural intelligence. To fail to allow yourself to be transformed by the renewing of the mind is a sure way to become weak-minded. To allow any thought to go unguarded leads to a path of great destruction. Victory or defeat begins in the mind. Attitude, positive or negative, begins in the mind. Adultery begins in the mind. Coveting begins in the mind. Do I need to go on? I think you get the point.
James 1:8 speaks of being double minded, or wavering. The context was speaking of asking God for wisdom then doubting that He would give it to you. The Children of Israel wavered back and forth between doubt and belief when they were in the wilderness after having left slavery in Egypt. It cost some of them their lives, or at best, not being able to enter the Promised Land. What is your wavering mind costing you?
My Own Wavering Mind
When I graduated from college with my Bachelors’ Degree in Education, I believed God for a job to come quickly. Instead of enjoying the summer, I spent it worrying about working. During the middle of the summer, I got a job at one of the schools I in which I completed my Student Teaching. It seemed the perfect job! It was an English-teaching job! The only drawback was that I would have to travel forty-five minutes one way. A few weeks after accepting this job, another teaching job came open at the school my children attended, which was only a five-minute drive. If I got the job, I would be teaching Kindergarten. I prayed fervently about this decision, and even decided I wanted the job, but I procrastinated when I realized I needed to notify the Principal at the other school. Why was I putting this off? Although God was leading me to bid on the job at the school closest to my home, I did not want to forfeit the other job. I wanted to keep my eggs in two baskets so to speak. I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. I wanted to have my way, yet I wanted to trust God. I was being weak-minded, or double-minded. I was unstable!
Despite my wavering, God worked in the situation for me to have the job closest to home. My husband and children were happy, and at last, I was happy. I was only ashamed that I had not trusted God more fully. Thankfully, He is merciful!
How can one overcome a weak and wavering mind? If you said that we need to be transformed by the renewing of the mind, you would be correct. Romans 12:2 covers a vast array of mind issues.
You Can Overcome!
If your mind is wavering with doubt, unbelief, or you are just going back and forth on any issue, it is time to remember that God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). It is time to evaluate your thoughts on certain issues and ask God what His thoughts are concerning it. He will guide you if you will wait on Him. You might not receive the answer, immediately, but accept His peace and trust that He will lead you to the answer when the time is right. Often God does not reveal certain things until He knows you are ready. If you are simply doubting God Himself, confess this to Him and ask Him to help your unbelief (Mark 9:24).
The following is an example of how you could pray when faced with a weak, wavering mind: “Father, I know You are not the author of confusion. The wavering I am leaning to is not of you. I confess any unbelief to You, ask You to forgive me, and help me overcome this. I am more than a conqueror in You. I receive Your peace right now, and I tell my doubts to be gone in the name of Jesus!”
Once you have went to the Lord, you must replace your doubtful thinking with thoughts of faith. You might have to stay in the scriptures for a while or listen to a praise and worship song. You can even engage in an activity that you enjoy such as reading a good, clean book, or playing a game with your family. There are other activities you can be involved in to keep your mind from drifting to thoughts that weaken.
Our loving Father understands that we are human, but we must deal with wavering and double-mindedness immediately and allow Him to transform our thinking. Nothing is impossible with Him, even the strengthening of our weak minds.
What about you? Do you go back and forth on certain issues? Are you confused? Are you in doubt about what God can do? You can renew your mind and be totally transformed!