“5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8
The Lord doesn’t deliver His Children through various manifestations or works. Sadly, much of the modern church has chosen to abandon faith in the Cross of Christ and resort to other practices for deliverance from the yoke of bondage.
For instance the ‘positive confession craze’ which professed the way to victory was repeating over and over that which the Believer needed or hoped to be as ‘true’ and it would soon come to pass. Not necessarily so.
“Who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?” Lamentations 3:37
Then there is the casting demons out of Christians craze. If a Christian has a problem with a particular sin, that demon is cast out and their problem is solved. Again, not so.
There are a host of other crazes that are too numerous to count. Family curses and soul ties are also a very popular method to ‘break’ the power of sin in one’s life. The only problem with these things is they are not God’s plan for victorious Christian living and partaking in these plans makes one double minded and unstable in all of their ways.
“And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
It is the Truth that sets man free and at the same time it is the Truth that is being cast aside by the modern church and deemed insufficient with the concoctions of religious man being taught as biblical doctrine. Religious pride abounds as it refuses to admit it’s error and the Cross of Christ becomes of no effect.
“4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from Grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of Righteousness by faith.” Galatians 5:4-5
These religious laws for victory over sin are not perceived as ‘laws’ to the Believer, yet they are laws and have caused many to fall from Grace.
It is by faith in the Son of God that we live. It is this faith which allows the Grace of God to flow uninterrupted in the heart and life of the Believer. There will still be valleys and storms that rage but it is then that we see God’s Grace; the Grace that is sufficient and gives us victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. We’re not fallen from Grace but walking in Grace. We’re daily looking unto Jesus to author and finish our faith as we wait for the hope of Righteousness and knowing in Whom we have believed.
Casting aside every sin that so easily besets us, we run this race before us. We have known the Truth and the Truth has set us free and the same Truth keeps us free from the bondage of religion. Peculiar yet determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:20
Error always comes in on the coat tail of Truth. It is the poison in the pot which corrupts. The snare of the devil which redirects one’s faith to another method for freedom from the yoke of bondage and have caused many to be double minded and unstable in all of their ways.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
Jesus Christ and Him crucified…be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren