Summary: This sermon looks at the problem of indecision, the solution to indecision and the promise of God’s faithfullness. Subtitle: How To Make Wise Decisions
Sometimes you have to make a decision but you’re pulled in different directions. Being double minded makes you unstable. You become confused. You become disoriented. It produces an unstable lifestyle. Eventually all your ways become unstable. That’s what James says:
“…a double-minded man, (is) unstable in all his ways.”
James 1:8 (NKJV)
Let me give you three areas that your ways become unstable. You have:
A. Unstable EMOTIONS
You worry when you can’t decide. You become confused. You can’t eat. You can’t sleep. You ask yourself, “What should I do? If I make this decision is it right – is it wrong?” Indecision creates emotional instability in your life. It’s like the guy who goes to the psychiatrist and the psychiatrist asks, “Are you indecisive?” The person answers, “Yes and no.” The psychiatrist asks, “What do you mean?” The guy answers, “I use to be – but now I can’t decide.” Indecision causes unstable emotions.
It also causes:
B. Unstable RELATIONSHIPS
Lack of commitment destroys marriages. Do I want in or do I want out. What if I stay in – what if I get out – what if – what if – what if? Indecision causes instability.
Lack of commitment destroys families. When you are the parent and you keep changing the rules it does not create a stable household. It gives mixed messages to your children. What’s the rule today? The kids ask, "Can I do this – can I do that?" They think - mom or dad has said this – but they always change their minds - I might as well do what I want.
Lack of commitment destroys churches. Can you be counted on – are you going to be there – are you going to do what you said you would do? Are you going to keep your word? You see indecision causes unstable relationships.
Indecision also causes:
C. Unstable SPIRITUAL LIFE
Look at what James says in verse seven:
“Let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:7 (NKJV)
Being double-minded blocks your prayers. It blocks your commitment to God. Indecision in your life keeps God from giving His blessing and it keeps you from receiving what God has for you. If you don’t believe God can – why would He? Remember the verse from Hebrews we ended with last week – it applies here also:
“No one can please God without faith. Whoever goes to God must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (GW)
Circle the word "must" in that verse. You "must" believe in Him if you are going to get a blessing from Him. If you don’t have faith in Him – God will not reward you for your faithfulness. How can He if you have no faith in Him?
Indecision affects your spiritual life. You can sing “Onward Christian Solider” on Sunday but on Monday if you go AWOL you are not a faithful Christian Solider. Double-mindedness produces a double life. It causes instability in all of your ways. It produces an unstable lifestyle.
II. The Solution – WISDOM
What is the solution? James tells us to, “Get wisdom.” He says:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NKJV)