Let us examine the scripture:
James 1 (King James Version)
1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
People of the City of Detroit, we are all living in an age which can best be described as the tale of two cities: “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859).
Yes, the economy is not that which it used to be. However, The Lord promised us that we would have joy during these times of tribulation, for He prepared a place for us, wherein we would be where He is, that would be a place of joy (for overcoming the world of tribulation) a place of peace:
33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
If we were to take a poll of the citizens of Detroit, many would say that they are unhappy or have not realized all the hopes, dreams and expectations that they believe they should have. Ask us whether we have peace of mind, and the truthful response would be “no.”
But we “want” these things. We want peace, we want to be happy.
As the scripture says, if any man lacks and desires wisdom from the Lord, just ask God, it is His to give.
Ok. So what is the problem?
It is the human cycle of want. We want to be happy and we want to have peace, but we lack wisdom and understanding. We don’t know how to receive these places.
We want these gifts and we see others who we believe are happy or have peace. We then look at physical assets or circumstances which we believe make others happy or have peace. If I could just get that education, or house or drive that special automobile that Janie has, lives in or drives, I would be happy and have peace just like Janie.
This cycle is fundamentally incorrect because we don’t exactly know which of these things gives Janie peace, if any of them gives peace at all. When we find that the education doesn’t give peace, we move to the job. When we find that neither the education nor the job gives us peace, we move to the house. The cycle continues.
The result: no answer. We don’t find happiness whether we possess any or all of the items that we “want.” Add in the inability to obtain these “goals” and we are REALLY UNHAPPY.
As the scripture in James states, when we have a double –mind or a four or five sided mindset, we receive nothing from the Lord. Let us examine the Lord’s instruction on this subject:
Psalm 23:1 (King James Version)
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
The next concept that we examine is patience:
pa•tience: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
The scripture in James stated above tells us that we should “count it all joy” when we fall INTO divers temptations. All means all. All of our enticements, allurements, inducements and attractions which we feel cause us damage or pain, is our means to the end (or promise): the realization or experience of that which will give us joy and peace from God.
We are to simply go through these “tests” or “trials” of our faith or belief system with patience, KNOWING that we will receive that which we ask of our God. This is a MINDSET. ONE MINDSET.
We have one mindset, one goal: God, give us peace, give us joy for you are our Sheppard and we shall not want. Give us our heavenly appointment.
God bless and thank you for reading.