James 1:5-8 - Are You "Double-Minded?"


We study James' comments regarding the double-mindedness that comes from doubting.

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Class Date:
October 31, 2010 //
63 min (14.3 MB) //

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Additional Notes

Without WISDOM we will not "let steadfastness have its full effect."

Without WISDOM we will not "count it all joy."

Joy is not passive contentment - it is active, positive satsifaction with what God is doing in my life, saying, "It's OK God, what you're doing."

Biblical examples:

  • Double-minded - Jacob
  • Single-minded - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

The danger of doubting is we don't recognize when God answers our prayer, and we instead credit ourselves, doctors, luck, etc.

Questions to ask ourselves:

  • Am I a worrier?
  • Am I anxious?
  • Am I timid?
  • Am I fearful?
  • Who am I trusting to get me through this trial?

What should we do?

  • Cry out "Abba, Father" and say, "You gave me the trial, and I'll trust you to get me through it."
  • Look through (past) the trial for the joy that will be there at the other side.

Result: We will gain the crown of life (James 1:12).


I have been suffering form this double minded condition all my life and teh reason I say that is because of the ways I have been raised. I have been raised not to expect my education, a husband, godly children etc. I know that this condition is unfruitful and nothing good can ever come out of it. I really enjoyed the lesson on this topic thank you teacher.