Developing Our Hearts for God series-“Double-minded”(1Chronicles 12:33, ps. 12:2).

Double-1 Chron. 12:33;

“33 Of Zebulun, such as were able to go out in the host, that could set the battle in array, with all manner of instruments of war, fifty thousand, and that could order the battle array, and were not of double heart.”

Ps. 12:2;

“2 They speak falsehood every one with his neighbor: With flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak”

Are you two faced? Are you a flatterer? Are your values in the world, but hanging on to God and Jesus at the same time? Do you try to impress your neighbors with things and harp about your accomplishments? If you said yes to any one of these questions this verse is speaking to you!

Carnality refers to our own interpretation of information that we process from moment to moment (the flesh),

“The term flesh refers primarily to men (and animals) as corporeal creatures as opposed to spirit. It was used for the physical body (Daniel 1:15), the whole person as corporeally determined (Psalms 63:2), all mankind (Isaiah 66:23), and finally humanity and the animal world (Genesis 6:17ff). Flesh characterizes the weakness and transitoriness of creaturely existence (Isaiah 40:6, 8) as opposed to the power and life of spirit (Isaiah 31:3). Because of the weakness of the flesh it easily comes under the power of sin when not in fellowship with the spiritual power of God. This leads to the ethical use of the term flesh, which signifies man living apart from God and thus under sin’s domination; material body.

-Holy Bible, New American Standard-

Double mindedness is a product of the flesh. God admonishes us to be pure in heart, to have compassion for others not to deliberately deceive and take advantage of them. In order to avoid this we must fellowship (hangout) with other steadfast believers in order to stay on the narrow path to Christ’s kingdom. And to inspect our hearts daily to insure that our motives are pure.

As you read this can you tell that His ways are greater than yours? Are you making amends by dying to your ways and replacing them with His? Being double-minded means you see both angles, choose the right one!

“All the warriors mentioned here were from the tribe of Benjamin. Even members of Saul’s own tribe (1 Samuel 9:1, 2) were deserting him to help David become king over all Israel. It was clear to them that God had chosen David to be Israel’s next leader.​​​​​​​​​“Life Application Study Bible.”

“How did the Holy Spirit work in Old Testament times? When there was an important job to be done, God chose a person to do it, and the Spirit gave that person the needed power and ability. The Spirit gave Bezalel artistic ability (Exodus 31:1-5), Jephthah military prowess (Judges 11:29), David power to rule (1 Samuel 16:13), and Zechariah an authoritative word of prophecy (2 Chronicles 24:20). Here the Holy Spirit came upon Amasai, one of David’s warriors. The Spirit came upon individuals in order to accomplish specific goals. Beginning at Pentecost, however, the Spirit came upon all believers, not only to empower them to do God’s will, but also to dwell in them day by day (Acts 2:14-21). If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you will experience the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in your life as well as special times of filling for God’s purposes. Expect God’s Spirit to work in and through you.

  • Life Application Study Bible.

What is important is that we do not try to straddle the fence. We cannot especially in special circumstances think that our way will suffice for God’s will! In our daily life the Holy Spirit allows consequences to teach us to sacrifice our way for His way; to Develop Our Hearts for God we must not be double minded; but we must literally choose to serve God every day.