The human mind is one of the most powerful and beautiful things God created. We humans are said to share about 50% of our genetic information (DNA) with a Banana (I kid you not).
The shared percentage is much higher with other primates. But though we seem to share so much, there’s a major thing that makes us special and gives us a degree of power over the rest of creation — our mind.
It’s quite ironic then, that this Superpower (i.e., the mind) which has helped humanity achieve so much (when harnessed), is the very reason why some people will never be what God has called them to be.
The mind is the seat of reasoning and decision-making. When a man becomes born again, this does not change. The believer’s spirit is born again and the believer also receives a Spirit that can guide the mind of that believer into the way of God. But it is still the mind that determines whether it will be led or not.
God understands how powerful the mind is. That’s why He tells us to renew our minds with His Word (Romans 12:2) and also warns us to guard our minds against all forms of corruption, seemly or unseemly (Proverbs 4:12).
“…let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind… [he is] a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”(James 1:6, 8, NKJV)
The mind is something of a double-edged sword. When it is set to achieve a purpose, perhaps only divine intervention can stop it (Genesis 11:1-9). But when it is riddled with doubts and uncertainty, it can cut to pieces any hope of building something worthwhile.
Watch what you see, what you listen to, what you meditate on, and what you accept to be true. The potentially biggest threat to the fulfillment of what God has spoken concerning you is your mind. Your mind will never spontaneously generate doubt; the seeds of doubt are sown through the portals of your eyes and ears.
Double-mindedness about yourself, purpose, or identity is a fair indication that you’ve been listening to and meditating on something else other than what God has said. Let your mind chatter be a product of what God has said. That’s a sure-fire way of remaining doubt-free.
Remember that God said a double-minded fellow would receive nothing from Him, gracious as He is. How much more life, when you are neither sure of who you are nor of what you want?