|Barbara Wentroble, founder and President of International Breakthrough Ministries, wrote, “My plan is to walk with God and serve Him as long as there is breath in my body. Are there hard places in serving God? Yes. Does that stop me? No. My mind is settled on following God’s plan for my life.“*|
|Almost every one of us would give a “yes and amen” to Barbara’s statement.|
Merriam-Webster online defines “double-mindedness” as “wavering in mind: undecided, vacillating; marked by hypocrisy.” Twice in the book of James, double-mindedness is addressed: “…the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8) And, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8) Wentroble states that a person who is double-minded “lives in the midst of doubt…his life consists of being pulled back and forth between two options.”*
The trap of expecting a “trouble-free life” is easily set, easily accepted. Yet it is Immanuel, “God with us,” not “God Fixing things Around Us,” who indwells, strengthens, fortifies us. In the Gospel of John, Jesus is asked, “…who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (John 9:2) Regarding a wide spectrum of difficult circumstances, Wentroble presents the question, “Why did they believe that if a person is in the will of God, there are no hard places?” She continues, “The enemy comes to hinder God’s call and keep us from fulfilling the destiny of the Lord…”* Twice the Apostle Paul described his delays in arrival as “Satan hindered us” and “I also have been much hindered …” (I Thess. 2:18, Rom.15:22)
Lastly, Wentroble lists fear as an obstacle to fulfilling our destiny….but the Lord opened her spiritual ears to the phrase, “You will never walk in the fear of the Lord until you lose the fear of man.” She states, “Pleasing the Lord rather than people became my passion. But walking out my passion was a different story…what was I going to yield to? Would I yield to the fear of man, or to the fear of the Lord?”*
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I encourage you to take counsel with Him who is our great Overcomer, our great Peace, our “Way, Truth, and Life” to the Kingdom, that in Him we may cast aside the hinderances thrown our way as we pursue His destiny for each of us.
*Direct quotes from “3 Obstacles That Stop God’s Call on Your Life,” Barbara Wentroble