James1:8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.
What does it mean to be double-minded or to have one foot in the world and one foot in his kingdom?
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there is your heart also.
What are your treasures? Is it that new car you really need or want? Is it a bigger house? A diamond ring? The right man/woman? Is it your children ?
“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.
I chewed on this scripture for a long time and prayed very deeply about it. He is NOT saying don’t love them.
My husband enjoys motorcycles and found himself dreaming of what he would do to his bike, how he could fix it up etc. Then Y’shua came to him and a dream and told him to sell it!
What do you spend your leisure time doing? What does your mind rest on? What are your goals daily and long term?
These things reveal our treasures and WHERE our HEARTS ARE!
More recently we have been looking at buying our first house. As this goal for our family has shifted a lot of our focus, God has reminded me Not To get COMFORTABLE here. “This is temporary, treat it like it is temporary.” He tells me. Where our thoughts are is where our heart is! We are supposed to know that everything we need will be taken care of and we are supposed to pursue him not things or accomplishments! He desires our thoughts and attention . We should desire his attention just as a bride desires her grooms attention.
When we shift our focus and start pursuing things other than God we have taken our eyes off of Jesus (Y’shua) and put them on that new thing. This new pursuit is where we are headed, so we have taken a jot off of the strait and narrow path. We have DIVIDED our attention and our HEARTS! We now have ONE FOOT IN GOD’S KINGDOM AND ONE FOOT IN THE WORLD!
Revelation 3:16 “And you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I am going to vomit you from my mouth.”
A tool the bible discusses frequently is life in the spirit and death through the flesh. This keeps us on the straight and narrow path with our eyes on God. Pursuing his desires rather than our desires. If you imagine that all of your earthly desires are desires of the flesh. Anything that can be offered to please you is a desire of your flesh. Things like food, clothes, social status, love, passion, etc are an example of the desires of our flesh. These often times become our pursuit and distract us from our straight and narrow.
Peter explains that through moderation and training we can live by our spirit and not be driven by the desires of our flesh.
Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
When we live in moderation then we are less desirous of things. Food is the best example of this. When we eat moderately we are not driven by the desires of our stomach. When we begin to indulge in excessive amounts of food our stomachs desire to always be full. Then our thoughts are often focused on the fullness of our stomach. We also can see that when we eat overly sweet and overly salty we then desire to bounce between the two, but when we eat foods that are moderately seasoned we do not have strong desires for real sweet or salty foods. This same idea is applied to everything. Americans are used to being entertained most of the time and we desire entertainment. I can think of a lots of these type of scenarios. The point is that moderation disciplines our desires of the flesh.
Do not be worried for anything, but always in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known before God,
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, Who is greater than every mind, will keep your hearts and your minds by Yeshua The Messiah.
People who grew up without having very much know how to be satisfied without having a lot.
Philippians 4:10 But I have rejoiced greatly in our Lord that you have come to be concerned for what is mine, just as you always were concerned, but you were not enabled; 11But I said it, NOT BECAUSE I HAVE NEED BUT BECAUSE I HAVE LEARNED THAT WHATEVER I HAVE WILL BE ENOUGH FOR ME. 12I know how to be humbled, I know also what it is to abound; I am trained in everything and in all things, in fullness and in hunger, in excess and in poverty, 13Because I master all things by The Messiah who empowers me. 14However, you have done well in that you have shared with my afflictions.