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Prosperity is more than having a lot of money. It’s more than having solid relationships and a healthy mind and body. You can be filled with the Holy Spirit, praise God, and worship or even prophesy, speak in tongues, and cast out demons, and yet still be unable to maintain a balanced and prosperous life. The truth is, without inner stability any outward prosperity will not last. Best-selling author John Eckhardt turns to Psalm 112 to unearth the keys to being truly prosperous. Explore the eight characteristics of a balanced, stable, steadfast, immovable believer, and learn how to also become one. Featuring prayers and declarations, this step-by-step guide will help you achieve not just wholeness in your relationships, finances, and health, but also restoration in your heart and soul.
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About the Author
John Eckhardt is overseer of Crusaders Ministries, located in Chicago, Illinois. Gifted with a strong apostolic call, he has ministered throughout the United States and overseas in more than eighty nations. He is a sought-after international conference speaker and has authored more than twenty books, including Prayers That Rout Demons, Prayers That Break Curses, Prophet, Arise!, and God Still Speaks. He also produces a weekly television program, Perfecting the Saints. Eckhardt resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Wanda.
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THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN UNSTABLE LIFE
He who wavers is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed with the wind. Let not that man think that he will receive anything from the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
— James 1:6–8
Given a choice — bad news or good news first — most people say, "Give me the good news first." For them, it makes the bad news easier to handle. I'm not going to do that here. I am going to give you the bad news first so you can enjoy the rest of this journey, which is all good news. I'm starting with the bad or hard news first because I want you to see why it is important to come into agreement with God to live a stable and holy life. When you see that the way you've been living on your own causes more hardship with few rewards and blessings, you will appreciate it more when you discover the other way — the way of the stable, single-minded Psalm 112 believer.
You do not have to live an unstable, double-minded life. You do not have to live in a state of constant internal and external havoc, doubting and wavering about if God cares or if He will come through for you.
Sometimes we respond to others and to ourselves as if this kind of insecurity is normal, that this is just how life will be. "Well, you can't ever be too sure," many of us have said. Sometimes we excuse the manifestations of double-mindedness and spiritual instability as normal. We think being inconsistent is natural and everyone is just like that. We accept it. But to be one way one minute and the total opposite another is not godly. People cannot trust that. When you are like that — a roller coaster of emotions, in and out of relationships, always in conflict or confusion — then you will not be able to prosper in life. Your life will be absent of abiding joy and peace. This is not God's way for you to live.
We cannot compromise and settle for inconsistency in living according to the Word of God. Like the Psalm 112 man, our righteousness should continue forever. This is our modus operandi as believers — consistency and stability.
So, yes, we'll start with the bad news. We will get it out of the way quickly, because this is not where we want to dwell. But many of us need to see what we're doing wrong to clearly see what to do that is right and what will bring blessing and success to our lives and the lives of those we love and influence. This picture may be one you are well familiar with and tired of. It's a picture of the life that you don't have to live any longer, the life that does not match God's plan for you, and the life Jesus did not die on the cross to give you. We will look at an unstable life from three perspectives:
1. Your relationship with yourself
2. Your relationship with others
3. Your relationship with God
THE UNSTABLE YOU
Have you ever caught yourself acting at times in polar opposites? Maybe you are the minister who is godly, prayerful, and holy at times yet has periods of sin, doubt, and struggles with lust. Maybe you are the believer who lives a strong Christian life but has seasons of backsliding. Or maybe you are the person who is outgoing and cheerful yet falls into bouts of withdrawal and depression. The person who is hard working and a perfectionist yet has periods of lethargy and sloppiness. The person who is gentle and kind but has periods of outburst and rage. It is almost as if you are two people. This is double-mindedness, the kind of instability that manifests when you have not established yourself in God.
The Greek phrase for double-minded (dipsuchos) literally means "double souled," from dis, meaning "twice," and psuche, meaning "mind." Having two minds is the description of confusion. Confusion is a lack of understanding; uncertainty, a situation of panic; a breakdown of order.
Here I am going to highlight the most common way that we display double-mindedness throughout our lives.
A love of the world
According to James 4, double-mindedness is like an internal war with ourselves. We can look like lovers of God on the outside but be enemies of God in our hearts. James says that this is because even after we were saved, we maintained friendship with the world (v. 4). We try to be religious and love God, and simultaneously chase after passions in the world. Out of this dichotomy come things we see in our lives and relationships, from our home lives to public interactions, small scale to large scale and everything in between.
You adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
— James 4:4
In the introduction I talked about the two-sided spirits that make up double-mindedness: rejection and rebellion. It is the rejection side of the double-minded personality that weds a person to the world for love. It is simply Satan's substitute for true love. Double-mindedness breeds worldliness and carnality.
Rebellion as a teenager
Worldliness can be seen in teenage rebellion. If you recall your teenage years, you may remember your desire to get involved in a lifestyle of lust, perversion, drugs, or other behaviors that were opposite the way you were raised. If you are a parent of a teenager, you may see this rebellion in them. Teenage rebellion often leaves parents at their wits' end. Signs of double-mindedness can be seen in piercings, tattoos, punk dressing, goth dressing, provocative clothing, drug addiction, smoking, running away, fighting, gang activity, profanity, disrespect to authority, alternative lifestyles, depression, suicidal tendencies, and withdrawal.
For a generation now, disruptive young Americans who rebel against authority figures have been increasingly diagnosed with mental illnesses and medicated with psychiatric (psychotropic) drugs. Disruptive young people who are medicated with Ritalin, Adderall and other amphetamines routinely report that these drugs make them "care less" about their boredom, resentments and other negative emotions, thus making them more compliant and manageable. And so-called atypical antipsychotics such as Risperdal and Zyprexa — powerful tranquilizing drugs — are increasingly prescribed to disruptive young Americans, even though in most cases they are not displaying any psychotic symptoms.
Teenage double-mindedness has become an epidemic. Most don't know what they are dealing with. God's solution is deliverance and healing. Double-mindedness has also been called passive-aggression, but it is simply rejection/rebellion.
If it is displeasing to you to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve, if it should be the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites' land where you are now living. Yet as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
— Joshua 24:15, emphasis added
Double-mindedness causes indecision, which results in procrastination, compromise, confusion, forgetfulness, and indifference. Indecision is one of the most debilitating problems in life because life is based on decisions. Indifference is an attitude that causes a person to avoid making decisions. Procrastination is another way of avoiding decisions by just putting them off for a future time. It can also be rooted in the fear of making a decision. In addition to this is the fear of making the wrong choice.
Our choices pave the way for success or failure. A double-minded person has a difficult time making decisions and often changes his or her mind after making a decision. This results in wavering and always questioning one's own decisions.
I call heaven and earth to witnesses against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
— Deuteronomy 30:19
The Word of God challenges us to make wise decisions. We are commanded to choose life. We can choose blessing or cursing. We can choose the fear of the Lord. We can choose to serve the Lord.
Our life is the result of our choices. We choose our paths in life. We choose whom we marry. When we have children, we influence what they will choose as they get older. We choose the jobs we will work, the friends we will have, and the places we will live. The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who made bad choices and suffered the consequences. It also shows us the blessing of wise choices.
The double-minded person is often paralyzed when it comes to making choices. Have you ever been around those who can't decide what they want to do in life? It is frustrating to say the least. This can be a sign of double-mindedness and the need for deliverance. Proper decision-making is the result of wisdom and a stable personality.
A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
— Proverbs 17:22
Chris Simpson of New Wine Media teaches on the effects the double-minded stronghold of rejection can have on your physical health. He says:
Did you know that rejection can affect you physically? It can dry up your bones. Generally, it's the "internalizers" that tend to get sick from their rejection. Why is that? It's because rejection often produces anger. And you have to do something with your anger. If you bury it inside, it'll find a way to the surface. If you live in denial concerning your anger, then you'll be resentful and bitter. These attitudes can bring physical problems.
I've often seen people healed on the spot when they forgave those that had hurt them, and when they renounced the bitterness and resentment in their heart. It's amazing how quickly the Holy Spirit will heal and bring life to the dried bones. Many sicknesses and physical maladies tend to be rooted in rejection and bitterness: skin problems, headaches, allergies, neck or back aches, stiffness of joints, arthritis, pains, stress, nervousness, and various diseases.
What he shares here I have seen as well in my almost forty years of deliverance ministry. When I have laid hands on an individual to bring deliverance from bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness, I have found that rejection and rebellion are at the root of their issues. They often get healed from various physical ailments such as heart disease, some cancers, arthritis, and more when they forgive and release bitterness.
It is the rejection part of double-mindedness that can lead to self-rejection, which will manifest as illness in the body. We are seeing a rise in the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, and the cause for much of it is said to be unknown. Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system begins to attack the body. Thyroiditis, arthritis, type 1 diabetes, certain cancers and heart diseases, lupus, various allergies, and asthma are kinds of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune symptoms often manifest after a person experiences a devastating loss, endures trauma, or is excessively stressed over a period of time.
If you have been dealing with recurring illness and have not been able to find a cure, seek out a deliverance minister or begin to ask the Lord to help you uncover some hurt in your life that may lie at the root of your illness.
THE UNSTABLE YOU AND OTHERS
Instability with your place in God can result in a lifetime of bad relationships. Relationships and covenants require stability. Unstable people will have a difficult time developing long-lasting, stable relationships. This affects marriages as well and is the real cause of many divorces. This instability affects families and children, who need stable parents and a stable home environment in which to grow.
Unstable people make unstable marriage partners
Double-mindedness affects our ability to honor and stay true to covenant. Covenant requires stability, loyalty, and faithfulness. How can we walk in covenant if we are double-minded? How can we have strong covenant relationships if we are double-minded?
Marriage is a covenant between a husband and a wife. Is it any wonder that we have so many divorces in and out of the church? There are too many unstable people entering into marriages. Double-minded people will have instability in their marriages. We will continue to see troubled marriages unless double-mindedness is dealt with. With such a large number of marriages ending in divorce, it is no surprise that double-mindedness is a major problem.
Unstable men make unstable husbands and fathers
There are a lot of double-minded men who are married and have children. Families need strong, steadfast men. Men are called to be the providers and protectors of the family. When trouble comes, the husband and father should be able to stand up and say, "Honey, I got this. Don't worry, baby. Children, don't worry. It's all right. I believe God. I pray. I bind. I loose. I take authority over the devil. I'm the head of my house. Devil, you cannot have my wife, my kids, or my family. You will not destroy us, because I trust in God. I am the covering. I am the head of this house."
Yet too frequently we find weak, double-minded men who let their wives go to church and do all the praying and believing, while they stay home watching football. Then when spiritual trouble comes, they don't know how to pray, bind the devil, loose, stand up for anything, or recite a scripture. They leave their families vulnerable to attack.
They are drunkards, whoremongers, liars, and cheaters. They don't want to get married, raise their children, or keep covenant. This is how double-mindedness affects the most critical relationships in our society.
THE UNSTABLE YOU AND GOD
God is a covenant-keeping God, and our relationship with Him is based on covenant. Double-mindedness makes it impossible to have a stable, loyal, and intimate relationship with God. We become wavering, unbelieving, and backsliding people who are unable to be firmly planted in Him.
There have been times in my ministry when I kept seeing the same person come again and again to the altar to get saved. I would wonder, "How many times are you going to come back to the Lord? How many times are you going to come to the altar? How many times are you going to be the prodigal son? How many times are you going to be in the pigpen? Where is your consistency with God?"
We can't be happy with a life like this. It is hard to be out of step with God once you had been in step with Him. When we backslide, we deal with torment. We can't rest or be at peace because our hearts have known the fellowship of God. Who wants to live a life they can't enjoy?
This on-again, off-again commitment to God is a pattern in many believers' lives. I have seen believers commit to Christ and then turn away and return to the world. They then return and repeat the process over again. It is heartbreaking.
Unbelief and backsliding are signs of double-mindedness, wavering between two lifestyles. They were also the issues of those in the early church who were departing from the faith. Many of the Hebrews were returning to the Old Covenant system. They were wavering in their faith. Wavering is a sign of double-mindedness.
Are you double-minded in your walk with Christ? Do you have a history of backsliding and departing from the faith? Are you guilty of worldliness and carnality? Do you crack under pressure or persecution and return to the things of the world? These are all signs of double-mindedness that can make it hard to deal with the challenges that often come with being a believer. How many times have you felt like a storm was raging inside of you? James 1:6 describes double-mindedness as being like a storm:
But let him ask in faith, without wavering. For he who wavers is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed with the wind.
Do you have a history of stormy relationships? If you are a minister or leader, are there always storms in your church or within your team or organization? If the answer is yes, then the problem is double-mindedness.
The Holy Spirit is beginning to show you some double-minded tendencies in your life. The Lord is calling you to have more stability in certain areas. Do not dismiss the conviction of the Lord. He chastens those He loves. It is God's love and grace that call us to repentance. Through repentance and deliverance we are able to establish secure footing in Him. We are able to walk upright and receive the full benefits of being His child.
That was the hard news. Now I encourage you to continue through the next parts of this book with prayer and expectation as the Lord shows you His promises for you as you commit to being rooted and grounded in Him and His ways.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "The Psalm 112 Promise"
Copyright © 2018 John Eckhardt.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: God's Promise to the Stable Believer, ix,
Chapter 1: The Consequences of an Unstable Life, 1,
Chapter 2: Blessed, 19,
Chapter 3: Generational Blessing and Increase, 42,
Chapter 4: More Than Enough, 67,
Chapter 5: Gracious and Compassionate, 87,
Chapter 6: Wise and Just, 106,
Chapter 7: Righteous Forever, 130,
Chapter 8: Fixed and Established, 149,
Chapter 9: Generous, 169,
Conclusion: Commit to Live a Psalm, 112,