31 Days :: Day 13 – Single-Minded Seeking

This Morning:

  • Journal about your thoughts this morning. Have you been consciously viewing God in a different way in the past 24 hours?
  • Pray that God will continue to show you where you struggle in your fearful and insecure thought patterns.
Devotion: Single-Minded Seeking

Often when I ask God for something, I think I don’t really believe He wants to do it for me. Call it what you want, but somehow over my years of life my heart has decided that I’m “not good enough” or “not worthy” for God to want to do something that I ask Him. When I pray, it’s like I hope that it might happen, but I still believe deep down inside that if it DOES happen… it’s because I made it happen. Hmm…

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:25-34

He tells me that He’s going to take care of me. He tells me that He’s going to feed me and clothe me. He tells me to seek Him first and that all these things will be added. He tells me not to be anxious for tomorrow.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man {or woman}, unstable in all his ways. – James 1:5-8

When I doubt, what am I?

  • Driven and tossed by the wind;
  • Double-minded;
  • Unstable in all my ways.
Think back to when we talked about Peter last week:
  • Jesus-focused? Unmoved by the wind! Single-minded! Stable!
  • Circumstance-focused? Driven and tossed! Double-minded! Unstable! Yikes!

I want to have my heart and mind so focused on Jesus that the insecurities and fears just bounce off {instead of settling in and paralyzing me}. That my mind will not be floundering and scattered… that it will be led and driven by the cross. That I will be a single-minded seeker. This is what He wants from us. To recognize that we are nothing apart from Him and that all we need to do is let go of our grip and trust.

To Make You Think:

  1. Are you a single-minded seeker? Or a double-minder thinker?
  2. What area(s) in your life do you doubt God can conquer?
  3. Will you commit today to be single-minded? To stop being driven and tossed by the wind?
The Rest of the Day:
  • Journal about your own seeking style and about where you see your trust level.
  • Ask God to give you the strength to trust and seek Him single-mindedly. And ask Him to destroy any fear/insecurity strongholds that He has revealed to you this week.
  • Read back through the battle passage for this week: 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.
See you tomorrow!

Continuing on…  31 Days :: Day 14 – Someone Worth Dying For

 

1 Comment

  1. Awesome. Last night I received a phone call. Immediately I started to question,' Is this an answer to prayer or am I being set up for more heartache? ' I must trust this is an answer to prayer and that Satan isn't trying to lead me into the abyss of doubt.
    Single-mindedness……..believe God is doing the work for good. Thank you.

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