Faithful or Fickle?

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I love the word fickle -I think because it sounds like pickle and I happen to kind of have a thing for them: especially those of the fried variety. {YUM!}

(C’mon, you can’t say looking at that picture doesn’t make you hungry. OK, I digress… )

So what does FICKLE mean, Mr. Webster?

changing often: changing opinions often: marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability: given to erratic changeableness

Does that sound like a certain species we know? Indecisiveness is an incredibly common personality trait… especially among people of our modern-day society. Why decide when you can dabble? We dabble in everything from jobs, hobbies, friendships/relationships, marriages, houses, politics, opinions, and more! In some things, to be honest, it’s really not that big of a deal. For example: we call a lot of those who dabble in hobbies- Artists! Regarding more important things, however, it’s a spiritually fatal habit and one almost impossible to break on our own once firmly established.

Why is being indecisive such a bad thing? Well, for one- most of the time the close companion of fickleness (there’s that fun word again) is DOUBT. After all, if you had no doubts, you would have no problem making a decision and sticking to it- right? You would not wonder whether a plan was good, a relationship was solid, or a direction was trustworthy because you would NOT DOUBT. The Christian is supposed to be steadfast in all he/she does. That means to be solid, unwavering, and confident. That doesn’t mean we’ll always get it right or know exactly what we need to do… but when it comes down to Truth, morals, Holy law, and how we are to live out our lives as believers- no one should be able to have room to doubt our walk with Christ. (God forgive me for the times I’ve failed at that.)

Let’s look at some of God’s Word to shine a better light on this picture:
Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.  -1 Kings 18:21

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for 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

But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” -Luke 9:62

Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. -Joshua 24:14-15

We cannot faithfully serve God when we desire to have/do things that He is against and remain “undecided” on how far we will actually follow and obey God. Need some toe-crunching examples that’ll probably leave me not-so-popular?
I’m willing to risk it.

All of these fall into the “Claiming to follow Christ but…” category. If you’re not a Christian, then you obviously are not being singled out here:

Claiming to follow Christ but…
– being sexually intimate with someone you’re not married to (even if you’ve been married before)
– Being emotionally/mentally/verbally/physically abusive to ANYONE
– Indulging in pornography or other lewd pastimes (no matter how many different shades there are)
– Cursing in/with the name of God or Christ and fully believing “it’s not that big of a deal”
– THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!!!

{{Essentially- ANY SIN that we choose to continually commit because, well, we just want to… and yet claim to be a believer and follower of our Savior Jesus Christ… is “serving other gods” in our lives. Note- this also means that anything you put above your devotion to God, even something good- like love for family, if it is more than your love for God: IT IS SIN. Ouch; Man, double OUCH!!! Doubt if I’m right? Look it up in God’s Word for yourselves- don’t just take what I say and run with it.}}

This turning away from “double-mindedness” is what Joshua was trying to get through to the Israelites when he addressed them in the promised land. He was trying to drive home the fact that the One they were going to allow control of their lives- with their worship and obedience- was too big of a deal to dabble with. This “testing the waters” of worshiping other gods was NOT going to cut it with the one, TRUE God.

“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.” The people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.” Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves the LORD, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” “Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice.” -Joshua 24:20-24
Joshua was a great leader for God’s people and understood that unless they devoted their entire lives to God and His Truths, they would never make it as a people. We can expect no less: God holds us to, and rewards, faithfulness… not fickleness. We have to decide- TODAY if we are going to live for God or for ourselves. There’s no point in waiting to decide: you’re on the “chopping block” here. Choose today who you will serve- GOD or YOURSELF?

<Here’s a good hint to go by in case you’re not sure- you can’t even promise yourself your next breath>  Hmmmm…

Lots of love and sore toes your way!!! (Mine are pretty raw too).

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