In his New Testament letter, the apostle James twice uses the term double-minded James James A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Even godly men in the Bible sometimes lapsed into double-mindedness. John the Baptist was human, and we humans begin to doubt when God seems not to respond to our prayers during a crisis.
The first area of double-mindedness James addressed concerns how we pray James James  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Doubt and irresoluteness in our communication with God short-circuit our relationship with Him. Is what I am asking according to His will?
Are my attitude and life in tune with the will of God? Are my motives self-centered or God-centered? We should go beyond just feeling good to actually striving to be good. The story of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ to His mother, Mary, has inspired many, and rightfully so. Christ talked of imprudent people whose lives are not built on the Rock. Our fellowship can mirror our double-mindedness, wrote James. James was aware of the problems that can result from hypocritical, two-faced fellowship, because he was indirectly involved in a conflict between the apostles Paul and Peter Galatians Galatians  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
These verses show that Peter was as subject to human weakness as the rest of us. Peter grew into a great leader and man of God, but in this instance he strayed from a lesson Jesus had taught him years before through a vision. In the Greek theater, actors would speak krinomai from behind a mask hypo. Together the Greek words for speak and mask form hupokrisisfrom which we get our word hypocrisy. Are we ever so swayed by peer pressure that we figuratively wear masks around certain people to stay in their good graces?
Romans Romans For there is no respect of persons with God. Next, James targets double-minded keeping of the law James James  If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well:  But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law. How does one break this law of love?
James goes from discussing the royal law of Leviticus Leviticus You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. The royal law, the perfect law of liberty, shows mankind the way to express love. When we read the 10 points of this law as summarized in the Commandments, we notice that the first four reflect love toward God and the last six depict love of our fellowman; that is, the love of our neighbor as ourselves Leviticus Leviticus You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
James shows the double-mindedness of embracing one point of the Ten Commandments while breaking another point of this law of love. James warned against inconsistency in our obedience to God. After all, without specifics each person decides for himself what love is.
What sin do you hate the most? God wants us to hate every sin. Double-minded faith James James  What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? James wanted his readers to know that faith means more than just belief in God. Belief is not enough, he says.
A classic example is ancient Israel. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles! My brothers, these things ought not so to be.
Before passing along information that could hurt someone, we should ask ourselves: Does this need to be said, or do I just want to say it?I think I am double-minded when I know what I should do, but then soon find myself doing the exact opposite. Does that ever happen to you? The Bible is filled with many examples of Biblical studs being double-minded: Adam and Eve eating the apple; Abraham lying about Sarah being his sister and later sleeping with Hagar; David having sex with Bathsheba then killing off Uriah; Jonah traveling in the opposite direction of Nineveh; Peter denying Christ even after being warned by Christ himself!
In the book of Philippians Paul instructs believers to have the mind of Christ and to nurture and steward it well. Our love, affection, and devotion are to be for our Lord first and foremost. Living for Him means we are Christ-centered in our beliefs, thoughts, and actions.
James warns us that we are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lust. The word lust is the strongest word we have for desire. James warns that this desire blinds us, enticing us to pursue the object of our lust. Our desire is to relieve or fill an emotional, psychological, and ultimately a spiritual need.
Our minds and hearts become oriented in directions other than Christ, creating a schism or split within us. Often, we find ourselves immersed in wrong behaviors like addictions, eating disorders, bad habits, impulsive actions, and a myriad of other dysfunctional thought patterns and feelings. Some refer to this as cognitive dissonance, a disharmony within that feels like a splitting or tearing inside.
We develop physical or emotional symptoms of agitation, fear, anxiety, panic, and depression as a result. We can become derailed in our thinking and motivation. As James reminds us, when sin is finished, it ultimately brings forth death and separation … from God, others, and ourselves.
So much for the motivations of being double-minded! You see, double-mindedness comes from the brainwashing and deception of Satan. He wants to distort our lenses. He knows perception is the most important of the 6 components of every decision you make each day.
You have to be diligent in all your decisions, slowing down your mind, taking every thought captive, and maintaining your focus on reality and the truth. Then single-mindedness becomes rather simple.
I am serious when I say that. Today, submit to a checkup. Examine whether you are trying to serve 2 masters, God and yourself. Thankfully, God has provided the remedy through his Son, Jesus. You see, God has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. He saves, justifies, sanctifies, and empowers us to live for Him through His Spirit. Father God, I know I am double-minded more than I admit, if not on the outside, then certainly on the inside.
Help me to develop eyes that really see the Your love and blessings in my life, so I can test, realize, and reject the counterfeits. Give me peace to endure the trials. Help me to resist my double-minded impulses to take shortcuts and detours from the path You have designed for my ultimate fulfillment. Help me to live today for You, so I can prevent the condition of being double-minded. I ask this in the strong name of Jesus. Why so disturbed within me?
In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Karl Dr. Your wishlist is empty. View Wishlist. By Dr.Each personality is equipped with its own attitudes.
Do You Have Spiritual Schizophrenia, AKA Double-Mindedness?
These spirits whip the mind and personality back and forth as they vie for power: such as pride versus inferiority. The separate personalities are closely interwoven so that it is impossible for the person who has them to understand and control them. Saul was a good example of the schizophrenic personality. Children often become double-minded when mother or father deal with them by manipulation instead of forthright. For instance, a parent sets a reasonable and fair rule.
The child wants to break it. Sometimes the parent will try to coax or manipulate the child into obeying rather than dealing directly by spanking if it is needed Amos and Matt. Double-mindedness wears the person out, and frustrates and confuses him.
Deciding, then antecedent stagnates a person. For example, my mom was here for a while; she couldn't be content for desiring to go home. When at home, she was pressed to stay somewhere else besides her home.
When away from home, great fears filled her about the house. She was miserable and made those around her miserable James Schizophrenia always begins with rejection. This rejection may be real or imagined.
Often a child is rejected soon after conception. The reason for rejection doesn't matter. It could be unwanted, incest, rape, wrong sex, no more kids, hate parenthood, divorce, etc. We have seen cases where the rejection was no real but the demons had used some minor incident to tell them they were unwanted and that person accepted the demons lie.
This is why parents need to talk over any situation with a child who seem troubled. A "schizo" parent will usually have a schizo child or children.
It's not inherited like blue eyes but is demonic. Demons like to cluster. A schizo parent has difficulty showing love. Since the mother is the most constant parent with the children and cannot feed love into them, they become targets for rejection demons.
Because fathers are away most of the day they seem special to children and can be hurt very easily if they feel father doesn't accept and show he loves them. Many people don't understand who they are. One proof of the schizo personality is the constant question of "Whom am I?"Spiritual Schizophrenia" Part 2 - The Perennial Problem of Double Mindedness in the Church
Rejection is a withdrawing-type of personality; likes to work alone, doesn't participate, unsure, etc. Rejection is inward and withdrawn before it is outward. Rejected people reject others before they can be rejected by them. Rejection invites rebellion. For instance, a child or adult will fight for love and lash out at those starving him of love. Rebellion is the reaction to rejection.
Rebellion is aggressive, angry, bitter, resentful and retaliates. This personality is moody, stubborn and selfish. Having rejection and rebellion in the same body is hard to bear.
This personality switches back and forth in seconds. If one is to be successful, he needs Jesus.I bet it is probably the same problem that dates back thousands of years: being double-minded.
I think I am double-minded when I often know what I should do, but later that day, I may find myself doing the exact opposite, making a poor decision. Does that ever happen to you? The Bible is filled with many examples of Biblical studs being double-minded: Adam and Eve eating the apple; Abraham lying about Sarah being his sister and later sleeping with Hagar; David, taking Bathsheba, then killing off Uriah; Jonah traveling in the opposite direction of Nineveh; Peter denying Christ even after being warned by Christ himself!
As believers we are instructed by Paul in Philippians to have the mind of Christ. Our love, affection, and devotion are to be for our Lord first and foremost. Living for Him means we are Christ-centered in our beliefs, thoughts, and actions. James warns us that we are tempted when we are drawn away by our own lust. The word lust is the strongest word we have for desire. James warns that this desire blinds us, enticing us to pursue the object of our lust.
Our desire is to relieve or fill an emotional, psychological, and ultimately, a spiritual need. Our minds and hearts become divided in directions other than Christ, creating a schism or split within us. Often, we find ourselves immersed in behaviors we know are wrong, addictions, eating disorders, bad habits, and a myriad of other dysfunctions.
Some refer to this as cognitive dissonance, a disharmony within that feels like a splitting or tearing inside. We develop physical or emotional symptoms of agitation, anxiety, panic, and depression. We can become derailed in our thinking and motivation. As James reminds us, when sin is finished, it ultimately brings forth death and separation … from God, others, and ourselves. So much for the motivations of being double-minded.
You see, double-mindedness comes from the brainwashing and deception of Satan. He wants to distort your lenses.
He knows perception is the most important of the 6 components of every decision you make each day. You have to be diligent in all your decisions, slowing down your mind, taking every thought captive, and maintaining your focus on reality and the truth. Then single-mindedness becomes rather simple. I am serious when I say that. Today, submit to a checkup. Examine whether you are trying to serve 2 masters, God and yourself.What issues were you dealing with?
Be specific. I was dealing with fear in being failure with Lord. Double minded not focused. How where they affecting you? In not moving forward to accomplish tasks Lord asked of me. What changes have you seen? More focused, bold, have more peace, feel loved by Lord, His gifts have been surfacing. Word of knowledge, open vision. Relationships more love and understanding, less judgmental.
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Schizophrenia or Double Minded
In some circumstances particularly families and relationships this might be emotionally distressing. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other and vice versaso that the person will automatically be wrong regardless of response. The double bind occurs when the person cannot confront the inherent dilemma, and therefore can neither resolve it nor opt out of the situation.
Double bind theory was first described by Gregory Bateson and his colleagues in the s. Double binds are often utilized as a form of control without open coercion—the use of confusion makes them both difficult to respond to as well as to resist.
A double bind generally includes different levels of abstraction in the order of messages and these messages can either be stated explicitly or implicitly within the context of the situation, or they can be conveyed by tone of voice or body language. Further complications arise when frequent double binds are part of an ongoing relationship to which the person or group is committed.
The double bind is often misunderstood to be a simple contradictory situation, where the subject is trapped by two conflicting demands. While it's true that the core of the double bind is two conflicting demands, the difference lies in how they are imposed upon the subject, what the subject's understanding of the situation is, and who or what imposes these demands upon the subject. Unlike the usual no-win situationthe subject has difficulty in defining the exact nature of the paradoxical situation in which he or she is caught.
The contradiction may be unexpressed in its immediate context and therefore invisible to external observers, only becoming evident when a prior communication is considered. Typically, a demand is imposed upon the subject by someone whom he or she respects such as a parent, teacher, or doctor but the demand itself is inherently impossible to fulfill because some broader context forbids it.
For example, this situation arises when a person in a position of authority imposes two contradictory conditions but there exists an unspoken rule that one must never question authority. Gregory Bateson and his colleagues defined the double bind as follows  paraphrased :. Thus, the essence of a double bind is two conflicting demands, each on a different logical levelneither of which can be ignored or escaped.
This leaves the subject torn both ways, so that whichever demand they try to meet, the other demand cannot be met. For a double bind to be effective, the subject must be unable to confront or resolve the conflict between the demand placed by the primary injunction and that of the secondary injunction. In this sense, the double bind differentiates itself from a simple contradiction to a more inexpressible internal conflict, where the subject really wants to meet the demands of the primary injunction, but fails each time through an inability to address the situation's incompatibility with the demands of the secondary injunction.
Thus, subjects may express feelings of extreme anxiety in such a situation, as they attempt to fulfil the demands of the primary injunction albeit with obvious contradictions in their actions. This was a problem in United States legal circles prior to the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution being applied to state action.
A person could be subpoenaed to testify in a federal case and given Fifth Amendment immunity for testimony in that case.
However, since the immunity did not apply to a state prosecution, the person could refuse to testify at the Federal level despite being given immunity, thus subjecting the person to imprisonment for contempt of court, or the person could testify, and the information he or she was forced to give in the Federal proceeding could then be used to convict the person in a state proceeding.
The term double bind was first used by the anthropologist Gregory Bateson and his colleagues including Don D. JacksonJay Haley and John H. Weakland in the mids in their discussions on complexity of communication in relation to schizophrenia. Bateson made clear that such complexities are common in normal circumstances, especially in "play, humour, poetry, ritual and fiction" see Logical Types below.
Their findings indicated that the tangles in communication often diagnosed as schizophrenia are not necessarily the result of an organic brain dysfunction.
Instead, they found that destructive double binds were a frequent pattern of communication among families of patients, and they proposed that growing up amidst perpetual double binds could lead to learned patterns of confusion in thinking and communication. Human communication is complex, and context is an essential part of it.
Communication consists of the words said, tone of voice, and body language. It also includes how these relate to what has been said in the past; what is not said, but is implied; how these are modified by other nonverbal cues, such as the environment in which it is said, and so forth.
For example, if someone says "I love you", one takes into account who is saying it, their tone of voice and body languageand the context in which it is said.It's not just interesting, it is powerful. Her new book is another viewpoint concerning the problem of Schizophrenic Double Minded. She asks, Is it a chemical imbalance, physical, mental or a spiritual problem? She says, "The answer is yes, yes, yes, yes!
Jacksonville, FL. These hostile spiritual experiences seem impossible but are true testimonies as told to her, you will be amazed. She says, "This is not a book to rant and rage against the medical field concerning psychological and psychiatric medication.
The book argues the hypothesis that spiritual restoration and deliverance could be another healing tool for schizophrenics. Holliday cites a recent e-mail: G. R, from Germany writes, "Since the year I was struggling with MPD. I searched for help at my home church and other ministries, but they had no idea how to help me and some gave me false counsel such as, 'integrating what they called alters into my personality'.
She did not find healing through these psychological sessions. Usually, Christians are trying to practice these highly technical psychological practices are untrained people. I thought that I must stay in this situation until the end of my life, but our Lord has another plan. Holliday goes on to quote G. I found a confirmation that 'alters' are demons.
Through your teaching, God begin to give me a revelation about MPD on the spiritual level. I purchased yesterday your E-book 'Deliverance from Schizophrenia and MPD' and as soon I downloaded it on my memory stick the demons inside of me started to attack my whole body with heat and cold shocks, trembling, unclean words and growling inside my mind.
With choking, after the deliverance prayer the demons left my mind and I give all praise, honor and glory to Jesus for his grace to shut this door of my life go begin a new season with me. She mentions a different woman, Jane. When I prayed for her, another personality appeared. Holliday, and who are you?
Her countenance totally changes to an expression of disgust, she said, "Look at me. I would not be caught dead, dressed like this. Give me a drink I want a drink," voice sounding very irritated. One personality was a Christian and the other a drinker. Her family was amazed at the change because she had been under psychiatric treatment since childhood.