Single minded faith
by Ivan Ho 14 Mar 2021
And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Mark 10:48-52 KJV
Jesus asked the blind man: “What do you want me to do for you?“
I’m sure Jesus knew what the blind man wanted as it was quite obvious. So why did Jesus ask him what he wanted the Son of God to do for him?
God knows what you need, but do you know what you want? God wants you to verbalize your feelings and desires to Him because unless you can speak it you are still unsure what is in your heart. If you are not single minded about your vision in life, you are still speculating in darkness. If you don’t know what you want, don’t expect God to do anything for you. If people don’t know what you want because you keep things in your heart, they can’t respond to you either. Communication about what’s in our mind and heart is key to our breakthrough in life.
If you go to a restaurant, and the waitress comes and asks you: “What would you like to order?” and you reply : “Amm, not sure… whatever”, what dish do you think they will serve you? In the same way, if you say to God: “Just give me what you want for my life….whatever will be will be”, chances are that you won’t receive from God until you come to know what His will is and you say to God: “Yes I want to take that path.”
The blind man said to Jesus: “Lord, that I might receive my sight“. And Jesus said to him: “Go your way, your faith has made you whole.”
Notice Jesus didn’t say to the blind man: “My faith” but rather, “Your faith has made you whole“. Faith kicks in when one knows specifically what he wants from God and verbalises his mind to God in prayer. And when he prays and does not waver in his mind, it shall be done to him according to his faith.
Immediately the blind man received his sight, and followed Jesus in his way. Not only was he able to see physically, Jesus also opened his spiritual eyes so he could see spiritually and followed the way of Jesus. Actually the blind man began to see spiritually when he cried out to Jesus before he received his sight physically.
The problem with a lot of us is that we are not desperate enough to want to see in the spirit realm, like the blind man did. We need God to open our spiritual eyes so we would see what God sees. But being desperate is not enough, God wants us to tell him exactly what we want.
If any man desires wisdom, let him ask God and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without wavering. If you don’t know specifically what you want and try to leave your options open so to speak, you will not receive anything from the Lord.
Faith is unwavering
True FAITH does not waver. The person who wavers is unsettled in his or her mind. He who wavers is double minded. A double minded man is unstable and wanders about between different mindsets, thus becomes easily manipulated by suggestions and opinions. God makes it very clear that a double minded person will get nothing from the Lord. When God says that a double minded person gets nothing from the Lord, He means exactly what He says. A double minded man may still get something but they are not from the Lord. If you want to get what you pray for, you need to first be settled on what you want and be stable in your mind. Have the mind of Christ and be settled with what the Lord says on the matter. FAITH is being single-minded about what you believe.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5-8 KJV