If we had eyes to see, we would be shocked at how many Christians are sipping substance out of a brown paper bag throughout the day. It’s true. Many are addicted to the wine of doubt. Sometimes we really chug on the jug of unbelief. Other times we take tiny sips of the spiritual poison throughout the day. So many live on the bottle of double-mindedness as if we had no choice. (Smith, 1998) And it is killing us. Double-minded unbelief cuts us off from the life of Christ in us like nothing else. It keeps us from receiving ANYTHING from the Lord! The only solution is complete abstinence.
Today’s devotional may be the most important one, for double-mindedness is the most important hindrance to throw off. Consider this bold statement: unbelief is the manufacturing warehouse of all our other hindrances. Show me a Christian who has an aggressive “0 tolerance” policy for double-minded unbelief, and I’ll show you a Christian who is living profusely in the power and love of Christ—coram Deo!
In hindsight, the single, most important factor that occurred in my heart when I first received the coram Deo revelation was an utter demolition of double-minded unbelief. There was a complete coup d'état of the huge empire of doubt that had infiltrated every area of my Christian life. Plunging into coram Deo resolve was like an atomic explosion that destroyed every brick of that stronghold with one resounding declaration:
I will doubt fully or believe completely.
Doubting truly has no room before God’s face, and that stands to reason. If we don’t believe that God is really there or really allows us to approach His throne and get before His face at anytime, then living coram Deo is impossible. The debilitating danger of doubt cannot be stressed enough. Doubting completely incapacitates us from living coram Deo as we see in Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Adapted from the Coram Deo Secret