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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Faith, Patience, Doubting, Double-Minded, and Wisdom

 
James 1:2-9


My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials (testing, proving, temptation) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.


While studying James 1, I got a bit distracted with the word conviction. (We are going to be studying the roots of words this year in school.) It happened when I was looking up the word "faith", I saw "conviction" and knew con- means "with". But I wondered what "viction" meant, this started a treasure hunt.

Faith (lexicon @ blb.org) conviction of the truth; belief
  
Conviction




late Middle English: from Latin convictio(n-), from the verb convincere (see convince).




 Latin convict- ‘demonstrated, refuted, convicted,’ from the verb convincere (see convince). 


 Compare with convict.

 

 
 
So, correct me if I am wrong, faith is to be conquered, overcome, defeated with the truth; Jesus told us that He is the way the TRUTH and the light.
As you know, faith is not something we can make in ourselves. It is something that God does for us. Romans 10:17 tells us, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."
 
While reading about faith at blb.org I saw this, "faith is a power that seizes the soul....see Acts 6:7". The word of God spread, the number  of disciples multiplied greatly... and a great many of the priest were obedient to the faith. MANY PRIEST were obedient to the faith!!!

I decided to study a few other words. The next one is patience. I've heard many people joke about not asking God for patience. I never really understood why. I thought we wanted the fruits that patience produces. However, let's take a closer look at the word;
 
Patience-- (Lexicon) steadfast, consistency, endurance, patience, sustaining, perseverance.

Patience = suffering? No wonder people don't ask God for patience.

The next two words are very similar: doubt and double-minded

Doubt (v.6) [KJV uses wavering] 1. to separate, make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer; to learn by discrimination, to try, decide; 2. withdraw from one, desert; 3.to separate one's self in a hostile spirit, to oppose, strive with dispute, contend; 4.to be at variance with one's self, hesitate, doubt
Read number two and three again and think about doubting God and all He is and what He can do.
< Double-minded (v.8) (Lexicon G1374) double-minded, wavering uncertain, doubting; divided interest

Wavering was in both definitions so I used that:
Word Origin and History for waver
v. late 13c., weyveren"to show indecision," probably related to Old English wæfre"restless, wavering," from Proto-Germanic *wæbraz (cf. Middle High German wabern"to waver," Old Norse vafra "to hover about"), a frequentative form from the root ofwave (v.). Related: Wavered wavering.

I think wavering is a good description for doubt  and double-minded, because you show indecision, restless, unsure if you doubt or are double-minded.

Wisdom (n.) wisdom, broad and full of intelligence; used of the knowledge of very diverse matters.

wise + dom (Latin)
Experience, knowledge, good judgement  
+
master of 
 
 
Master of experience, knowledge, good judgment


I like to reread the text and after I've studied the words:

....the testing of your (conviction of the truth or you being overcome by the TRUTH) produces (suffering). But let (suffering) have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks (mastering experience, knowledge, good judgment), let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without (scolding), and it will be given to him. But let him ask in (the conviction of the truth), with no (wavering or being indecisive), for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded (wavering)man, unstable in all his ways.
 


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