Six Mindsets to Eliminate From Your Life, Part 1
Resist Always Needing a Conclusion
Sometimes God doesn’t give you enough information to arrive at a conclusion. Because of the way our minds are constructed, we always want a conclusion. Therefore, one of our common pitfalls is that if God doesn’t give us enough information to arrive at a conclusion, we provide our own conclusions. The result is that we decide upon and believe wrong conclusions.
For example, (problem) “Well, I’ve gone up to the altar three times and had hands laid on me, and I’m still not healed.”
(Invalid conclusion) “God must not want me healed. It’s not the will of God to heal everyone.”
Do you see the faultiness of providing your own conclusion when you don’t have enough information?
If God doesn’t give you enough information—if the Holy Spirit doesn’t speak to you and show you something—then you need to stop right there in your mind. You can’t ask, “Why?” If you try to satisfy the “Why?” then you’ll supply the rest of the data, and you’ll be wrong. You’ll arrive at faulty conclusions like, “It must not be God’s will to heal me.”
So when there isn’t enough spiritual data for the rational process to lead you to a conclusion, the first sign of a mind that has been weaned is that it stops right there. A weaned mind doesn’t have to know, “Why?” It doesn’t have to know “When?”
Asking “Why?” produces agitation, and then an un-weaned mind will start supplying the answers—wrong answers!—that lead to wrong conclusions.
God has told us not to lean to our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). He’s told us that we see through a glass darkly for now (1 Corinthians 13:12).
God simply isn’t going to give us all the answers today for every decision we will make between now and the rest of our lives. He will give us the information we need to make decisions for today. So learn to not give into your mind’s demand to bring everything to a conclusion.
Part two—and the second mindset to wean yourself from—will be posted next Thursday.