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The Victory Leaders Band oversees the needs of today's youth. Its purpose is to evangelize young people and inspire them for service. Through various means of training, young people become active in the work of the Lord.

Trevor O’Dell

State VLB Coordinator

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From Our State VLB Coordinator

As I was studying something this past week I pulled from Think On These Things and began to read it and I thought about how it’s very needed in a time like this. Now is not the time to be doubleminded about the Lord. We are in the last days and I hope this article really encourages you as it has done me. It really blessed me and I wanted to share it with the youth in Alabama.


DOUBLEMINDEDNESS

A doubleminded person has a hard time making up his/her mind about things. For that reason they cannot be depended upon for responsibilities and leadership. This type person switches from one way of thinking to another--which is good if it is for the right reason, but the doubleminded are constantly switching to suit their own personal whims. They are not committed to a cause per se but their constant switching reflects that they are more interested in serving themselves and satisfying their own lusts than in being committed to a cause without undue regard as to how it will affect them personally. Being totally dedicated to a cause has always been a human trait, both in the natural and spiritual. Many a person has laid his/her life on the line to promote or protect a cause. Many patriots of freedom have given their lives for that cause so that others could enjoy it. It would be very unusual for one to lay down his/her life if they did not really believe in the cause, yet history is replete with accounts of those who made "the supreme sacrifice" for what they believed and hoped for. To be successful in any endeavor, one must be totally committed--without reservations. To convince an unbelieving world not only that Christ is the ever present answer and solution, but that He also is soon to be the undisputed, invincible Lord of this universe, is going to require more than doubleminded, uncommitted Christians. In order for Christianity to regain some credibility and be successful in winning people to the Lord there will have to be more committed people. James writes, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (1:8). It is hard to greet a doubleminded person, because you never know from one encounter to another how they are thinking. They shift from one position of thinking to another, either to accommodate someone else or to improve their own situation. In effect, their cause is self. God does not accept that way of thinking. He reminds us that “…[we] are bought with a price…” (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). Our thinking and actions should reflect the fact that we are no longer our own. God demands more: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thou soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind…” (Luke 10:27). One could not be doubleminded about God and fulfill this verse of Scripture—”all thy heart...all thy soul...all thy strength...all thy mind.” You, no doubt, have heard, or even used, the expression, “He is Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.” That is not a scripture verse, but it is true to the Word of God. God doesn't want us to be indecisive and doubleminded about Him. Such a person does more harm than good to both themselves and others. They are frustraters because they are always changing directions; they are powerless and insipid leaders because they do not have a firm vision and commitment to the cause to which they appear committed; they are poor examples because they have divided allegiance; they are a hindrance because they stand in the way of progress and dampen the spirit of zeal and enthusiasm others would have if they weren't influenced by them (the doubleminded). In fact, it is hard to find a place where these people will do well, because they are “Unstable in all [their] ways.” The best thing that can be done for them is to help them pray for a made-up mind to make a total commitment to God and the Church to get ready and help others to get ready for the Rapture. Then they will be stable in all their ways. Think on these things. (Think on These Things, by Robert J. Pruitt, pp. 67, 68.)


A lot of times we as youth want to fit in and we might even change who we are with who we are around. Don’t be that way. Stand up for the truth. Stand up for the church. Stand up for our advice. Stand up for our teachings. Stand up for Christ. Young people, don’t be doubleminded. But have your mind made up! God bless!


State VLB Coordinator,

Trevor O’Dell