A word the Lord is speaking to me for 2010 is to remain steadfast. So I thought I might take a better look at that word “Steadfast” and see what is necessary in order to remain steadfast. It is interesting to look at synonyms for steadfast: unwavering, unfaltering, resolute, persistent, committed, dedicated, unswerving, and firm. We can add a few more words to that list to give an even wider dimension to the meaning: loyal, trusty, dependable, stalwart, faithful, reliable, trustworthy, constant, and devoted.
The simplest way to understand steadfast is to see a person as firm and unwavering in purpose, loyalty, or in resolve. It means to be firmly fixed and constant. Learning the depth of what it means to be steadfast gets me excited to see what the Lord is going to do as He encourages us to remain steadfast. I love the idea of our heavenly Father revealing our need to remain steadfast, unwavering, and resolute because it means it is possible!!!!
In the Old Testament there are several connotations in which “steadfast” is used giving us revelation on how to be steadfast. The first means to strengthen, prevail, and harden, to become strong and courageous, and to persist in anything, constant and earnest. We see this in 1 Chronicles 28:7 where we read, “Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever if he is steadfast (be constant) to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day.”
It also means to be firm and fearless as in being “firm like metal”. If you are as firm as metal there is definitely nothing to fear. We find this in Job 11:15 “Then surely you could lift up your face without spot; yes, you could be steadfast and not fear.”
Another meaning entails a spirit constant in the purpose of virtue. Virtue is that quality of being morally good or righteous. It is an admirable quality. This is the context of Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” When virtue is recognized in the church today, very often people take offense to it, and try to “dig up” something on a virtuous person to discredit them. This should not be. Rather, we want to encourage people to desire a steadfast spirit. Notice, we depend on God to renew our steadfast spirits. We are asking Him to return our spirits once again to being steadfast, meaning there are times we slip, and we are asking to return to a place of virtue.
Another way steadfast is used refers to the mind. It means to be firm and intrepid, which means courageous, bold, and fearless. In several verses, having a steadfast heart makes an inference to our mind as being firm, bold, and courageous in our Lord. Psalm 57:7 “My heart is steadfast (fixed), O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.” We also see it in Psalm 108:1 where it says “O God, my heart is steadfast (fixed); I will sing and give praise, even with my glory”, and also in Psalm 112:7 “He will not be afraid of evil tidings. His heart is steadfast (fixed) trusting in the Lord.” What an incredible declaration and proclamation to make to the God of the universe. Very clearly we know this is based not on feelings but on truth. We have the responsibility to stand in faith and proclaim to God our hearts/minds are bold, fearless, and courageous in Him.
I was praying with a friend the other day and she said, “Julie, you are to praise, prophesy, and proclaim!” She said I needed to fill the house (and church) with praise and worship. It was both a convicting and encouraging word because of course, we want to think this is our lifestyle and we don’t need to be “told” to do it. However, the conviction came that I was not being faithful to this on a consistent basis and yet, I was encouraged God would share this with her to share with me. We must make biblical proclamations, and there is no better declaration than to confess to God our hearts and minds are fixed on Him, we are strong in Him, and we trust Him completely. What follows is singing and praising the Lord, giving Him all honor and glory for giving us such steadfastness.
The last way we see “steadfast” used in the Old Testament is in Daniel 6:26 where it says “I make a decree that in every dominion of my Kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His Kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed and His dominion shall endure to the end.” I love this sense because it enlightens us in yet another aspect of God’s character; His steadfastness in our lives. It makes clear He is secure, enduring, and sure. In other words, our Creator is secure in Himself, enduring and sure of Himself. When we are in Him, we too know, believe, and feel that same security, endurance, and surety that can only be found in a living God.
I pray for all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, to be steadfast this year, to make it a priority to pursue and seek God, asking Him to renew a steadfast spirit in us. In the next blog I will get into the New Testament and share more revelation on being steadfast.