So, I must confess that I borrowed the idea for the title of my blog from a combination of my studies in Isaiah this year through Bible Study Fellowship and Beth Moore’s Breaking Free study. The title of the 9th week of the Breaking Free study is “The Steadfast Mind.”
This phrase is taken from Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (the NIV uses the word ‘steadfast’).
I found myself so encouraged by the many thoughts Beth Moore gives on this passage . . .
“Surrendering our thought lives to Christ is not just a means to more consistent victory, it is the safeguard against finally being given over to a depraved mind. We can persist so long in our willful wrong thinking that God can give us over to our desires ..”
The ‘perfect peace’ promised here refers to a satisfied condition, a state of peacefulness, a sense of well being, a prosperous relationship between two or more parties.
“Just as the kingdom of God prospers when we are steadfast in Him, so do our own hearts and minds. God will never send us in to the valley and ask us to bow to His authority without sooner or later bringing a harvest from the ground watered by our sweat and tears.”
“When temptations and troubling thoughts come, the steadfast believer chooses to lay her hand on God’s Word and know that it’s the Truth.”
In studying this same passage in BSF, we looked at the connection between Isaiah 26:3 and Philippians 4:6-8. I love this connection.
Philippians 4:6-8, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
This passage promises the same peace .. and that it will guard our hearts and minds! Oh how I want and need that!
Then, finally, this passage tells us some things that the steadfast mind thinks about and meditates on .. what’s true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, excellent, praiseworthy. My mind is so prone to wander .. and the result, so often is anxiety and not peace!
In the midst of difficulty, I find my thoughts can be very troubled and extremely defeating. God has shown me my need for a steadfast mind .. a mind stayed on Him .. on His Word. This is where Truth is found. This is where I want to live.