Be What

Written Jun 4th 2007 Tuesday

Posted June 7th 2007 Thursday

Be What? 

This week we are going to reflect a bit about what it means to be “steadfast.” In our modern language today we might substitute the following words for stedfast: unwavering, unfaltering, resolute, persistent, committed, dedicated, unswerving, firm, loyal, trusty, dependable, stalwart, faithful, reliable, trustworthy, constant, or devoted. Yet, how steadfast, are the people around you? How steadfast are you? We will look at some Scriptures that deal with the term “steadfast” in one form or another, and then we will look at the meaning of that specific form of the word “steadfast” in the original Hebrew or Greek. Lastly, I will write a comment or two on each verse and definition to ponder.  

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10  

Hebrew = 3559 to be erect (i.e. stand perpendicular); hence, (caus.) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether lit. (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or fig. (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous):— certain (-ty), confirm, direct, faithfulness, fashion, fasten, firm, be fitted, be fixed, frame, be meet, ordain, order, perfect, (make) preparation, prepare (self), provide, make provision, (be, make) ready, right, set (aright, fast, forth), be stable , (e-) stablish, stand, tarry, × very deed.

v     God so desires as King David desired that we would possess a spirit that will stand for Him, His Will, His purpose, and His Ways and not be moved. To know that we are His, meaning God’s, and fasten ourselves tightly to Him, following Him, all the days of our lives.  

He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 112:7

Hebrew = 5564 to prop (lit. or fig.); refl. to lean upon or take hold of (in a favorable or unfavorable sense):— bear up, establish, (up-) hold, lay, lean, lie hard, put, rest self, set self, stand fast, stay (self), sustain.

v     Such an incredible amount of freedom comes from a dependence upon God of great magnitude. We free ourselves from the burden of protecting and providing for ourselves. Resting in His perfect care. There is greater place to be!  

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.

Daniel 6:26 [second half]

Hebrew = 7011 permanent (as rising firmly):— stedfast, sure.

v     The only permanent, sure, and unmovable thing to exist or that will ever exist, is our God. No matter how mighty one thinks themselves to be or how mighty one becomes, none shall ever surpass the might of God.   

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

and

if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard,

Colossians 1:23 [first half]

Greek = 1476 (to sit); sedentary, i.e. (by impl.) immovable: — settled, stedfast.  

v     We must continue on in our faith regardless of what may happen along the way. We must never let discouragement of any form make us think that our efforts are useless. If we are doing it on God’s behalf, for His glory, it is never useless. We need not question or measure the worth with our human eyes. Knowing that the gospel of Christ’s anointment for us is the hope of the world just as it was and is our hope.  

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.  

1 Peter 5:8-9

Greek = 4731 stiff, i.e. solid, stable (lit. or fig.):— stedfast, strong, sure.

v     When Satan attacks we need to be calm and confident in the one who protects us. Sure of his care and standing on the solid foundation of our trust in Him. Therefore, my wounded brethren – Stand up, stiffen your back, stabilize your steps, and then with strength and surety keep walking!

 

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