James 1:12 ESV
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.
Until recently I had thought of being “steadfast” as “remaining strong," standing your ground and having no movement. But digging deep into scripture and recent occurrences, I have come to understand that being steadfast is a Holy Spirit directive. It does not mean stationary, unmovable, comfortable, but to be steadfast is an ever flowing faith experience. When the Lord called on me to move, I had to be steadfast in knowing it was His voice & His direction. I had to be steadfast in my faith to go wherever He sent me. Change is never easy and causes us to uncomfortably grow. This season has been an incredible time of change. For years I thought I was being steadfast, faithful and strong to just continue doing what was comfortable, the status quo, what was expected and what had become habitual.
Here’s what I know now, being truly steadfast in the Lord is to cultivate unwavering faith & calm assurance. It brings gentle power, quiet humbleness and loving peace. It brings trust in hearing His voice rather than letting the chatter of the world creep into our hearts. I read somewhere, that a steadfast woman is a woman of peace. How beautiful is that? I want to be that woman. The woman who is so secure in the love of God and His word, that I never ever hesitate to take risks for His Kingdom. That is where my steadfast identity in the Lord has brought me today.
Let’s be steadfast in taking the risks of being crazy for the Lord and all His grace has to offer. Let’s be like the Proverbs 31 woman who does not fear the future but greets trouble with an unshakable faith. A faithfully steadfast woman.
Isaiah 26:3 NASB.
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.”