Yesterday, as I spent time with the Lord, I began to hear five words in my spirit.
“Steady yourself in the Lord.”
At first, I thought I was hearing, “strengthen yourself in the Lord,” I knew that was scriptural and it sounded more natural to me. But no, I was hearing, “steady yourself in the Lord.”
The phrase steady yourself has numerous meanings, such as balance oneself, stabilize, compose and calm oneself, relax as much as possible and be unwavering.
This took me to a familiar scripture found in the book of James.
For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:7)
The Amplified Bible says it like this…
For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].
God is commanding us to steady ourselves in Him. To become resolute in our faith. Resolute in His Word and His plan for our life. To cease being tossed and turned by everything we see and hear.
While it is true God gave us emotions, we can not allow our emotions to dominate us. One thing must be the dominating force in our life – God and His unfailing Word. As we keep our eyes on God and His word, we will remain steadfast.
I continued to study this phrase God was speaking to me and found something interesting. When someone is walking on a treacherous or steep path, they often need something to use to steady themselves – something to lean on. Many use a walking stick or staff, or they grab onto a rail along the path – whatever it takes for them to walk the precarious path without losing their balance.
There are times we must walk through that seem treacherous, precarious. During those times we must grab onto God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus and His Word and cling tightly. Steadiness speaks of keeping one’s balance. It is in the most difficult of times that we must cling the tightest to the word of God and allow nothing else to come out of our mouth. If we do that, we will not become unbalanced and falter. We will remain steadfast.
1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.”
Hebrews 3:14 says, “For we are made partakers of Christ, IF, we hold the beginning of our confidence STEADFAST unto the end.”
James 1:2 says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial.”
And one I pray often.
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. (Ps. 57:7)
My friends, there has never been a time when it was more important to steady ourselves in the Lord. To let nothing move us but the Word of God. I implore you, remain in Him. Stay in His Word daily. Keep your mind on Him. Don’t allow what you see and hear in this world to move you. Let nothing move you – steady yourself in God and remain immovable.
Appoint My Days
I am righteous and I am prospering. When the righteous prosper, a city rejoices, therefore, my city rejoices, and my neighbors are glad! I leave an inheritance to my grandchildren! The wealth of the wicked is laid up for and handed over to me!
Proverbs 13:22, Eccl. 2:26