Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
You probably know your share of people who are messing up their lives big time, and some are already on the brink of destruction. Why is this the case? Well, most people don’t practice keeping a steadfast mind.When your mind is steadfast, then it is firmly fixed in place. Isaiah 26 says, “…whose mind is stayed on thee…” The word ‘stayed’ is important here because it means your mind is not subject to change. Your mind is firm in belief, determination, or adherence.
For years, I’ve noticed that many successful people master this issue of the mind. They have learned how to be firmly fixed, or to take the position to follow after what is the right course of action. They will apply their decision to the end and do whatever it takes to sharpen themselves once their minds are determined. This is certainly true regarding the things of God. You’ll have victory in your life once you learn to keep a steadfast mind.Isaiah 26 continues by giving you the reason why you need a steadfast mind. God will keep you in perfect peace. Having perfect peace is what you should strive for. It means regardless of what comes your way, you’re cool and even-tempered. Nothing can upset, bother, or destroy you. You’re at rest with things and you operate in total confidence. When you learn to trust in God, the result is perfect peace. Yet, there are many Christians who don’t have this peace. Let’s examine why. James 1:5 says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” You can’t go around your whole life as a man or woman of two minds, who is always hesitating. That’s being uncertain and unreliable about everything you think, feel, or decide. A steadfast mind is necessary in order to function in God’s perfect peace.
James, chapter 5 outlines the problem of an unstable person: he’s unstable in all his ways. Do you understand that a double-minded man is not just unstable in one area, but every single area of his life? But, you can have a steadfast mind! Just keep your mind stayed on God and His principles, and it will produce perfect peace and victory in your life.
Scripture references: Romans 8:6
Bishop Keith A. Butler