Nov22SunNovember 22, 2020
“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light;
and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.” Mt 10:27
The Lord bless you! My last blog was about encouraging one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near! I determined in my heart to practice this word and Holy Spirit showed me ways to encourage others. I will tell you the truth. In doing this, I’m sure I was the one most encouraged. The one most blessed!
I want to continue to encourage you with a word God has put on my heart. The word is STEADFAST. I have been reading and meditating on scriptures regarding this word and am blessed to share some of what God has shown me.
I asked Holy Spirit, as I often do, what does the word steadfast really mean? What is the Lord saying to His Church through the scriptures regarding this word?
In my Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words by Vine, Unger and White Jr., it breaks the definition of steadfast into use as an adjective and use as a noun in the scriptures. It is the adjective use that I would like to focus on in this blog. An adjective is a word or phrase naming an attribute or describing a noun.
Steadfast is used in three ways in the scriptures. Bebaios, hedraios and stereos.
Bebaios means firm or secure in 2 Co 1:7; Heb. 3:14 and 6:19.
Hedraios means seated (symbolic of moral fixity = unchanging or permanent) or settled in 1 Co 7:37; 15:58 and Col. 1:23.
Stereos means firm (solid, strong) or rendered steadfast in 1 Pet. 5:9.
As I read and meditated on these scriptures I had a sense that the word steadfast is used in the scripture to describe the Church of Jesus Christ. It is an attribute of the Remnant, the Bride of Christ.
Like Paul, I have hope for the Church. This hope is firm and secure because it is anchored in Jesus.
It is out of this hope that I make these declarations in faith over the Church of Jesus Christ:
I leave you with this word from 1 Peter 5:8-11 NKJV
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. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches...” Rev 2:7