God’s word places great emphasis on the importance of being single-minded (Isaiah 26:3). However, this is easier said than done. Exactly what must be done in order to become single-minded? How do we keep our minds on God at all times regardless of circumstances and regardless of what our emotions tell us.
The answer is that our minds have to be made brand new. They have to be constantly refreshed day after day after day. “Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind–having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude,” Ephesians 4:23, The Amplified Bible.
We wouldn’t think of trying to feed our bodies on one or two meals a week. Yet this is exactly what many of us try to do with our minds. The only way to keep our minds ‘stayed’ on God is to renew them each and every day through continual study and meditation in His word.
If we will pay this price, we’ll soon find that constant renewal of our minds will transform us by guiding us into living our lives the way that our Father wants us to live. “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God,” Romans 12:2.
If we’ll pay the price of constantly renewing our minds so that we’re single-minded and focusing on the Lord at all times, the storms of life won’t be able to hurt us. Think for a moment about a storm at sea. There is no disturbance in the depth of the ocean. It all takes place on the surface.
The storms of life are exactly the same. God is always at peace. Nothing disturbs Him. It’s always quiet deep inside us where the Holy Spirit lives. If we keep our minds constantly on Him, the storms of life taking place outside of us won’t be able to get down inside us. They won’t be able to get into our minds, and from there down into our hearts.
This is why God’s word tells us to cast out disturbing thoughts, to stop them from getting into our minds by keeping every one of our thoughts on the Lord at all times. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Satan can’t get into a mind that is stayed on God. When he tries to get his thoughts into our minds, we need to cast them out. What does a fisherman do when he casts his line out into the water? He throws it, doesn’t he? That’s what we must do with the fearful, worried thoughts that try to get into our minds. We need to throw them out!
How do we do this? We do this by keeping our minds stayed upon the Lord—bringing every one of our thoughts into obedience to the Lord. We need to fix our minds on the Lord constantly, not just in morning and evening prayer and at church functions during the week. We need to focus our minds on the Lord throughout the day, each and every day of our lives. This Christ-centered life will lead us into God’s perfect peace.
Instead of focusing on the problems in our lives, we need to look to our Lord. This is where our help will come from. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth,” Psalm 121:1-2.
If we focus constantly on the Lord, we won’t be moved by the circumstances of life. We’ll rejoice constantly deep inside of ourselves because we’ll be relaxed and at ease no matter what is going on around us. “I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,” Psalm 16:8-9, The Amplified Bible.
Have you noticed when we’re exhausted or when our resistance is down how frightening and out of proportion our problems can become? When we focus constantly on the obstacles, they will always seem to be bigger than they really are. This is when we must keep our minds on the Lord.
How do we keep our minds stayed on Him? Go back to the final five words of Isaiah 26:3: “…because he trusteth in Thee.” These words give us the key. We will be able to keep our minds stayed on the Lord in the midst of severe pressure only if we honestly trust Him.
Too often we place our trust in money, government, human intelligence, human abilities, family members and friends. It isn’t wrong to trust in those things at times, but it is definitely wrong to trust in them more than we trust in our Lord. We’ll never be able to keep our minds stayed on the Lord unless we trust Him much more than any worldly security.
God is our source. All worldly security is temporary and changing. God is permanent. He never changes. This world is changing faster today than ever before, and change can create anxiety. We must not allow change to rob us of our peace. God never changes. God’s word never changes. Our peace will only be constant to the degree that we focus on our unchanging Father and His unchanging word.
The mind that is stayed on the Lord is always calm and poised because our Lord is always calm and poised. Nothing can sway this mind because nothing can sway our Lord. The more our minds are centered upon the source of all peace, the more His peace will be manifested in our lives.