Dear Friends, with The RESOLUTION Series about to be released, I expect you’ll soon recognize some similarities in concept to The STEADFAST Series. That’s intentional! In the Bible, resolve and steadfastness are connected. This is why I hope we also notice some similarities between The Resolution Series and the Bible itself. Here are three reflections that will probably be familiar to you:
1. Joseph’s mind was made up.
When Joseph, the son of Jacob, was working in Potiphar’s house as a slave, Potiphar’s wife made a pass at Joseph. What did Joseph say to her? We witness his resolve for God in his response: “How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?” (Gen 39:9) Joseph’s mind was made up about what he knew to do and not do, based upon God’s view of it.
2. Daniel’s heart was set.
As a young Jewish captive of Babylon, Daniel was pressed upon to partake of the delicacies of the world empire. But the Bible says, “Daniel set upon his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank.” (Dan 1:8) What a message of steadfast faith for us today! It wasn’t so much about the food as much as what anti-God theme the food represented spiritually, and Daniel set his heart to remain undefiled. We all know God’s best was poured out on Daniel because he had this kind of resolve.