Hi Reading Friends & New Subscribers, this is David Telbat. Many of us have fear about the future. With fluctuating economies and crime on the rise, sometimes panic begins to take hold. It’s hard to imagine there could ever be a fix for this chaotic, sinful world. Fear is paralyzing and subtle at the same time. It sometimes causes us to seclude ourselves, shut down, or turn inward. But God isn’t silent when fear seems overwhelming. To put our fears in perspective as Christians, I’ve written a new series about the future. Remember, the God of the past is still the God of the future. We need not fear!
Fear and The Steadfast Series
Part of a writer’s job is to throw a protagonist (lead character) into a terrible situation, and show readers how that character triumphs. Through the protagonist, we also triumph. As a Christian, I’ve known fear in the midst of serving God. I’ve faced fear of loss and the unknown. Now, as a writer of fiction, I’ve used my experiences in ministry to write a new series about life in a collapsed America. Will fear hold us back?
The Steadfast Series: America’s Last Days faces fear head-on. Isolated and burdened with countless troubles, how would you respond? How could we possibly remain steadfast in the midst of national turmoil?
Eric Radner, the character in my new series, tackles his fears by trusting God in a nation plagued with viruses, renegades, and bandit militias. He lives now in a nation in need of someone who is steadfast, just as you and I do. Where he prefers seclusion, God draws him out. Where he seems unequaled, God equips him. Where he has only questions, God shows him the answers. When he trembles in fear, God gives him the courage to remain steadfast. Eric Radner is a simple Christian who responds to the needs of others around him.
Steadfast and the Bible
There is a story in the Bible that teaches us about dealing with our own fears. “Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (II Chron. 20:3 NASB). This king had fear, but his response can be our response, leading to triumph:
1. Turn your attention to seek the Lord. We must place our fear in perspective. Is God bigger? Is God stronger? Is God loving? Yes, God is above our fear of the future and above the threat of what others may do to us. To seek God means simply to reach for Him. He will respond to all who reach for Him by reaching back for us. As He touches our lives, we are made steadfast against our fear.
2. Proclaim a fast. The idea of a fast is not about food but about denying our corrupt flesh from the things it craves in the world—and directing our attention to the things God cares about. Denying ourselves in the physical realm teaches us to remain steadfast in the spiritual realm. Try it!
The Steadfast Series
This new series is an adventure, but it’s also a preparation for our souls. What we often fear about man and the future disappears when we focus on our great God. God makes us steadfast against our fears. The Steadfast Series will encourage us to stand like Eric Radner, even in the uncertain future of America. We need not have fear about the future.
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NEWS-2: Our cover designer, Cyril, has finalized two new covers for The Steadfast Series! You can see them on this page.
Prayer Prompt: In a recent report from Vision Beyond Borders: “Over 92,000 Arabic Bibles and New Testaments have been given for the Syrian & Iraqi refugees. Eight 40-foot containers full of supplies have been given for the refugees in Iraq & Jordan.” And they are about to send another container of relief goods to Syria! If you would like to make a contribution, please visit visionbeyondborders.org/featured-projects/. Pray for this ministry and for much fruit for their labor. Pray for the Lord to send more workers to help take God’s Word into these and other countries. To travel with them, visit visionbeyondborders.org/go/.
COMING UP: Join us next time for another unique short story of persecution & endurance, “Jesus is Coming Soon!” Thanks for reading!