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.
3. Unbreakable resolve, even when facing death.
In Revelation 12, John foresaw the resolve of faithful Christians in their zeal for Jesus so they might overcome Satan the accuser. They overcome Satan by holding fast to what was accomplished at the Cross—and they won’t waiver even if it kills them. Wow! They’d rather die than give in to ideas or influences that belittle the truth of Christ’s sacrifice and finished work!
Do Christians today need more resolve? Yes, we all do. Too often, believers do not reflect a biblical resolve because of compromise. Let’s not misrepresent God’s good Name any longer!
It is my hope that as you read The Resolution Series, you’ll be reminded of God’s Word and His written encouragements so we can remain resolute for Him. Interestingly—He was and is still resolute for us.
See you on the next page!
COMING UP: Join us next time for a June’19 Novel Update to see what David Telbat has coming soon.