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The Vigorous Act
by Brenda Emmons
08/09/13
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“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God…in whom they had put their trust” Acts 15:22-23.

Yesterday Bruce and I took dinner to dear friends who are walking the journey of cancer. It is indeed heart wrenching to witness how this disease steals and destroys those whose life it invades. We were never meant to experience sin and disease but since the fall of man we live parallel lives with its consequences. Our friend told us last evening that most days she asks for only what God decides she needs for that day alone…that is trust…not the kind of trust that we so flippantly ask others to have but the kind of active trust…life giving trust…authentic trust. Many feel that the kingdom of God is some futuristic landing spot for eternity. The Lord’s Prayer tells us different… ‘Thy kingdom come…on earth as it is in Heaven.’ Our friend has entered the kingdom of God on earth by completely and sincerely trusting in God and receiving all of His kingdom blessings…peace, endurance, strength and wisdom. We are all invited to enter into His kingdom by trusting Him for all of His promises.

I read a quote in my Bible Study this morning and immediately texted her this quote. As I read it her face popped into my mind. You will be blessed to meditate on this and I am blessed to know someone who so closely lives her life by this quote. ‘Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that seeks to overwhelm us.’ – Jerry Bridges.

I can’t think of a greater adversity that seeks to overwhelm than terminal illnesses. While there is no remedy for death there is a remedy for life – trusting in the goodness and faithfulness of God on earth, and entering into His rest.

‘…and blessed is {s}he who trusts in the Lord.’ Proverbs 16:20.


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