Okay, so my last post was little depressing. I'm fine and haven't been committed yet - HA!
This week at Bible study, some things came together and gave me a new perspective... A way to embrace my triggers and emotions...
Just so you know, these kinds of things ALWAYS sound better in my head. I don't seem to be able to type my thoughts like I'm actually thinking them!
My Bible study group is going through Beth Moore's Law of Love - a study of Deuteronomy. The key verse is Deuteronomy 6:23: "and He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in and give us the land that He swore to give to our fathers."
He brought us out... to bring us in...
After the first week of study, I immediately thought about how God brought me out of cancer! But what is He bringing me in to... So, that's on my mind as we go through the study.
This week's session focused on Chapter 8 - comparing the terrifying wilderness to the Promised Land... the good land... and all the reminders for the people to REMEMBER and NEVER FORGET what the Lord had done for them. Our Promised Land of the New Testament is Jesus Christ. And just like the Promised Land of the Old Testament was a GOOD and productive land (Deut 8:7-10), our life in Jesus should be GOOD and productive.
Consider these verses...
2 Timothy 3:17 - so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work
Colossians 1:10 - bearing fruit in every good work
I Timothy 6:18 - to be rich in good works
I Timothy 1:18 - fight the good fight
Romans 12:21 - overcome evil with good
Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
It all started making sense. The cancer "triggers" - like learning my father-in-law has just been diagnosed with multiple myeloma - are reminders of how God has blessed me. And remembering how He has brought me out motivates me to encourage and pray for others in a similar wilderness.
I need to live right here... and right now... and never forget.
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