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  1. Ellen Stebbings

    As I pondered the sermon this week I was a little puzzled by the video segment that juxtaposed pleasing God and trusting God as two divergent paths. For me they seem synonymous paths. I understand that he was talking about the striving to gain favor with God and others by doing good things in the “Room of Good Intentions.” The point I’m sure was why we do good things and in whose power we do them, not that we shouldn’t be doing them. Col. 2:6 makes it very plain that we walk in Christ in the very same way we received Him: by grace, through faith. Just as we came to Christ for salvation acknowledging our need for Him and our inability to do anything in our own strength, so to we come daily acknowledging that any good in us is from Him, by Him, and for Him. With our daily walk firmly established in this “grace in which we stand”, there are however, many verses that exhort us to please God. Trusting Him is the primary way to please Him, and out of that trust flows obedience, which also pleases Him. In Col. 1:10 Paul prays that they would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing the knowledge of God.” 2Cor. 5:9 says, “We make it our ambition… to be pleasing to Him.” Eph. 5:9 exhorts us to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. So as we rest in the “Room of Trusting God,” that trust should lead us to allow His spirit to work in us and through us to accomplish the good works that He prepared for us before the foundations of the earth. I think of the old hymn “Trust and Obey” and believe that trusting, resting, pleasing, and obeying all go hand in hand as we live for His glory. My prayer for all of us at GNBC is 2 Thes. 1:11-12, “To this end also we pray for you always, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him.”

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