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2012禁食日记 – 第18天: “不会忘记” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 18: “Not forgotten”

 

 

第十八天(24/08/12)

“15 皮袋的水用尽了,夏甲就把孩子撇在小树底下, 16 自己走开约有一箭之远,相对而坐,说:“我不忍见孩子死!”就相对而坐,放声大哭。17 神听见童子的声音,神的使者从天上呼叫夏甲说:“夏甲,你为何这样呢?不要害怕,神已经听见童子的声音了。 18 起来,把童子抱在怀[a]中,我必使他的后裔成为大国。””
~ 创 21:15-18 ~

夏甲从奴隶变富贵却不谦卑感恩,她的孩子以实玛利也傲慢自大。。。他们因自己的罪而掉入惨痛境遇,然而神却记念这是他忠心的朋友与仆人,亚伯拉罕的骨肉,所以施援手拯救还赐福。

所以,我们作父母的若真爱孩子,就当有智慧忠心于神与常尊荣他,他必记念你的后裔;我们身为亚伯拉罕的后裔又本身自己会忠心于神的,更要有把握神绝对不会忘记我们。

Day 18 (24/08/12)

“15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there nearby, she[c] began to sob.17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation. ””
~ Gen 21:15-18 ~

Hagar was raised from a slave to an honourable position but she was not humble and grateful, her son Ishmael was also arrogant and proud… Because of their own sins, they fell into a terrible situation, however God remembered this was His faithful friend and servant Abraham’s flesh and blood, so He stretched out His merciful hand to rescue and even bless.

Therefore, as parents, if you truly love your children, you should have the wisdom to be faithful to God and always honour Him, He will surely remember your descendants. And we, as Abraham’s descendants and if we ourselves are faithful to God too, all the more we must be fully assured God will never ever forget us.

2012禁食日记 – 第十七天: “效法世界” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 17: “Conforming to the world”

 

 

第十七天(23/08/12)

身为一个基督徒,甚至教会,我们很容易被过去的观念、现今世界局势、潮流和价值观影响;可能因面对压力、为了生活、个人利益关系、要讨人喜欢或怕得罪人等等。。。有时候不知不觉,或者想都没想就妥协了真理的教导或神的旨意。。。

日子久了,就会分辨不出到底是自己的意思、随波逐流,或神的旨意!
难怪保罗会提醒我们:

“不要效法这个世界,只要心意更新而变化,叫你们察验何为神的善良、纯全、可喜悦的旨意。”
~ 罗12:2 ~

“更新而变化”是一个持续的过程和行动,所以唯愿我们时刻警醒,常常在主面前诚实检讨与求主光照、鉴察我们的心思意念与动机。

Day 17 (23/08/12)

As a Christian or even church, we can be easily influenced by our past thinking, the current situation, trend and values of the world, probably due to pressures, daily living, self-interests, wanting to please others or not wanting to offend people etc… sometimes without realizing, or without thinking much, we have already compromised the teaching of God’s truth or His will…

After time goes by, we will not be able to discern what is our own will, following the world or God’s will!
No wonder Paul reminded us:

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
~ Romans 12:2 ~

“Be transformed by the renewing of” is an ongoing process and action, so hopefully we will always be alert, to always examine ourselves honestly before the Lord, and asking Him to reveal to us and search our hearts and thoughts and motives.

2012 禁食日记 – 第十六天:“敬拜者” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 16: “Worshipper”

 

 

第十六天(22/08/12)

我们印象中的大卫,首先是一名追求神的敬拜者,也知道他是以色列最被爱戴的君王。
今天的我们,当我们提到敬拜者就会想像他是一位音乐人、歌者,或在教会敬拜团事奉的一位团员;而且很多时候,这些所谓敬拜团队的“事奉者”在生命、态度、人际关系上都挺糟糕。。。

固然教会一定有,也应该有所谓的敬拜或音乐团队;但事实上,敬拜不只局限于音乐、舞蹈、诗歌等等,更不是只停留在教堂四面墙里的一种表现。敬拜是一种生命,延伸至你的私人生活、家庭、事业、学业、人际关系等等。。。

单单撒母耳记上第18章就提到三次大卫“做事精明”,而且他还得人喜爱和尊重,这非常值得我们默想、思考和学习。。。

“5 扫罗无论差遣大卫往何处去,他都做事精明。扫罗就立他做战士长,众百姓和扫罗的臣仆无不喜悦。
14 
大卫做事无不精明,耶和华也与他同在。
30 
每逢非利士军长出来打仗,大卫扫罗的臣仆做事精明,因此他的名被人尊重。”
~ 撒上 18:5, 14, 30 ~

 

Day 16 (22/08/12)

Our impression of David, first and foremost was a worshipper after God’s own heart, and we also know he was the most loved king of Israel.
For us today, when we talk about a worshipper, we would imagine that is a musician, singer, or a member of the church’s worship team; and many times, these so-called worship team members can be quite terrible people in real life, attitude, inter-personal relationship with others…

Of course a church will have, and should have a so-called worship or music ministry; but  in actual fact, worship is not just limited to music, dance, songs etc, and even less just confined to performing within the four walls of the church-building. Worship is your life, extending to your private lifestyle, family, career, schools, relationship with others etc…

Just in Chapter 18 of 1 Samuel alone, David did things successfully was mentioned three times, and he found favour with people and won people’s respect. This is really something worth our meditating, thinking and learning…

“5 Whatever Saul sent him to do, David did it so successfully[a] that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the people, and Saul’s officers as well.
14 
In everything he did he had great success,[c] because the Lord was with him.
30 
The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success[f] than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known.”
~ 1 Samuel 18:5, 14, 30 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第十五天:“那棵树” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 15: “That tree”

 

第十五天(21/08/12)

“他要像一棵树,栽在溪水旁,按时候结果子,叶子也不枯干,凡他所做的,尽都顺利。”
~ 诗篇 1:3 ~

我们都希望能得着以上诗1:3的应许,按时候结果子即表示:该有什么样的反应就有什么反应、一缺乏什么就会有什么、该有什么样的收获就有什么样的收获等等;再者,所做的“尽都顺利”的意思是“发达亨通”。。。

然而,为什么太多时候我们都没看到自己结出这样的生命或果子?其实,答案很简单,还没抵达终点,一定先有起点和必须经过的过程,但我们往往不喜欢这种起点或过程,所以想越过或走捷径,因此所抵达的终点当然不一样。。。

该遵行的步骤与走的路是一定要走过的。。。
“不从恶人的计谋,不站罪人的道路,不坐亵慢人的座位,
唯喜爱耶和华的律法,昼夜思想,这人便为有福!
他要像一棵树,栽在溪水旁,按时候结果子,叶子也不枯干,凡他所做的,尽都顺利。”
~ 诗篇 1:1-3 ~

 

Day 15 (21/08/12)

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
    Whatever he does prospers.”
~ Psalm 1:3 ~

How we all wish we can receive the promise the promise of Psalm 1:3 above, yielding its fruit in season means: we will have the right response when needed, we will have what we are lacking at the right time, we will harvest what we should be harvesting etc etc; also, we should be prosperous in whatever we are doing…

However, why is it that so often we do not see ourselves bearing such life and fruit? Actually the answer is very simple, before we reach the destination, there is always a starting point and necessary process or journey to go through, but normally we do not like the beginning or process, so we want to by-pass or find a shortcut which in the end causes us to arrive at a different destination of course…

We must really go through the steps to be followed and the path that is necessary…
“1 
Blessed is the man
    who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
    or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
    Whatever he does prospers.”
~ Psalm 1:1-3 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第十四天:“开始与过程” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 14: “The beginning and process”

 

第十四天(20/08/12)

有时候我们读有关圣经伟人的故事,那些伟大的结局、震撼性的影响力、神迹奇事、蒙大福、成大器等等,我们都好羡慕,很希望自己也会有这种恩膏和成就,也能够如此荣耀神。。。

可是我们往往只是很片面的看他们伟大的事迹和成就,却忘了他们的开始与过程。以下两句短短的经文有多深的内涵啊。。。
这些伟人是听了又顺从神的指示,做神要他们做的,放弃、离开或拒绝自己喜欢的而顺服神的指示和带领。

“于是以利亚照着耶和华的话,去。。。”
~ 王上 17:5 ~

亚伯兰就照着耶和华的吩咐去了。。。”
~ 创 12:4 ~

我们多少次很伟大的唱着或祷告着:“主啊,带领我!”,可是我想可能上帝很多时候都想说:“我已经走了很长的一段路,你也没跟来。。。”

 

Day 14 (20/08/12)

Sometimes as we read the stories of the great men in the Bible, those outstanding outcomes, powerful lives with great impact, miracles and wonders, greatly blessed and used by God etc, we are so envious and wish we could also have such anointing and achievement, and that we could glorify God like them too…

But very often we only look selectively at their greatness and achievements, and forget their beginnings and processes. The two very short verses below contain such profound truth… these great men really listened and obeyed what God had told them, did what God asked them to, gave up, abandoned, left or refused their own liking and just obeyed God’s instruction and leading.

“So Elijah did what the Lord had told him…”
~ 1 Kings 17:5 ~

“So Abram left, as the Lord had told him…”
~ Genesis 12:4 ~

How many times have we sung or prayed so loudly: “Lead me, o Lord!”, but I think probably many times God wants to say to us: “I’ve been walking quite a distance already but I don’t see you following behind…”

 

2012 禁食日记 – 第十三天:“瓦器里” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 13: “Inside the jar”

 

 

第十三天(19/08/12)

上帝早已经把一些宝贝放在我们这瓦器里面,圣灵也在我们里面酝酿做工,里面的宝贝有一天将要为主发光,照亮别人。。。

可是问题是,瓦器没被破碎,就看不见里面的宝贝;瓦器没被破碎,里面的光也照耀不出来。所以我们应当很谦卑的常常允许上帝在我们身上动工,该打破的就让他打破、该除掉的就除掉、该拆毁的就拆毁。。。

的确,没破碎就流露不出里面的芬芳来。。。你真的要上帝使用你吗?你愿意被破碎吗。。。?

“我们有这宝贝放在瓦器里,要显明这莫大的能力是出于神,不是出于我们。”
~ 林后4:7 ~

Day 13 (19/08/12)

God has long put some treasure in us, these jars of clay, and the Holy Spirit is also brewing and working in us, so that the treasure inside will one day shine for the Lord and brighten up others’ lives…

But the problem is, if the jar is not broken, people will not be able to see the treasure inside; if the jar is not broken, the light inside cannot shine. Therefore we should always be very humble to allow God to work on us, let Him break what should be broken, remove what should be removed, tear down what should be torn down…

Indeed, unless broken, the fragrance inside cannot flow out… do you really want God to use you? Are you willing to be broken…?

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
~ 2 Corinthians 4:7 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第十二天:“神开始的” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 12: “God started it”

 

 

第十二天(18/08/12)

我们之所以会悔改信主是圣灵的感动与工作,我们都是神手中的工作。上帝拣选我们的时候,他已知道我们的背景、过去、软弱和未来,然而他还选择在我们身上动工。。。

我知道自己的诸多软弱,多少次的不顺服和让上帝难过,我对自己没把握,更不懂上帝为何拣选我。
但我更知道上帝的伟大与全能,也知道没有什么能够难倒他,慈悲怜悯的他也绝对不会半途而废;所以纵然我对自己缺乏把握,我对我的神有绝对的把握和信任,晓得他一定完成他所开始的工作。

我深信那在你们心里动了善工的必成全这工,直到耶稣基督的日子。”
~ 腓立比书 1:6 ~

Day 12 (18/08/12)

That we would repent and believe in the Lord is really the conviction and work of the Holy Spirit, we are all work in God’s hand. When God chose us, He already knew our background, past, weaknesses and future, yet He chose to work on us…

I know my own many weaknesses, the number of times I was being disobedient and when I hurt God, I have no confidence in myself, and even more so, I do not understand why God would want to choose me.
But one thing I know even better is God’s greatness and almighty power, and I know nothing is too difficult for Him, and our kind and merciful God will never stop His work halfway undone. Therefore, no matter how I lack confidence in myself, I have full confidence and trust in my God that He will accomplish what He has started to do.

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 1:6 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第十一天:“懂很多” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 11: “Know a lot”

 

 

第十一天(17/08/12)

我们阅读神的话、追求属灵知识、参加各样特会等等,主要的目的是什么?
倘若真的是为了更认识主、更学习主的榜样、要更亲近主,那就很好,那我们也应该会越来越像主,活出他的样式。。。

但事实是,很多时候,我们“学多”了,属灵知识增加了,读了圣经“很多”遍了,就觉得比别人懂更多,也更会批判及论断别人。这跟神的话的教导根本就背道而驰。。。

追求更认识神和追求属灵知识是两件不同的事。。。

“。。。我们晓得我们都有知识。但知识是叫人自高自大,唯有爱心能造就人。若有人以为自己知道什么,按他所当知道的,他仍是不知道。”
~ 林前 8:1-2 ~

 

Day 11 (17/08/12)

What is our main purpose for reading God’s Word, pursuing spiritual knowledge, joining all kinds of conferences etc?
If it is really for knowing the Lord more, to learn from Him more, to draw closer to God, then that will be very good, then we should be becoming more and more like the Lord, and really live out His likeness…

However the truth is, many times after we have “learnt a lot”, and after our spiritual knowledge has increased, or read the Bible “many” times, we tend to feel we know a lot better than others, and we would criticize and judge others more. This totally defies the teaching of God’s Word…

Pursuing to know God more and pursuing spiritual knowledge are two different things…

“… We know that we all possess knowledge.Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.”
~ 1 Corinthians 8:1-2 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第十天:“一齐增长” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 10: “Increasing together”

 

 

第十天(16/08/12)

随着年岁的增长,神和人喜爱你的心是不是也一齐增长,或减少。。。?

“耶稣的智慧和身量,并神和人喜爱他的心,都一齐增长。”
~ 路2:52 ~

当耶稣的智慧增长,神喜爱他的心没减少,却也一齐增长,想必他一定没仰赖自己的聪明,还是单纯谦卑的敬畏神、依靠神。。。
当耶稣的智慧增长,人喜爱他的心没减少,却也一齐增长,想必他一定不傲慢或使人反感,还是谦卑礼貌的尊重别人、能和人好好相处。。。

当耶稣的身量/年纪增长,神喜爱他的心没减少,却也一齐增长,想必他一定没靠自己的力量和经验,还是相信与知道自己需要凡事依靠上帝,因为生命在神手中,一切美好由祂而来、由祂所赐。。。
当耶稣的身量/年纪增长,人喜爱他的心没减少,却也一齐增长,想必他一定没仗势欺人、轻看弱小,还是乐意帮助人、祝福人。。。

主啊,唯愿我们也一样,当我们的智慧和身量增长,愿神和人喜爱我们的心,都一齐增长。。。阿们!

 

Day 10 (16/08/12)

As the years go by, and as we grow, do we grow in favour with God and men as well, or are we losing favour…?

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
~ Luke 2:52 ~

As Jesus grew in wisdom, his favour with God did not decrease but increased as well, I believe He must be still very pure and humble to fear and rely on God, rather than relying on His own wisdom…
As Jesus grew in wisdom, his favour with men did not decrease but increased as well, I believe He must be still very humble and respectful towards others and could interact well with people…

As Jesus grew in stature/age, his favour with God did not decrease but increased as well, I believe He must still be believing and knowing that He needed to depend on God for everything, and not using His own strength and experience, knowing well that life is in God’s hand and every good thing comes from and is given by God…
As Jesus grew in stature/age, his favour with men did not decrease but increased as well, I believe He must be still very willing to help and bless others, and not oppressing, bullying and despising the others or the weak just because He was strong and powerful…

O Lord, may we be like You as well, that as we grow in wisdom and stature, may we grow in favour with God and men as well… Amen!

全国40天禁食:第九天 National 40-day Fast : Day 9

 

 第九天(15/08/12)

我们如果真的很喜欢、很爱、很在乎一个人,我们很自然的就会很喜欢跟他在一起,争取时间跟他见面,跟他一起聊天,喜欢听他说话;做什么、去哪里,都会喜欢有他在身边,不是吗?

我们对耶稣是这样吗?我们祷告、赞美敬拜、来教会、读圣经等等,只都是执行“基督教”信仰的任务,还是因为我们真的很在乎主、纯粹是因为喜欢和他在一起。。。?我们跟上帝到底有没有很真实的感情?求主怜悯。。。

耶稣再怎么累、怎么忙,他也会亲近父,我想不是为了求祝福、求恩膏,或执行宗教任务,只是因为他跟天父有很真实的爱的关系。。。

散了众人以后,他就独自上山去祷告。到了晚上,只有他一人在那里。”
~ 太 14:23 ~

Day 9 (15/08/12)

If we really do like, love or feel for someone, then very naturally we would love to be with that person, find time to spend with him, to talk with him and to listen to him talk; whatever we do or wherever we go, we would love to have that person beside us, is that not so?

Is that the way we are towards Jesus? Do we pray, praise, worship, come to church, read the Bible etc just to execute our “Christian” duties, or are we really concerned about spending time with Him, and just because we like to be with Him…? Do we really have a real relationship with God? May God have mercy…

No matter how tired or busy He was, Jesus would always come near to the Father, I think not because of wanting blessings or anointing, or to fulfill His religious responsibilities, but all because He has a very real loving relationship with the Father…

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone”
~ Matthew 14:23 ~