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全国40天禁食:第八天 National 40-day Fast : Day 8

第八天(14/08/12)

为什么奋斗?为什么事奉?为什么奔跑?为什么执着?为什么坚持。。。?
我们动机为何?活出来的又为何。。。?

我们是否他人或晚辈的好榜样?我们的生命是不是让他们看到主的伟大、良善与真实?我们是否让他们看到我们不放弃的向着标竿直跑,也鼓舞着他们一起奔跑?

求主怜悯与保守,让我们真能活出主的样式,让别人学习我们的榜样爱神、荣耀神。。。

“33 就好像我,凡事都叫众人喜欢,不求自己的益处,只求众人的益处,叫他们得救。
11 你们该效法我,像我效法基督一样。”
~ 林前10:33-11:1 ~

Day 8 (14/08/12)

Why do we fight on? Why do we serve? Why do we run? Why do we persevere? Why do we press on…?
What is our motive? Why do we live the way we live…?

Are we a good example for others or the younger ones? Does our life show them the greatness, goodness and reality of our God? Do we show them we are running toward the goal without giving up, and thus encouraging to run together?

May God have mercy on us and guard us that we will really live out the likeness of Christ, that others can learn from our example to love and glorify God…

33 even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. 11 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. “
~ 1 Corinthians 10:33-11:1 ~

全国40天禁食:第七天 National 40-day Fast : Day 7

 

保罗说:
15 有的传基督是出于嫉妒纷争,也有的是出于好意。 16 这一等是出于爱心,知道我是为辩明福音设立的; 17 那一等传基督是出于结党,并不诚实,意思要加增我捆锁的苦楚。 18 这有何妨呢?或是假意,或是真心,无论怎样,基督究竟被传开了。为此我就欢喜,并且还要欢喜。”
~ 腓立比书1:15-18 ~

我非常非常喜欢保罗的这个态度,唯愿我也能有这样的心胸,毫无自己的血气和意念,单单只为主的名而事奉和努力,不管别人说什么,也不要说别人什么。说真的,我们身为所谓的基督徒所做和所讲的,很多时候太没有主的心胸和样式了。

主耶稣要我们去传福音、建立门徒,而不是叫我们成天注意与论断别的教会或牧者在做什么,专挑别教会的毛病,指点他们的不是。。。主耶稣根本都没呼召我们来做这些!太多时候基督徒太不懂主的心了!这种态度,若到了天堂该怎么办?还是大家都到不了天堂了。。。

真的,本是同根生、相煎何太急?

Paul said:
“15 
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.[a] 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice”
~ Philippians 1:15-18 ~

I really really like this attitude of Paul, how I desire to have such attitude and heart as well, to just serve and strive for God alone without any of my own fleshly desires and thinking, not to be concerned with what others are saying, and not to say anything about others. Honestly, many times we as the so-called Christians really lack the attitude and example of Christ in the things we do and say.

The Lord Jesus wants us to preach the Gospel, train up disciples, and not to spend our time noticing and judging what other churches or pastors are doing, finding faults with other churches, pointing fingers at their wrongs… The Lord Jesus has never called us to do all that! Too many times Christians really do not know God’s heart! What are we going to do with this kind of attitude when we get to heaven, or are we all not getting there at all…

Truly, as the Chinese proverb says “We all sprout from the same root, why in such a hurry to kill each other?”

全国40天禁食:第六天 National 40-day Fast : Day 6

 

 

有时候我们会很潇洒或很有个性的说:我要做什么是我的自由,不需要跟任何人交待;我为自己活,只要问心无愧、不伤天害理,我什么都敢,也可以做。。。我只需要向自己负责任等等。。。

这样的说法有对也有错,这要按情形和其它因素而定。事实是,有一些事情虽然对得起良心,或也没有什么对错,但却会“绊倒”或影响一些单纯或软弱的人的信心,这些不是故意要跟你找碴或论断你的人,他们只是灵命还不够成熟或稳定,有一些你做的事他们有可能会误解,或者他们可能会学习你,但却做得比你更超过或做法错误而掉进试探和罪里,那就不好了。

所以,保罗才会说:

“凡事都可行,但不都有益处;凡事都可行,但不都造就人。 无论何人,不要求自己的益处,乃要求别人的益处。”
~ 林前 10:23-24 ~

Sometimes we can be very carefree and self-confident in saying: whatever I want do is my freedom, I don’t need to be accountable to anyone; I live for myself, as long as my conscience is clear and it is not sinful, I dare to and can do anything… I am only responsible to myself etc…

Well, this kind of statement can be right and wrong, it all depends on the situation and some other reasons. The truth is, our conscience might be clear in certain things, or there is really not a right or wrong issue, but it may “stumble” or affect the faith of some genuine people or those whose faith is weak, and these are not people who try to find fault with you or to purposely judge you. They are people who are not so mature or stable spiritually, so they might misconstrue certain things you do, or they might learn from you but overly do the same thing or do it in the wrong way and fall into temptations and sins, that will be bad.

That is why Paul said:

““Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. “
~ 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ~

全国40天禁食:第五天 National 40-day Fast : Day 5

 

很多时候,我们看到别人跌倒,或他们的软弱或缺点,我们都喜欢议论纷纷、指指点点,特别是我们觉得那件事我们绝对没有问题或可以轻易胜过。其实,神从来就没有要我们看到别人的软弱而批评论断,或心里有优越感,因这些都是骄傲,而骄傲就会绊倒自己。

在这段禁食期间,让我们发现少吃一点点,我们都头昏脑胀,精神不振等等。。。原来我们都很软弱!若不是神的保守和怜悯,谁能够胜过这世界各式各样的试探呢?

“所以,自己以为站得稳的须要谨慎,免得跌倒。”
~ 林前 10:12 ~

Many times, seeing others fall, or their weaknesses and faults, we tend to criticize and give a lot of comments, especially when we feel we do not have any problem in that area or we can easily overcome that. Actually, God has never wanted us to judge or criticize others’ weaknesses, or feel in our hearts that we are much better, because all these are just pride and pride will stumble us.

During this time of fasting, let us discover that to eat just slightly less, we are already feeling dizzy or losing concentration etc… we are actually so very weak! If not for God’s protection and mercy, who can overcome all kinds of temptations in this world?

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
~ 1 Corinthians 10:12 ~

全国40天禁食:第四天 National 40-day Fast : Day 4

 

 

耶稣的付出、摆上、牺牲,他所做的一切,到底什么促使他有这个永不言弃、直到一切都成就的动力?为什么他能够那么甘心、那么愿意、至死不渝?

答案就在于他跟父神亲密的关系:父的心就是他的心,父的心跳就是他的心跳,他脑子里想的也尽都是要父神喜悦,要父神得荣耀,没想过自己的需要。那就是真正的爱的关系,那就是爱的力量。

唯愿我们的服事,所谓的“付出”和“摆上”,那微不足道的一点禁食祷告,也出自于在乎耶稣和爱耶稣的心,不是单单因为要国家进步,不是单单因为要教会复兴,更不是单单因为个人蒙福和利益。

主啊,帮助我们所做的一切都真的真的是因为爱你、在乎你、喜欢跟你在一起。。。

“他就稍往前走,俯伏在地,祷告说:“我父啊!倘若可行,求你叫这杯离开我!然而,不要照我的意思,只要照你的意思。”
~ 太26:39 ~

 

The sacrifice, offering up of Himself, price He paid, and all that Jesus did, what was the thing that motivated Him to never give up till everything was accomplished? What made Him so willing, giving His all to the point of death?

The answer lies in His intimate relationship with Father God: Father God’s heart was His heart, Father God’s heartbeat was His heartbeat, all that was in His mind was to please Father God and to bring glory to Father God, never considered anything for Himself. That is a true love relationship, such is the power of love.

If only our serving, the so-called “sacrifice” and “price we pay”, and that meagre fast and prayer, are really all because of our thought and love for Jesus, and not just because we want our country to improve, or our church to have revival, and even more so, not because of personal blessings and benefits.

O Lord, help us to truly truly do everything because we love You, think of You and love to be with You…

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.””
~ Matthew 26:39 ~

全国40天禁食:第三天 National 40-day fast: Day 3

 

圣经很清楚告诉我们,主耶稣已为我们立了榜样,叫我们学习他,跟随他的脚踪行。。。耶稣走过的路,也有崎岖和辛苦的,所以让我们不要被肉体和世界价值观给蒙蔽,以为十架的道路就是轻松舒服,以为遇到困难就是没有主的恩宠。反而,神的话清楚告诉我们绝对会有困难和考验,所以我们非常需要主的恩典和力量扶持我们渡过。

唯愿我们走这条路时,不要盲目的看到前面有脚踪就跟随,也可不要忘记时刻都抬头看看带路的还是不是主,还是我们已经偏行己路或跟错人了。。。

“你们蒙召原是为此,因基督也为你们受过苦,给你们留下榜样,叫你们跟随他的脚踪行。”
~ 彼前2:21 ~

The Bible very clearly tells us, the Lord Jesus had set an example for us to learn from Him and to follow His footsteps… The path that Jesus had walked on was not always easy and smooth, so let us not be deceived by our own flesh and worldly values to think that the journey of the cross is always light and easy, and misunderstanding that encountering difficulties means we have lost God’s favour. Instead the Word of God clearly tells us there will be difficulties and trials, that is why we so need God’s grace and strength to carry us through.

May we all as we walk on this journey, not to follow blindly just because we see footsteps in front, but rather always remember to lift up your head to see whether it is still Jesus leading the way, or we have already gone wayward to our own path or are actually following others…

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”
~ 1 Peter 2:21 ~

全国40天禁食:第二天 National 40-day fast: Day 2

 

我相信很爱我们的天父很愿意赐福给我们,让我们在地上的生活无忧无虑。。。但物质上再怎么蒙福,那些也都是短暂的!因此让我们不要在很“蒙福”的时候而迷失方向,开始体贴肉体,只追求舒适生活,最后选择走宽敞道路,失去纪律,而忘记了主耶稣的警告。。。

你们要进窄门。因为引到灭亡,那门是宽的,路是大的,进去的人也多;引到永生,那门是窄的,路是小的,找着的人也少。”
~太7:13-14~

I believe our Heavenly Father who loves us very much is very willing to bless us, so our lives on earth are free of worries and anxieties… but no matter how blessed you are materially, it is still temporary! Therefore, let us not lose our direction while being very “blessed” and start pleasing our flesh and desiring a comfortable life only, ending up choosing the wide and easy road, losing discipline and forgetting the warning of our Lord Jesus…

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
~ Matthew 7:13-14 ~

 

全国40天禁食:第一天 National 40-day fast: Day 1

 

 

今天是一年一度全国教会一起为国家禁食四十天的第一天,这一次我们没有“全禁”,我们教会选择每天只吃一餐,而那一餐也不吃我们通常爱吃的肉类与淀粉类食物。神没有强迫我们一定要禁食,禁食也跟个人救恩无关,所以尽管你今生从未禁食过一次,只要是真实悔改信主,你依然是得救的。

然而,圣经却也让我们清楚看到禁食的属灵原则,它仿佛是上帝预备给基督徒的其中一个特别福份与神迹,不强迫你一定要拿的额外好处,其属灵效果是无法否认的,耶稣也从没否决禁食的重要。所以,我们虽不强迫弟兄姊妹禁食,但会兴奋鼓励大家参与,它是一个特别的学习经历,当中可以有很多体会和领受。其中一个就是学习顺服神,以及拒绝自己的一些渴望和享受,这样遇到一些试探和考验时,也能靠上帝的恩典站得稳,当然对身体健康也很有帮助。。。

于是,耶稣对门徒说:“若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,背起他的十字架来跟从我。”
~太16:24~

Today is the first day of our annual national 40-day fast when we fast together with all the other churches in the country to pray for our nation. We are not on a “total fast” this time, our church has chosen to eat just a meal a day, and for that meal, we do not eat meat and starchy food which are normally our favourites. God does not compel us to go on a mandatory fast, fasting has nothing to do with your personal salvation as well. So even if you have not fasted once in your entire life, you are still saved as long as you have truly repented and believed in the Lord.

However, the Bible does show us clearly the spiritual principle too. It is as though one of the special blessings and miracles God has prepared for Christians, a bonus reserved for you though you are not forced to take. You cannot deny its spiritual impact, Jesus never disregarded the importance of fasting too. So, even though we do not compel brothers and sisters to fast, we excitedly encourage them to participate. It is a very special learning experience, we can have many realizations and revelations in the midst of it. One of which is to learn obedience to God, and to reject some of our own desires and enjoyment, so that by God’s grace we may be able to stand firm when trials and temptations come, and of course it is a great help to our health as well…

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
~Matt 16:24~

讓我很被鼓勵的獎。。。 A trophy that encouraged me a lot…

在Facebook放了这张照片,让大家猜我得了什么奖,后一直没向大家公布。。。
I posted this photo on Facebook and asked you all to guess what award I won, but I have not told you the answer since…

 

 

那是第一年在纽西兰,高中进大学之前(Form 7),在我当时的中学,Hillmorton High School参加的一项比赛。
话说回来,在古晋时我已经很活跃于中英文演讲和辩论比赛一类的活动,可是到了纽西兰,虽然会讲英语,很多时候因着我们马来西亚的“腔调”,同学和老师都不太听得懂我们讲什么。。。难免会造成一点自卑。。。

That was my first year in New Zealand, when I was still in Form 7 before entering the university, I participated in a competition at the high school I was studying at, Hillmorton High School.
Before that, while I was in Kuching, I was already very actively involved in activities like speech and debating competitions in both Chinese and English, but when I arrived in New Zealand, though I could speak English, many times my classmates and teachers found it hard to understand me due to our Malaysian accent… inevitably that kind of made me feel a bit inferior…

 

 

自卑归自卑,兴趣归兴趣,所以当学校报告将举办常年关英语演讲比赛,我也报名参加了!我是唯一的外国参赛者,跟当地的学生比,很荣幸的我竟然得了冠军宝座,真是喜出望外,也让我对公众演说添加信心!

Feeling inferior is one thing, your interest is another thing, so when the school announced about an upcoming annual public-speaking competition, I registered for it! I was the only foreigner in the competition competing against the local students there, and I was very honoured to win the trophy, beyond my expectation. That also increased my confidence in public-speaking!

 

 

想鼓励大家的是,不要因着自卑而退缩,不要因着困难而放弃,只要肯努力和学习,一定会出人头地!
I would like to encourage you all not to withdraw because of feeling inferior, do not give up because of difficulty, as long as you are willing to work hard and learn, you can achieve something outstanding!

 

 

後來我。。。 Finally I…

有時候聽到一些悲傷的事,我們會很震驚。。。
有時候聽到一些喜事,我們也會震驚。。。
原因是,兩者都沒預料到。

Sometimes upon hearing some sad news, we feel kind of shocked…
Sometimes upon hearing some good news, we can also feel kind of shocked…
Reason being, both are things you do not expect.

 

 

能平靜下來,和勝過“震驚”感,我想我們待人處事的態度很重要,從上帝的角度看事情和對上帝的信靠更是重要!
今天收到一個讓我很“震驚”的消息,其實是屬於“好消息”類,然而讓我真的有點始料未及。跟一些比較親密的同伴分享過後,大家都好像很擔心我會怎樣,他們的關心讓我感動,也讓我有點不好意思要他們操心。

To be able to calm down and overcome the “shock”, I think our attitude towards people and things is very important. Looking at things from God’s angle and our trust in God are even more important!
Today I received some news that really “shocked” me, actually it can be classified as a “good news”, but did really take me by great surprise. I shared with some closer companions, they all seem rather worried as to how I would feel, their concern touched me and also made me feel bad to cause them to worry.

 

但我這邊想跟大家說,我很好,放心。。。
我的上帝始終都會對我很好。。。
But here I would like to say to you all, all is well, don’t worry…
My God will always be very good to me…

 

 

後來我。。。我安靜下來。。。
後來我。。。抬起頭來,把腳步邁開,相信前方有美好日子在等待。。。

Finally I… I calmed down and…
Finally I… I looked to the sky, I moved on and I believe there are better days ahead for my life…