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Day 3 : 禁食日记 / Fasting Diary

 

第三天:10月5日(三)
我们的身体既是圣灵的殿,即圣灵的屋子,圣灵就是屋主。那屋子里面有什么要丢掉、修理、装饰等等的,都是主人的决定和工作。我们既不再是主人就没权力乱动屋子,意思即,不再是靠自己的努力、想法,还怎么样去改变自己,当交给圣灵自己决定、动工和指示我们。

Day 3: Oct 5th (Wed)
Since our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, meaning, the house of the Holy Spirit, then He is the house owner. So whatever that needs to be thrown away, repaired, decorated etc is the owner’s decision and work. As we are no longer the owner, we do not have the right to simply do anything to the house, that means it is no longer our own hard work or thinking or whatever that can change ourselves, we should just hand over to the Holy Spirit Himself to decide and do the work or instruct us.

 

 

另,我们求上帝医治或赐我们健康的当儿,我们也当醒悟很多时候身体的状况都与我们饮食和生活习惯有关。所以,尽管上帝真的医治了,我们过不久很可能又因坏饮食习惯而糟蹋了这个“殿”。。。可是所谓“江山易改,本性难移”,几十年的饮食、生活习惯等等,如何能改变,自己很难做得到。但既然这屋子已属于圣灵,就求圣灵来动工,让他来调整我们的喜好、兴趣等等,在不知不觉的情况下也偏爱与享受健康及营养的饮食等等。。。这绝对是可能的,因亲身经历!

Another thing, while praying for God to heal or give us health, we must realize too many times our physical condition is related to our eating or living habits. Therefore, even if God has really healed us, after a while we might damage this “temple” again with our bad dieting habit… But old habits die hard, how can we change our years of eating habits and lifestyle, that is no easy feat. However, since this house now belongs to the Holy Spirit, pray the Holy Spirit come and work and let Him adjust our interests and preferences etc, that without realizing, we have already developed a preference and enjoyment for healthy and nutritious food, etc…
This is definitely possible, speaking from experience!

曾經有個肥胖的牧師,體重應該是150公斤以上吧,後來減至65左右,穿著時髦。
我問他是怎樣做到的?

他說他看著一些模特兒的身材,就憑信心宣告說:奉耶穌的名我領受!
上帝就開始動工,他的飲食習慣很自然的開始調整!
這樣也可以??!!
我聽了就學習他那樣做,結果。。。你說呢?
你是不是也想學?哈哈哈!
(先聲明這不是神學噢!)Once there was an obese pastor weighing above 150kg I should think, but later reduced to about 65, and now wearing trendy clothes. I asked him how he did it.
He said he just looked at pictures of some models and proclaimed by faith saying: I claim that in Jesus’ name!
Then God started to work and his dieting habit started to change naturally!
Wow, can you actually do that??!!
So I learnt from him, and the result is… what say you?
So are you thinking of learning too? Hahaha!!
(By the way, this is no theology!)

Day 2 : 禁食日记 / Fasting Diary

 

第二天:10月4日(二)
早上领受的经文:
耶穌說:”你們上去吧。。。我現在不上去,因為我的時候還沒有滿。” ~約7:8~

**体会到有很多事情,尤其是重要的决定,包括事奉神、该做的事、很好的事情等等。。。我们都要等候上帝的时间,有时候不能等待反而会破坏好事,也破坏了神原本的计划。。。

Day 2 : Oct 4th (Tue)
The verse that spoke to me in the morning:
Jesus said : “You go… I am not yet going, because for me the right time has not yet come.” ~John7:8~

** This makes me realize that for many things, especially important decisions, including serving God, things ought to be done, good things etc… we need to wait for God’s timing. Sometimes our inability to wait would spoil something good, and even God’s original plan for us…

中午领祷告时的感动:
与其一直想着“还要挨饿几天”,我们当思想及求这40天我们要经历什么,求每一天都经历新的事情、经历神的真,和让他透过各种方式跟我们说话,有这样的期待就不会被肉体的饥饿影响。。。
也向神求这40天成为我们这一辈子每天进入神同在的开始~

The conviction I received while leading the noon-time prayer today:
Instead of thinking all the time about “how many more days of hunger do I still have to go through”, we should think about and pray as to what we want to experience these 40 days, pray that we experience everyday something new and God’s reality, and that He will speak to us in all sorts of ways. With this kind of expectation, you will not be affected by the hunger of your flesh…
And ask God to make these 40 days the beginning of our life-long entering into His presence everyday~

Day 1 : 禁食日记 / Fasting Diary

立下心志,这一次40天禁食要跟以往不一样。。。
我要每天有聆听的耳,敏锐的灵,要从上帝那里得着启示,听到他跟我说话,并把它记录下来。。。

愿40天过后,这也成为我的日常习惯,到老到死。。。
其实在大学期间,有一段日子我有培养这个习惯,但不知曾几何时已消失的无影无踪!
求主怜悯!也求主复苏我的灵~

这一次从10月3日开始,一直到11月11日为期40天的禁食,只喝饮料,不吃任何固体食物,一直到最后10天,只喝白开水,求主保守及引领。。。

以下是第一天的领受。。。

I am determined to make the 40-day fast this time different from the previous ones…
I want to have listening ears, sensitive spirity, to receive revelations from God and hear Him talking to me, and to record all that down…

May after these 40 days, this will also become my daily habit, till old, till death…
In fact I did cultivate this habit for a certain period during my university years, but I cannot remember since when has that disappeared totally!
May God have mercy! And may God restore my soul~

This time, starting October 3rd till November 11th, for a total of 40 days, I will only take drinks, no solid food whatsoever, until the final 10 days just taking plain water, may God uphold and guide me…

The following is what I received on the 1st day…

第一天:10月3日(一)
如往常我星期一待在家里。。。
意想不到的写了一首歌,跟我一向来写的歌比较不同形式。通常写的都较“重情感”,倾心吐意那一类歌曲,可是今天写的却是“属灵”或圣经字眼比较显着的,如“和撒那!和撒那!”。。。如同当初犹太人欢呼,欢迎耶稣进入耶路撒冷城的情景。。。

反复思想,我想这是一个预言或启示吧,就是上帝要我们这40天的禁食,最主要的渴望就是欢迎他进入我们的生命、教会、城市、国家。。。歌好听不好听是其次,重点是要有渴望及兴奋耶稣同在临到的那颗心。。。

Day 1 : October 3rd (Mon)
As usual I stayed home on Monday…
Unexpectedly I wrote a song, and it is rather different from my typical style of songs. Normally my songs are more “emotional”, pouring your heart out type, but today the one I wrote has obviously more “spiritual” or Biblical words, for instance “Hosanna! Hosanna!”… just as the scene when the Jews rejoiced and welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem…

As I pondered more, I think this must be a prophecy or revelation, that is God wants us for these 40-day fast to desire above all the welcoming of Him into our lives, church, city, country… Whether the song sounds nice or not is secondary, the important thing is to have that heart that hungers for and feels excited about the presence of Jesus coming to us…

 

Translation of the song:

We welcome Your presence

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna
Hosanna, O gates, lift up your heads
Glory, glory
King of kings, Jesus, You are my King

See He who comes on a donkey
The gentle King, Humble King
I will open up my heart to You
Prince of Peace, I welcome You in

May my worship be like the clashing waves
Lord of the universe, I welcome You…

 

 

写完了才发现这欢迎主到来的歌,真的配合到我们禁食的原因!
感谢主第一天就给予这样的鼓励~
願神恩膏我在這40天內寫更多榮耀他的詩歌。。。

It was only after writing, I realized it is a song welcoming the Lord’s presence, that really flows with the reason we fast!
Thank God for such an encouragement on the first day~
May God anoint me to write more songs to glorify Him during this 40-day period.

 

禁食40天反思。。。 Reflection on fasting 40 days…

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这一次,2011年10月3日一直到11月11日的40天禁食,应该是我第三次40天全禁吧,21天全禁也做过两次,几次都碰到我生日的时候,这一次也不例外。。。
若不是神,我无法想像也无法做到这样长时间的禁食。所以,我没什么厉害,也没什么了不起,不必称赞和羡慕我,若神的灵没有带领、感动及加添力量,这是不可能的事,我也不会想要这样做。。。

This time, the 40-day fast from 03/10/11 to 11/11/11 has to be my third time fasting 40 days completely. I also did 21-day full fast twice, and a few times my fasting period coincided with my birthday, this time is no exception…
If not for God, I cannot imagine and I will not be able too to go on such a long fast. So, there is nothing great or super about me, there is no need to compliment or admire me, if the Spirit of God does not lead, prompt or give me strength, this is impossible and I will not want to do it as well…

有人问我一些健康、体力、营养的问题等等,问我怎样处理、克服或解决等等。。。
我也没答案,我只能说我每天一样操作,一样上班,服事等等,健康没出问题,我觉得反而变得更健康。。。

Some people asked me questions with regard to health, physical strength and nutrition issues etc, they asked how I handled, overcame or dealt with and so on…
I have no answer. All I can say is, I still functioned like normal everyday, I still went to work and serve etc, my health is alright, and in fact I feel I have become healthier…

 

我只记得第一次禁40天的时候,第39天的早上发现自己躺在房间门口,可能血糖太低突然起来时晕倒了,但当然我一点也没受伤。也是在那一次开始吃的时候,第一次上厕所排泄粪便很困难,甚至流血了;我就向上帝祷告医治,也“提醒”他我禁食是为了他的国,马上就得医治了!

所以一切都得归荣耀给上帝,没有他是不可能的!

All I remember was the first time when I was having the 40-day full fast, I found myself lying near my bedroom door in the morning on the 39th day, perhaps my blood sugar was too low and I fainted while getting up abruptly, but of course I was not injured in any way. And it was also that time when I began to eat again, I had great difficulty the first time I went to the toilet to excrete my motion, I even bled. So I prayed to God foe healing and “reminded” Him that I fasted for His kingdom, and I was healed immediately!

That is why we must give all the glory to God, it is impossible without Him!

 

最后一次禁40天是好多年以前的事了,一直不敢想像还有下一次,因为那种40天不吃东西的情景想起来也太恐怖了,人再爱漂亮、再怕肥胖,还是不能不吃东西的。所以里面会“很怕”上帝突然又感动我全禁40天。。。其实这种“担心”真的是多余的,因为倘若是来自上帝的感动,他自然会帮助你完成!就如同现在,不知不觉又开始全禁40天了。。。

The last time I went on a 40-day full fast was quite a few years back, since then I did not dare to imagine another time, because the scenario of not eating anything at all for 40 days was kind of scary to think about. No matter how beauty conscious you are, how scared of being overweight you are, you still cannot do without food. So inside me, I was kind of “scared” that God might prompt me to do another 40-day full fast… Actually this kind of “worry” is really unnecessary because if the prompting is really from God, He naturally will help you to accomplish it! Just like now, all of a sudden we have begun the 40-day full fast again…

 

老实说,这一次全禁40天的感动年头就有了,我只是等候上帝的时间。起初也有一点担心自己是否做得到,因为太久没这样做了。。。可是当我看到很多年轻人都愿意陪着我一起全禁40天的时候,那莫名的力量就从我心里涌现,我就不再惧怕了。。。

这一次的禁食,我比以往更认真和兴奋,心里也充满期待,要看到神要做又新又奇妙的事,也期待神每天的启示和感动;所以我这一次会每天记录灵里的领受和感动,尽量每天都在这里刊登我的“禁食日记”,好跟你们分享,希望也会鼓励到你们,阿们!

Honestly, this prompting to have a full 40-day fast came at the beginning of the year, I was only waiting for God’s timing. At first I was kind of worried whether I could do it as after all I have not done it for a long time… but when I saw many young people are willing to accompany me through this journey of fasting 40 days without food, that unexplained strength started to well up from my heart, and I no longer feel afraid…

The fasting this time, I am feeling more serious and excited than all the previous ones, and my heart is full of expectancy to see God doing new and wonderful things. I also long for God to reveal His heart everyday. So this time I will record what I receive or sense in my spirit, and will try my best to post here everyday as “Fasting Diary” to share with you all, hopefully this will encourage you all as well, Amen!

何等可爱的雀鸟。。。 How lovely a bird…

早期对圣经诗篇毫无兴趣和没有感觉,灵命还没成长到能体会诗篇的含意的阶段吧?
一直到1994年,神学院第二年,才开始被诗篇吸引和感动,那时就开始创作好多诗篇,甚至一天都有高达三、四首创作的记录!
也非常感谢神让我能够一字不加与一字不漏的照圣经经文写成歌,也因而帮我熟记了好一些经文。。。

很多人喜欢问我,创作了那么多歌和发行了16张专辑,哪些诗歌或唱片是我的最爱?我常不加以思索的就说:诗篇!
最大原因是诗篇都是神的话,没有丝毫我个人的意思或话语参杂其中,所以我觉得最特别。。。
而且很多首,我自己也很”厚脸皮“的觉得旋律也挺优美的,哈哈!

在这里跟你们介绍两首不同年代写的诗篇,一是1994年的“雀鸟”,和今年2011才写的“何等可爱”。
其实“何等可爱”1994也已经写完一个版本,可是始终都不满意,一直到今年从新写过才认为“感觉对了”!在教会教唱的时候,看到大家被摸着的反应,我知道时间到了!

In the earlier days, I was never interested or I never had any feeling for the Psalms in the Bible. Guess it is because my spiritual life had not grown to that level then?
Until the year 1994 when I was doing my second year Bible School, was I attracted and touched by Psalms. At that time I began to compose many songs from Psalms, sometimes even 3 to 4 songs a day!
I am also very grateful to God that I could write those verses into songs without adding or subtracting one word from the verses, and hence that helped me memorize many verses as well…

Many people like to ask, of all the many songs I have written or the 16 albums I have released, which song(s)or album(s) are my favourites? Without hesitation, I would always reply: Psalms!
The biggest reason is Psalms are all the words of God, not a single bit of my own thought or word inside, that is why I feel they are very special…
And also many of them, being rather “thick-skinned”, I feel that the melodies are quite nice too, haha!

Here I am going to share with you two songs written over different period of time, one was written in 1994 “Like a Bird”, and one written this year 2011 “How Lovely”.
In fact I wrote a version of “how Lovely” too in 1994 but was never satisfied with it, until this year when I re-wrote it, only then I felt it had the “correct feel”!
And when I taught it in church, looking at the congregation’s response and how they were touched, I knew the timing had come!

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雀鳥 / Like a bird
詞 / Lyrics:詩篇 Psalms 124:7-8; 63:7-8
曲 / Music:林義忠 / GT Lim
(寫於 / Written on : 07-03-1994)

我们好像雀鸟,从捕鸟人的网罗里逃脱
网罗破裂,我们逃脱了
我们得帮助是在乎依靠
造天地之耶和华的名 耶和华的名

因为祢曾帮助我,
我就在祢翅膀的荫下欢呼
我心紧紧地跟随祢
祢的右手扶持我

We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare
The snare has been broken, and we have escaped
Our help is in the name of the LORD
The Maker of heaven and earth, of heaven and earth

Because you are my help
I sing in the shadow of your wings
My soul clings to you
Your right hand upholds me

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"何等可愛"(How lovely)
(詞/Lyrics:詩篇Psalm 84:1-4; 曲/Music:林義忠 GT Lim – 23/06/2011)

我羡慕渴想耶和华的院宇
我的心肠,我的肉体
向永生神呼吁

万军之耶和华
我的王,我的神啊
在你祭坛那里
麻雀为自己找着房屋
燕子为自己找着抱雏之窝
如此住在你殿中的便为有福
他们仍要赞美你

万军之耶和华啊你的居所何等可爱
万军之耶和华啊你的居所何等可爱

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God

O Lord Almighty
My King and my God
A place near Your altar
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising You

How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty

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第二轮成绩和“梦”的联想。。。 The 2nd round result and the thought on “dream”…

一个梦始终是一个梦,如果你继续睡觉做梦而不起来朝着梦想行动!

这一轮的比赛真的可以用“不鸣则已、一鸣惊人”来形容荣获第一名的晓羚羊。。。
想象第一轮在我个人Facebook的投票比赛环节仅获94票而在8组中拿了最后一名的晓羚羊,这一次第二轮是什么力量让他们在我Facebook Fans Page投票环节“一跃冲天”,拿了986票遥遥领先荣获第一名呢?
不管原因何在,什么因素导致他们“发粪涂墙”,呃。。。对不起,应该是发愤图强。。。我们且不要说其他的,只能说每个人都有无限潜能,只要你肯付出、肯努力,你都可达到你意想不到的成就!

当然我在此也要恭喜每个小组,你们都尽力了(希望如此),下一次不管什么比赛,再让你们里面无限的潜能爆发出来吧!!
呃。。。T-shirts比赛应该没有第三轮了,因为大家都累了,我也累了,而且也没什么新鲜感了。。。再加上,我不想冒险被Facebook管理层封杀,因导致你们spam全世界,哈哈!!
下来还会有什么比赛?放心!老子的脑现在这方面不操作,所以你们可以放松。。。

A dream will remain a dream if you keep on sleeping and dreaming and do not get up to do something about that dream!

This round I can only use “Still water runs deep” to describe the No.1 winner, “Antelopes”…
Imagine in the 1st round where it was voting via my personal Facebook, they only received 94 votes and was placed last among the 8 groups, what gave them the strength this time where voting was via my FB Fans Page to propel them all the way to the top, and clinched the top prize with 986 votes?
No matter what the reasons are, what caused them to rise above all… let’s lay that aside, I can only say everyone has limitless potential, as long as you are willing to sacrifice and work hard, you can really achieve something you cannot imagine!

Of course I would like to congratulate every group as well, you have tried your best (hopefully), no matter what contest we are going to have in future, let the potential within you explode again!!
Errr… I don’t think there will be a 3rd round for the T-shirts competition because you are all tired, and I am tired too, and also it’s not that interesting anymore… Furthermore, I don’t want to risk being blocked by the FB management for causing you guys to spam the whole world, haha!!
What competition would we have next? Don’t worry! Uncle’s brain isn’t really working in this area at the moment, so you can relax…

 

好吧,以下就给你们看第二轮透过FB专业投票比赛的成绩吧(票数是以星期一九月19日午夜11:30pm的总票数为准!)
Ok, let me show you the result of 2nd round where you received voted via my FB Fans Page (the number of votes is the total at 11:30pm, Monday Sept 19th!)

 

No.1 : 晓羚羊 / Antelopes (986 votes)

 

No.2 : 少年豹 / Leopards (817 votes)

 

No. 3 : 骆驼 / Camels (615 votes)

 

No. 4 : 飞鹰 / Eagles (517 votes)

 

No. 5 : 金燕子 / Swiftlets (509 votes)

 

No. 6 : 狮兄妹 / Lions (471 votes)

 

No. 7 : 黑马 / Stallions (432 votes)

 

No. 8 : 北极熊 / Polar bears (392 votes)

 

 

 

 

第一轮:透过Facebook比赛成绩。。。 Round One: Result of competition via Facebook…

第一轮比赛圆满结束。。。Round One ends peacefully…

比赛结果 / Results of competition:

 

NO. 1 – The Camels ( 390 votes )

 

NO. 2 – The Leopards ( 215 votes )

 

NO. 3 – The Lions ( 197 votes )

 

NO. 4 – The Eagles ( 175 votes )

 

NO. 5 – The Polar Bears ( 153 votes )

 

NO. 6 – The Stallions ( 146 votes )

 

NO. 7 – The Swiftlets ( 105 votes )

 

NO. 8 – The Antelopes ( 94 votes )

 

运动会T恤比赛:成绩(1)效率。。。 Sports Day T-shirt competition: Result (1) Efficiency

以下是各组把参赛照片寄给牧师的反应和效率成绩:
The following are the results of each group’s response and efficiency in submitting the photos for competition to Pastor:

第一名/No.1:
黑马/Stallion

 

第二名/No.2:
晓羚羊/Antelope

 

第三名/No.3:
飞鹰/Eagle

 

第四名/No.4:
狮兄妹/Lion

 

第五名/No.5:
骆驼/Camel

 

第六名/No.6:
北极熊/Polar Bear

 

第七名/No.7:
少年豹/Leopard

 

第八名/No.8:
金燕子/Swiftlet


 

超级搞怪!真受不了!! Super crazy! Can’t stand him!!

这是我们的苹果仙人,阿恒,说他是古晋周星驰,一点都不为过。。。
你看他那一副脸,都不知道葫芦里卖什么膏药!

This is our Apple Genie, Hen, to say he is the Stephen Chow of Kuching is really not over-exaggerating…
Look at that face, wonder what he is thinking in his mind!

 

 

整个月大家都在练跑时他都没出现,突然间最后一两天他放消息说,他已经练好怎样抓住对手的脚,让他们没有办法跑。。。
专门想出古古怪怪的主意!
你看他跑哪个方向。。。

The whole month when everyone was training hard for the race, he did not appear. Then suddenly on the last two days, he released news that he had already trained well to hold on tightly to the other runners’ legs so they could not run…
Always very good at coming up with crazy ideas!
Look at which direction he was running…

 

 

然后“砰”一声!
你看!真让人受不了!
看了大家都会笑,哪还有力气跑?好狡猾!哈哈哈哈!!!

Then “bang” it went!
Look at him! Really can’t stand him!
Everyone would laugh and who could still have the strength to run? Very cunning! Hahahaha!!!

 

他们是飞鹰队,口号是“We are Eagles WIN! You are chicken wings!!”
主题歌是:teng teng teng teng teng…..

Their team is called “The Eagles” and their slogan is “We are Eagles WIN! You are chicken wings!!”
Their theme song is: teng teng teng teng teng….

 

这是他们的组长YB志扬,一样搞笑!
This is their leader YB Chee Yong, real funny guy too!

 

感觉一个人孤孤单单在跑。。。 Feeling as though I am running all alone by myself…

这一系列照片。。。
没有人跟我一起跑吗?大家跑哪里去了。。。???
This series of photos…
Were not there other people running with me? Where have they all gone…???

 

 

哇!我真的赢这么多吗???哇哈哈哈哈!!!这下我可开心了!!
谢谢摄影师帮我拍到我一直梦想拥有的感觉,哈哈!!

Wow! Did I really win that much??? Muahahahahaha!!! Now, I am very happy!!
Thanks to the photographers for capturing this feeling that I have often dreamt of having for a long time, haha!!