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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 ~

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?”