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每日靈修:復興的必經之途!

(2018-05-15 20:36:30)

〔每日靈修〕

【今日詩歌敬拜】


請打開喇叭,按下以下連結,用此詩歌"誰能像你來敬拜。

【今日讀經進度】哥林多後書 7:1-16


(用左鍵按下藍色的經文,上述聖經就會自動出現)

今日默想禱讀經文】林後7:3-4

我說這話,不是要定你們的罪。我已經說過,你們常在我們心裡,情願與你們同生同死。我大大的放膽,向你們說話;我因你們多多誇口,滿得安慰;我們在一切患難中分外的快樂。

【今日信息】復興的必經之途! By Rev. Dr. Andrew Tsai

 「復興」就是恢復神創造時的榮美,恢復神起初的心意。而我們要能夠復興,關鍵在於大家要同心來敬畏神。而敬畏神要從哪裡開始呢?就是從「神聖的責備」開始。這個責備,不是教會肢體中的互相指責,或是肢體對教會領袖的批評論斷,更不是領袖出於血氣的指責會眾,而是出於聖靈裡愛心的責備。

 在這段經文中『安慰』這個字的意思是,由於哥林多教會不成熟的舉動而讓保羅非常擔憂,但是後來因為他們對保羅的責備,所做出來的一些悔改的回應,而使得保羅重新得著激勵。

 在現代的教會中,最難做到的一件事,就是責備。人面對責備通常會有三種反應,第一種是虛心接受,第二種是起來反擊,第三種是不予理會。一般來說,有第一種反應的人非常少,也很難得。因為被責備的人要有謙卑的心,同時也有聖靈的安慰在其中,才能達到責備的目的。

 但是教會要復興,通常要能有責備,也要有安慰,兩者都能產生,才會有復興的臨到。因為光有責備,沒有安慰,會產生苦毒。光有安慰沒有責備,則會產生浮濫。

(1)、復興的根基:(1~6)---敬畏神、忠信人

『親愛的弟兄阿,我們既有這等應許,就當潔淨自己,除去身體、靈魂一切的污穢,敬畏神,得以成聖。』(林後7:1

復興不是偶然發生,乃是出於一個基礎,一個根基,有根基才能有建造,有了建造才會有復興的發生。

 我服事主三十多年,一直都有一個禱告,一個期待,就是期待復興的發生。如果說,人生有甚麼意義?最有意義的事,莫過於能看見經歷神的復興。

 保羅說,我們既有這應許,也就是說,神已經應許我們會有復興的臨到,這個應許使我們願意把自己捨去,因為這個應許使得我們願意持續的禱告。也因為這個應許,使我們願意過一個聖潔的生活。

 更是因為這個應許,使我們願意除去污穢,過著聖潔的生活。


(2)、復興的途徑:(7~11)---憂傷與悔改

『你看,你們依著神的意思憂愁,從此就生出何等的慇懃、自訴、自恨、恐懼、想念、熱心、責罰(或作:自責)。在這一切事上,你們都表明自己是潔淨的。』(林後7:11

 復興絕對不是讓我們去指責別人,復興是從責備自己開始,因為聖靈的工作,乃是叫人為罪、為義、為審判,自己責備自己,這就是依著神的意思憂愁。

 我們若依著人(自己的肉體)的意思來憂愁,因著別人給我們的重擔和壓力或責備而來憂愁,這樣的憂愁必定會帶出不好的結果,就是不安、不滿、不服、不平等等,但是我們若是依著神(裡面的聖靈)的意思來憂愁,就能生出何等殷勤、自訴、自恨、恐懼、想念、熱心、自責,這就是走在復興的道路中了。

(3)、復興的結局: (12~16)---激發愛心、勉勵行善

『我若對他誇獎過你們甚麼,也不覺得慚愧。我們對你們所說的是真話,照樣,我們在提多面前誇獎你們的也是真的。並且他想起你們眾人的服從,怎樣恐懼戰兢地接待他,他懷念你們的心就更加熱切了。』(林後7:14-15)

 復興不是一個現象,乃是一種實際,不是一種量變,乃是一種質變;就是個人生命的轉化,同時帶來的連鎖反應。

 當一個人在神面前真實的悔改,願意降服聖靈,被神使用時,神就會開始在他個人的生命中做復興的工作,然後復興擴散到他的周圍,在一個小小的團體中。如果這些人持續守住復興的六個聖潔標準,復興就會繼續的發酵,最後擴張到地區,甚至是國家,最後影響列國。

 我相信神正在做復興的工作,在年輕人當中,神要興起新一代的領袖,是帶領下一個世紀的屬靈領袖,因為復興要從個人開始,這個人要成為領袖,要成為神所要使用的人。

 主啊!我感謝祢,因為祢比我們更期待復興,我們在等祢的復興來到,然而祢也在等著我們的憂傷與悔改。主啊!求祢興起復興的器皿,使他們能帶出祢復興的契機。


Rev. Dr.Andrew Tsai 蔡恩惠牧師
Bread of Life Christian Church in San Diego
3-D Life, Devotion, Discipleship, Dedication
Fulfill God's Purpose in People's Life

***
Below article is from "Proverbs 31 Ministries"
The Secret to Hearing from Heaven By Alicia Bruxvoort

“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out ... and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”John 10:3b, 4b (ESV)

I was curled up on the corner of our old plaid couch talking with God in the early morning quiet when I heard the pitter-patter of little feet shuffling down the hallway.

Soon I felt the warmth of a small body snuggling next to mine, and I opened my eyes to greet my 4-year-old with a smile.
“Mommy?” he whispered. “Were you talking to God?”
I nodded and pulled my firstborn onto my lap.

We settled into a comfortable silence, and I continued my prayers until a curious voice interrupted me once again.
“Mommy, does God talk back?”

My heart lunged with a grateful “yes” before my lips formed the word; then my morning mate asked the question I had wrestled with for years.

“But how do youknowit’s Him?”

I paused and thought of my own journey of doubt and discovery.

As a child, I’d loved the Bible stories that told of our God in heaven speaking to His children on earth. I’d relished the tales where God spoke in whirlwinds and quiet whispers, through burning bushes and celestial songs. And I’d believed without a doubt that He wanted to speak to me, too. I’d listened for His voice as I went about my days and relished His presence as I responded with my heart.

But as I grew older, I became skeptical. I didn’t doubt the Lord could speak. I simply doubted my ability to hear Him clearly. How could I discern His voice from all the thoughts that clamored in my mind? How could I differentiate His holy directives from my own desires?

Eventually, wariness swallowed my childlike confidence, and I stopped expecting God to talk to me in a personal way. Sadly, when I plugged my ears to heaven, my faith shrunk small. Scripture became lifeless words on a page, and my prayers shriveled sluggish and stale.

Then one day I read Jesus’ words inJohn 10:3b and 4b --“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out ... and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice”-- and I wondered if I’d been asking the wrong question all along.

According to Jesus, intimacy is the key to clarity. The more deeply we know God, the more distinctly we recognize His voice.

So perhaps the question that begs an answer as we tune our ears to heaven isn’t,“How do we know it’s Him?
But rather,“How well do we know Him?”

From that day on, I began to focus on discovering the depth of my Father’s heart rather than worrying about the breadth of my faulty ears.

I read His word with renewed hunger and prayed with expectancy. I studied His names, explored His character and worshipped with abandon. And true to Jesus’ words, the more my heart was tied to my Father, the more my ears were tuned to His voice.

The squeeze of a little hand reminded me that my son was still waiting for my answer, so I responded with a question of my own.

“Do you remember yesterday when you were playing outside, and Daddy called you in for dinner?”
“Yep.”
“How did you know it washis voicewhen he hollered from the window?” I probed.

My little boy exhaled a giddy giggle. “‘Cause he’s my Daddy,” he said with a toothy grin. “And I know him really, really good.”

I nodded and returned the smile. Then, I leaned low and whispered in my son’s ear: “That’s how it is with God, too.”

Dear God, I want to know You more intimately so I can hear Your voice more clearly. Show me more of who You aretoday. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FORTODAY:
John 10:27, “My sheeprespond as theyhear My voice; I know themintimately,and they follow Me.” (VOICE)
Psalm 85:8a, “Let me hear what God the LORDwill speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints.” (ESV)

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