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每日靈修:給予的恩典

(2018-05-16 21:04:01)

〔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 "耶穌基督來敬拜。

 

【今日讀經進度】哥林多後書 8:1-15

 
(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 8:1-2

 

弟兄們,我把神賜給馬其頓眾教會的恩告訴你們,就是他們在患難中受大試煉的時候,仍有滿足的快樂,在極窮之間還格外顯出他們樂捐的厚恩。

 

【今日信息】給予的恩典           By Rev. & Dr. Andrew Tsai

 

 能夠給予本就是一種恩典,因為若是你能夠給,就有給你的。

 

 列王紀上記載了一段耐人尋味的故事。先知以利亞身處於飢荒中,神叫他去投靠撒勒法的一位寡婦,這寡婦本來只剩下一把麵,一點油,預備做一塊餅,給自己和兒子吃,吃完就準備等死。

 

 沒想到就在這時候,以利亞出現在他面前,請求她把那最後一塊餅給他吃,這位寡婦竟然照著做了。她真的是有給予的恩典,所以當她給出去之後,就開啟了神恩典的倉庫,她從此就不再缺乏。

 

    『過了些日子,溪水就乾了,因為雨沒有下在地上。耶和華的話臨到他說:你起身往西頓的撒勒法去,住在那裡;我已吩咐那裡的一個寡婦供養你。以利亞就起身往撒勒法去。到了城門,見有一個寡婦在那裡撿柴,以利亞呼叫他說:求你用器皿取點水來給我喝。他去取水的時候,以利亞又呼叫他說:也求你拿點餅來給我!

 

      他說:我指著永生耶和華你的 神起誓,我沒有餅,罈內只有一把麵,瓶裡只有一點油;我現在找兩根柴,回家要為我和我兒子做餅;我們吃了,死就死罷!以利亞對他說:不要懼怕!可以照你所說的去做罷!只要先為我做一個小餅拿來給我,然後為你和你的兒子做餅。因為耶和華以色列的 神如此說:罈內的麵必不減少,瓶裡的油必不缺短,直到耶和華使雨降在地上的日子。』(王上 17:7-14)

 

      今天所引用的這段經文,同樣記載給予的恩典,我們可以分成五方面來看:

 

(1) 出於艱困環境中的給予:(8:1-2)

 

    『就是他們在患難中受大試煉的時候,仍有滿足的快樂,在極窮之間還格外顯出他們樂捐的厚恩。』(林後 8:2)

 

 馬其頓教會雖然自己本身也是充滿試煉,但是他們卻有滿足的喜樂,還是極力地奉獻支持別的教會。雖然自己已經是極度的貧窮,但還是慷慨地給予。這是真實的給予,這是顯出基督愛心的給予,也是見證神豐盛的給予。

 

(2) 出於熱心的給予:(8:3-4)

 

 並且他們所做的,不但照我們所想望的,更照神的旨意先把自己獻給主,又歸附了我們。』(林後 8:5)

 

 馬其頓教會不是一間只走第一里路的教會,只走第一里路的,就是按著吩咐,按著該給的。但是,他們是走第二里路的教會,就是超過他們的能力,因為他們把自己都獻上了;他們是一間對於給予充滿熱心的教會。

 

(3) 出於基督的吩咐:(8:5-9)

 

 你們知道我們主耶穌基督的恩典:他本來富足,卻為你們成了貧窮,叫你們因他的貧窮,可以成為富足。』(林後 8:9

 

 耶穌為我們捨棄一切,自己成為貧窮,為的是要使我們變成富足,因此我們的富足,也要成為別人的祝福,使別人因為我們而成為富足。

 

(4) 出於甘心樂意的給予:(8:10-12)

 

『因為人若有願做的心,必蒙悅納,乃是照他所有的,並不是照他所無的。』(林後 8:12

 

 神所喜悅的,不是我們給予的多少,而是我們給予的心;當我們有一顆樂意給的心時,神就得著最大的滿足。

 

(5) 出於信心的給予:(8:13-15)

 

 如經上所記:多收的也沒有餘;少收的也沒有缺。』(林後 8:15

 

 信心就是相信當你給出去,你一定不會減少。神會自動地去調整每個人的需要。每一次當我們憑著聖靈的感動給出去的時候,總是會有奇妙的事情發生。如果那是你僅有的,當你給出去時,如果你還是有需要,神就會再感動別人給你。

 

 如果神都可以感動你給人,神就有辦法感動人給你,這就是信心。

 

 主啊!求祢賜給我信心,特別是在給予這方面的信心,使我能知道,祢是萬物的主宰。

 
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
 

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Below article is from "Proverbs 31 Ministries"
 

I Want to Run Away      By Lysa Terkeurst 

“If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow -- to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him -- then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.” Deuteronomy 11:22-23 (NIV)

You want to know one of the worst feelings in the world to me? Feeling stuck.
Stuck in a situation where I can’t see things getting better. I look at the next 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, and all I see are the same hard things being repeated over and over and over.
I try to give myself a pep talk and tap into that part of me that chooses to see the bright side. But it isn't there.

Life suddenly feels like it will be this way forever. Impossible. Hard. Beyond what I can bear. And a dark funk eclipses me. I want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. But what if I just feel hopelessly stuck in the very dark middle?

The place where the end can’t be seen yet?
 And I start wondering if it ever will.
This happened to me when my two oldest daughters were babies. Hope was not quite 16 months old when Ashley was born. I was thankful for these two amazing gifts. I loved them very much.

But there was this other side of motherhood no one talked to me about beforehand. It never came up at my baby shower or a doctor's appointment or in conversations with other mommies.

In the midst of all the pink happiness, the dark funk came.
This desperate feeling that life would forever be an endless string of sleepless nights. Leaky diapers. Middle-of-the-night cries.
Forever.

One night I went to the drug store. I pulled into a parking space right in front of the restaurant beside the store and stared inside. There were normal people in there.

Laughing. Eating. Having fun conversations.
I looked at the worn-out woman staring back at me from the rear-view mirror and cried, thinking, This is my life. Forever.
Suddenly I had this crazy desire to run away. Far away.

Then guilt slammed into my fragile heart, and I cried until I could hardly breathe.
I often think about this when I find myself feeling stuck in difficult seasons. Those times when my mind teeters on the edge of that dark funk as my heart tries to convince me my season of struggle will never end.

But then I remember that night crying in my car. Those days of diapers and no sleep weren't forever. They were for a season.
It’s part of the rhythm of life. The ebb and flow of struggles and victories.

During one particularly hard season I closed my eyes and whispered, “Lord, what will fix this? What will take away this feeling that I’m going to be stuck in seasons of darkness the rest of my life?”

Three words popped into my mind: Turn to Me.
This sounded good in theory. But, in reality, turning to God felt a bit like trying to hug air.

Sometimes it’s hard to wrap my mind around something I can’t wrap my arms around.

So I picked up the only piece of God I could physically touch: His Word. “If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow -- to love the

LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him -- then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you”
 (Deuteronomy 11:22-23).

I love how this Scripture says "hold fast" to the Lord. The dark funk makes me want to hold slow -- to make God the last thing I try when I'm stumbling and falling. But if I close my eyes and simply whisper, "God ..." at the utterance of His name He will "dispossess" things trying to possess me.

In the midst of struggles, He is there ... I just have to acknowledge that reality. “Dear God, I love You. I don’t love this situation. But I love You. Therefore, I have everything I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and walking through until I get to the other side of this.”

Though my circumstances may not change today, my outlook surely can. I don’t have to run. I can turn to Him. And in doing this, I see His flicker of light, and a pulse of divine hope courses through my heart.

Dear Lord, thank You for helping me see that while this difficult season is a part of the tunnel, it’s not the whole journey. It might be dark in this section, but it won’t be dark all the way through. Keep reminding me that even in the darkest parts, I have immediate access to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (NIV)

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