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每日靈修:讓你的熱心持續增長

(2018-05-17 20:32:44)

〔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 "榮耀都歸神羔羊來敬拜。

 

【今日讀經進度】哥林多後書 8:16-24

 

(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 8:21-23

 

        我們留心行光明的事,不但在主面前,就在人面前也是這樣。我們又打發一位兄弟同去;這人的「熱心」我們在許多事上屢次試驗過。現在他因為深信你們,就更加「熱心」了。論到提多,他是我的同伴,一同為你們勞碌的。論到那兩位兄弟,他們是眾教會的使者,是基督的榮耀。

 

【今日信息】 讓你的熱心持續增長          By Rev. & Dr. Andrew Tsai

 

 時間是最好的試金石,任何好的東西,都必須經過時間的考驗。一位基督徒也是一樣,一時的熱心不代表什麼,但是如果能一生忠心,那才經得起時間的考驗,才能知道我們是個值得神信賴的人。

 

 許多基督徒很容易熱心一時,但卻無法持久,熱心一過,看到別人不能配合他,就心生苦毒,就變成埋怨,甚至埋怨神,攻擊人,這是因為他們不知道由自己內裡所表現出來的,是出於肉體的熱心,不是出於信心品格的堅持 ;熱心還必須加上信心,才能達到果效。

 

 美國第四十九州阿拉斯加州,原屬於俄國的領土,但當時的人所看到的,只是冰天雪地、生活困難的一塊大地,因此毫不加以重視。後來,美國一位十分有頭腦、有遠見的國務卿叫修華德,於一八六七年代表美國買下這地,每畝二分錢,共美金七百二十萬元。當時國會很多人譏笑他花那樣多錢,買一個大冰箱。可是他堅持要買,他辯稱:『我所做的,是從心裡做,像是給主做,不是給人做,百年後你們就會知道它的價值。』

 

    不久之後,該地先後發現地裡有豐盛的石油、金礦、森林、海豹()...等豐富的資源。不但如此,今日也證實阿拉斯加對美國有極大的戰略價值。


 美國在硬幣和紙幣上印有「我們信靠神」,也是在修華德任內,他和許多愛主的官員一起合力促成的。一個能夠持續的有愛主熱誠的人,所能成就的事,是何等的偉大啊!

 當保羅提到這位弟兄時,雖然他沒有提到他的名字,但是卻形容他是一位:『我們在許多的事上多次考驗過他,知道他很熱心;現在他對你們大有信心,就更加熱心了。』

 

 耶穌的門徒約翰,他本來的性格就像是一個雷公,脾氣暴躁,充滿血氣和衝動。但是他跟隨耶穌之後,被聖靈充滿致使生命得以轉變,變成一位愛的使徒,是一位能夠持續有愛的熱誠的人,你看他所寫的書信,充滿溫柔體貼和愛心。

 

空有熱度,有時會使人燙傷,但若能持久保有溫度,那就能使人得益』。我們必須要學習這位弟兄一樣,熱心再加上愛心,就更能將熱心和愛心的果效發揮到極至。

 

『知道他很「熱心」;現在他對你們大有「信心」,就更加「熱心了。』

 

 這兩個熱心在原文是不一樣的兩個字,都是指熱心,但是第一個熱心是「主動殷勤的熱心」,而第二個是「更加地更多的殷勤的熱心」。也就是說,他的熱心是不斷在增加中的熱心,不是一種停滯的熱心,或是漸退的熱心。熱心能夠持續地增長,關鍵在於『信心』,信心能夠持續地為熱心加溫,使熱心不斷的增長。

 

 主啊!求祢幫助我,使我對祢的熱心,永不退卻,越事奉就越愛祢,越愛祢就越事奉祢。

 

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"

 

How to Bless Other Women         By Arlene Pellicane 

 

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” 1 Timothy 5:1-2 (NIV)
 

There is a place to belong for every woman, but sometimes it may not feel like it.
 

My husband James and I had been married a few years when we decided it was time to try to have children. No one in our families had trouble with infertility, so I thought it would be smooth sailing. But after several months of no baby news, we sought medical help. It turned out I had a condition needing surgery.
 

On Mother’s Day, I looked at the large number of moms at my church. I wanted to be a mother so badly, but my body wasn’t cooperating.
 

Have you ever felt left out like that? Mother’s Day can be especially difficult for some. Maybe it’s because your mom has passed away or there’s a strained relationship. Or maybe your children don’t show much affection or appreciation.
 

Our key verse today can be overlooked in a list of instructions found in 1 Timothy. But these words are soaked in belonging: “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity” (1 Timothy 5:1-2).
 

The Apostle Paul uses family terms like father, brother, mother and sister to characterize the relationships found within the church. The early church was viewed as God’s household. In earlier verses found in 1 Timothy, Paul writes so Timothy will know “how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15b, NIV).
 

There is a place to belong for everyone in the church -- the young and the old, the childless and parents. There are no second-class citizens. Our verse reminds us to treat our elders with respect, not rebuking an older man harshly and treating older women as mothers.
 

Perhaps there’s an older woman at church you know who needs to be treated with respect like a mother. Many years ago as a young college grad, I rented a room from a single, godly professor who used to be a missionary. I remember finding her each morning praying and reading the Bible in her favorite chair. She was an example to me and gave me a place to call home during that pivotal season in my life. While I stretched my wings, even though she wasn’t a mom, she became a mother figure. She helped me to belong.
 

This Mother’s Day, let’s focus on how we can bless other women instead of focusing on what we want to receive. Soak your mom in love, and also show appreciation to a woman who has blessed you -- especially if that woman doesn’t have children. A personal note of gratitude from you or a coffee date may make the difference between a sad Mother’s Day and a celebration.
 

Now about my difficulty in having children, I did eventually have surgery, and after a few years, I stood in church on Mother’s Day with a big, pregnant belly. I was finally becoming a mother! Let us remember that children are indeed a blessing from God.

 

Let us also remember the body of Christ is a family. Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our spiritual moms, too.
 

Lord Jesus, we thank You for adopting us all into Your family. Thank You for loving me with tenderness and strength. Help me be a blessing to my mom and the children in my sphere of influence. I ask for Your comfort, peace and rest. Thank You for those who have been a godly example to me through the years. May I bless other women, loving and encouraging them today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 31:31, “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (NIV)
 

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