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每日靈修:缺乏品格的能力

(2018-06-11 21:00:50)

〔每日靈修〕

【今日詩歌敬拜】
 

請打開喇叭,按下以下歌名,用這首詩歌 "好好的過來敬拜。

 

 
【今日讀經進度】士師記 14
 
(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】 14:1-3

 

     參孫下到亭拿,在亭拿看見了一個女子,是一個非利士人的女兒。參孫上來告訴他的父母,說:"我在亭拿看見一個女子,是一個非利士人的女兒;現在請你們把她娶來給我作妻子。"他的父母對他說:"在你兄弟的女兒中,或是在你所有的族人中,難道沒有一個女子,以致你要去從那些未受割禮的非利士人中娶妻呢?"參孫對他的父親說:"請你把她娶來給我,因為我看中她。"


【今日信息】缺乏品格的能力        By Rev. & Dr. Andrew Tsai

 

    參孫的一生是一個傳奇,但卻也是個悲劇,他出生於一個神所揀選的家庭,有敬虔愛神的父母,他們用神的方式來養育他,但是他卻因為神給他的大能,而任意妄為,缺乏紀律,最後導致成為奴隸,眼瞎而生活在黑暗中。

 

 許多擁有神恩賜能力的人,如果缺乏屬靈的品格,不願接受從神來的異象,很可惜的,他們的人生就有可能像參孫一樣,徒然浪費神的恩寵。

 

 參孫的一生,怎麼會走到如此悲慘的地步呢?那是他一次又一次的選擇,選擇順著情慾,而不願順服聖靈的結果。

 

一、不願聽從父母的教誨,失去遮蓋:(14:1-4)

 

他的父母對他說:"在你兄弟的女兒中,或是在你所有的族人中,難道沒有一個女子,以致你要去從那些未受割禮的非利士人中娶妻呢?"參孫對他的父親說:"請你把她娶來給我,因為我看中她。"』(士 14:3

 

 以色列人是神的選民,神嚴禁他們與外族通婚,參孫是一個拿細耳人,這一群人是神從百姓當中又特別分出來歸給神,過聖潔生活的人。參孫的父母告誡他,不可娶外族的女子,他不僅不聽,還一意孤行。

 

 參孫是一個順著情慾而活的人,在他的心裡沒有神的律法,也不孝順父母,脫離了神給他的遮蓋,從此他的人生便走入悲劇。

 

二、不願聽從聖靈的警告,失去聖潔:(14:5-9)

 

『參孫跟他的父母下到亭拿去,到了亭拿的葡萄園;忽然見一隻少壯獅子向他吼叫。---- - 過了些日子,參孫回去迎娶那女子,他轉向一旁去看看那隻死了的獅子;看見有一群蜂子和一些蜂蜜在獅子的屍體內。他刮了些蜂蜜,放在手裡,就走了;他一面走,一面吃,直走到他的父母那裡去;他又把蜂蜜給了他們,他們也吃了;但是他沒有告訴他們這蜂蜜是從獅子的屍體內刮下來的。』(士 14:5;8-9

 

      參孫執意要娶非利士女子為妻,在他往亭拿的路上,遇見一隻獅子,這是一個警訊,神在提醒他勿偏行己路,但是他憑藉著神給他的特殊能力,打死了獅子。

 

 當他從亭拿回來的時候,看見獅子的屍體還在那裡,而且裡面有許多的蜜蜂。以色列人是不准接觸死屍的,因為這是不潔淨的。參孫知道這樣規矩,但卻還是故意違犯,還拿了蜂蜜去給父母吃,而且不告訴他們這蜂蜜是不潔淨的。從此,他失去了作為拿細耳人的聖潔身分。

 

三、不願謹守口舌,失去平安:(14:10-18)

 

『參孫的妻子在丈夫面前哭哭啼啼,說:"你只是恨我,不是愛我;你給我的族人設謎語,卻沒有把謎語的意思告訴我。"參孫對她說:"連我父母我都沒有告訴,怎能告訴你呢?"在那七天婚宴期內,她在丈夫跟前常常哭哭啼啼;到了第七天,因為她催逼著參孫,參孫才告訴她;於是她把謎語的意思告訴她的族人』( 14:16-17)

 

     參孫是一個沒有異象,沒有理性的人,做甚麼事都是隨性,在他的婚禮上,本來是一個快樂的婚禮,那些來作伴郎的人,本來是來陪伴他的,但是參孫卻講了一個謎語,使這些人陷入兩難,後來他們為了自保,只好去威脅他的妻子。

 

 參孫是一個無法保守秘密的人,英雄難過美人關。他一生的最大敗筆,就是女色;因為女色帶給他失敗的人生。

 

四、不願保守脾氣,失去理智:(14:19-20)

 

『耶和華的靈大大感動參孫,參孫就下到亞實基倫,擊殺了他們中間三十個人,拿了剝下來的衣服,把三十套衣服給了那些把謎語的意思說出來的人;參孫怒氣沖沖地上自己的父家去了。參孫的妻子卻歸了一個陪伴參孫的人,就是作過他伴郎的。』( 14:19-20)

 

     參孫抵不過美人的哀兵之計,說出了自己的秘密,最後演變成他必須去殺人,來搶奪這些贖價。最後婚禮變成充滿暴力的現場,不但妻子歸於別人,自己也惹來一身禍患,沒有平安。

參孫的一生,正說明了,光有神的恩寵,徒有父母的垂愛,但如果不自愛,不謹守,不順服,生命中的破口,至終便毀了他一生。

 

主阿!我求祢保守我的心,勝過保守一切,因為一生的果效是由心發出。我要謹守我的口,保守我的屬靈生命,遠離咒詛,進入祢的祝福。

 

<</span>生活小點滴>  品格如跳傘,它是你人生的最後支撐力,特別是當你正在下墜時。
 

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 "God's Love at Work"

 

A Strong Foundation   By Margaret D. Mitchell 

   

. . . fire will test the quality of each man's work.  If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward." I Corinthians 3:13-14 (NIV) 

Indeed, God cares about the purity of our work. He cares about our motives behind our work, and He cares about the outward appearance of our work. He cares about how our work affects others and how we treat people along the way.

Work is a reflection of the heart, and God is watching. He sees when we cut corners, slip in late, steal supplies, cheat customers and gossip.

He also sees when we are on time and honest, when we serve and encourage others with a loving heart and when we build with excellence upon the foundation that Christ laid.

I once had a job marketing a new product to churches. Before I came on board, however, a previous team of experts had laid the foundation of this new product. They researched, wrote training manuals and student workbooks, designed logos and developed branding. They invested a lot of money and time into laying the foundation that our second team built upon. The first team's efforts were tested and refined as we journey forth. That which was solid remained, and that which was not gave way to change in order to produce higher quality.

This is much like how God "works" us through His divine refining. He challenges or tests our hearts to forge us into greater purity, like pure gold and silver. And our behaviors and works are a reflection of where we are in this process.

In I Corinthians 3, Paul attempted to reestablish morality in the church. He identified areas that were weak or erroneous and corrected them. Imagine the messages the Corinthians were sending to the world in their defamed state. Likewise, what would Paul have to say if he could visit our workplaces? Would he consider our behaviors and works moral or immoral? What messages are we sending to our co-workers? Do they see enough of Jesus in us to desire what we have? Are we winning them to Christ? Reaching out to them with His compassion? Or turning them away with dissension and boasting?

Yes, God expects quality. I Corinthians 3:13 tells us that our "work will be shown for what it is." The Lord's truth will be revealed about us and our work. We and our work will be judged, and we will either receive a reward or a loss. In this, we have a choice. What will we choose? What will we receive?

Are we committed to behaving and performing in God'sways or ours? I Corinthians 3:20 says, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile." I Corinthians 3:18 tells us to not deceive ourselves. I Corinthians 3:19 says, "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

Are we not to humbly build upon that which Christ laid before us and do His work by His grace? The truth is that without His grace, we can do nothing at all.

Make no mistake about it, the Lord led me to these scriptures in I Corinthians at the outset of my job. I knew He meant business, that the business I was doing was His and that I did it by His grace alone.

If you would like to have more of God's excellence reflected in your work, simply confess and invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart and to bring you into a greater realm of His excellence so that you may receive what He longs to give you: His finest reward.

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