使身体强健的智慧

IF_ANY~1使身体强健的智慧

岂不知你们的身子就是圣灵的殿么?这圣灵是从 神而来,住在你们里头的,并且你们不是自己的人,因为你们是重价买来的,所以要在你们的身子上荣耀 神(哥林多前书6:19-20)

亲爱的弟兄姊妹们,我们必须认识到,忽视身体的健康会阻碍我们对上帝的侍奉,因此我们有责任照顾好自己的身体。然而我们要利用智慧(雅各1:5你们中间若有缺少智慧的,应当求那厚赐与众人、也不斥责人的 神,主就必赐给他)来达到并保持身体的强健,我相信,这包括要有一个正确的动机和遵守锻炼规则。

正确的动机,来自于我们能够真正懂得自己在上帝眼里的价值【圣经告诉我们,我们的天父上帝非常地爱我们,祂甚至差下祂的独生子为偿还我们的罪债而死在十字架上】。没有一种方法,使我们能够报答上帝为我们所做的一切,我们惟一能做的就是说“感谢你,天父”,并且尽心尽力向祂证明我们爱祂,就是通过追求灵命上的健康和学习并服从祂的话语,还有以正确的饮食及定期锻炼来达到身体的强健。

我们的身体是永生 神的殿(哥林多前书6:19岂不知你们的身子就是圣灵的殿,圣灵住在你们里头吗?),圣灵住在我们里面,透过我们来进行上帝的工作。当我们照顾好身体和灵命的健康成长,那么在上帝呼召我们时,我们就能够全力以赴地投入到侍奉的工作中。我们的天父知道,我们中很多人在身体上存有不同的疾病,而祂想要我们照顾好自己,所以我们不要让自己的病情再恶化下去。

身体锻炼,是重视健康的另一个组成。而很多人是以“忽冷忽热”的态度来进行锻炼和减肥,虽然这样可能当时会得到一些效果,但是坚持持久地锻炼才能从中获得更大的益处。为了使我们的身体能够强健起来,在我们与上帝、家人和工作的时间分配结构中,就需要发展新的锻炼规则。如果我们要使灵命和身体都能保持良好的状态,那么我们的时间分配结构持久地保持一致性是必要的。

好好学习上帝的话语、正确饮食和定期锻炼,并不能保证我们避免患病或长寿,但却意味着我们为上帝将祂的殿锻炼得强健,我们在身体和灵命上都充满生命力,而当蒙召时,使我们作为上帝的儿女,能够在身体上为荣耀上帝做更多的事工。

在此,我们夫妻感谢上帝,我们主耶稣基督的父,赐给我们美好的一天,也赐给我们你们这些忠心于主的弟兄姊妹们。

(以上所写的,你们可以用来建造耶稣基督的国度)

Wisdom for Good Health

Wisdom for Good Health

IF_ANY~11 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the HOLY SPIRIT, who is in you, whom you have received from GOD? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour GOD with your bodies.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We must realize that neglecting our health could hinder our serving GOD, so we have a responsibility to take care of our physical body. Therefore, we have to use wisdom (If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5) with regard to achieve and maintain good health. I believe that includes having the proper motivation and a commitment to practice discipline.

Motivation comes when we understand our worth in GOD’s sight [the Bible tells us our FATHER GOD loved us so much that HE sent HIS only SON to die on the cross to pay for our sin]. There is no way that we could ever repay HIM for what HE has done for us. All we can do is say, “Thank you FATHER” and try to show HIM how much we love HIM by pursuing good spiritual health in studying and obeying the WORD of GOD and achieve physical health by eating right and exercise regularly.

Our bodies are the temple of the living GOD (1 Cor. 6: 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the HOLY SPIRIT, who is in you, . . . .). The HOLY SPIRIT lives in us and carries out the LORD’s work through us. When we are taking care of our physical and spiritual health, we position ourselves to be able to serve when GOD calls. Our heavenly FATHER knows many of us have infirmities, but HE wants us to take care of ourselves so we do not make our condition worse.

Discipline is the other component of a health-conscious attitude. Many of us approach exercise and weight loss in a “fits and starts” manner. While that may offer some value at the time, a more lasting method is of greater benefit. We need to develop new routines, within the structure of our time with GOD, family and work, for our bodies to thrive. Consistency over the long term is necessary if we are to stay in good spiritual and physical condition.

A desire to study the WORD of GOD, eat right and exercise regularly does not guarantee we’ll avoid disease or live a long life. But it does mean we will have done our part to keep GOD’s temple in good shape for HIM. Our calling as GOD’s children is best fulfilled when we seek physical as well as spiritual vitality.

浪子的比喻

The_Prodigal_Son_Picture_WEB儿子说:“父亲,我得罪了天,又得罪了你。从今以后,我不配称为你的儿子。” 父亲却吩咐仆人说:“把那上好的袍子快拿出来给他穿,把戒指戴在他指头上,把鞋穿在他脚上。 因为我这个儿子是失而又得的”(路加福音15:21-22,24)

亲爱的弟兄姊妹们,

在当今世界,“证明自己”是你经常觉得要去做的事,对吗?在工作中、朋友中、甚至在家里,你总会努力要赢得你所需要的认同,你要努力地向周围的人证明自己,从而得到应得的薪水、友情和他们对你的关爱。难道没有其他方法吗?

你最好相信有!就是恩典,是白白而得且不配受的恩惠和接纳,并且你只能从一个地方找到,就是在上帝的心里。

没有任何一副画面比浪子回头的故事,更能彰显上帝的恩典了!今天很少有人能够真正感受到这个故事所带来的震撼,就像最初听到耶稣所讲时的犹太人。你是知道的,按照犹太人的标准,败家子做出了最卑劣的事情。他不仅侵吞父亲的财产,并把财产挥霍一空,过放荡无度的生活;他还离开以色列国,与外国人立约,并沦落到作了猪农(就是你能想到的最卑贱的处境)。

在当时的犹太人眼里,这个儿子的悖逆是如此的严重,他的父亲惟一能做的就是与其断绝关系。

然而,那位父亲却没有这么做,他是张开双臂来迎接他悔改的儿子回家。父亲献出他的慈悲,是儿子不配得的恩慈,是基于父亲的爱,而非儿子的悔改表现。

如果下一次,你为了自己的过犯而竭力向上帝忏悔,要赢得祂的认可,那么就让这个浪子回头的故事来释放你,并且提醒你:尽管你犯了罪,只要你悔改,你的天父仍然会张开双臂接纳你;祂会用公义的袍子给你披上,把祂的戒指给你戴上,把儿子名分的鞋给你穿上!

你是否感到自己不配得到这一切?上帝并不是将祂与你的关系,建立在你是否值得的基础上,而是基于祂对你的爱。你不必努力向上帝证明自己,祂所看重的,就是当你悔改你的罪时就是一个成功的证明。马可福音1:15告诉我们:日期满了, 神的国近了,你们当悔改,信福音。

日期满了:在从前,上帝向祂的以色列民施行拯救;在现今,救赎的壮举透过耶稣已经达到了的顶点。

神的国近了:上帝的国度是万事的终点,上帝的至高统管就是完全地实现了万有的更新,并且万有的中心就是祂那些被赎回又成为荣耀的子民。祂的国“近了”,意味着耶稣即将降临来进行运作,使万事成就。而上帝要求我们,就是要以悔改和相信来回应福音。

研经:路加福音15:11-32

Prodigal son

The_Prodigal_Son_Picture_WEB“And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet….For this my son…was lost, and is found.”(Luke 15:21-22, 24)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Prove yourself. In today’s world, that’s what you constantly feel you have to do, right? On the job, among friends, even at home you’re always working to win the approval you need. Working to convince those around you that you deserve the salary, the friendship, and even the love they give you. Is there any escape?

You better believe there is! It’s called grace. Unearned and undeserved favor and acceptance. And there’s only one place you can find it–in the heart of GOD HIMSELF.

There’s no better picture of GOD’s grace in action than in the story of the prodigal son. Few of us today can really feel the impact of that story like those first Jewish listeners JESUS told it to. You see, by their standards the prodigal son had committed some of the most despicable acts possible. He’d not only taken advantage of his father and spent his inheritance in riotous living, he’d left the nation of Israel and made covenant with a foreigner–a pig farmer! That was as low as you could get.

In their eyes, that boy’s rebellion was so serious his father’s only recourse was to disown him.

But that’s not what this father did! He welcomed his repentant son home with open arms. He offered him grace–unmerited favor–that was based on the father’s love rather than the son’s performance.

Next time you catch yourself struggling to make up to GOD for something you’ve done wrong, working to win HIS approval, let the story of the prodigal son set you free. Let it remind you that, in spite of your sins, your FATHER has received you with open arms. HE’s put a robe of righteousness on your back and HIS signet ring on your hand. HE’s put the shoes of sonship on your feet!

Do you feel unworthy of all that? GOD hasn’t based His relationship with you on your worthiness. He’s based it on HIS love for you. You don’t have to struggle to prove yourself to HIM. As far as HE’s concerned, you’re a proven success when you repent of your sins. We are told in Mark 1:15 – And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of GOD is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The time is fulfilled: The past times, especially of GOD’s acts of salvation for His people Israel, reach their climax in this present time of salvation through JESUS.

The kingdom of GOD is at hand: The kingdom of God is that final state of affairs where GOD’s supreme reign is fully realized over the transformed universe and in the hearts of all HIS redeemed and glorified people. This kingdom is “at hand” in the sense that the coming of JESUS sets in motion all that will bring about its actualization. GOD requires repentance and belief in response to this gospel.

Scripture Study: Luke 15:11-32

Man and Woman Made by GOD and for GOD.

Man and Woman Made by GOD and for GOD.

God-Created-Man-in-His-Image-and-According-to-His-Likeness-for-Man-to-Express-GodOur culture greatly values outward appearance and athletic prowess. As a result, many of us think negatively about our bodies. We compare ourselves with others and conclude we do not measure up to society’s ideal. Such unhealthy comparisons can lead us into an emotional downward spiral. But the LORD sees things differently.

First, GOD made us—male and female—in HIS image, and then called what HE had created “good” (Gen. 1: 31 Then GOD saw everything that HE had made, and indeed it was very good.). HE knitted each of us in the womb (Ps. 139: 13 For YOU formed my inward parts; YOU covered me in my mother’s womb.); no one is exactly like anyone else. From the LORD’s perspective, we are each uniquely made, with both value and purpose.

Second, our importance to the FATHER is seen in HIS SON’s sacrifice on our behalf. CHRIST shed HIS blood and paid for our sins so that we might be set free from the penalty and power of sin. GOD loved us so much that HE sent JESUS to take our place on the cross (1 John 4: 10 In this is love, not that we loved GOD, but that HE loved us and sent HIS SON to be the propitiation for our sins.).

Finally, GOD designed man to be in relationship with HIM. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden and had communion with the CREATOR. Abraham followed an obeyed the LORD and was called GOD’s friend (James 2: 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed GOD, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of GOD.). Through faith in JESUS, we have become children of GOD and co-heirs with CHRIST (Rom. 8: 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of GOD and joint heirs with CHRIST, if indeed we suffer with HIM, that we may also be glorified together.). Our whole being—body, soul, and spirit—belongs to HIM.

The media bombards [influence] us with how to be prettier, stronger, and more popular. But such pursuits don’t bring lasting satisfaction. Contentment is found when we remember how precious we are to GOD: HE created us, our SAVIOR died for us, and the HOLY SPIRIT lives in us.

Psalm 139: 1 O LORD, YOU have searched me and known me.
2 YOU know my sitting down and my rising up;
YOU understand my thought afar off.
3 YOU comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, YOU know it altogether.
5 YOU have hedged me behind and before,
And laid YOUR hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from YOUR SPIRIT?
Or where can I flee from YOUR presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, YOU are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, YOU are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there YOUR hand shall lead me,
And YOUR right hand shall hold me. (NKJV)

JESUS our HIGH PRIEST

JESUS our HIGH PRIEST

For God so loved the worldHebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, CHRIST JESUS, (NKJV)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Very few believers today understand the mystery of the apostleship and priesthood of JESUS. We think that an apostle is some kind of super-saint. But “apostle” actually means “sent one.” So, JESUS has been sent from GOD to do something for us.

HE’s been sent to serve as our HIGH PRIEST. Again, many believers don’t have the first idea what a high priest does. They picture a person walking around in strange clothes performing religious rituals.

In reality, a high priest is much more than that. He is one who is authorized to administer, to execute, to implement and to carry into effect. Now, you may wonder what it is that JESUS is authorized to administer, execute, or carry out on your behalf. Hebrews 3:1 says that JESUS is the High Priest of our confession. HE’s been sent to put into effect, to execute, to carry out the words that you say.

But have you been speaking what you feel, instead of speaking words of faith? If, for example, you’re speaking sickness, what’s HE going to do with that? HE’s not HIGH PRIEST over sickness. HE can’t execute that. If you’re saying, “I’m so weak, I’m so tired,” HE can’t carry that out. The Bible says, “Let the weak say, I am strong!” The minute you say that, JESUS can administer STRENGTH.

JESUS is not going to administer sickness or disease or poverty or sin. HE’s defeated all that. HE is HIGH PRIEST over deliverance and righteousness and freedom.

Consider that. Then as you come before JESUS, don’t speak words of defeat. Speak words HE can implement– words of victory. That’s what HE’s been ordained by GOD to bring to pass in your life.

Scripture Study:

Hebrews 7:20-28

New King James Version (NKJV)

Greatness of the New Priest

20 And inasmuch as HE was not made priest without an oath 21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but HE with an oath by HIM who said to Him:

“The LORD has sworn
And will not relent,
‘YOU are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek’”),

22 by so much more JESUS has become a surety of a better covenant.

23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But HE, because HE continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore HE is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to GOD through HIM, since HE always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For such a HIGH PRIEST was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for the people’s, for this HE did once for all when HE offered up HIMSELF. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the SON who has been perfected forever.

We give thanks to GOD, the FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, for this day and for you, faithful brothers and sisters.
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Trust GOD to Deliver You

fiery_furnace_shadrach_meshach_abednego_14-346Trust GOD to Deliver You

Psalm 91:7, 10

New King James Version (NKJV)

“7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.

10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Naturally speaking, this is a terrifying world we’re living in today. A world that staggers from one disaster to another. Almost daily we hear about wars, about the dangers of nuclear weapons and chemical warfare, about oil spills and earthquakes and floods and typhoons, about incurable diseases on the rise and crime sweeping through our cities.

But in the midst of it all, GOD is promising to be a refuge and a fortress to those who will trust and dwell in HIM (Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to HIM, for GOD is our refuge. Psalm 62:8), and who will “obey all that HE commanded us” (Matt 28:20).

“But, Victor,” you might say, “HE made that promise thousands of years ago when things weren’t in as desperate shape as they are today!”

That may be so, but you know what? That promise is right up to date. It was made for our generation. Just think about it. Back when Psalm 91 was written, man hadn’t even invented weapons that could destroy ten thousand people at once. We’re the generation that did that. So when He said, “No evil will befall you,” HE was including us.

No evil will befall you. “The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life” Psalm 121:7; Praise GOD, what a statement! But you need to catch hold of it and believe it. Believe that GOD wants to be GOD in your life. HE wants to be your protection. HE wants to be your security. He wants to be the first Name you call when trouble comes your way. He wants to be the One that you trust in and look to, to keep you safe. And if you’ll do that, He’ll never, never let you down.

HE can handle all the dangers that surround you. No matter how bad they are, HE can handle them! HE proved that with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were bound and thrown into a fiery furnace that was so hot that the men who threw them in were killed by the heat. Now you can’t get in any more trouble than that. But GOD brought them through and when they came out, they didn’t even smell like smoke. Hallelujah!

So, no matter how terrifying things around you seem to get, trust GOD. HE will always be faithful. HE will never be out doing something else when you need help. HE will be right there to deliver you from any problem, any catastrophe, any kind of devastation if you love and obey GOD.

Let HIM prove in your life what HE proved in the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: No other can deliver like HIM!

Scripture Study: Daniel 3:

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the GOD we serve is able to deliver us from it, and HE will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if HE does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”
25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High GOD, come out! Come here!”
So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the GOD of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent HIS angel and rescued HIS servants! They trusted in HIM and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own GOD. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the GOD of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

服从为首要

服从为首要

耶稣回答说:“人若爱我就必遵守我的道,我父也必爱他,并且我们要到他那里去,与他同住。不爱我的人就不遵守我的道。你们所听见的道不是我的,乃是差我来之父的道。我还与你们同住的时候,已将这些话对你们说了。但保惠师,就是父因我的名所要差来的圣灵,祂要将一切的事指教你们,并且要叫你们想起我对你们所说的一切话(约翰福音14:23 -26)

亲爱的弟兄姊妹们,造物主曾给亚当和夏娃两个命令:第一,生养众多遍满全地,并治理这地;第二,不可吃园里那棵指定树上的果子(创世纪1:28 神就赐福给他们,又对他们说:“要生养众多,遍满地面,治理这地,也要管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟和地上各样行动的活物。2:17只是分别善恶树上的果子,你不可吃,因为你吃的日子必定死”)。但因为他们的悖逆,使他们与上帝的关系破裂,不得不离开伊甸园。adamandeveleave

这第一对人类夫妻的悖逆,不仅影响到他们自己的生命,还有更深广的牵连,就是所有后世的人都深受其苦。在罗马书5:12-19里,使徒保罗解释了原因:通过一人,亚当的犯罪,使罪进入了世界,死亡就临到全人类。因为亚当是人类的始祖,所以他的行为就影响到在他之后出生的所有人,他的悖逆导致我们每个人都有远离上帝的本性和一个要自治的欲望。

与之比照:耶稣是将符合上帝的旨意作为祂生命的首要,并且祂在言语和行为上都完全服从于上帝(约翰福音8:28-29所以耶稣说:“你们举起人子以后必知道我是基督,并且知道我没有一件事是凭着自己作的。我说这些话,乃是照着父所教训我的。那差我来的,是与我同在,祂没有撇下我独自在这里,因为我常作祂所喜悦的事”)。耶稣活出了一个毫无罪恶的完美生命,惟有祂有资格作我们的救主(哥林多后书5:21 神使那无罪的,替我们成为罪,好叫我们在祂里面成为 神的义)。通过一人,耶稣基督的死,偿还了全人类的罪债。上帝接纳了祂儿子的牺牲,使我们的罪得到赦免,并从罪的权势下得以被释放。imagesCAIYEPO0

亚当的悖逆,使审判和死亡临到我们;然而,耶稣的服从,使所有相信祂的人获得新的生命(罗马书6:4所以我们借着洗礼归入死,和祂一同埋葬,原是叫我们一举一动有新生的样式,像基督借着父的荣耀从死里复活一样)。我们的救主呼召我们,要除去自我的私欲,舍己来跟从祂(马太福音16:24于是耶稣对门徒说:“若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,背起他的十字架来跟从我”)。活出一个神性的生命,将为耶稣带来荣耀,也为祂能够影响其他人。

研经:罗马书5:12-19
5:12 这就如罪是从一人入了世界,死又是从罪来的,于是死就临到众人,因为众人都犯了罪。
5:13 没有律法之先,罪已经在世上。但没有律法,罪也不算罪。
5:14 然而从亚当到摩西死就作了王,连那些不与亚当犯一样罪过的也在他的权下,亚当乃是那以后要来之人的预像。
5:15 只是过犯不如恩赐,若因一人的过犯,众人都死了,何况 神的恩典与那因耶稣基督一人恩典中的赏赐,岂不更加倍的临到众人么?
5:16 因一人犯罪就定罪,也不如恩赐。原来审判是由一人而定罪,恩赐乃是由许多过犯而称义。
5:17 若因一人的过犯,死就因这一人作了王,何况那些受洪恩又蒙所赐之义的,岂不更要因耶稣基督一人在生命中作王么?
5:18 如此说来,因一次的过犯,众人都被定罪;照样,因一次的义行,众人也就被称义得生命了。
5:19 因一人的悖逆,众人成为罪人;照样,因一人的顺从,众人也成为义了。

【一个真正的门徒(基督徒)应是:】CHRIST calling2

* 每个门徒与上帝的关系都经过圣灵的训练和指示(提摩太后书2:15 你当竭力在 神面前得蒙喜悦,作无愧的工人,按着正意分解真理的道)。

* 参加真信徒的聚会(希伯来10:25你们不可停止聚会,好像那些停止惯了的人,倒要彼此劝勉。既知道那日子临近,就更当如此)

* 被圣灵充满并被圣灵带领(罗马书8:14因为凡被 神的灵引导的,都是 神的儿子;以弗所5:18不要醉酒,酒能使人放荡,乃要被圣灵充满【满有圣灵的果实】)

* 关心别人,而不是只顾自己(腓立比2:3-4凡事不可结党、不可贪图虚浮的荣耀,只要存心谦卑,各人看别人比自己强。各人不要单顾自己的事,也要顾别人的事)

* 按各人的恩赐来侍奉上帝(彼得前书4:11若有讲道的,要按着 神的圣言讲;若有服事人的,要按着 神所赐的力量服事。叫 神在凡事上因耶稣基督得荣耀,原来荣耀权能都是祂的,直到永永远远。阿们)

* 凡事都祷告(腓立比4:6-7应当一无挂虑,只要凡事借着祷告、祈求和感谢,将你们所要的告诉 神。 神所赐出人意外的平安,必在基督耶稣里保守你们的心怀意念。帖撒罗尼迦前书5:17不住地祷告)

* 带领新信徒成为门徒(提摩太后书2:2你在许多见证人面前听见我所教训的,也要交托那忠心能教导别人的人)

* 靠上帝常常喜乐(以赛亚61:10我因耶和华大大欢喜,我的心靠 神快乐。因祂以拯救为衣给我穿上,以公义为袍给我披上,好像新郎戴上华冠,又像新妇佩戴妆饰。帖撒罗尼迦前书5:16要常常喜乐)

在此,我们夫妻感谢上帝,我们主耶稣基督的父,赐给我们美好的一天,也赐给我们你们这些忠心于主的弟兄姊妹们。

(以上所写的,你们可以用来建造耶稣基督的国度)

The Priority of Obedience

The Priority of Obedience

Feast_at_the_House_of_SimonJohn 14: 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The CREATOR gave two commands to Adam and Eve—first, to fill the earth and rule over it, and second, not to eat from a certain tree in the Garden (Gen. 1: 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” ; Gen. 2: 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”). Because they chose to disobey, their relationship with GOD was broken, and they had to leave Eden.

adam-and-eve-1-editThe first couple’s rebellion not only impacted their own lives but also had far broader implications: all future generations have suffered. In Romans 5:12-19, the apostle Paul explained the reason. Through the trespass of one man, Adam, sin made its entrance into the world, and death resulted for all mankind. Because Adam was head of the human race, his actions affected everyone born after him. His disobedience resulted in each of us having a bent away from the Lord and a desire for self-rule.

By contrast, Jesus made conformity to the Lord’s will the priority of His life. He obeyed God in both word and deed (John 8: 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”). Having lived a perfect life—one entirely without sin—He qualified to be our Savior (2 Cor. 5: 21 GOD made HIM who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in HIM we might become the righteousness of GOD.). Through the death of one man, CHRIST JESUS, payment was made for the transgressions of all mankind. GOD’s acceptance of the SON’s sacrifice brought us forgiveness and freedom from sin’s power.For God so loved the world-1

Adam’s disobedience brought judgment and death upon us, whereas JESUS’ obedience resulted in new life for all who believe in HIM (Rom. 6: 4 We were therefore buried with HIM through baptism into death in order that, just as CHRIST was raised from the dead through the glory of the FATHER, we too may live a new life.). Our SAVIOR calls us to deny selfish desires, live sacrificially, and follow HIM (Matt. 16: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.). A godly life will bring JESUS honor and influence others for HIM.

Scripture Study:

Romans 5:12-19

Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did GOD’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, JESUS CHRIST, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of GOD be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive GOD’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, JESUS CHRIST!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

A True Disciple [Christian] is:discipleship-2

D – Disciplined in his/her relationship with GOD (2 Timothy 2: 15 Do your best to present yourself to GOD as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the WORD of truth.)

I – Involved in a gathering of true believers (Hebrews 10: 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.)

S – SPIRIT-filled & SPIRIT led (Romans 8: 14 For those who are led by the SPIRIT of GOD are the children of GOD.; Ephesians 5: 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT,)

C – Concerned for others rather than self (Philippians 2: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.)

I – Involved in serving GOD in his/her area of giftedness (1 Peter 4: 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of GOD. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength GOD provides, so that in all things GOD may be praised through JESUS CHRIST. To HIM be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.)

P – Prayerful in all things (Philippians 4: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD. 7 And the peace of GOD, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in CHRIST JESUS., 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 pray continually,)

L – Leading others to become disciples (2 Timothy 2: 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.)

E – Enjoying GOD always (Isaiah 61: 10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my GOD. For HE has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of HIS righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels., 1Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always,)

We give thanks to GOD, the FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, for this day and for you, faithful brothers and sisters.

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等候,充满恩典地等候

等候,充满恩典地等候

burning_bush我的心默默无声,专等候 神,我的救恩是从祂而来。惟独祂是我的磐石、我的拯救,祂是我的高台,我必不很动摇(诗篇62:1-2)

亲爱的弟兄姊妹们,对我们大多数人来说,排队等候是纯粹的痛苦。我们准时在约好的时间到达医生那里,但仍要不得不坐在候诊室等待,好像永远要等下去;我们去杂货店只为买一点东西,但是要排很长的队结账;还有,拥堵的汽车银行,是以冰川缓慢的速度移动!在我们的文化中,好像没有人喜欢等待。

当我们将一些事祷告上帝时,我们自身带着人类的急躁。我们可能提出请求,并且期望马上得到上帝的回应。如果上帝没有立刻或在一两个星期内采取行动,一些人可能就认为他的祷告不起作用,他们相信上帝没有听见他们的祷告,或者上帝根本就没有听。

多么可悲!比照大卫王的态度,他是16岁被上帝差遣先知撒母耳膏立为王,然而,16年之后这个承诺才实现。那大卫在这16年中他做了什么?他是唉声叹气,手指上帝要求马上给他王位吗?根本不是,大卫深知上帝是信实的,他知道他的天父不是谁的或什么的上帝,也不是要在何时、要怎样做的上帝(上帝拥有绝对地权柄,祂拥有万有,并掌管万有)。大卫只在上帝准备好他能够拥有的时候,再得到王权。所以,他等候上帝。

今天你在为某事而等待吗?你会等候上帝像你没耐心地等待银行办事员那样,还是会像大卫一样,信靠上帝的时间安排和祂的供应呢?

在此,我们夫妻感谢上帝,我们主耶稣基督的父,赐给我们美好的一天,也赐给我们你们这些忠心于主的弟兄姊妹们。

(以上所写的,你们可以用来建造耶稣基督的国度)