Monday, 30 March 2020

Proverbs 30.5-6

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put his trust in Him.
Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, you be found a liar.

Sin has stained everything in this world. Thank God for the lockdown, at least we can see the blue sky and breathe the clean air. Pollution of all kinds is threatening our health. Even the BIBLE is being tempered by the wicked.  Let’s begin the week by going to the Word of God that is pure.

Yes every word of God is pure. The word pure means to be refined like gold. It has been tried by fire and found 100% pure. The mixtures or impurities no longer exist. The word of God is true. Though the Bible is not a book of science it is scientifically correct. It is not strictly a book of history but all the historical facts are right. The Bible is the inspired word of God. We can put our total trust in God’s word because it is tested and tried by the fire of time and circumstances. (2 Tim. 3.16-17; 2 Pet. 1.19-21)

God’s word is like God himself. Because of that, we can trust every word that comes from Him. To those who trust in His Word, then God becomes a shield in times of trouble. He becomes a shield of protection for you.

Don’t add to the word of God, this is a warning to all man. We have many cultic groups around. The fastest way to detect them is to check whether they add more things to the Bible. They felt the Bible is insufficient. The founders or leaders have added and also deleted the original Bible. China is working on a Bible that is culturally and politically correct for the Chinese people. That is a very bold but dangerous thing to do. This is a constant threat to the purity of God’s people. Are you taking pure spiritual milk?

God will rebuke us. We will be found and declared as a liar. If we temper with God’s God. It is a very stern warning. “See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it ( (Deut. 12.32). Revelation concludes His Word the greatest of all books with words of comfort an warning.

“I warn everyone who hears the words of prophecy of this book; if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”
Rev. 22.18-19.

Yes, the Bible has been under attack for thousands of years and yet it still stands. A great agnostic, Mr Ingersoll wrote a book titled “Some Mistakes of Moses”. In this book, he predicted, “in 25 years…the Bible will be a forgotten book.” In less than 20 years his book was forgotten. The Bible remains the best selling book. Unfortunately is the least-read book. Please don’t put your Bible on the shelf. It is intended to be read and meditated on day and night.

Prayers for today

Dear God our Father in heaven, we are grateful for the Bible. Give us a desire to love and study your Word. We desire to know the truth. May your Word refresh us daily like the morning dew. May it be a mirror to allow us to have an honest look at ourselves. Reveal to us things that are not pleasing in your sight. Help to confess to you, cleanse us and forgive us. Help us to be holy like you. Lord, we pray for many hard hearts,  may your Word be like a hammer and double-edged sword to break and cut through. That they will see the need to ask for forgiveness of sin and invite you to be the Saviour and Lord of their lives.

I like you to pray for specific people who need Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.

Lord, we continue to pray for the pandemic situation worldwide. We plead for your mercy, for protection, for the provision and for the faith that drives away all fears.

We continue to lift up to you the frontline workers and their families. Grant them wisdom and strength; peace and protection for the challenging task each day.

Thank you Lord for this new week, bless our homes. Grant us the grace to grow in love and understanding for each other. May each conflict we experience will draw us closer to you and to others but not tear us apart. We commit this new week to you in Jesus Name, Amen.

Pastor Isaac Yim

xxx

每日灵粮
30/3/20
(作者: 严以撒牧师)

箴言 30:5 神所说的话句句都是炼净的,投靠他的,他就作他们的盾牌。

罪恶已染污了这世界上的一切。感谢上帝透过封城,我们可以看到蓝天,呼吸清新的空气。各种污染正威胁着我们的健康。圣经也被恶人削弱。让我们以上帝纯净的道来开始新的一周。

是的,上帝的句句话都是炼净的。 “练净”的意思是像金子一样被炼地精致。它已被火试验,是完全的纯净。混合物或杂质不再存在。上帝的话是真实的。虽然圣经不是一本科学书,但它从科学角度是正确的。严格来说,这不是一本历史书籍,但所有史实都是正确的。圣经是上帝所默示的。我们可以完全相信上帝的话,因为它是经过时间和环境的火验。 (帖后3.16-17; 帖后1.19-21)

上帝的话就像上帝本身。我们可以相信来自他的每一句话。对于那些信靠他的话的人,上帝在患难时成为了盾牌。他成为你的保护盾。

不要添加上帝的道,这是上帝对所有人的警告。我们周围有许多邪教团体。最快的方法来检测邪教团体就是探测他们在圣经中有没有添加了更多东西。他们认为圣经是不足够的。这些团体的创始人或领袖添加并删除原本的圣经内容。有人编写一本对中国人民在文化和政治上正确的圣经。这是一件非常大胆但危险的事情。这是在威胁上帝纯洁的子民。你是否爱慕纯净的灵奶?

若我们擅自改变上帝的话, 上帝会斥责我们。这是一个非常严厉的警告。 “我吩咐你们的一切话,你们都要谨守遵行,不可加添,也不可减少。(申命记12.32)。启示录以安慰的话语和警告来总结上帝的道。“我警告所有听见这书上预言的人:如果有人在这些预言上加添甚麽, 神必把写在这书上的灾难加在他身上。如果有人从这书上的预言删减甚麽,神必从这书上所记的生命树和圣城删去他的分。”(启示录22.18-19。)

是的,圣经已经遭受了数千年的攻击,但它仍然存在。一位知名的不可知论者,英格索尔先生写了一本书,《摩西的一些错误》。他在这本书中预言:“在25年内……圣经将被遗忘。”不到20年,英格索尔先生的书却被遗忘了。圣经仍是最畅销的书。不幸的是,圣经也是读得最少的书。请不要把圣经放在架子上,因为神赐圣经是让我们能够读并昼夜思想神的话。

今天的祷告:

亲爱的上帝,我们天上的父,我们为拥有圣经感谢你。赐我们有颗爱慕和学习你话语的心。我们渴望知道真理。愿你的话语每天像清晨的甘露滋润我们。愿你的话成为一面镜子,使我们能够诚实地看待自己。向我们揭示那些你不喜悦的事物。帮助我们向你认罪,洁净我们及饶恕我们。帮助我们像你一样圣洁。主啊,我们为许多刚硬的心祈祷,愿你的话语像锤子和双刃剑一样折断。他们将看到有需要向你求饶恕,并邀请你成为他们的救主和生命的主。

我邀请你为特定的人,那些需要耶稣作为他们的救主的来祷告。

主啊,我们继续为世界处在大流行情况祈祷。我们恳求您的怜悯,保护,应供和信心消除一切恐惧。

我们会继续为前线医护人员及他们的家人祷告。赐他们智慧和力量,平安与保护,应对艰巨的任务。

为新的一周感谢主,也赐福我们的家人。赐我们恩典,能在爱和相互理解中成长。愿我们在经历每一次冲突中会使我们更加彼此贴近和而非分裂。

我们将新的一周交托。奉主耶稣的名字祷告。阿们。

(巫惠如  译)

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