Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Title: Christian Walk
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Psalm 17:15 – As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

Sometimes, when we look around the world or the circumstances around us, we might think that people around us seem to have this or that going for them – material and worldly pleasure. Psalm 17 expresses a heart that is filled with struggle of the psalmist. He is struggling with different challenges that oppose him. He is trying very hard to keep himself to live a godly life while people around him are triumphant in their ungodliness – their sins and wickedness are causing things to go well for them, but it is not going well for him.

When we experience a similar struggle as the psalmist, we must have the correct perspective that the pleasures, the trends, and the possessions of this world are merely temporal. Only the truth of God will last forever. Like Peter’s answer to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69)

The Christian walk is not a bed of roses. When we intend to do God’s will, the path will not always be smooth because there will be wicked people and Satan’s disruption, there will be trial and temptation, and there will be sacrifices to be made.

To walk in the righteousness of God, often we will have to go against the trend of this world, we might have to take the unpopular position, or we might have to make tough decisions for our life. However, as believers, we should ask God to keep us safe and be steadfast in our walk with him.

The joy and satisfaction of a Christian does not lie in the things in this world, but to be righteous before God, to be more Christ-like, and to be satisfied in God alone.

(When it’s all been said and done – Don Moen)

When it’s all been said and done,
There is just one thing that matters,
Did I do my best to live for truth?
Did I live my life for You?

When it’s all been said and done,
All my treasures will mean nothing,
Only what I’ve done for love’s reward,
Will stand the test of time.

Lord, your mercy is so great,
That you look beyond our weakness,
And find purest gold in miry clay,
Turning sinners into saints.

And I will always sing your praise,
Here on earth and ever after,
For you’ve shown me heavens, my true home.
When it’s all been said and done,
You’re my life when life is gone.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,
When the pressure of life becomes too hard to cope, when challenges seem like mountains before us, when temptation is too lucrative to miss, and pains felt like too much to bear, keep us close to You, O Lord! Hear our cries, stretch out your hand to hold us in your palm, shield us from the adversaries that prowl around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Help us, O Lord, to be righteous and holy before you and be satisfied by you and you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期三,2020年6月17日
标题:与主同行
作者:王振威传道
翻译:杨惠光弟兄

诗篇17:15 至於我,我必在义中见你的面; 我醒了的时候,得见( 或译:着 )你的形像就心满意足了 。

有时,当我们环顾世界或周围的环境,我们可能会认为周遭的人似乎都拥有想要的事物,不论是物质或世俗的欢乐。诗篇17表达了诗人的内心充满了这种挣扎。他正在面对各种挑战。他竭尽全力地过着虔诚的生活,而他周围的人不敬虔却仍然胜利——他们的罪恶和邪恶使他们处在顺境,但他自己却过得并不顺利。

当我们经历与诗人一样的挣扎时,我们必须具有正确的观点,即这个世界的欢乐、趋势和财产都是暂时的。只有上帝的真理会永远长存。就像彼得对耶稣的回答:“主啊,你有永生之道,我们还归从谁呢?我们已经信了,又知道你是神的圣者。“(约翰福音6:68-69)

与主同行并非称心如意的路程。当我们想要遵行上帝的旨意时,道路将不会总是一帆风顺,因为会有邪恶的人和撒但的破坏,会有试练和试探,并且须要做出牺牲。

要效法上帝的公义,我们常常不得不与这个世界的潮流背道而驰,我们可能不得不采取不受欢迎的立场,或者我们可能不得不为自己的生活做出艰难的决定。即便如此,作为信徒,我们应该仰望上帝保护我们,并坚定不移地与他同行。

基督徒的喜乐与满足并不在于这个世界上的事物,而是取决于在上帝面前称义,活得更像基督,并单单在上帝中得到满足。

以下是一段唐·摩恩 (Don Moen)演唱的《当一切都说完之后》

说完一切之后,
只有一件事很重要,
我尽力为真理而活吗?
我为你而活吗?

说完一切之后,
我所有的财宝将一无所有
只有我为爱所付出的努力
经得起时间的考验。

主啊,你的怜悯是如此之大,
你不看我们的弱点,
并在泥土中找到最纯净的黄金,
把罪人变成圣徒。

我将永远赞美你,
从此以后,
因为你给我展示了天堂,我真正的家。
说完一切之后,
当生命消失时,你就是我的生命。

祷告:

亲爱的天父,

当生活压力太大、挑战似山、诱惑太大、痛苦太深,让我们贴近你哦主! 听我们的呼求,伸出你的手握紧我们,保护我们免受像咆哮的狮子一样四处游荡的敌人的侵害。 上帝,求你帮助我们行义和成为圣洁的人,单单靠上帝得到满足。

奉耶稣的名祷告, 阿门。

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