Friday, 10 July 2020
Title: Blind faith?
Author: Prathab V

Psalm 28: 6-7

Is my faith in God, based on blind faith? Some atheists argue that placing the adjective “blind” in front of “faith” is unnecessary. To atheists, faith in God is basically “blind”.

I beg to differ. I know because my faith is not blind faith. It is a reasonable faith. I don’t blindly follow rules and instruction without involving the faculties of my mind and understanding. What about you?

My faith is not blind. It has been tested many times and has come out stronger. In the same way, I am sure many of you have also gone through various trials and testing for your faith in Jesus.

That is why I believe that our faith in God is based on events and facts that can be proven. But faith, by biblical definition, is not based on things we can see. Faith is believing in “evidence of things not seen”(Hebrews 11:1). We walk by faith daily, not by sight.

As a result, we don’t rely on good works or obedience to mere rules made by men. Following spiritual rules or traditions blindly is the same as not having faith at all! If you want to follow Jesus, you must love Him completely and obey Him with all your heart. This is opposite to following a religion based on rules and various rituals to win God’s favour.

Remember that Jesus reserved some of the most stinging rebukes for the scribes and Pharisees. He called them “blind guides” and “blind fools” (Matthew 23:17-33) for not understanding the spirit of the law. Instead, the scribes and Pharisees focused on the letter of the law alone, by requiring obedience to traditions and rituals.

Yes, sometimes trusting God is not easy. But with His strength, all things are possible.

I pray that your faith will blossom and mature to believe in Jesus, not in following spiritual rituals. As we grow in maturity, God will use us to bring His love and mercy to a lost and troubled world.

Today, by reading Psalm 28:6-7, I am encouraged that God is praiseworthy because He listens to our cries for mercy. The comic book hero, Captain America, uses a shield made of fictional metal, vibranium, which is said to be the strongest metal. But I believe and know that our God is stronger. He is strong to defend us, but He is tender when correcting us.

God has declared Himself to be our strength and our shield. He provides His strength to us when we cry to Him. He defends us. That alone is enough for us all.

Yes, sometimes prayers go unanswered. We don’t always hear His voice for guidance. Perhaps, sometimes our quiet time is just too quiet. But that doesn’t mean our trust in God should be shaken.

Our faith in Christ is no blind faith. It is rooted in facts. Rooted in love. Rooted in “things not seen”. Now, ponder on these things. Let your heart leap for joy for Jesus. Break forth into singing, thinking about His love for you.

This morning, rest in His awesome presence. Meditate on His mercy, His strength and His shield. He is not far from you. Trust Him.

Prayer:
Lord, I thank you for hearing my cries. Thank you for being my strength and my shield. Lead me, Lord, to grow in grace and stature, like Your Son Jesus. But please keep me humble. Let no pride and self-centeredness find root in my heart. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期五, 2020年7月10日
题目:盲目的信心?
作者:帕拉他伯(Prathab V.)
翻译:巫惠如姐妹
诗篇28:6-7

我对上帝的信仰是基于盲目的信心吗?一些无神论者认为,把形容词「盲目」摆在「信心」前面是没有必要的。对无神论者来说,对上帝的信仰基本上是「盲目的」。

恕我不赞同。我知道,因为我的信仰不是盲目的,而是合理的信仰。我不是盲目遵循规则,不凭理解思考。你呢?

我的信仰不是盲目的。经过多次考验,它也显得更坚固。同样,我相信你们当中有许多人因着你们对耶稣的信心也经历过各种磨炼。

这就是为什么我相信我们对上帝的信仰是基于可以证明的事件和事实。但是,根据圣经的定义,信仰并不是基于我们能看到的事物。信心是「未见之事的确据」(希11:1)。 我们行事是凭着信心,不是凭着眼见。

因此,我们不靠好行为,也不靠人所设立的规矩。盲目地遵守属灵规则或传统就等于完全没有信仰!如果你想追随耶稣,你必须全心全意地爱他,听他的话。这与以规则为宗教,以各种仪式博得上帝的喜悦是完全相反的。

主耶稣给文士和法利赛人一些最尖刻的指责。他称他们为「瞎眼领路的」和「无知瞎眼的人」(马23:17-33),因为他们不懂法律精神。文士和法利赛人只关注法律条文,要求服从传统和仪式。

是的,有时相信上帝并不容易。但靠他的力量,凡事都能。

我祈祷你对耶稣的信心会开花至成熟, 而不只是遵循属灵仪式。随着我们渐渐成熟,上帝会使用我们将他的爱和恩慈带给一个迷失和动荡的世界。

今天,当我念诗篇28:6-7时,我倍受鼓励,因为上帝配得赞美,因为他倾听我们的哀求。漫画超级英雄的美国队长用一种虚构金属(振金)的盾牌,据说是最坚固的金属。但我相信并知道我们的上帝更强大。上帝以大能保护我们,但他纠正我们时也很温柔。

上帝称自己为我们的力量和盾牌。当我们向他哭诉,他给我们力量。他保护我们。单单这点就足够了。

是的,有时祈祷没蒙应允。我们并不是每次都听到他指引的声音。也许,有时我们与上帝独处的时间太安静了。但我们不能因为这样而信心受动摇。

我们对基督的信仰不是盲目的。它基于事实,基于爱,基于「未见之事」。 现在,想想这些事。为耶稣欢然跳

每日灵粮
星期五, 2020年7月10日
题目:盲目的信心?
作者:帕拉他伯(Prathab V.)
翻译:巫惠如姐妹
诗篇26:6-7

我对上帝的信仰是基于盲目的信心吗?一些无神论者认为,把形容词「盲目」摆在「信心」前面是没有必要的。对无神论者来说,对上帝的信仰基本上是「盲目的」。

恕我不赞同。我知道,因为我的信仰不是盲目的,而是合理的信仰。我不是盲目遵循规则,不凭理解思考。你呢?

我的信仰不是盲目的。经过多次考验,它也显得更坚固。同样,我相信你们当中有许多人因着你们对耶稣的信心也经历过各种磨炼。

这就是为什么我相信我们对上帝的信仰是基于可以证明的事件和事实。但是,根据圣经的定义,信仰并不是基于我们能看到的事物。信心是「未见之事的确据」(希11:1)。 我们行事是凭着信心,不是凭着眼见。

因此,我们不靠好行为,也不靠人所设立的规矩。盲目地遵守属灵规则或传统就等于完全没有信仰!如果你想追随耶稣,你必须全心全意地爱他,听他的话。这与以规则为宗教,以各种仪式博得上帝的喜悦是完全相反的。

主耶稣给文士和法利赛人一些最尖刻的指责。他称他们为「瞎眼领路的」和「无知瞎眼的人」(马23:17-33),因为他们不懂法律精神。文士和法利赛人只关注法律条文,要求服从传统和仪式。

是的,有时相信上帝并不容易。但靠他的力量,凡事都能。

我祈祷你对耶稣的信心会开花至成熟, 而不只是遵循属灵仪式。随着我们渐渐成熟,上帝会使用我们将他的爱和恩慈带给一个迷失和动荡的世界。

今天,当我念诗篇28:6-7时,我倍受鼓励,因为上帝配得赞美,因为他倾听我们的哀求。漫画超级英雄的美国队长用一种虚构金属(振金)的盾牌,据说是最坚固的金属。但我相信并知道我们的上帝更强大。上帝以大能保护我们,但他纠正我们时也很温柔。

上帝称自己为我们的力量和盾牌。当我们向他哭诉,他给我们力量。他保护我们。单单这点就足够了。

是的,有时祈祷没蒙应允。我们并不是每次都听到他指引的声音。也许,有时我们与上帝独处的时间太安静了。但我们不能因为这样而信心受动摇。

我们对基督的信仰不是盲目的。它基于事实,基于爱,基于「未见之事」。 现在,想想这些事。为耶稣欢然跳跃。想着他对你的爱,高声歌唱。

今早,在主伟大的同在里得享宁静的安息吧。默想他的恩慈、力量和盾牌。他离你不远。信靠他。

祈祷:主啊,谢谢你听到我的哀哭。谢谢你做我的力量和盾牌。领我,主,使我更像你的儿子耶稣,智慧和身量都一齐增长。求主使我保持谦卑。我不愿心中有自傲和自我。奉耶稣的名求,阿门。

跃。想着他对你的爱,高声歌唱。

今早,在主伟大的同在里得享宁静的安息吧。默想他的恩慈、力量和盾牌。他离你不远。信靠他。

祈祷:主啊,谢谢你听到我的哀哭。谢谢你做我的力量和盾牌。领我,主,使我更像你的儿子耶稣,智慧和身量都一齐增长。求主使我保持谦卑。我不愿心中有自傲和自我。奉耶稣的名求,阿门。

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