Saturday, March 27th 2021
Title : Be children of God
Author: Pastor Andrew Lim
Translator: Irene Hong

In the Chinese history of imperial power and royal succession, each prince used all means to compete for the throne. For man to want to become a child of God, there is no need to think of any kinds of means, no violence needed to rob, no blood needed to shed. Anyone who would like to become the son of God, the son of heaven, will become one, through the authority or rights given by God. This is the promise and gift of God. It is available to anyone who believes in the name of Jesus.

The Bible says: Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Since ancient times, was there anyone who dared to call God our Father?

In man’s opinion, we are separated very far away from God: He is so high that we are unable to reach, unable to even draw near to Him. Now we can call God our Father, this address reveals how intimate our relationship is with the Most High. God let us be His heirs, to become children of the Almighty one, thus we share all the privileges as Children of God have, what an honour we have that we are able to enter and share the blessings and joy of being in God’s family. Becoming a child of God is like a hundred times an elevation of status , as we are able to inherit the spiritual blessings of heaven; others are unable to understand and unable to enjoy the intimate relationship of this inheritance that only children can have.

The worldly father treats his children as he wishes, which means how he treats his children depends on his mood, depends on his educational level, depends on his upbringing. But when we know God is our Heavenly father, then surely He is different from the earthly father. When we are able to call God as our father, we know that we are accepted by God, and valued by Him, treasured by him, cherished by Him.

Originally we have no relationship with God, but when we are willing to accept, willing to believe in His son Jesus Christ, we become children of God through His promise, and we begin to build a very intimate relationship with God. This joy and happiness that is felt in our hearts is an intimate feeling that is beyond words.

Men fear God because men do not know God. Paul said: “God lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.” When men came before God and called upon Him, their hearts would be filled with fear, reverent and at times feeling at loss; but when God recognized them as His children, their moods changed. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.” We can call God “Abba Father”. When men were able to call God as father, their hearts would instead be filled with joy and happiness, and have a close intimate feeling that desires to draw near to Him. We no longer fear God, but have become intimate with Him, and able to come before His presence to talk to Him fearlessly.

In the eyes of men, or in the eyes of parents, relative and friends, or even in your own eyes, you can be dissatisfied with yourself or look down at yourself, but when you come before God, you must know that He is your father, and He values you because you are His children, He sees you as His precious treasure. This type of relationship by itself is honour and glory——this identity and status surpass all relationship of the world.

Earthly parents may be disappointed with their children because they did not reach their expectations, they may even distance themselves from their children, or vent their feelings at their children, but God would never do so.

He will never give up on us, will never treat us arbitrarily. The Bible said: His love to us is wide and long and high and deep, His love to us never change, He promised that goodness and love will follow us. Thus we only need to come before Him each time with a heart of thanksgiving instead of being fearful and frightened.

Prayer: Our Father who is in heaven, we want to praise you from the bottom of our hearts, who are we, that you have chosen us to become your children; and valued, and treasured, and cherished in the palm of your hands. That we are able to enjoy the peace and joy and status of our identity on earth, and we are able to inherit the heavenly blessing and able to draw your eternal grace at any time. We want to spend each day of our lives in thanksgiving. Thank you, and in Jesus name, Amen.

每日灵粮
星期六
2021年3月27
题目:成为上帝的儿女
作者:林金儀
 
在中国历史奪嫡中,皇子們各个為奪取皇位,盡出各種手段。人要成为上帝的儿女,不用手段盡出,不用激烈强奪,不需要头破血流,人要成为天子,上天的儿子,是藉着上帝的权柄或权利的授与,这是上帝应许,赐给凡是相信耶稣名的人就都可以得到。
 
圣经说:凡接待他的,就是信他名的人,他就赐他们权柄,作神的儿女
 
自古以来有谁敢称上帝是我们的父呢?
在人的观念中,上帝与我们离天隔九洲,高不可攀,不容易接近的那一位。如今,我们竟然可以称上帝为我们的父,就表明了我们和至高者之间的关系的密切。上帝立我们为嗣,成为全能主宰的儿女,我们从此拥有神儿女名份而有的所有权利,得以进入并享受神家的福乐,这是何等的荣幸。成为神孩子的身份如“鲤鱼跳龙门,身价百倍”;并能够繼承天上所有属灵福气;儿女所能够承继的关系之密切,是其他人所难以明白,也不能享受的。
 
地上的父亲是随自己的意思对待孩子,意思是:随着他的喜怒哀乐对待我们、随着他的教育程度对待我们、随着他的原生家庭方式对待我们。但是当知道上帝是我们天上的父亲时,就肯定跟地上的父亲不一样,我们可以呼叫上帝为父亲时,我们就知道我们是被上帝所接纳的、是祂非常看重的、是祂所非常宝贝的、是祂所非常疼惜的。

我们原本与上帝毫无关系,但是当我们肯接受,肯相信祂的儿子耶稣基督时,我们因应许成了上帝的儿女,我们从此就跟上帝建立了亲密无比的关系,这种心里欣喜快乐,亲密无比的感觉真的是无法形容。
 
人因为不认识上帝而对祂原有一颗惧怕的心。保罗说:“上帝住在人所不能靠近的光中,人也不能见上帝”。人来到上帝面前呼叫上帝为神时,心里面总是带着惧怕、敬畏,有时甚至不知所措;但当上帝承认我们为祂儿女时,心情就改变了。“你们所受的不是奴仆的心,仍旧害怕。所受的乃是儿子的心,因此我们呼叫阿爸父”。我们可以“称呼上帝为阿爸天父”。当人们可以称呼上帝为父亲时,心里的感觉转换成为欣喜快乐,有无比的亲密感,会喜欢亲近祂,我们不再惧怕上帝,乃是变成与上帝亲密;并可以随时坦然无惧地进到祂面前向祂倾诉。
 
在世人眼中,或者在父母亲朋的眼中,甚至在你自己的眼中,你都可能对自己有诸多的不满意,看轻自己,但是当你来到上帝面前的时候,你当知道,祂是你的父,祂重视你,因为你是他的儿女,祂视你为心肝宝贝。这种关系本身就是尊贵和荣耀,这一身份和地位超越了世上一切的关系。
 
地上的父母可能因为子女没有达到自己的期望和要求,而心生失望,甚至会疏远自己的子女。会把自己的情绪发泄在子女的身上,但上帝不会。
祂绝不会放弃我们,不会任意对待我们。圣经说:祂对我们的爱是长阔高深,祂对我们的爱永不改变,祂应许祂会以恩惠与慈爱环绕我们。因此,我们每次来到他面前的时候,不必带着恐惧和害怕的心,只要心存感恩。            
 
祷告:我们在天上的父,我们要从心灵深处发出赞美,我们何能何德,竟然被你拣选、被你重视、被你宝贝,竟然被捧在你手心上珍惜,能成为你的孩子。在地上能够享受你所赐的平安与喜乐与身份地位。在天上能够继承属天的所有福气并可以随时支取你无限的恩典。我们要以感恩过每一天的生活。诚心感谢是奉耶稣的名,阿门。