Friday, 23 April 2021
Jesus Christ is our Hope
By : Sally Cheong

Jesus said,” Take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus tells His disciples that they need not be fearful of the troubles of this world. To “take heart” means to gain courage or confidence, to begin to feel better and more hopeful. We live in a system of evil that dominates humanity and the world. That is where you live. You are in that world. A world that crushes your spirit and cause you distress, pressure and afflictions. The world is hostile towards you. In the face of this, how do you survive? How will you get through it all?

People need hope. They need to know there is a future. That somewhere in that future something good is going to happen, no matter how bad things are right now. There is a pervasive angst or anxiety in our culture. People need peace. Peace is the absence of angst, tranquility in the midst of troubles. The Lord Jesus knows our hearts are troubled so He promised His peace to all His sheep. He tells us to “take heart” or ” take courage.” But you say, ” I don’t have the courage Lord. I have no power over the circumstances I am facing.” He assures us, ” I have overcome the world.” This is not pep talk beloved brothers and sisters. The person who is saying it is Christ Jesus whom God sent into this world to give us hope. We can’t live without hope.

The Lord is saying, “don’t lose faith whatever you are going through. I AM interceding for you before the Father. I live to make intercession for you on matters you know nothing of. The Father Himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

God has a special affection for those who belong to Him, a warm tender affection that never wanes. You can live life with that. You may not have a lot of people who love you but if God loves you like that, you can say, ” I’m okay. I’m okay.”

People generally like you because they don’t know much about you. When they find out more about you, they like you less. This is because like most people, you show your best side to others. People are not what they seem to be. They keep up appearances. So do you. This is a world of impressions. You know you are not as nice as you appear to be.

Deep in the hearts of everyone there is a need to be loved by someone who knows all your faults and love you just the same. God knows absolutely everything there is to know about you – all your unfaithfulness, your critical spirit, your bitterness and your secret sins. Yet He loves you with an unending affection.

You need someone to trust and believe in, and into whose hands you can safely place your life. Someone who is strong enough, generous enough, and has the resources to take care of you in an insecure world. God, the Omniscient and All Powerful One, knows all things and is in control of everything in the universe. And He loves you. That knowledge should take anxiety out of your life. And with the added assurance that our Lord Jesus has overcome the world, you can close your eyes and sleep at night knowing tomorrow will surely be a better day.
(Inspired by John Macarthur’s “The Hope that Overcomes the World.”)

Prayer :

Abba Father, You know I needed so much to hear once again that You love me. I know nobody will ever love me like You do. I need Your strong Hand to hold me up or I will fall. I praise You that You know the anxieties in my heart. I want to hand them all over to You because only You can sort them out for me. Grant me the strength and the peace to take the next step of faith to lean totally on You. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年4月23日
标题:耶稣基督是我们的盼望
作者:张绣梅
翻译:巫惠如

约翰福音16:33 我将这些事告诉你们,是要叫你们在我里面有平安。在世上你们有苦难,但你们可以放心,我已经胜了世界。

耶稣告诉他的门徒,他们不必害怕这个世界的苦难。“放心”意味着获得勇气或信心,开始感觉更好、感到更有希望。我们生活在一个邪恶的体系中,它主宰着人类和世界。这就是你所住之处。你活在这样的世界:一个摧毁你精神、让你痛苦、倍感压力的世界。世界残酷无情。面对这样的光景,你如何活下去?你将如何度过这一切?

人们需要希望。他们需要知道有未来,而在那未来,无论现在的情况有多糟糕,都会有美好的事情发生。我们的文化中普遍存在焦虑或烦忧。人们需要平安。平安就是没有焦虑,在困境中感到平静。主耶稣知道我们在世上有患难,所以他向所有的羊保证了平安。他告诉我们,要么“放心”,要么“放胆”。 但你说,“主啊,我没有勇气。我无法控制自己所面临的环境。” 他向我们保证,“我已经胜了世界。” 亲爱的弟兄姐妹,这不是鼓舞士气的话。说这话的人是耶稣,上帝派他到这个世界来给我们盼望。没有盼望,我们不能生活。

上帝说,“无论你经历什么,都不要失去信心。我要在父面前替我们祷告。我活着是为了在你一无所知的事情上为你代求。天父爱你因为你爱我,并相信我来自上帝。”

上帝特别爱属于他的人,而他的爱是永不消逝并温柔的。你可以如此活:可能没有很多人爱你,但是如果上帝这样爱你,你可以说,“我没事。我没事。”

人们通常喜欢你是因为他们不太了解你。当他们更了解你时,他们就不会那么喜欢你了。因为和大多数人一样,你向别人展示的都是你最好的一面。人们都不是原来的模样,总是装腔作势。你也是。这是一个充满印象的世界。你知道你并不像看起来那么好。

每个人的内心深处都渴望被爱,被一个知道你所有的缺点,但还是那么爱你的人所爱。上帝绝对知道关于你的一切:你的不忠诚、批判的态度、内心的苦毒和隐藏的罪孽。但他对你的爱永无止境。

你需要信靠一个人,一个你可以放心地把你的生命放在他手里的人。一个足够强大,足够慷慨,并且有资源在一个不安全的世界里照顾你的人。上帝无所不知,无所不能。他知道一切,掌控着宇宙。他爱你。这应该能消除你生活中的焦虑。而且,既然你已经有我们的主耶稣胜过世界的保证,你可以闭上眼睛,在夜晚入睡,因为明天肯定会是一个更好的日子。 (受约翰·麦克阿瑟的《能克服世界的盼望》的启发)

祈祷:阿爸天父,你知道我需要再次听到你爱我。我知道没人会像你那样爱我。我需要你握住我的手,不然我会摔倒。我赞扬你,因你知我心中的焦虑。我想把它们都交给你,因为只有你能帮助我。赐我力量和平安来采取信心的下一步,完全依靠你。我奉耶稣的名祷告,阿门。