Friday 26 November 2021

Title : Do you know your GOD?

by: Sally Cheong

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?”

The Lord’s words to Philip have a tone of sadness and disappointment.

It speaks to all of us who call ourselves Christians. It speaks even to ministry leaders and workers, all who work and serve in His name and under His banner. Do we really know our Lord?

We know about John 3:16 and why He came from Heaven to this dying world. We know about His birth at Bethlehem and His 3 years of unrelenting ministry to save souls and His miraculous healings. We know about His horrific sufferings at the hands of the Jews and the Roman soldiers. And we know too His death on the Cross and His Resurrection. We also know He is coming back again. Yet how many of us live in daily expectation of His return? Or is it just a fact that we know?

We are not waiting for Jesus to come back again, are we?

Few of us walk with the Lord as Enoch walked with GOD. Who among us can be called a friend of GOD as Abraham was called? We claim, at times rather flippantly without understanding the seriousness of it, that GOD is our friend. The question is, are you GOD’s friend?

The Lord Jesus told Philip that He had been with him so long. He knows Philip well. He knows us well too. Like Philip, we cannot say the same of our relationship with our Saviour. Truth be told, we seek Him only when we need Him. If we are blessed in material ways and have health and home, we forget Him. We are too busy to spend time with Him to discuss with Him about our lives, our dreams, our hopes and our future.

We delight not in His word as David did, meditating on it day and night. Many of us study the Bible as a duty, what is expected of us as heirs of Heaven. Not really to seek to know the Mind of GOD within the hallowed pages where He reveals His Will. How many of us hear the secret counsels of GOD whispered to our hearts when we spend time with Him away from the world?

No wonder GOD loves David so much. David was after GOD’s heart. Are we after GOD’s heart? He would know right?

Let us examine our hearts and our faith. Today. Maybe right now.

Look inside. Honestly.
Ask yourself this – Is my heart 50% GOD and 50% Me plus the world? Or is it 90% Me and the world and 10% GOD? Or it is 90% GOD and 10% Me and the world? Where do you stand?

By the way, none of the above pleases GOD. The devil is quite happy with 10% of your heart and you are free to do whatever you want with the 90%. Satan is very liberal with sinners. He knows GOD will not accept counterfeit worship so sooner or later, the devil will get all of you. GOD wants your whole heart or Nothing. He gave His all, His Only Son for a world of wretched people. So don’t play with religion. GOD is not fooled. There are consequences.

The real idol

Are you and I guilty of idolatry? Not the worship of blocks of wood or stone. We have not gone down that road nor think we will ever do so. Intellectual pride forbids us.

But we are quite full of ourselves, aren’t we? A mind that is full of oneself has no place for GOD. Man has always wanted to be their own god since the Fall. It’s a bad habit.

Religion, some think, is what GOD can do for you – give you a good life, good health, good family, good job, security from the enemy and a nice place in heaven when you die. In exchange we just worship Him once a week on the Lord’s Day, do some good works and charity, serve in a ministry when we have some time and that’s it. We are free to live as we will. Sounds like a good deal.

Hypocrites, that’s what we are.

We worship Him with our lips but our hearts are far from Him. GOD said this of the Israelites. We are the Israelites of today.

Some might get offended by this. But among us are those who will today realise that it is time to reboot our lives. Time to return to the Cross and shed tears of repentance for a self-centered life. Time to revisit His wounds and His bleeding side and cry out like Thomas – MY LORD AND MY GOD!

GOD’s Jewels

Brothers and sisters, GOD knows those who think of Him and speak to one another of His loving kindness. “They shall be Mine,” GOD said. He calls them “my treasured possessions” (Malachi 3:16) and His jewels (Zechariah 9:16). And GOD asked angels to write down their names in a Book of Remembrance. Why? When that great Day comes, and it will surely come, they will be singled out and spared from the terrors of destruction.

Prayer

Our Lord and our GOD! Have mercy on us for our waywardness, our pretences, our lack of diligence to seek your Mind and your Will for our lives. Forgive us Father. Cleanse us and help us start over today.

For we ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年11月26日
标题:你认识你的神吗?
作者:张绣梅
翻译:陈月妃

约翰福音14:9耶稣对他说、腓力、我与你们同在这样长久、你还不认识我么?

主对腓力所说的话带有悲伤和失望的语气。

这是对我们所有自称为基督徒的人所说的话。这甚至也是对事工领袖和同工所说的话,所有以祂的名义在祂的旗帜下工作和事奉的人。我们真的认识我们的主吗?

我们知道约翰福音3:16,也知道祂为什么从天上来到这个将亡的世界。我们知道祂在伯利恒出生,以及祂3年来坚持不懈的为拯救灵魂和奇迹般的治愈所做的事工。我们知道祂在犹太人和罗马士兵手中所遭受的可怕痛苦。我们也知道祂在十字架上的死和祂的复活。我们也知道祂会再来。然而,我们当中有多少人每天都活在盼望祂再来的日子里?或者这只是我们所知道的一个事实?

我们并不是在等待耶稣的再来,不是吗?

我们当中很少人像以诺一样与上帝同行。我们中间谁能像亚伯拉罕一样被称为上帝的朋友?我们有时轻率地宣称,上帝是我们的朋友,却不了解事情的严重性。问题是,你是上帝的朋友吗?

主耶稣告诉腓力,祂和他在一起已经很久了。祂很了解腓力。祂也很了解我们。像腓力一样,我们好像并不认识我们的救主。老实说,我们只有在需要祂的时候才去找祂。如果我们在物质上得到祝福,并拥有健康和家庭,我们就会把祂忘了。我们太忙了,没有时间和祂讨论我们的生活、梦想、希望和未来。

我们不像大卫那样以神的话为乐,并昼夜的思想它。我们当中许多人将学习圣经视为一种责任,看看它对我们这些天堂的继承者的要求是什么。我们并不是真正的从神的话语中寻求神的心意和祂的旨意。当我们远离尘世与上帝独处时,有多少人会听到上帝对我们内心的低声细语呢?

难怪上帝如此爱大卫。大卫是合神心意的。我们合乎神的心意吗?祂会知道的,对吗?

让我们审视我们的心灵和信仰。就在今天。也许就现在。

看看我们的内心深处。诚实地。
扪心自问——我的心是50%的上帝,50%的我加上这个世界吗?或者是90%是我和世界,10%是上帝?还是90%是上帝,10%是我和世界?你是在哪一种状况呢?

顺便提一下,以上都不能讨神喜悦。魔鬼对你 10% 的心挺满意的,你可以自由地运用其余的90% 做你想做的事。撒旦对罪人是非常宽容的。他知道上帝不会接受虚假的崇拜,所以魔鬼迟早会得到你的全人。上帝要的是你的全心全意或者什么都不要。祂把祂的一切,祂的独生子给了这个世界上的可怜人。所以不要玩弄信仰。上帝是不可被愚弄的。这是有后果的。

真正的偶像

你我都犯了拜偶像的罪吗?不是对木块或石头的崇拜。我们没有走上这条路,也不认为我们会这样做。知识上的骄傲禁止我们如此做。

但我们都很自满,不是吗?人人都自我中心,以致上帝根本没有容身之处。自从人类堕落以来,人类都一直想成为自己的神。这真是一个坏习惯。

有些人认为,宗教就是上帝可以为你做的事——给你一个美好的生活、健康的身体、美好的家庭、不错的工作、保护你远离敌人和当你死后去天堂这个好地方。作为交换,我们只是每主日敬拜祂一次,做一些善行和慈善事业,在我们有空闲的时候参与某些事奉,仅此而已。我们可以随心所欲地生活。这听起来似乎很不错。

假冒伪善,这就是我们。

我们用嘴唇尊敬祂、心却远离祂。上帝这样说以色列人。我们就是今天的以色列人。

有些人可能会因此觉得受到冒犯。但是我们当中有些人今天将意识到是时候重新启动我们的生活了。是时候回到十字架上,为以自我为中心的生活流下忏悔的眼泪。是时候重新思考祂的伤口和流血的一面,像多马一样呼喊——我的主、我的神!

上帝的宝石

弟兄姊妹们,上帝认识那些思念祂并彼此诉说祂慈爱的人。 “他们必属我,”上帝说。祂称他们为“我珍贵的财产”(玛拉基书 3:16)和祂的宝石(撒迦利亚书 9:16)。上帝让天使在生命册上写下他们的名字。为什么?当那个伟大的日子到来时,这一天肯定会到来,他们将被拣选出来,免于毁灭的恐惧。

祷告

我们的主,我们的神!怜悯我们的任性,我们的虚伪,我们不殷勤地去寻求你的心意和你对我们生命的旨意。请赦免我们,天父。洁净我们并帮助我们从今天开始。

我们奉耶稣基督的名求,阿们。