Is There a Secret Way to Life Happiness?   人 生 快 樂 可 有 秘 訣?

Is There a Secret Way to Life Happiness?         人 生 快 樂 可 有 秘 訣?

Christian D. Larson’s advice on living in Your Forces and How to Use Them excerpted as follows:

Promise Yourself    

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. 

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. 

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

 To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,

and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

 To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.

 To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

 ― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

 

                                                                               

Are you agreeable to Christian D. Larson’s thoughts on life described above?

We wish to  have promised to be strong,  look at everything on the bright sides,  be optimistic, work for the best, hope for the best results, forget the past, labor for the future, always feel happy, and wear a smile, not  judge others, not worry, not be anguished, not fear, not be concerned and so on. . .

Experiences tell us that merely relying on ourselves to abide by the admonition of the regimental rules even with earnest efforts would not be workable. Have you had the same feeling? Of course, humans have free wills. Created thoughts are expressed on individual personality and character in behavior. The Chinese intellects of old teach us to illustrate our virtual, cultivate selves, manage our families, govern your country, and bring peace to the world–all these great deeds. The sect of “big vehicle” in Buddhism also admonish peoples to work within this world with the heart without this world.  But despite all earnest efforts we have achieved nothing.

The Christian Bible (Genesis) tells us: because human’s ancestors have committed sins and were expelled out of The Garden of Eden, humanity is born in sin. “. . . I know that nothing good lives in me . . . . . For I have the desire to do what is good, but i cannot carry it out”   (Romans 7:18).

Let’s think about it. If the source of the water is unclean, the water for drinking is also unclean. For God so loved the world, He (the Word) became flesh that is Jesus Christ. While we were committed to sin, Jesus died for us, crucified on the cross, and presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, for the salvation of humanity. Only we repent our sins and receive Jesus Christ as savior of life we are unconditionally redeemed, born again, this is grace–not work. (The Gospel of John; Romans).

“. . . [All] of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. . . .  We were buried with him . . . in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6: 3-4). Only having faith in Jesus, His spirit indwells in our hearts and we are in Him.

Setting our minds on what the Spirit desires is life and peace. (Romans, Chapter 8)

Let’s pray,

Heavenly Father, full of grace! We know we can’t do anything without you.

Lord, you so love us and save us from sins.

We believe in you, Lord, and through you have reconciled with our Father in heaven.

Thank you for the indwell Holy Spirit who guides us and gives us insights into the Truth and real life you will us to live in this world.

Lord, we’re anxiously waiting for your second coming to this world when salvation will be complete.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

     Christian D. Larson 在他的書裡“你 的 力 量 可 怎 樣 運 用”提出生活上的忠告, 摘要如下

向自己承諾 

堅強自己,平靜的心不受滋擾。與他人談話時,只說健康,快樂和興旺。 

使你所有的朋友自信他們有某些潛質。凡事向好處看,讓你的樂觀主義成為事實。 

只想著最好的,只為最好而幹,並期盼著只是最好的結果。 

看他人的成功如同自己的成功那麼興奮 。 

忘記背後的過失,努力面前將來的更大成就。常常帶著喜樂,並給

每個你所遇見的人笑容。 

給自己更多時間自我改進,因此你沒時間去論斷別人。 

寬而無慮,貴而無怒,強而無懼,樂而無憂。 

適度自省,向世宣示,非以高調,但用賢行。 

憑信心而活,誠則成也。 

― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

 以上 Christian D. Larson 的觀念,你同意嗎?

我們都想承諾自強,凡事向好處看,樂觀,為最好而幹,並期盼著只是最好的結果,忘記背後,努力面前,常常喜樂,並帶笑容,不論斷別人,無慮,無怒,無懼,無憂等等 . . . 。

經驗告訴我,只靠自己去遵守規條的教訓,盡力去嘗試也行不來。你可有同感嗎?當然,人有自由意智,建立思想,從行為表現了個性和品格。中國先賢教導明德,修身, 治家,治國, 平天下,這是偉大的行為。大乘佛教,也教人用出世的心,行入世的事。但是,我們努力去行,也行不得出來。

聖經 (創世記)告訴我們:人類的始祖因犯罪,被逐出伊甸園,所以人類都帶著罪性而生;“. . . . 我肉體之中,沒有良善;因為立志為善由得我,只是行出來由不得我 ”   (羅馬書七:18)。

試想,如果水的源頭不潔,所喝的水也不潔。神愛世人 , 祂道成了肉身,就是耶穌基督,在我們還作罪人的時候為我們死,身釘十架,作挽回祭,為的是拯救世人。只要我們認罪悔改,接受耶穌基督為生命的主,便白白重生得救,此乃恩典,不是行為。(約翰福音;羅馬書)。

“. . . 我們受洗,歸入基督耶穌的人,是受洗歸入祂的死 . . . 和祂一同埋葬,原是叫我們一舉一動有新的樣式,像基督藉父的榮耀從死裏復活一樣” (羅馬書六:3-4) 。 只要我們信靠耶穌,祂的靈住在我們心裏,我們也住在祂裏面。

體貼聖靈,乃是生命和平安。(羅馬書八章)。

   祈 禱

滿 有 恩 慈 的 天 父! 我 們 知 道 沒 有 你 我 們 不 能 作 甚 麼 。

主 啊!你 甚 愛 我 們 ,救 我 們 脫 離 罪 惡。

主 啊 ! 我 們 信 靠 著 你  , 又 藉 著 主 使 我 們 與 天 上 的 父   神  和 好。

感 謝 聖 靈 內 住 , 引 導 我 們 , 賜 我 們 心 靈 視 覺 , 看 見 真 理 、 真 生命 ,你 命 定 我 們 在 這 世 界 的 生 命 。

主 啊! 我 們 渴 慕 地 等 候 著 你 的 第 二 次 降 臨 此 世 , 當 救 恩 完 全 。

奉 主 耶 穌 名 求 ,  阿 們 。

Published in Truth Monthly October, 2017

http://www.GlobalTM.org

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禱 告 人 與 神 的 照 管

禱 告 人 與 神 的 照 管

Written by 盧國禮

 

神的照管(GOD’S PROVIDENCE)是怎樣理解呢?照管是甚麼意義?

如果我們深信神必照管祂的兒女,信徒禱告時應有怎樣的態度?才能實實在在蒙神施恩,重新得力,去行走人生天路。到主再來的時候,當看見聖徒,頭戴金冠,互相唱和,讚美神:”聖哉!聖哉!聖哉!全能的大主宰!” 隨後,城門就關上了,弟兄姊妹們,我們是否有足夠信心是否自己有把握也能進去?

照管是甚麼意義呢?是照顧和預備上帝用心所定之事並管理一切創造之物與人,神說:”我們要照著我們的形像,按著我的樣式造人,使他們管理,海裏的魚,空中的鳥,地上的牲畜,和全地並地上所爬的一切昆蟲。”(創世記1:26–29,和合本)

讓我們仔細思想,聖父、聖子、聖靈,三位一體的惟一真神,照著祂的形像(光明),按著祂的樣式(屬性:仁愛、公義、和平等等)造人,叫我們照管天地萬有。中國固有文化也教導我們修養天地人三和的道理,其中,也必有神的心意。

簡單說, 神在萬事中(無論大小)用心照管我們,我們同樣有重重的責任去照管別人、事和物。這正是祈禱者恆切的祈求,要達成神的旨意。

祈禱者求靠神的應許和照管,而神的照管便成為祈求的結果。耶穌基督在去客西馬尼園途中,經過葡萄園,隨機教導門徒說:”我是葡萄樹,你們是枝子。常在我裏面的,我也常在他裏面,這人就多結果子;因為離了我,你們就不能作甚麼。人若不常在我裏面,就像枝子丟在外面枯乾,人拾起來,扔在火裏燒了。你們若常在我裏面,我的話也常在你們裏面,凡你們所願意的,祈求就給你們成就。你們多結果子,我父就因此得榮耀,你們也就是我的門徒了。我愛你們,正如父愛我一樣;你們要常在我的愛裏。你們若遵守我的命令,就常在我的愛裏,正如我遵守了我父的命令,常在祂的愛裏。”(約翰福音15:5–10,和合本)

基督的目的要叫我們藉著祈禱和祂的代禱而存喜樂在心裏,祂的命令就是彼此相愛。祂又稱我們為朋友,因為從天父所聽見的,已經都告訴了我們,祂揀選了我們,並且分派我們去結果子,叫我們的果子常存;使我們奉主耶穌基督的名,無論向父求甚麼,祂就賜給我們。(約翰福音15:11-16,和合本)

我們要留意祂的應許是 “……無論向父求甚麼……”。所以,無論甚麼就是一切祈禱結果都屬 神的照管,祈禱者便可透過聖靈的引導,奉耶穌基督的名,向天父祈求,願祂的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。(主禱文)

因此,神的照管便成為全能主上帝為祂所創造的世界和人類得著最好的照顧、預備,和祂心中所定要完成的救贖大事。

人的疑惑

人常問,神在那裏?為甚麼容讓災難仍發生?為甚麼神不阻止罪惡?為甚麼不改變人類的心?

我們要思想,神創造的人是有祂的 “形像” 和 “樣式”,是有自由和獨立思想的人,不是祂切計的 “電腦程式軟件”。人有自主的選擇,卻要有從神而來的智慧,才能作正確的決擇。所以,耶穌說祂是葡萄樹,我們是枝子。保羅的經驗告訴我們:”我所作的,我自己不明白;我所願意的,我並不作;我所恨惡的,我倒去作。我也不知到在我裏頭,就是我肉體之中,沒有良善;因為立志為善由得我,只是行出來由不得我。故此,我所願意的善,我反不作;我所不願意的,我倒去作。”(羅馬書7:15,18-19,和合本)保羅苦喊說:”誰能救我脫離這取死的身體呢?感謝神!靠著我們的主耶穌基督,就能脫離了。”(羅馬書7:24–25,和合本)

所以,基督耶穌是我們的拯救。”人在做,神在看”,神是無處不在、全能、全知,並照顧掌管著人類的最高益處,尤其是屬靈的益處—永恆的生命。祂不打盹,也不睡覺,祂保護我們的出,我們的入,從今時直到永遠。(詩篇121,和合本)

人的軟弱

人性軟弱,但是很多時候,自以為聰明,歡喜和別人比較自己的得和失。亞薩在詩篇73篇(和合本),述說他的腳險些滑跌,因為他見惡人和狂傲人享平安,他們死的時候,沒有疼痛,不像別人,不受苦也不遭災,他覺得潔淨的心是徒然,因他每早晨受懲治。直至亞薩進了神的聖所,思想他們的結局,才醒悟,明白神的照管,和神與他同在,攙著他的右手。神的訓言指導他,也啟示了我們信神的人:

(一)、在天上,在地上神只是他惟一的愛慕。

(二)、雖然肉體和心腸衰殘,但 神是心裏的力量,又是福分,直到永遠。

(三)、遠離 神的,行邪淫的,必要滅絕。

(四)、親近 神是有益的,主耶和華為他的避難所。

在 神裏,沒有一件事是偶然的,它受完全公義的 神照管著, 神必不撇下我們,也不丟棄我們。

摩西召了約書亞來,在以色列眾人眼前對他說:”你當剛強壯膽,因為你要和這百姓,一同進入耶和華向他們列祖起誓應許所賜之地,你也要使他們承受那地為業。耶和華必在你前面行,祂必與你同在,必不撇下你,也不丟棄你,不要懼怕,也不要驚惶。”(申命記31:6–8,和合本)今天,我們蒙主耶穌基督的救贖,不是已進入了神應許的地(天國)嗎?藉著聖靈的交通與神同在,不要怕,只要信靠、順服,在主施恩座前感謝、祈求和禱告,我們會得著超越所想所求的結果,阿們。

撒但的作為

在神的照管裏,有時神容許撒但作某些事在信徒身上,在舊約聖經裡,約伯是義人受苦的一個例子。耶和華和撒但在天上的對話, 神給撒但的權限,約伯是毫不知情的。實際上,神沒有給撒但全權,最後的照管仍在神的手中。約伯雖然受很大的苦,霎時間喪失了兒女、家財、僕人和房屋。約伯伏在地上下拜,求問耶和華說:”我赤身出於母胎,也必赤身歸回。賞賜的是耶和華,收取的也是耶和華,耶和華的名是應當稱頌的。”(約伯記1:21,和合本)

“我們曉得萬事都互相效力,叫愛神的人得益處,就是按他旨意被召的人。”(羅馬書8:28,和合本) 神並沒有放棄過照管約伯。到最後,耶和華對約伯說話,叫他為他的朋友獻祭、祈禱。耶和華就使約伯從苦境轉回,並賜給他比他從前所有的加倍。約伯活了一百四十年,得見他的兒孫,直到四代,日子滿足而死。(約伯記42:7–17,和合本)

舊約聖經創世記敘述約瑟被兄長們所賣到埃及的故事也說明了神的照管。”現在不要因為把我賣到這裏,自憂自恨,這是神差我在你們以先來,為要保全生命。神差我在你們以先來,為要給你們存留餘種在世上,又要大施拯救,保全生命。這樣看來,差我到這裏來的不是你們,乃是神。祂又使我如法老的父,作他全家的主,並埃及全地的宰相。”(創世記45章5,7-8節,和合本)

創世記(50章12-26節,和合本)記載以下的事:

約瑟和他父親的眷屬,都住在埃及。約瑟活了一百一十歲。臨終時,約瑟說:”……神必看顧你的,領你們從這地上去,到祂起誓所應許給亞伯拉罕、以撒、雅各之地。” 約瑟更起誓說:”神必定看顧你們,你們要把我的骸骨從這裏搬上去。”

結語

親愛的弟兄姊妹們,你相信我們的神信實無變嗎?我們會堅信神由始至終照管人類嗎?願以下的頌歌成為我們的祈禱。

慈愛主信實無變,

在每天清晨,主愛已彰顯。

慈愛主信實無變,

沒有分陰睛,主愛勵勉……。 阿們!

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祈禱三大元素–信、靠、服

祈禱三大元素–信、靠、服

Written by 盧國禮

“神是聖經啟示的,祂是教會認信,敬拜與事奉的對象。基督徒了解的神,是從聖經啟示而來的。

在聖經啟示中,人類的創造者,成了人類的救贖者,在祂的創造、照管與恩典中,全然顯出祂不會改變,及不受挑戰的主權。神既不是人肉眼的觀察得到,要有意義地描述祂就只能在每一點上,指出祂與我們和世界的關係;……”(當代神學辭典,上冊,448頁)

使徒保羅對哥林多教會說:”……我們行事為人,是憑著信心,不是憑眼見。”(哥林多後書五:7)

“人非有信,就不能得神的喜悅;因為到神面前來的人,必須信有神……。”(希伯來書十一:6)

耶穌基督對門徒:說”你們奉我的名無論求甚麼我必成就,叫父因兒子得榮耀。(約翰福音十四:13)

約翰在啟示錄記述世界和天上要發生的事前,正等候著聖徒們的祈禱。”另有一位天使拿著金香爐來站在祭壇旁邊:有許多香賜給他,要和眾聖徒的祈禱一同獻在寶座前的金壇上。那香的煙和眾聖徒的祈禱從天使的手中一同升到神面前。天使拿著香爐,盛滿了壇上的火,倒在地上;隨有雷轟、大聲、閃電、地震。(啟示錄八:3-5)聖徒的祈禱成為了產生這些大混亂的前奏曲。

所以,弟兄姊妹們,基督徒因信神,才可看見神的榮美,見證神的作為。不信的,視而不見,聽而不聞,祈禱也枉然。信的相反是疑,有疑就沒有信了。

靠是信的深層表現,是信任,依賴和完全信賴的心態,這是一個人整體的屬靈操練,是靈與魂與身子全然奉獻。從信得悟性而活出基督的樣式來。好像一個小孩子直跑向他母親的懷裡,他表現了天真、直覺、信賴和全然依靠,沒有一點懷疑和懼怕,只有火熱般的親切渴求,高聲叫喊﹗這單純像孩童般屬靈的擺上是很自然的,是神的恩賜。完美擁抱的祈禱就成為習慣成自然,乃是愛的表露。

祈禱能夠成為完美也因為祈禱者的善行。譬如有謙卑、單純、信靠的心,就是神喜悅的祈禱態度;我們生活在世上,行公義,好憐憫是神必悅納的活祭。有美善的行為,自然會有完美的祈禱。因此,神賜豐盛的生命,祈禱與生命,必然發生交互作用,”手牽著手” 而行。進一步說,基督徒的生命便能更新、豐盛,他們的祈禱便更合神心意,產生美善行為。禱告者因新生命和善行,又能發出虔敬的祈禱,作合神心意的事,祈禱便大有能力。三者(虔誠禱告、更新生命、善良行為),互為因果,前三要素就是信、靠、服,缺一便不算完全美滿的祈禱。

耶穌說:”你們祈求,就給你們;尋找,就尋見;叩門,就給你們開門。” (馬太福音七:7) 這是祂的應許。耶穌更進一步說:”因為凡祈求的就得著;尋找的,就尋見;叩門的,就給他開門。”(馬太福音七:8)耶穌為甚麼要在不同情況和時間,多次肯定神願意回應祂兒女的祈禱呢?

因為祂知道,我們的祈禱,不一定有即時的回應。凡事都有神最好的時間,而我們卻很容易放棄,缺乏信心、信靠、甚致不順服、不等候神的時間而突圍行事。我們要好好學習並操練懇切的祈求,進而去尋找、叩門、忍耐、等候。深信神必聽祈禱,因為神已與門徒立約,是信實無變的,祂的愛永遠長存。

多少時候,信徒不願意服從神的旨意,不想跟從祂命令而行。約拿先知逃避耶和華的吩咐,沒有往尼尼微城去,後來船上的人將他拋在海中。耶和華安排一條大魚吞了約拿,他在魚腹中三日三夜。後來,神回應他熱切的祈求,吩咐魚把約拿吐在旱地上。……(約拿書1-4章)

很明顯地,聖經教導祂的兒女們學習信服,謹守祂的誡命和律例。如果他們肯的話,就得全活,若不聽從,心裡偏離,便必要滅亡。以色列人犯了錯,今日我們也同樣犯了錯誤。(申命記卅:16-18)

馬可福音記載了耶穌基督在客西馬尼園裡的祈禱典範,就顯明了信服神和不受挑戰的主權,其深層意義,我們必要思考,尋求領悟。那時,耶穌基督驚恐起來,極其難過,心裡甚是憂傷,幾乎要死,禱告說:”倘若可行,便叫那時候過去。”祂說:”阿爸,父啊!在你凡事都能;求你將這杯撤去;然而,不是從我的意思,只要從你的意思。(馬可福音十四:35-36)

 

親愛的弟兄姊妹,我們是否學會了祈禱的功課?信耶穌基督、靠著祂的道、全心順服神的主權,這三個重要的元素呢?把這三元素合攏來說,就是一個合神心意的祈禱。

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物 質 與 心 靈   Material and Spirit

物 質 與 心 靈   Material and Spirit 

Author and translated to English by Francis Loo  (作者/翻譯:盧國禮)

 

有人問我:“基督徒有甚麼身份 (ID)?”

我會說: “我是 神恩典裏所揀選的兒子。”

他/她再問我:“基督徒有的生命與不信的人有何不同?”

我回答: “基督徒的生命,在 神裏,因為誠實痛悔認罪,接受了耶穌基督為個人的生命之主,因祂為人類的罪而被釘身十字架,作了挽回祭,使信耶穌基督的人,因信稱義,重生得救,乃是 神的兒女。”

我們都知道,自然的我 (人身體) 是物,而生命必寄托於身體,才可表現其為生命。然而,甚麼是生命呢?該可說,一切人身體的表現,一切活動與行為。

但是,人類的活動與行為決非聽從身體所驅使,而是聽從心靈的指揮。那麼,“重生”又是甚麼意思?

重生的生命,在信耶穌前和信了後便應有轉變,漸漸邁進完善。

“耶和華 神從地上的塵土造人,將生氣吹在他鼻孔裏,他就成了有靈的活人, . . . ”(創世記,二:7,和合本)。

”神就照自己的形像造人,乃是照著祂的形像造男造女。”(創世記,:27,和合本)。

據聖經說:生命是包含靈與魂與身子的合體。所以我們祈禱求 神使我們的靈與魂與身子得蒙保守,無可指責,等候主再來的日子。

當天地萬物被造時, 神說有便有,並未有賜給靈,惟有人才有上帝的靈 (神將生氣吹在他鼻孔裏)。這是聖經說的,照著 神 (聖父、聖子、聖靈) 的形像 (Image),按著祂們的樣式造男造女,創造了人類的始祖。可是始祖犯罪,帶著罪性入世。(參閱創世紀,第三章, 和合本)。

我們的世界是一個心靈與物質交融的世界,建成著不同種族人類的文化—東方和西方的文化社會 (世界)。

神愛世人,甚至將祂的獨生子賜及 [他門],叫一切信祂的不至滅亡,反得永生。因為 神差祂的兒子降世,不是要定世人的罪,乃是要叫世人因祂得救。(約翰福音,:16-17)。

所以,未得救的人也即是未信耶穌基督救贖之恩而得贖的人,他們未有重生,因此生命仍是舊人。

. . . 受洗歸入基督耶穌的人,是受洗歸入祂的死 . . . 和祂一同埋葬 . . . 原是叫我們一舉一動有新生的樣式,像基督藉著父的榮耀從死裏復活一樣。. . . 我們的舊人和祂同釘十字架,使罪身滅絕,叫我們不再作罪的奴僕. . . 我們若是與基督同死,就信必與祂同活;. . . 向 神在耶穌基督裏,卻當看自己是活的。將自己獻給 神,並將肢體作義的器具獻給 神。(羅馬書,:3-11,13,和合本)。

錢穆先生著“人生十論”,在“心與物”篇說到:

. . . 人類生命是共同的,感情也是共同的,思想理智也仍是共同的. . . 故人心能互通,生命能互融。這就表現出一個大生命。這個大生命,我們名之曰文化的生命,歷史生命。. . .”  又說: “我們要憑藉此個人生命來投入全人類的文化大生命,歷史大生命中,我們則該善自利用我們的個人生命來完成此任務。. . . 人的心,人的生命,可以跳離自己軀體而存在而表現於文化大生命,歷史大生命中。(錢穆)

若我們明白了這生命的道理,我們更需要認罪悔改,回歸真 神處,信靠基督耶穌為生命之主,禱告:願祂的國度降臨,願祂的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上 (主禱文)。阿們。

耶穌叫祂的門徒作完全 (perfect) 人,以祂的心為心,要服侍人,活得合乎基督徒的身份,要去使世人因信耶穌基督而重生,進入豐盛、平安 神的國度,等候耶穌的再降臨。阿們。

 

Material and Spirit                       物 質 與 心 靈 

Someone may ask me: “What is the Identity (ID) of a Christian?

I would say: “I am God chosen son in His grace.”

He or she asks me again: “What is the difference in life between a Christian and a non-believer?”

I reply: “The life of a Christian is in God, because after he or she contritely repented to God by receiving Jesus Christ as he or her personal Savior. Because He was crucified for the sins of humankind in the sacrifice of atonement, all believers of Jesus Christ are justified, redeemed and re-birthed, having become children of God.”

We all know, the natural self (human body) is material and life must be vested in it the human body—the expression of which is life. Then what is “the expression of life”? Or, we ought to say that it means all expressions, all activities, and all behaviors of human nature.

However, human activities and behaviors are not abiding the body, but following the human mentality.

Then, what is the meaning of “re-birth”?

The “born again” life, after believing into Jesus, has been transformed– growing into perfection gradually, and progressively.

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27. NIV).

Reference the Bible, life is spirit, soul and body in one. Therefore, we often pray to God for the protection of our “spirit, soul and body” all blameless while waiting for the date of our Lord’s return.

When the heavens and the earth were created, God said, “Let there be . . .  and there was  . . . .”  No breath was given to His creation but man. (The God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.) This is according to the Bible. God (the Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit) in His image created male and female—the ancestors of humanity. Unfortunately, our ancestors fell and were driven out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis, Chapter 3, NIV).

Our world is a compound world of spirit and material, composed of different ethnic groups, and their cultures—the Oriental and Occidental cultural societies. (The world.)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John, 3:16-17, NIV).

Therefore, peoples not redeemed that is those who have not believed on Jesus Christ in the grace of salvation they are not re-born. They still live their old lives.

. . . [All] of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death . . . buried with him . . . in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life. . . . Our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. . . If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection . . . . Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. . . . Count yourselves . . . alive to God. Offer yourselves to God and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness (Romans, 6:3-11; 12, NIV).

Mr. 錢穆 in his book“人生十論” (Ten Dissertations on Life) and on the subject of “Heart and Material” said:

. . . Human life is togetherness; affection is togetherness; also, rational thoughts are togetherness . . . so that human hearts can mutually communicated; human life can be merged. So doing represents a super life. We name this super life as Life of Culture, Life of History . . . .He also said: Dependent on this super life we’ll get involved in the super Life of Culture and super Life of History of all humankind. We ought to optimize the use of our individual life to fulfill the duties obligatory on all. . . Human hearts, human lives, can escape our bodies to involve in the super Life of Culture and the super Life of History.(錢穆)

If we are fully enlightened on these life principles, all the more we will need to admit our sins and repent, and, come home to the true God. Trust Christ Jesus as our Lord in life, then pray: His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. (Lord’s Prayer). Amen.

Jesus asks us to become perfect with heart like Him to serve. Live up to the name of a Christian. Reach out to the world to lead peoples to believe Jesus Christ and be born again, entering the Kingdom of God in abundant and peaceful life–waiting for the coming of Jesus. Amen.

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人子 來 捨 命 作 多 人 的 贖 價

         人子 來 捨 命 作 多 人 的 贖 價

 誰 願 為 首 ,   就 必 作 你 們 的 僕 人 , 正 如 人 子 來 , 不 是 要 受 人 的 服 事  , 乃 是 要 服 事 人 , 並 且 要 捨 命 作 多 人 的 贖 價   ( 馬 可 福 音 廿 章 : 2 7 – 2 8  , 和 合 本 )

  可 了 悟 真 生 命 ? 神 啟 示 世  間 人 ;

人 一 生 如 夢 幻 , 末 倒 置 是 原 因 。

讓 糊 塗 走 一 生 , 入 地 獄 無 疑 問 ;

惡 多 端 乏 善 人 , 我 可 能 罪 孽 深 。

願 基 督 施 憐 憫 ,  的 確 耶 穌 救 贖 人;

人 來 到 為 救 主 , 人 類 得 救 本 乎 恩 。

如 聖 經 所 教 訓 , 學 耶 穌 典 範 生;

子 降 生 救 世 人 , 孫 因 信 得 永 生 。

去 一 生 匆匆 過 , 要 作 惡 身 犯 科 ;

非 黑 白 要 分 明 , 你 服  從 主 聖 靈 。

苦 受 難 人 自 召 , 子 降 世 施 救 恩 ;

事 必 須 基 督 心 , 事 亨 通 神 導 引 。

致 世 人 跟 隨 主,  是 非 黑 白 便 可 分 ;

叫 福 音 喚 醒 人,  從 主 命 要 心 真

理 真 道 皆 廣 傳 , 人 受 益 公 義 行 ;

獲 永 生 在 永 恆 , 要 恆 常 求 告 神 。

有 真 誠 梅 罪 心 , 己 助 人 靠 主 恩 ;

途 多 忖 仍 盼 望 , 主 門 徒 潔 我 心 。

經 鍛 鍊 心 良 善 , 到 終 年 心 安 然 。

確 事 先 神 憐 憫, 罪 挽 回 是 必 然 。

                     價 重 贖 回 罪 孽 身 。

奉 我 主 耶 穌 基 督 的 名 祈 禱 ,  阿 們 。

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人生之進程 Making Progress 

【雙語園地】人生之進程 

Written by 盧國禮

作者:盧國禮

測量師時代 (Surveyors Times, January 2017, VOL. 26 NO. 01) 對香港特首 (2017 年) 所發表的施政報告,有以下的評語:

除了已經收集的項目外,評論者對整個建築業有憂慮,因缺乏周詳計劃而將面臨各類難題。例如:「香港 2030+」計劃是否有足夠可發展土地供應,建造成本急升 , . . . . . . 樓宇保護、維修及改善方法,樓宇規管等等 . . . . . . 。

天路歷程

當我唸中學時,曾讀本仁約翰所寫的「天路歷程」一書,它說到一個信基督的門徒一生應走的天路,經歷人生曲曲折折的黑暗困境,但他卻拋棄世俗的一切,去尋找一處不會毀懷,不會被沾污,不會殘敗的所在 (彼得前書一:4,和合本)。這是 神為他預備了的城市,是一個更美的家鄉。(希伯來書十一:15-16,和合本)。

近視變成遠視

去年我做了白內障手術。手術順利完成後,不需戴眼鏡了,棄掉了戴了六十多年的近視鏡,現今左眼只有 120 度,右眼只有 75 度。從近視變為遠視,但看書必須戴老花眼鏡。

我剛剛發現,從來我有一錯誤觀念,以為近視眼是看不清近的東西,原來卻是相反,只是近的東西才看得清楚,遠的看不清。如今,手術後,卻是遠的看得清,近的看不清,名為遠視眼。

屬靈()的視野

我們嘗試從信仰的角度看世界,即從耶穌基督的視角看世界,是否會看見所謂屬靈的視野?這視野是否也有近視和遠視的分別呢?何為屬世的近視?怎樣才可成為屬靈的遠視?

每個人都是活在當下的現實世界,當然也有人活在模擬的世界裏,每天幹活,起居,與人交往都受環境和周圍的人影響。基督的信徒,他們一同熱心事奉,一同團契,一同敬拜,或多或少,也受著互相的影響, 也會受到良善,或壞的誘導。換言之,我們一生之經歷都受著「好」與「壞」的試煉。

近視(屬世)

“. . . 世界的智慧,在 神看是愚拙 . . .。”(哥林多前書三:19,和合本)。

“. . . 與世俗為友 . . . 就是與 神為敵了。”(雅各書四:4,和合本)。

“. . . 凡世界上的事,就像肉體的情慾,眼目的情慾,並今生的驕傲,都不是從父來的,乃是從世界來的。”(約翰一書二:16,和合本)。

現代人”. . . 厭煩純正的道理;耳朵發癢,就隨從自己的情慾,. . . 並且掩耳不聽真道,偏向荒渺的言語。”(提摩太後書四:3-4,和合本)。

我們如果能每天三省吾身,細心內視,也許在生活上也犯了上面所說的過失,得罪了我們的 神。

遠視(屬神)

“神就是光,在他毫無黑暗;. . . 我們若說是與 神相交,卻仍在黑暗裏行,就是 . . . 不行真理了;我們若在光中行,如同 神在光明中,就彼此相交,他兒子耶穌的血也洗淨我們一切的罪。”(約翰一書壹:5-7,和合本)。

耶穌在馬太福音五:13-14,和合本,說:”你們是世上的鹽;. . . 你們是世上的光 . . . 你們的光也當 . . . 照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天的父。”

我們必須從屬靈的 “近視” 轉變為屬靈的 “遠視”,這才符合 神對人的心意。”不要效法這個世界;只要心意更新而變化,叫你們察驗何為 神的善良,純全可喜悅的旨意。. . . 不要看自己過於所當看的,要照著 神所分給各人信心的大小,看得合乎中道。”(羅馬書十二:1-3,和合本)。耶穌臨上十架前為門徒禱告說:”從今以後,我不在世上,他們都在世上,. . . 求你因你所賜給我的名保守他們,叫他們合而為一,像我們一樣。”(約翰福音十七:11,和合本)。

“我不求你叫他們離開世界,只求你保守他們脫離罪惡。他們不屬世界 . . . 求你用真理使他們成聖;你的道就是真理。”(約翰福音十七:15,17,和合本)。耶穌不但為門徒祈求,也為那些因他們傳的福音,信了耶穌基督的人祈求 (就是所有信耶穌的人);使他們都合而為一。”(約翰福音十八:20-21,和合本)。

所以,我們要恆切禱告,求聖靈內住於我們的心,我們的身體乃是聖靈的殿,讓聖靈引導我們的一生,就是天路之歷程。這是一條要走的”窄路”,屬天的路。求 神賜我們屬靈的 “遠視”,早日看見並踏進永生之路,˙阿們。

 

Making Progress 

Written by Francis Loo     Translated to English by FKL

Surveyors Times, January 2017, VOL. 26 NO. 01 has commented on the Administration Report (2017) of the Hong Kong Chief Executive as follows:

Apart from the received items, the commentator has concern over the building industry as a whole, because of lacking a comprehensive plan therein all sorts of problems will be arriving.

For example: Will there be enough developable land supply for the “Hong Kong 2030+” Project, . . . rapid rising construction cost, . . . building’s preservation, and maintenance and improvement plan, governance and so on and so forth. . . .

Pilgrim Progress

When I was educated in Secondary School, I once studied the book, Pilgrim Progress, by John Bunyan. It narrated about a disciple whose life pilgrimage through the zig and sag dark detour but abandoning the worldly things for the search of an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—(1 Peter 1:4, NIV). This is the city God prepared for them—this is a far better native home for them. (Hebrews 1:15-15, NIV)

From Near (Short)-sightedness to Long-sightedness

Last year, I had my cataract surgery. After that, I don’t need to wear glasses. Having worn it for over sixty years; the glasses were dropped. My left eye now has only 120 degree and my right eye has only 75 degree. I have become long-sighted instead of shortsighted, but I still need reading glasses for reading.

I just realized that until then I had had a wrong perception that a near-sighted person could not see clearly things close by, but just the opposite is true—only seeing near clear, not clear at distance. Now, after the surgery, only clear at distance, but not clear close by, i.e., long-sightedness.

Spiritual (Godly) Perspective

We may try to see the world from the standpoint of faith, that is, to angle through Jesus Christ. Can we see the so called spirituality? Do we also have short-sighted and long-sighted differences? What is worldly short-sightedness? How can one become spiritually long-sighted?

Everyone is in the living presence in this world. Of course, some are living in the virtual world. We labor daily, living and interrelating with peoples and mutually being affected in the environment. The followers of Christ, they together serve zealously in the ministry, participating together in fellowship meetings, and corporate worshiping. More or less, they are mutually being affected in good or bad ways. In other words, in our life progress we’re being affected by “good” or “bad” osmotic trials.

Near-sightedness (Worldly)

” . . . For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight . . . (1 Corinthians 3:19, NIV).”

“. . . Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4, NIV).”

“. . . For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world (1 John 2:16, NIV).”

Men “will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, (will like to hear) what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their eyes away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NIV).”

Should we reflect on us three times a day, prudently self-examine our soul, perhaps, in our daily life we’re also in commitment of the above-mentioned violation. Sin against our God.

Longsighted-ness (Godly)

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. . . . If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we . . . do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:5-7, NIV).”

Jesus says in Mathew 5:13-14, NIV: “. . . You are the sault of the world. . . . You are the light of the world. . . . In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.”

We ought to change from “near (short)-sightedness” to long-sightedness”. This is conforming to God’s will towards humankind. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. . . . Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you(Romans 12:1-3, NIV).” Jesus before going to the Cross prayed for his disciples: “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world. . . . Father, protect them by the power of your name –the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.(John 17:11. NIV).”

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of this world. . . . Sanctify hem by the truth; your Word is truth (John 17:15-17, NIV).” “(Jesus’) prayer is not for them alone. (He) prays also for those (i.e., all who are followers of Christ) who will believe in (Him) through their message, that all of them may be one. (John 18:20-21, NIV).”

Therefore, we have to pray in perseverance, inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit lead our way of life—the pilgrimage. This is the “narrow road” we have to progress—the Godly road. Ask God to gift us spiritual “long-sightedness—enabling us soon to see and step onto the road of eternity. Amen.

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    “Knowledge” is not Understanding Truth    

     “Knowledge” is not Understanding Truth                 

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning (John 1: 1-2).

“Knowledge” belongs to this world and “Truth” belongs to God who is love. Intellectuals and, or learned peoples have endeavored in their lives to acquire to the full extent of knowledge in this world by specializing in a specific field of knowledge and thus have become experts or specialists in a particular know-how that not many can surpass beyond that bound. But this kind of intellect which is not an understanding of the Truth no matter how extensive or deep it is in itself, an invisible limit, beyond which is still unfathomable. For life is too short to be able to learn and perceive the “unknown”. Therefore, the acquired knowledge by itself is not the absolute truth and cannot replace our persevering efforts to understanding the Truth. Even academically, if we possess a number of doctorates, we’ll have nothing when we do not have understanding of the absolute Truth in our hearts.

Julie Ackerman Link says in “Hidden Mysteries” (Our Daily Bread of June 26. 2015)—

Most of what goes on in the universe we never see. Many things are too small or move too fast or even too slow for us to see. . . . .

Our limited ability to see the awesome and intricate detail of things in the physical world reminds us that our ability to see and understand what’s happening in the spiritual realm is equally limited. God is at work all around us doing things more wonderful than we can imagine.  But our spiritual vision is limited and we cannot see them. . . . . (Link).

So the absolute truth is often unknown and, or distorted, and not understood. From the time of birth we started to experience what have been going around us. We have had gained experience in unique ways. Our so-called “unique characters” so developed in us were the consequential products of the circumstances we, through our minds’ eyes, saw, thought, judged and have gone through.  Our natural visions have limitations to the complete development of our characters. Actually, the absolute truth has been blurred in the mind of the individual self. In other words, we cannot in fact see and understand the absolute truth without the grace of God.

Jesus Christ while dying for sinners of this world on the cross said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23: 34, NIV). Are we aware that we know not what we know not?

Oftentimes, we know not what we know not; sometimes, although we know what we know not, we often proudly claim that we know what we know. In fact, what we know is our perception of things since the commencement of lives. Therefore, what we know is not the absolute truth we know. Is there, then, anyone who in humanity can see and understand the absolute truth?

The absolute truth is God—the Creator.“God is love” (1 John 4: 16, NIV ). If we have no love in us, we have no God in our hearts. In His prayer for the disciples Jesus said:

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is the truth (John 17: 15 – 17, NIV). (Emphasis is mine).

Then what did Jesus say in His prayer for all believers? Jesus said:

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one. Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they maybe one as we are one. I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:20 – 23, NIV).

Jesus called those who judge others hypocrites, because He said: 

Do not judge, or you too will be judged . . . Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Mathew 7:1 – 5, NIV).

 The proverbial plank obscures reality, i.e., the absolute truth.  But we may firmly believe in our sub-conscious minds what we know and hence our behavior would be reflected in our thoughts–that becomes actions towards others. Then we may easily fall into the habit of being judgmental towards others. Yet we may not know our behavior would be anti-social–unacceptable among people.

How can we get out of the snare that we believe what we know? Actually, we know not what we know not? The way to the spiritual realm and to know and understand the Word which is the absolute truth is to pray consistently to our God for wisdom of understanding like King Solomon did.

If any of you, lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously in all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5. NIV).

. . . He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. . . .  (Isaiah 2:3, NIV.)

[He] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; [He] will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8, NIV).

To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. . .  (Ecclesiastes 2:26, NIV).

If you learn to surrender totally yourselves to God and ask for His pardon in contrite repentance, the Holy Spirit “. . . will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over you coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7-8).

Let us pray–

Heavenly Father,

We pray that you will give us wisdom–wisdom to discern the knowledge of this world and what is the knowledge of God? We may not know we’ll never understand by ourselves the absolute truth as we often behave in a self-centered manner as though we know what we know, but in fact, quite often we do not know.

Father, have mercy on us!  Forgive our ignorance and pretense for we do not know what we are doing. We ask for our deeper understanding of You.

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

 

 

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