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「你們不要因這大軍懼怕和驚慌,因為戰爭的勝負不是在於你們,而是在於 神。」歷代誌下20:15

“Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope because of this huge army. The battle is not yours. It is mine.”         (II Chronicles 20”15)

默想禱告:許多人形容基督徒的人生是爭戰的人生。我對這種說法於是作了進一步的思考未信主時,我曾嘗試向自己內心的情慾,思想,犯罪的意念宣戰, 手上拿的武器是一顆遲鈍脆弱的「良心」。當世界形形色色的「試探」如千軍萬馬般来襲,我才發現被污染過的“良心功能”立刻成為一把廢鐵,對罪惡絲毫沒有招 架之力。那時我才漸漸意識到仇敵原來是一股龐大邪惡的力量,是一種黑暗的權勢把我的心思意念牢牢拴住。像羅馬書7:23節指出:“但我發覺肢體中另有一個 律,和我心中的律爭戰,把我擄去附從肢體中的罪律。”信主後雖然成了新造的人,但這新人與舊人的戰爭仍然持續不斷。惟有當我存心將那舊人的思想、價值觀和 行事為人與主耶穌基督同釘十字架,讓聖靈來徹底管治,我對惡者的攻擊方有得勝的可能,因為明白聖靈的能 力是遠遠超過撒但的能力。心靈與肉體的爭戰雖然發自內心深處,但具體的抗爭行動卻浮升到每天生活中的每個層面。以前敵我不分,黑白混淆的心,因隨從聖靈的 帶領而變為對罪惡權勢的入侵產生極其敏銳的反應,並且可以反守為攻,扭轉挨打的局面,靠主擊退强大的敵人。誠如身體機能運作正常的人,並非表示其內在功能 完全處於静止狀態,相反的,健康的維繫有賴於免疫系統發揮强而有力的抗體功能,防禦和攻擊千百種殺傷力極大的細菌侵襲,為護衛整體機制而時刻爭戰。基督徒 屬靈爭戰的對手更是極其兇猛厲害,因為它被稱為世界的王。「因我們並不是與屬血氣的爭戰,乃是與那些執政的、掌權的、管轄這幽暗世界的,以及天空屬靈氣的 惡魔爭戰。」(以弗所書6:12)若有人想憑自己的力量來打敗世界的王是十分愚昧的想法,這也是基督徒在生活上屢屢失敗的原因:「低估仇敵,單靠自己」。 因此舊約約沙法王禁食祈禱得勝的歷史也就成了基督徒爭戰獲勝的密訣, (歷代誌下第二十章)約沙法採用了以下爭戰的策略:1)定意尋求耶和華,在猶大全地宣告禁食。(第三節「定意尋求主」)2)我們在急難的時候站在這殿前向你呼求,你必垂聽而拯救…我們也不知道怎樣行,我們的眼目單仰望你。(8,9節「呼求仰望」)3)你們請聽。耶和華對你們如此說:不要因這大軍恐懼驚惶…(15節「聆聽神僕人的號召」)4)明日你們要下去迎敵。這次你們不要爭戰,要擺陣站著,看耶和華為你們施行拯救。不要恐懼,也不要驚惶,明日當出去迎敵,因為耶和華與你們同在。(17節「出去迎敵」)5)設立歌唱的人頌讚耶和華,使他們穿上聖潔的禮服,走在軍前讚美耶和華。(21節「讚美敬拜」)今秋乃是爭戰的季節。我們是否願意為維護一男一女婚姻制度而戰,為保護下一代的身心靈免受毒害而戰,為國家民族免得走向滅亡而戰?作惡違背聖約的人,他必用巧言勾引;唯獨認識神的子民,必剛強行事。」(但以理書11:32) 但願我們真認識上帝的權能, 順服衪的指令, 為主揚起爭戰的旌旗! 禱告祈求奉主耶穌聖名, 阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

**請為十月二十三日「伊州反同性婚合法化大遊行」迫切禱告! 若願意参加遊行, 請點擊瀏覽此網站 marriage1m1w.org 了解詳情。

 

Meditation & Prayer: “Life is full of battles.” I heard this expression quite often, but seldom give a deeper thought.  However, my battles began long before I became a Christian, as I attempted to fight off many sinful thoughts and desires by exercising self restraint and self-control, which were hardly effective because my weakened “Conscience” could not withstand a knock-out blow by the strong secular force. I then gradually became aware what I fought against was in fact the law of the dark side: “But I see another law working in the parts of my body. It fights against the law of my mind. It makes me a prisoner of the law of sin. That law controls the parts of my body.” (Romans 7:23) Even after I accepted Christ, I was still struggling to win a few rounds. Not until such time when I submitted my total self under the governance of the Holy Spirit, I had indeed been fighting a losing battle in every facet of my life.  For  “Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world.”(Ephesians 6:12) This verse changes my entire perspective on battling sin and secular influences in terms of understanding who my opponent really is and what strategy I should employ to defeat him. Under the guidance of the Spirit, I am now keenly aware of the reason why I kept being beaten down in every fight. It was due to my utter failure to rely upon God and Christ alone. One of the best models I emulate to win a spiritual battle is documented in II Chronicles Chapter 20, recording exactly how King Jehoshaphat wins the battle over Moab and Ammon’s huge army. This winning formula still applies contemporaneously in any situation of our lives, if we faithfully execute the following procedures: 1) So he decided to ask the Lord for advice. The people came together to ask the Lord for help. In fact, they came from every town in Judah to pray to him. (vs.3-4) 2) We’ll serve youWe’ll cry out to you when we’re in trouble. Then you will hear us. You will save us.’(vs. 8-9) 3) listen! The Lord says to you, ‘Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope…” (vs. 15) 4) Tomorrow march down against them…You will not have to fight this battle. Take your positions. Stand firm. (vs.16-17) 5) He wanted them to praise him because of his glory and holiness. They marched out in front of the army... They began to sing and praise him. (vs. 21) This is the exact strategy I’ll take in preparing for the upcoming battle in Springfield on October 23rd, as we are marching down toward the Illinois Capitol, facing an invisible but horrific army who aims at destroying the fabric of our traditional family God established since creation of mankind. Let’s lift up our hands of prayer to cry for His intervention, and to stand firm against the enemies, for the battle is not ours. It is Him! In Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)  Please pray for the rally in Springfield sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute. For details, visit http://illinoisfamily.org/  If you are from the Chinese Christian community, please visit marriage1m1w.org for further information.

  王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 榮神传播協會

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