王洪淵傳道 靈修分享 2015-4-29

使徒行傳12:11 - 彼得醒悟過來,說,我現在真知道主差遣他的使者,救我脫離希律的手,和猶太百姓一切所盼望的。

 

           希律拿了彼得收在監裏,彼得被兩條鐵鏈鎖著。交付四班兵丁看守,每班四個人,要在逾越節後,把他提出來,當著百姓殺他。教會卻為他切切地禱告神。希律將要提他出來的前一夜,主派一個使者把彼得從監獄裏救出來。

         我記得在我小學的時候,主把我的性命從車輪下救了下來,盡管車輪從我的肚子上碾過去,但我卻毫發未損。記得在我24歲的時候,我在海上打漁,突然被收緊的鋼絲繩纏住,在那個危難的時候,主把我救了出來。雖然,那時候我不知道是誰救了我,但是,我覺得很奇妙,甚至不可思議。過去會認為自己“命大”,“老天爺”保守了我的性命。現在讀了聖經,認識了真神,我知道我的老天爺,就是創造天地的真神耶和華,就是我的救贖主耶穌基督。他曾救彼得脫離鐵鏈的捆索和監獄的牢籠,更救他脫離當權者的迫害。他也曾經拯救我脫離車輪碾壓和鋼絲繩的捆索,他更救我脫離罪和死的牢籠。感謝主!我雖然行過死蔭的幽谷,也不怕遭害。因為你與我同在。你的杖,你的竿,都安慰我。

       雖然後來彼得還是死了,被釘死在十字架上。但是,彼得主動要求被倒釘十字架,成了美好的見證。我深知道,彼得肉身死了,但是他靈魂卻回到主的懷抱,他的名字被刻在天堂的門上。從彼得被天使救出監牢到他被釘十字架期間,彼得成為教會的柱石:初期教會最重要的領袖。

今天,主還存留我的性命在地上,不是因為我好,不是因為我有才能,我相信只是因為在神的計劃裏我還有用。那麽,接下來我當怎樣生活呢?求主幫助我學習凡事感恩,凡事禱告,凡事信靠,凡事尋求主的心意。願主在我身上的計劃可以成全!阿門!

 

Pastor Lokkei Law Sharing: Psalm 112 (July 17, 2014)

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.  Do I fear the LORD?  Do I find delight in God's commands?  

I reflected upon the relationship with my earthly father.  I have lots of respect and admiration for him as he is a good role model.  I find delight in applying the commands and instructions in life.  The principles and commands he taught me when I was a child holds firmly today.  For example, he commands me not to smoke.  I cannot stand the presence of second hand smoke.  When peer pressure came and ask me to smoke a joint with them, I don't have to second guess and I am stand firm easily.   

When it comes to my personal relationship with God, would I have the fear and respect I have for my earthly father?   Do I delight in following God's commands knowing it is for my own good?

I further reflect more on this passage.  The Psalm describes a picture of what happens to a righteous man: mighty children, light and hope even in dark times, prosperous, generous, never be shaken, no need to fear for bad news...  It is a picture I see in women and men who fears the LORD.  Personally, I see God's blessings in so many areas of my life.  

How about the tough times?  I also see righteous men and women suffer physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  There were times in my life when things are going badly that I question why is God allowing it to happen.  The righteous man will have no fear of bad news.  Whatever life situations come, God is in control.  Like the blind man that was healed by Jesus, when the disciples asked who sinned, himself or the parents?  Jesus said, "Neither...  this happens so that the work of God might be displayed in his life."  

Today, I see some suffering in the lives of brothers and sisters.  Some are battling cancer, some are searching for meaning work, some are getting burned out from work, some are having a rough time in the family, some are lonely and desperate for friendship...  I pray that we all pray and support one another so that we all can be like the righteous person in Psalms 112 for the glory of God.