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《静夜亮光》十一月十三日

十一月十三日

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经文: 要人常常祷告。(路加福音十八:1)

如果一般人都需要常常祈求且不灰心,基督徒更是应多多祷告。耶稣交付祂教会的使命与祂来到世上的使命相同,其中包括代求。教会是世人的祭司。恩典之门总为她的恳求而开,恳求者也永不空手而归。圣殿之帷幕已为她破裂,宝血已为她洒在祭坛上,上帝不断地要她祈求她所希望得着的。她能拒绝这特权吗?甚至天使也会嫉妒呢!她可以每时每刻到王的跟前。她能不善用这宝贵的特权吗?“教会”总有需要祈祷之处。在她之内总会有一些人跌倒犯罪,总有一些羊需要代祷,好教他们能来到基督的胸前。坚强的人需要代祷,他才不致僭越,软弱的人也需要代祷,才不致绝断。即使我们保持二十四小时的祷告聚会,并且天天如此,也不会缺少可以祈求的事项。我们之中不是总有人患病、贫穷、受苦、动摇的吗?我们之中岂不是总有人盼望亲属悔罪、后退者重新振作、堕落的人蒙拯救吗?聚会和传福音虽然不停止,行动虽然从未停止,但是仍有百万罪人死在罪恶过犯之中。在这充满偶像、残暴、和罪恶的世界中。“教会”若不祷告,就等于轻忽了爱祂之主交托给她的使命,如此如何能得到宽恕呢?但愿“教会”不停止祈求,并愿每位信徒将他微小的祷告投入此宝库内。
 

Evening, November 13
Scripture: “Men ought always to pray.”(Luke 18:1)

If men ought always to pray and not to faint, much more Christian men. Jesus has sent his church into the world on the same errand upon which he himself came, and this mission includes intercession. What if I say that the church is the world's priest? Creation is dumb, but the church is to find a mouth for it. It is the church's high privilege to pray with acceptance. The door of grace is always open for her petitions, and they never return empty-handed. The veil was rent for her, the blood was sprinkled upon the altar for her, God constantly invites her to ask what she wills. Will she refuse the privilege which angels might envy her? Is she not the bride of Christ? May she not go in unto her King at every hour? Shall she allow the precious privilege to be unused? The church always has need for prayer. There are always some in her midst who are declining, or falling into open sin. There are lambs to be prayed for, that they may be carried in Christ's bosom? the strong, lest they grow presumptuous; and the weak, lest they become despairing. If we kept up prayer-meetings four-and-twenty hours in the day, all the days in the year, we might never be without a special subject for supplication. Are we ever without the sick and the poor, the afflicted and the wavering? Are we ever without those who seek the conversion of relatives, the reclaiming of back-sliders, or the salvation of the depraved? Nay, with congregations constantly gathering, with ministers always preaching, with millions of sinners lying dead in trespasses and sins; in a country over which the darkness of Romanism is certainly descending; in a world full of idols, cruelties, devilries, if the church doth not pray, how shall she excuse her base neglect of the commission of her loving Lord? Let the church be constant in supplication, let every private believer cast his mite of prayer into the treasury.

13Nov/17Off

《活水》十一月十三日

十一月十三日

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虽然论断的话和责备的话是相同的,但论断人和责备人是不同的。比如我作了一件事,论断我的人说,如何不对、如何不好;责备我的人也说如何不对、如何不好;但他们说话的出发点不同,一个是出自害人的心,一个是出自爱人的心;并且说话的地点也是不同,一个是在我的背后说,一个是在我的面前说。我们可以说责备的话,但不可以说论断的话。
  我们的主常说责备的话,有时责备的话是很严厉,祂却不说论断的话,主说:「我从来是明明的对世人说话;我常在会堂和殿里,就是犹太人聚集的地方,教训人;我在暗地里,并没有说甚么。」(约十八20)
  主耶稣曾七次责备假冒为善的人有祸了,祂不是在背后说「他们」法利赛人和文士有祸了,乃是当面说「你们」法利赛人和文士有祸了。主的话虽然严厉,却不是背后论断、定人的罪,乃是当面责备,叫人悔改。
  我们若对弟兄姊妹有甚么要说的话,若是用「你们」,就可以说出来,若是用「他们」,最好闭口不言,他们的事不用我们管,有神来管,我们自己还管不好自己,那有权柄管别人的事?
  保罗说:「你是谁,竟论断别人的仆人呢?他或站住,或跌倒,自有他的主人在;而且他也必要站著;因为主能使他站住。」(罗十四4)
  又说:「你这个人,为甚么论断弟兄呢?又为甚么轻看弟兄呢?因我们都要站在神的台前。」(罗十四10)

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《信心的支票簿》11月13日

不间断的看顾

经文: “保护以色列的,也不打盹也不睡觉。”(诗篇一二一∶4)

耶和华是“以色列的守护上帝”,祂既不需要睡觉,也无需打盹,祂的意识随时都是清醒的。祂既保守祂百姓的心,也看顾祂百姓的屋,那就是为什么我们可稳妥无惊的享受安息。亚历山大说他可以安枕而眠,因为有朋友潘米欧(Parmenio)的守卫,使他无后顾之忧,因为有谁的能力可与他相比?

“看哪”,这话就吸引我们注意这真理。雅各拿一块石头当枕头,倒头便睡;而祂的上帝却是清醒的,并在异象中,向祂的仆人显现。当我们手无寸铁地席地而眠,上帝要亲自做我们的守护者看顾我们。

上帝看顾祂的百姓,就像财主看守着祂的钱财,将军守卫他的城池,或是哨兵站岗护卫着前线。无人能够在这样严密的看守下越雷池一步,所以,我们可以绝对放心地,将我们全人,交托在上帝的手中。祂绝对不会忘记我们,也不会停止看顾我们,祂要永远地保守我们到底。

喔,主啊,保守我,免得我漂荡、远离、走入歧途,以致灭亡。保守我,使我得以遵守祢的命令。因着祢不止息的看顾,保守我免得我像好吃懒做的人,游手好闲,无所事事,以致一事无成。主啊,因为祢的看顾,我得以过着有意义充实的人生。