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31Dec/17Off

《清晨甘露》十二月卅一日

十二月卅一日

节期的末日,就是最大之日,耶稣站着高声说:“人若渴了,可以到我这里来喝。”(约7:37)

主耶稣里面有完全的忍耐,直到节期的末日他仍呼吁犹太人;在今年的最后一天他也呼吁我们,等着恩待我们。年年忍耐担当我们的主实在值得我们称羡,然而我们却多次地顶撞、背叛并反抗他的圣灵。但希奇得很,我们仍然在恩典的境界之中!

耶稣的呼喊,清楚地表现出他的怜悯来,他的声音不但洪大,而且语气柔和。他求我们与他和好。使徒保罗说:“就好像神藉我们劝你们一般。我们替基督求你们与神和好。”这是多么诚恳而热切的话呀!主为罪人哀哭,这是多么大的爱呀!正像一位母亲爱她怀中的孩子一样!他既这样呼召我们,我们的心就当甘愿前来。

他所预备的非常丰富;一切都预备好了,叫人能止住他们心灵中的干渴。他的替赎使他们的良心得以平安,他的福音使他们的理智得了丰富的教训;耶稣的品性是他们的心所崇爱的高贵的对象,耶稣里面的真理也使他们整个的人得到纯净的营养。干渴是最难受的事,但耶稣能止住它。虽然灵魂已经精疲力尽,耶稣也能使它复原。

他的邀请是白白的,每一个口渴的人都可前来。除了口渴之外并没有别的条件。不论是渴慕什么难以餍足的东西,雄心大志、喜乐、知识或安息,只要感到缺乏,就在被邀之列。徒然干渴而不依靠恩典是极不好的一件事,那只不过说明肉欲的干旱,渴想更多的罪来使它得到满足罢了;但也并非因为人有什么善良,主耶稣才邀请他来,他乃是白白的叫人来,并不管他是什么样的人。

这话说明:必须完全而单单投靠他。罪人必须来就耶稣,并不是靠行为、仪式或教义,而是救主本身,惟有他自己亲身在十字架上担当了我们的罪。流血、钉死、复活的救主,是罪人惟一所盼望的救星。愿我们来畅饮主恩,不然今年最后一天的太阳即将永远西落了!

他的话并未叫人等待或是作什么准备。喝,表示接受的意思,并没有配不配的分别。愚人、盗贼、娼妓都能喝,因此人品德的败坏、罪污的满盈并不能拦阻他来信耶稣。我们要止渴并用不到什么金杯玉盏,贫困的嘴尽管可以跪下恬饮流动的水。生疮、长癞、污秽的嘴唇都可以接触神爱的溪流,并不能玷污那水,反而使自己得了洁净。耶稣乃是满有盼望的泉源。亲爱的读者!愿你听亲爱的救主向我们所发的慈声吧:

“人若渴了,可以到我这里来喝!”

31Dec/17Off

《活水》十二月三十一日

 十二月三十一日 

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当我们往前看时,似乎是茫茫的旷野,甚么都看不见,如何渡过呢?但若回头看看所行过的路程,步步都有神的带领;凭著已往的经历我们如何过来了,我们前面的道路也要如何过去。我们的记忆力太坏,常常忘记神的作为,象行走在旷野中的以色列人一样。以色列人在埃及受苦,如何蒙了神的拯救,红海如何在他们眼前分开,叫他们走干地过去;但他们过了红海才三天,歌唱的声音还在耳中,就忘记了神的作为,遇到没有水喝的时候就发怨言。我们每逢看以色列人就以为他们太软弱可怜。但我们一点不比以色列人好,神在我们身上曾经行了多少神迹奇事,我们也是随过随忘。你若还能记忆的话,在某一件事上是何等可怕,神不是救了你吗?又在某一件事上是何等困难,神不是给你开了出路吗?在某一次的病中,医生缩手无策时,神不是医治了你吗?又在某一件事上你曾犯罪得罪神,别人都讨厌你,但神仍旧爱你,赦免你的罪过,把你又领在正路之中吗?凭著你已往诸般的经历,你是如何过来的,就当信你前面的道路,没有甚么能拦阻你、使你过不去,因为主耶稣就是你的道路。
  但那些在神面前有能力望著标竿奔跑的,根本没有工夫去回忆往事,也用不著回忆往事,但有人也必须藉着过去的恩典和经历才能得著力量。
  「水淹没他们的敌人,没有一个存留。那时他们才信了祂的话,歌唱赞美祂。等不多时,他们就忘了祂的作为,不仰望祂的指教。」(诗一○六11至13)
  「亲爱的阿!我愿你凡事兴盛,身体健壮,正如你的灵魂兴盛一样。」(约叁2)

31Dec/17Off

《静夜亮光》十二月三十一日

十二月三十一日

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经文: 秋麦已过,夏令已完,我们还未得救。(耶利米书八:20)

没有得救!这是可悲的光景吗?以往有人警告你审判就要来临,呼唤你要逃命,然而此刻你仍是未得救,你知道救恩之途;从圣经中读到,从讲坛上听到,朋友向你解说。然而,你却忽视。当主审判活人死人的时候你就没有藉口了。圣灵已将祂的祝福放入向你传讲的话中。安舒的日子是因上帝的同在而有的。你的夏令和收割之季已过,然而你还未得救。岁月逝去,进入永恒,你也即将度过最后一年。苦难和成功都不能影响你,眼泪、祷告和讲道,在你荒芜的心中都成浪费。你是否是继续如此下去,直至死亡将希望之门永远关闭?你觉得合适的时刻尚未来到吗?为什么那时刻要到来呢?或许你永远都找不到合适的时刻,直至你进入地狱。在新的一年开始以前,相信耶稣吧!祂能拯救你。把握今年最后的时刻,让它领你谦卑地相信耶稣。决意不再带着一颗未蒙赦免的心灵让今年白白过去。现在相信,就得生命。“逃命吧!不可回头看,也不可在平原站住,要往山上逃跑,免得你被剿灭。”(创十九:17)
 

Evening, December 31
Scripture: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”(Jeremiah 8:20)

Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All these hopeful seasons have come and gone-your summer and your harvest have past-and yet you are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved. Let me ask you-will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it? Already the most propitious seasons have left you unsaved; will other occasions alter your condition? Means have failed with you-the best of means, used perseveringly and with the utmost affection-what more can be done for you? Affliction and prosperity have alike failed to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. Are not the probabilities dead against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that you will abide as you are till death for ever bars the door of hope? Do you recoil from the supposition? Yet it is a most reasonable one: he who is not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never has come, why should it ever come? It is logical to fear that it never will arrive, and that Felix like, you will find no convenient season till you are in hell. O bethink you of what that hell is, and of the dread probability that you will soon be cast into it!

Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, your doom no words can picture. Write out your dread estate in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth: you will be punished with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. A brother's voice would fain startle you into earnestness. O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost. Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it lead to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all. O see to it that this year pass not away, and you an unforgiven spirit. Let not the new year's midnight peals sound upon a joyless spirit! Now, NOW , NOW believe, and live.

“ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE;

LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE,

NEITHER STAY THOU IN ALL THE PLAIN;

ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAIN,

LEST THOU BE CONSUMED.”

30Dec/17Off

《竭诚为主》12月30日 我们一切的美德

《竭诚为主》12月30日

我们一切的美德

我的泉源都在你里面。(诗八十七7)

我们的主从不修补天然美德,他乃是从里面重新再造。[穿上新人],意思是你要给肉体的生命穿上与新生命相配的衣服。神种在我们里头的生命,会萌发本身的美德,不是亚当的,乃是主耶稣的。你成圣以后,会叫你对天然美德,并个人一切力量的信心枯萎,直至你学会怎样从主耶稣复活的泉源中支取生命。你若正经历那干涸的阶段,就得感谢神。

神在我们里面作工的征象,就是败坏我们对天然德行的信念,因为那些本不是神应许的,不过是他初造人时所剩余的品质。我们总是抓住天然品德,而神却不住要我接驳到主耶稣的生命去,他的美德是无法用天然德行来比较的。最可悲的是事奉神的人,一味仗赖从遗传而得的品质,这些并不是神恩典所赐下的。神不会建立并改变天然的德行,因为天然德行不能达到耶稣万分之一的心意。任何天然的爱、忍耐、清洁,都不可能达到他的要求。只有把肉体生命的每一部分配合神放在我们里头的生命,他才能透过我们彰显主耶稣的美德。而我们所有的一切美德也只是他的。

祈祷◆噢,主啊,你是永远的活井,我所有清新的泉源都在你里面。我来到你面前;愿你大能的生命在我里面涌现,真正地流入我的身体和心灵中。

30Dec/17Off

《活水》十二月三十日

十二月三十日 

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 我们在世的光阴太有限了。满足的年龄衹不过七十岁,强壮的可到八十岁,剪头去尾,美好的光阴才有几天!我们是神的儿女,身上所负的使命太大,有多少丧亡的灵魂等我们去寻找,圣徒岂不当天天为主活著吗!时光不再,人生有限,那有工夫去无聊、去失意、去灰心、去丧气、去悲伤?那有工夫去回忆往事?那有工夫去想世界的事?那有工夫挂心自己的事呢?
  古时大禹治水,在外十三年,三过其门而不入,不完成他的工作,他总不肯回家。他是为人的肉体付了这样的代价。我们为人宝贵的灵魂倒不如世人,这是何等惭愧的事!
  有许多信徒以为教会是牧师的事,传福音是传道人的事,探访信徒是女传道的事,奉献钱财是长老执事的事,我衹作信徒,等候将来上天堂就够了。如果他们作的不好,教会不兴旺,你却批评论断,不知道教会的责任也在你的身上。
  传扬主耶稣是每一个已经得救的信徒的责任。是他的责任,是我的责任,也是你的责任。
  撒玛利亚的妇人,不是使徒,不是先知,不是牧师,不是教师,是一个犯罪的妇人,多少撒玛利亚人都因她信了耶稣。主耶稣快要得国降临了,时候不多了,为何还把宝贵短少的时光消没在世界上的快乐和痛苦中,而不为基督活著呢?
  「我所看见的那踏海踏地的天使,向天举起右手来,指著那创造天和天上之物、地和地上之物、海和海中之物,直活到永永远远的,起誓说:不再有时日了!」(启十5至6)

30Dec/17Off

《静夜亮光》十二月三十日

十二月三十日

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经文: 你岂不知终久必有苦楚吗?(撒母耳记下二:26)

你是否仅有宗教而没有在基督耶稣里的真正信仰?你经常聚会,是因为别人如此行,不是因为你向上帝有正确的心态。以后二、三十年了,你可能依然故我,有宗教的外表,却无内在。我必须指出像你这样的人临终时的情况。我们温柔地注视他。他的额上渗出了冰冷的汗珠,他张开双眼。说道:“上帝啊,死亡是难忍受的。求祢差遣牧师来吧。”“是的,他来了。”牧师来了。“牧师,我怕我要死了!”“你有任何盼望吗?”“我不知道。我害怕站在上帝的面前。哦,为我祷告吧!”牧师为他献上真诚迫切的祷告,救恩之路第一万次摆在他的面前,但是在他能抓紧救恩之索以前,我见到他坠入了死亡深渊。这个人现在何处?经上说:“他在阴间受痛苦,举目远远的望……”(路十六:23)为什么以前他不举目望呢?福音,他已习以为常,他的灵魂沉睡了。但愿救主亲自说的话将此痛苦显明:“我祖亚伯拉罕哪,……打发拉撒路来,用指尖蘸点水,凉凉我的舌头。因为我在这火焰里,极其痛苦。”(路十六:24)那些话中的含意是可怖的。但愿你永不会尝到耶和华的愤怒!
 

Evening, December 30
Scripture: “Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?”(2 Samuel 2:26)

If, O my reader! thou art merely a professor, and not a possessor of the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the following lines are a true ketch of thine end.

You are a respectable attendant at a place of worship; you go because others go, not because your heart is right with God. This is your beginning. I will suppose that for the next twenty or thirty years you will be spared to go on as you do now, professing religion by an outward attendance upon the means of grace, but having no heart in the matter. Tread softly, for I must show you the deathbed of such a one as yourself. Let us gaze upon him gently. A clammy sweat is on his brow, and he wakes up crying, “O God, it is hard to die. Did you send for my minister?” “Yes, he is coming.” The minister comes. “Sir, I fear that I am dying!” “Have you any hope?” “I cannot say that I have. I fear to stand before my God; oh! pray for me.” The prayer is offered for him with sincere earnestness, and the way of salvation is for the ten-thousandth time put before him, but before he has grasped the rope, I see him sink. I may put my finger upon those cold eyelids, for they will never see anything here again. But where is the man, and where are the man's true eyes? It is written, “In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment.” Ah! why did he not lift up his eyes before? Because he was so accustomed to hear the gospel that his soul slept under it. Alas! if you should lift up your eyes there, how bitter will be your wailings. Let the Saviour's own words reveal the woe: “Father Abraham, send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.” There is a frightful meaning in those words. May you never have to spell it out by the red light of Jehovah's wrath!