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1 John 3 – Children of God 约翰一书 3 – 神的儿女

Thursday 6th May 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-9 Be Set Apart

We need to know God’s heart and expectations. God gave us an identity as the children’s of God and to live a life of light! We need to be the children of God, not just saying it on our lips or by our feelings. Become the children of God, there’s a commitment.

Because Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross then we can become children of God. And our lives should be seen by others, a life of love and grace. We’re unworthy, we’re weak, but because of God’s love, He forgave us for being rebellious.

What we looking at? Do we see how people look at us or how God look at us? Use the eyesight of the Father to see ourselves and see our brothers and sisters, don’t use the worldly eyesight because if we don’t, we will always see problems and we won’t be able to love.

Jesus saw the heart of the Father. When we claim God as our Heavenly Father, then don’t just talk to Him when we want something. We need to really know the God, who created the heaven and earth. Stop trying to change ourselves to please others.

We’re already the children of God! Not by our might but by God’s grace. We should be like Jesus, ask God to help us to change ourselves to be more like Jesus, to be born again. Let go of our old self, old characters, knowledge, but to live like Jesus!

As children of God, we should be set apart like Jesus, who entered the world but didn’t become the part of the world. We need to cleanse ourselves, it’s our decision to come out and be set apart from this world.

Satan was the worship leader, but he did not love God, at the very beginning he sinned. Even though he served God and worshipped God but inside the heart there’s no love. Do we really love God and others? We might be doing a lot of things but our hearts are full of hatred. We complain and we don’t want to forgive.

Full our hearts with the Word of God, do not live in confusion. Our heart and our actions should be set apart, no one sees our hearts only God and ourselves. Do we bring the hunger and thirst to come to Morning Devotion? God’s Word is full of life.

Section Two: V10-18 Love One Another

Why do we judge others? Because we think we have enough we think we are good enough. When we see other people’s problem, do we help them? Or do we stay in the judgement and expect others more than we should? See what God he given to us and give to those who are in need and that’s love.

When we have but we don’t give then we will also sin against God. If we don’t have but we still want to give then we are prideful because we can never give what we don’t have. We must first receive in order to give. Jesus used His life to demonstrate the truth in front of His disciples.

If we continue to judge others and judge the situations around us, we will feel tired, we need to humble ourselves. It’s not easy to love, we need to offer our lives, let go of our expectations our standards and give mercy to the needy.

Section Three: V19-24 Carry It Out

How to carry out? We love not just in our words but to act out. We cannot lie, what’s inside our hearts? If we don’t have the Word of God then what is filled within our hearts? The things we want and the things of the world. Adam and Eve saw the fruits of Knowledge of good and evil, they thought that’s what would make them happy. Without the Word of God in our hearts everyday then we are choosing what we want. We are taking the fruits of Knowledge of good and evil.

We need to come to the temple of God everyday and let His Words fill us then we can live out the true life. God’s Manna is coming down from Heaven freshly everyday, not something we can produce ourselves. It’s so easy for us to just take the things we want, we choose what message we want to hear instead of receiving freshly whatever there is from God everyday.

God is talking to us everyday. We need to be set apart and our hearts need to be filled with God’s Word. We need to know in our hearts then our actions will be different. We will then ask for what pleases God not what pleases us. We can the then love one another, without judgement.

Prayer and Pursuit

Lord, we know through You, we can do it! By faith You take away our weaknesses, bitterness and unforgiveness, Lord, we want to let go of our pride and self-righteousness. We want to be more like You! Let our hearts be filled with Your peace and joy. We’re to see what You see, give us strength to keep going, so we can walk in strength and live a worthy for You! Amen!

2021年5月6日 星期四

-潘锡安牧师-

约翰一书 3

神的儿女

前两章讲到我们从神而来的身份是光明之子,在地上要活出光明的生命,这一章讲的是我们的回应 – 我们要成为神的儿女。成为神的儿女是一个承诺、委身,唯有经过耶稣基督在十架上的牺牲才能成就。

一、要分辨出来 v.1-9

V1 “你看”- 我们这些信主的人的生命是可以被人被自己看出来的。“慈爱”-是充满恩典的,因为我们是不配的、常常心口不一,但因为神的爱我们能得以成为他的儿女。我们要时常回转过来看神的慈爱,而不是自己没有的东西。当我们愿意用神的眼光来看自己、看弟兄姐妹或其他人的时候,我们就不一样,就能像在天上翱翔的老鹰。若是用自己的眼光来看四周,我们看到的就都是不好的东西。当我们能看到自己是神的儿女时,我们就能分辨出来,看见父的心。我们时常会忘记自己属天的身份,过着属地的生活,所以老约翰在这里提醒我们是神儿女的身份。

虽然有如此尊贵的身份,我们却不要对人有不当的期待,问题不是出在我们的身份,而是“世人所以不认识我们,是因未曾认识他”。所以当别人不接纳我们的时候,我们就不要试图改变自己以得到别人的认可。

V2 我们要“像他”- 就是要对自己有一个要求,要有渴慕的心去像神那样,并且主耶稣教导我们的我们也要教导门徒,使他们也像他。

V3 “洁净”:set apart 分辨出来。我们有些人信主之后却还是不愿意改变过去的脾气性情,但我们要求神帮助我们能改变,经历重生的生命,将我们属肉体的老我都钉死在十字架上。我们现在每天都在吃从神而来的灵粮,所以每天都可以借着神的道一点一滴的改变自己。

V4 我们要洁净自己,这是我们的决定 – 从我们自己的任性、不饶恕中分辨出来。

V6,8 律法的总纲就是爱神爱人,我们若不爱神或不爱人,就是犯罪,就是“属魔鬼”的。魔鬼撒旦虽然本来是天上的敬拜主领,但他“从起初就犯罪”,说明他一开始的心就不对。当我们的心里有罪的时候,虽然从外表看不出来,但最后就会显出犯罪。我们可能表面上殷勤服事、追求主,但若心里充满苦毒,至终只会抱怨神,不能饶恕。

V9 我们的心里存的是什么?有神的道存在心里才能不犯罪。只有神和我们自己能看到我们的心,我们是否带着感恩、渴慕的心?神每一天都在跟我们说话,所以我们的心很重要。

二、要彼此相爱 v.10-17

V17 我们为什么会批评论断?因为我们觉得自己“有”的比别人好。但是当我们看到别人的问题时,我们是否有帮助别人呢?还是仍然陷在批评论断里面? 神说当我们有的时候,要将自己有的给别人。当我们没有的时候,不要批评论断,而当我们有的时候,就要去帮助那些缺乏的人,这才是爱,才是不犯罪。如何才能拥有呢?唯有愿意放下自己先从上领受神的祝福,然后才能甘心给出去。

V16 为主舍命的是爱,也要为弟兄舍命。我们的生命是一个摆上的生命,所以要学会放下自己的标准、要求,怜悯那些赤身露体的人,陪他们从贫乏走向富足。带小组、带门徒,需要我们陪着人、以我们的生命影响他们的生命,使他们一同出死入生,这样才是主耶稣那牺牲的爱。

三、要行出来 v.18-24

V18 我们的爱要行出来,不要只在嘴上说说,也不能够欺骗人。

V19-20 我们的心装载的是什么?如果我们没有来晨祷,我们的心装载的都是自己想要的东西,就好像亚当夏娃看见分辨善恶树上的果子一样。若我们心里没有神的话语,我们拿的只是自己觉得好的分辨善恶树上的果子,但当我们在晨祷中用神的话充满我们时,我们里面就有神的生命。神的Rhema(灵粮)是神自己从天上赐给我们的,不是我们到网络上随自己的喜好来挑拣的。当我们愿意像以色列人在旷野中谦卑去领受天上降下的吗哪那样来领受神的话语,就能每天听到神对我们说的话了。

V22-23 我们若想使“一切所求的”从神得着,就不是只求自己想要的,而是“遵守他的命令,行他所喜悦的事”,又要“彼此相爱”。

V24 神是否住在我们里面,就看我们自己的选择。神一直都在,我们是否有让神进来呢?

我们是叛逆顽梗的,但今天神对我们说话,让我们知道原来借着耶稣基督的宝血我们都是能得到洁净的。

*追求

主我们靠着你凡事都能。我们愿意放手,求主将我们里面的掌控、所有的软弱和不饶恕拿走让我们回转像你,不要像该隐。让我们今天充满平安喜乐、从你而来的爱,有主你的眼光。主求你加添我们力量,让我们行走得力,身体力行活出神儿女的身份!