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Align and Cross Over (Part 1) 对齐与跨越 (一)

Sunday, 3rd January 2021

Rev. Dr Daniel Xi An Poon

After Joshua’s death, God raised up different judges. God’s way is different from the ways of man. When we listen to God’s words, He will raise up humble people for His glory and shame others. God does not change, only man can change. Over time, just like the Israelites, we were attracted to the culture and people of Canaan, we started to go astray and changed our first love for God. After some time, Joshua and all the elders who had seen God’s great works passed away, then no one had seen the Lord perform miracles among them. Why didn’t God show them miracles? Just like us, we may be the second, third, fourth or fifth generations of Christians. We know that we are Christians when we are born, but we have not experienced God.

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt for 400 years. They had heard of the Lord but they thought God was just one of the gods in Egypt. Even though the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and entered the land of Canaan, they accepted the gods of Canaan as their family and personal god, and the Lord was their national God. This is why the Israelites fell. God let them taste the bad fruits they bore and when they cried out to God, God raised judges.

In 2021 we are also in the age of Judges. There are many Christians in the world but do we really trust God? Do we pray only when we seek directions or for our own desires?

For the Covid-19 Pandemic, many national leaders and even leader of Israel claimed that they are able to solve the problem, but as a matter of fact, the pandemic is still quite challenging for everyone. God allows us to humble ourselves in difficult times so we will seek Him, read the Bible and prepare ourselves to search for the truth.

Isaiah 55: 1-5, “If you are all thirsty, come near to the water; you can come if you have no money. You all came and bought to eat; you came to buy wine and milk without money or value. Why do you spend money (the original text is plain silver) for those that are not enough for food? What do you get from your hard work to buy what is not satisfying? You have to pay attention and listen to me so that you can eat that beautiful thing, and enjoy fatness and joy in your heart. Come near to me; listen carefully, and you will live. I will make an eternal covenant with you, which is the reliable grace promised to David. I have made him a witness to all peoples, king and commander of all peoples. You will also summon the people you never knew; and the people who never knew you will run to you, because of Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, your God, because he has glorified you.”

1. V1-2

Through the scriptures, God is calling out to His children. In the Book of Revelation, it talks about the living water, Jesus and the church are the living water, and we should be thirsty every time we come to church! We don’t just come to church to look for a girlfriend or for people’s recognition, we are here for God’s love and when we find love, there is nothing impossible!

All who are thirsty, come to God and you will receive love from Him. What you get is not money, not your desires, but God’s love. When you have his love, you will be full. We get married because we need love. Many people put their hopes on work, investment, entertainment, and some even put their hopes on marriage. Every one of us needs love very much. Even little babies would cry for love and attention. This is what Jesus said, we must turn back like children before we can enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Jesus is not giving children lollipop or ice cream; Jesus gives them love.

A lot of missionaries entered China and gave up their qualifications, career, and family. They just followed God. Why can they do this? Because they received love from God, they knew God’s heart and how He sent Jesus Christ to die and pay the price for us. The missionaries were aligned with God and Jesus is also aligned with God, the Father. When we are aligned with Jesus, we have the same love and heart as Jesus, and we can hear the heartbeat of the Father. Alignment is so important because when we are aligned with Jesus, aligned with God, aligned with authority, we are not alone, not one lamp, but seven lamps, aligned with love.

Amos 8:11, “people are hungry not because there is no bread, and thirst is not because there is no water, but because they do not listen to the word of the Lord.”

We would often feel that the love and support of people around us is not enough. Or feel that the money we have is not enough. But these are not true, because the world can never satisfy us, no one can satisfy us. Only God can satisfy us and take you through all the hardships. We are like the Israelites in Canaan. While they worship God, they still have family and personal gods. The Lord says that he is a jealous god, and all false gods will take us into hell.

2. V3-5

God said, come near me because we are too far away from God. God wants us to be aligned with Him, and we must know God’s Word. Only by His Words can we know His mind and what He wants us to do.

Verse 3 tells us that when we listen carefully, then we will live. Remember, the human spirit will not die, the body and soul will die, but the spirit will either go to heaven or hell. The soul allows us to live in this world. Many Christians forget the soul, and many teachings also forget the soul. But the soul allows us to do many things in the world, and the soul is very important. All things created by God are very important to us. God knows that our soul is suffering, so the third verse says, “when you come near me”. Many people say that we Christians only look at eternal life. In fact, this is not the case. We must also pay attention to how we live in this life. The Bible teaches that our soul lives on earth, just as Jesus had taught, that God’s Will is done on earth as in heaven.

In Verse 5, when our lives can witness the love of Jesus Christ, people will begin to trust us. With love and trust, we can align with each other. God will bring people to us and shine together like Jesus Christ. Anything that prevents us from being aligned with God, anything that prevents you from loving God, loving the church, loving your authority, anything that prevents you from trusting your leader, your church, I believe that God will help us to overcome this year.

Just like a yellow digger, God will use it to dig out all the dirty things that prevented us from approaching God. It might be our past experience, unforgivable things, so that we can run to Him and align with Him.

Response: Align with God again and give everything in life to God, and let His love and power work in us.

对齐与跨越 (一)

2021年1月3日 主日

潘锡安牧师

一年前神给我们的异象是更新蜕变,去年是兴起发光,今年神给我们以赛亚书第55章,对齐与跨越,与台北母堂异象一致。我们祷告,兴起发光之后,神要我们怎么样呢?去年新西兰封城,国外的讲员无法进来,我也无法出国,没有任何特会。在本周晨祷中,我们进入士师记,约书亚死后神兴起士师,从俄陀聂到以芴到底波拉。神的方式跟人的方式不同,当我们听神的话时,神会兴起卑微的人得荣耀,让其他人羞愧。神是不改变的,只有人会改变。随着时间的推移,就像以色列人,我们就被迦南地的文化和人吸引,我们开始走偏路,改变了对神起初的爱。约书亚和见过神行大事的长老都去世了,当时没有任何人看过耶和华在他们中间行神迹。为什么神没有显明给他们神迹呢?就像我们一样,我们可能是二三四五代基督徒,我们出生就知道自己是基督徒,但是我们没有经历神,就像以色列人一样,只是听过神的故事。以色列人400年在埃及为奴为仆,他们听过耶和华,但他们把耶和华与埃及的神放在一起,这就像我们一样。尽管以色列人过了约旦河,进入迦南地,他们却接受了迦南地的神作为他们家庭和个人的神,耶和华只是以色列民族的神。这就是为什么以色列人跌倒了。神让他们看到他们所作的事情结出了什么果子,直到他们跪下呼求神,神就兴起士师。

神给我显明,我们现在就像是在士师记的时代。世界上有很多基督徒,我们是否真的信靠神?我们是否只有寻求方向的时候才祷告?除此之外,我们做自己想做的事情,因为我们想要自己的自由和自己想做的事情,我们忘记圣经和耶稣要我们做的事情。去年,神已经兴起了我们,通过一整年的晨祷,神让不可能成为可能,让我们有了学房,过去三个月,我们看到生命的改变,经历很多见证。当我们看到新冠疫情,很多国家领袖甚至包括以色列都说他们能解决问题,但是我们看到,疫情仍然在挑战每个人。神让我们在艰难的时刻谦卑自己,进入学房预备自己,寻找真理。我们现在好预备自己进入2021,神给了我们“对齐”与“跨越”。

以赛亚书55:1-5

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你 素 不 认 识 的 国 民 , 你 也 必 召 来 ; 素 不 认 识 你 的 国 民 也 必 向 你 奔 跑 , 都 因 耶 和 华 ─ 你 的 神 以 色 列 的 圣 者 , 因 为 他 已 经 荣 耀 你 。

一、V1-2

神借着经文跟我们说,我的儿女啊,“你们都来”。不只是神学生,而是全部的人,神要我们每个人都来到他这里,因为他说一切干渴的就近他来。耶稣说,口渴的到他这里来。启示录21章,讲的就是活水。耶稣、教会就是活水,你来这里是因为你很干渴,当你来了你就能够与基督的爱对齐。不是你来了就有大能、神迹奇事。有些人来教会是为了工作、找男女朋友,这不是上帝在圣经中应许我们的。神是爱,所有的人都在寻找爱。如果你找到爱,你会做一切你能做甚至不能做的事情。

“一切干渴的,到我这里来”,来就给你爱。不是给钱、不是满足你的愿望,是神的爱。当你有他的爱的时候,你就会饱足。我们之所以结婚,是因为我们需要爱。很多人把自己的盼望放在工作、投资、娱乐上面,甚至有些人把盼望放在婚姻方面。我们每个人包括我自己都非常需要爱。我的第六个宝宝哭着想要从父亲的爱。九个月的宝宝什么都不知道,他只是想要爱。这就是耶稣说的,我们必须回转像小孩子,我们才能进入天国。让小孩子来到我这里,耶稣不是给孩子糖果或冰激凌,耶稣给他们爱。我们的价值观和信念被世界扭曲。我结婚之前一直想要自己的房子,有自己的房子后,我觉得花园不够大。花园够大的时候,发现卧室不够多。等有了卧室够的房子的后,发现客厅不够大。当我的房子客厅够大的时候,我跟神说,神啊,我想要有个游泳池、网球场、篮球场,还有地方能玩桌球,我希望每个人来我们家的人都很开心。但是,我的房子有游泳池、有半个篮球场,但我发现房子成为了我的负担。房子太大了,清理工作就成为我孩子和我的重担。这就是我们,被这个世界的价值观误导。当我们没有得到想要的东西的时候,我们一直觉得别人有的都比我们的好,比如觉得别人丈夫和妻子比我们的更好。但是,当你深入与他们谈话时,你会发现他们与你有一样的问题;又比如买车,我们可能买了一台车后又不满意,一直换车,想要买更好的。这是一个问题,是一个永远未被满足的渴望。我们把自己的价值观信念都放在事情上,而非神的爱。

过去三个月的学房,借由宣教的课程,我学习到宣教士进入中国,放弃了他们的学历、工作和家人,他们只是跟随神。我问神,为什么他们能这么做?当我为神给我们今年的方向祷告的时候,神才告诉我为什么他们能做这些事,是因为他们从神那里得到了爱,他们知道神的心,他们都明白耶稣基督的心意如何,他从父神那里来到这里,为我们付上了代价。因为耶稣与天父对齐,当我们与耶稣对齐的时候,我们就像耶稣一样有同样的爱和心,我们可以听到天父的心跳。对齐这么重要,是因为当我们与耶稣对齐的时候,与神对齐、与权柄对齐的时候,我们不是一个人,不是一盏灯,是七盏灯,与爱对齐。

在阿摩斯书8:11,人饥饿非因无饼,干渴非因无水,乃因不听耶和华的话

我们不满足,觉得身边的人对我们的爱和支持不够,钱不够。但是这些都不是真的,因为世界永远无法满足我们,没有任何人能够满足我们。锡安牧师无法给你足够的爱来满足你,唯有耶稣的爱才能带你度过一切的艰难。我知道,我的职分是分享、教导神的话,神的话是我们的Rhema,现代的教会很专注于敬拜,敬拜很重要,但是神的话比敬拜更重要。因为神的话是我们脚前的灯路上的光。若你不知道道路在哪里,你到底在敬拜什么呢?我们就像迦南地的以色列人一样,他们在敬拜神的同时,仍然有家族和个人的神。耶和华说他是忌邪的神,所有的假神会带我们进入地狱。就像我一样,当我不断搬家,我偏离了对神的专注。每次我祷告,神啊,给我这个房子,但我没有祷告,神啊,你想要我做什么?这是我在过去的问题,我的祷告是让神满足我的欲望。我让神成为我的偶像、仆人,我成了自己的神。我们要意识到这个问题。每天早晨,先来寻求神,与他对齐。当我们与神对齐,神会行神迹。

二、V3-5

神说,“就近我来”,我们与神太远了。神希望我们能够与他对齐,我们必须要知道神的话语。唯有借由他的话语,我们才知道他的心意,他希望我们做什么。以前,在美国人们都讲“虎妈”,她的的书 很流行,即便是基督徒妈妈也在探讨如何学虎妈。但是我们忘记了,圣经已经跟我们说了,该如何教养我们的孩子,但是我们觉得不够。当我有机会与基督徒丈夫们分享,在安息日的时候,用箴言第31章为他们的妻子祷告,祝福她们。为什么我们要参加婚姻关系课程?圣经已经跟我们说了。我们忘记了用神的话语让事情发生,我们习惯用自己的眼睛让事情发生,世界教导我们,看到就知道了,我们忘记了圣经足够祝福我们了。这也是教会的领袖面临的问题。我们只是想要传讲人们想要听的道,流行的话题,让人们开心所以他们就会来教会,人数增加。我们忘记了要传讲神要我们说的话语。我们不是在传讲一节两节经文,我们需要传讲整章经文故事的来龙去脉,不是只取一两句来支持我们的观点。不是讲我们讲的,而是神要我们讲的。神的话语是大有能力的。

第三节,“侧耳而听,就必得活”。你的灵魂就必得活,这是何等重要。记得,人的灵是不会死的,身体和魂会死,但是灵要么去天堂要么去地狱。魂是让我们住在这个世上,很多基督徒忘记了魂,很多教导也忘记了魂。但是魂是让我们在世上做很多事情,魂很重要。神创造的所有事情对我们是很重要的,神知道我们的魂在受苦,所以第三节说,你当就近我。原文“侧耳”就是贴着,去听,所以不要让任何事情影响你去听。你听了,你的魂就必得活。很多人说我们基督徒只看永恒的生命,实际上不是这样,我们也要关注今生如何活。圣经教导我们的魂在地上活,就如耶稣教导的,旨意行在地上如同在天上。

去年我们说兴起发光,因为我们从过去的不可能中兴起,神的话不是去教导我们,神的话是让我们得活,得以存活,神让我们能够活在地上如同在天上。当我们愿意如此行,愿意与神的应许对齐,当我们的生命能够去见证耶稣基督的爱的时候,人会开始信任我们,有爱有信任,我们就能够彼此对齐。就像第5节说的,神就会将人带来我们这里,好像耶稣基督一样一起发光。我们今天重点在讲“对齐”,任何阻止我们与神对齐的事情,任何阻止你爱神、爱教会、爱你权柄的事情,任何阻止你信任你的领袖、你的教会的事情,我相信在今年神会帮助我们去克服。

我看到一个黄色的挖土机,神使用它挖出一切阻止我们靠近神的脏东西——可能是我们过去的经验,无法饶恕的事情,以至于我们能够跑向他,与他对齐。

有爱有信任,我们才能与神、与权柄对齐,我们才能有新的生命,新的篇章,新的事工,新的未来。让我们再次与神对齐,将生命的一切交给神,让他的爱和大能在我们里面工作。