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Align and Cross Over (Part 2) 对齐与跨越(二)

Sunday, 10th January 2021

Rev. Dr Daniel Xi An Poon

Introduction: In the New Year, it’s important for us to know where God wants us to be and the word “Align” has a new meaning for our church this year. Covid-19 has brought us into a new generation. People are used to online shopping, online ordering, and Zoom meetings. We need to know what is happening in the world now and why God allows this to happen. Christians have been praying for the Pandemic to stop or find a solution, but we are still facing the Covid-19 today. The Pandemic is coming so fast that mankind has no way to solve it. God is the answer to all problems. When we are aligned with God, we will know God’s will.

Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

Before crossing over to the Promised Land, aligning with God is very important. If we are not aligned with God, everything we do is doing it by ourselves. The only thing to do is to align with God, and before crossing over, we have to prepare ourselves.

In Exodus 3:4, Moses did not know what God’s Name was. God sent Moses back to the Israelites. Moses asked God, “If they asked me Your name, how would I answer?” In fact, when Moses asked this question, he was very sad. The Israelites stayed in Egypt for 430 years, and they forgot the Name of Jehovah. In verse 14, God said, “I am who I am”. Why did God answer Moses this way? Because God is the God of creation and His blessings and love for Israelite never fail. Starting from Abraham, God had chosen the Israelites and He has not changed since.

God is always the same, but we changed. Time, education, culture, environment, experience, etc. can all change us. Therefore the prophet Isaiah said, ” Seek the Lord while He may be found.” God is everywhere, but why did Isaiah said, “when He may be found?” That is because the Israelites lost God for 430 years. When Joseph was in power for thirty years, they could still find God. But thirty years is short. It is easy for us to forget God in our busyness. We want to do things on our own instead of seeking God, and we can easily lose our connection with God.

This verse reminds us to look around and see how we are blessed by God. This is why we often encourage brothers and sisters to share testimonies. We see that God’s blessings have always been with us in the testimonies. Sometimes we are blessed by God, but we do not see it. We rarely count God’s grace and miracles, and many things we think are done by ourselves. If I did not do it, how could this happen? We did not put God in. This kind of thinking makes us farther and farther away from God.

How can we seek God? We must be humble and pray. Praying is not just reading out a list for God to help us fulfil it but to ask God and communicate with Him. First, we must have a relationship with Him in order to hear what He wants to say to us! In the Old Testament, God asked people to always offer different sacrifices to him. The purpose was to train people to see, give, and be grateful.

It is difficult to preach that out Heavenly Father loves us. Because we are so easy to relate the Fatherly image with our earthly father, and when we don’t feel the love from our earthly father, then we won’t be able to easily feel the love of the Heavenly Father.

Many teachings talk about how our missing parts can be filled by God’s love, and quote from the scripture, “open your month wide and I will fill it.” But an important part of the message is missing, that God wants to interact with us. He is our Creator and of course He would know what we want, but He wants us to stop what we are doing and start listening to Him. When we really listen, we will be restored to the way He created us. But if we put many things first, between us and God, then it will be difficult for us to see God.

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Paul did not say that if you pray, God will solve all our problems. What the scriptures tell us is that we should not worry. The Hebrew word for “seeking” has two meanings. First is to “look for” and second is “being found”, which means when we seek Him, He will find us. In the Garden of Eden, God spoke with Adam every day, but when Adam and Eve sinned, they hid because they felt ashamed. Similarly, how can you be found by God? We must keep our life holy because only holiness enables us to approach the righteous God. Only when Jesus Christ died on the cross for us can we be made whole and God will draw near to us.

Paul said, “the peace of God will keep your hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus.” It doesn’t mean that God will keep you happy and make all your wishes come true, but it means that God will bring back your joy because you have a relationship with Him.

In 2021, we need to restore our relationship with the Father, to hold onto His hand and then we will feel safe. Many of us are too tired to live on our own way. When others affirm and praise our abilities, they give us a lot of burdens and make it difficult for us to move forward. We also give ourselves too much pressures to save money, to work hard, to prepare a quality for our family…

The enemy wants us to stay like this so we lose our focus, and we can never seek God. There is no freedom and joy. God wants to release us to freedom and give us peace and joy.

Jesus said that nobody will know when He will return so we must turn to God now, repent, return, and humble ourselves. This is the only way to be free from outside this world. Only when we know God’s way can we turn to God, hear God’s heartbeat, and let God forgive us. Do not rely on everything we do. All we have to do is to get close to God and ask for forgiveness. God will come to love us, raise us up, and let us shine like Jesus Christ. God will forgive, so don’t avoid it. With confidence, return to God the Father.

At the beginning of the year, we still had many unanswered prayers, but this does not mean that God is not with us. On the other hand, by God’s grace, we can still be here. Our relationship with God is not based on how many prayers He answered us, but how strong our trust for Him is and how much peace and joy we receive.

Do not worry about your savings, investment, and health. They are in God’s hands. God’s love for us never changes.

Response: Do not hide in your own cave, but to come out to find God. Let us be found by God, repent and turn back. God is love. Pray for the Lord to release our brothers and sisters to break through the world’s values and be free. Bound all lies in life, cut off the soul ties and release us to freedom in the Name of Jesus, heal us and help us because of God’s grace, love and power.

2021年1月10日主日

以赛亚书55:6-7

潘锡安牧师

以赛亚书 55:6-7

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在新年的开始要知道神要我们在哪里。对齐,对每一个基督徒和我自己是新的启示。当圣灵带领我看到以赛亚书55章,神传递给我们教会的信心是非常重要的,特别是在新冠疫情的背景下。我们需要有新的眼光、想法、启示来告诉我们什么是对齐。新冠疫情带我们进入了新的世代,人们习惯了网上购物、网上点餐、Zoom会议,我们需要知道现在的世界在发生什么,神为什么允许这些发生。基督徒一直祷告疫情停止或找到解决方案,但是如今我们仍然面对疫情。疫情来得太快,人类没有办法解决,神是一切问题的答案。当我们与神对齐,我们会知道神的心意。

一、寻找神

在跨越之前,对齐是非常重要的。若我们未与神对齐,我们所作的一切都是自己在做。唯一要做的是与神对齐,在跨越之前,我们要预备自己。

做事情之前,最重要的是寻找他 (第6节)。出埃及记第三章第四节,摩西遇见神的时候,他问神的名字是什么。摩西不认识神,所以才问神。这很可悲,以色列人在埃及400年已经忘记神,忘记了耶和华的名字。在第14节,神说,“我是自有永有的。”为什么神如此回答摩西呢?因为神是创造的神,神祝福以色列人,从亚伯拉罕开始神拣选了以色列人。从拣选亚伯拉罕的那一天,到如今,神没有改变,他仍然是那一位神,没有过去时,一直都是现在时。当神救你的那一刻,他一直都是那一位神,他没有改变。只是我们改变了,时间、教育、文化促使我们改变。神无处不在,但为什么先知以赛亚说我们要“寻找他”?这是我们的问题,就好像以色列400多年忘了神。我们很喜欢做很多事情而不寻求神,结果失去与神的连结。

此经文提醒我们,往四周看,你是如何被神所祝福的。这是为什么我们常常鼓励弟兄姐妹们分享见证,在见证中看到神的祝福一直与我们同在。然而,有时候我们被神祝福,但是我们却没有看到。我们很少数算恩典和神迹,很多事情我们觉得是我们自己做到的,觉得若我不做,怎么会发生这些呢,我们没有看见神的作为。这样的思维让我们离神越来越远。

我们要如何寻求神呢?我们必须谦卑,祷告。不是祷告我们平常所求的——比如让神祝福我的经济、健康等,有很长的清单要神为我们完成。但是从祷告清单看到,我们把神当成我们的仆人。我们必须要知道,要如何问神,不是只有跟神拿东西的时候才跟他说好话。我们与神沟通,是要先有关系。我们与神有关系吗?

在旧约,神要人们总是献不同的祭给他,目的是为了训练人们能够看见、给与和感恩。我们没有感恩的心,所以神不断告诉以色列人要献不同的祭。当丰收的时候,他们需要献祭感谢神,不是求神给秋雨春雨让我们丰收,神要我们奉献给他感谢他的祝福。每天我们是否有一个分别为圣的时间和地方作为祭坛来感谢神?我们的问题是,我们与神的关系只是我们要神来听我们的话,我们很少听神要跟我们说什么。有可听的耳很重要,因为神会告诉我们他要什么。耶稣说,若不是从父来的,子不会告诉你。子告诉你的,都是从父而来的。我们有听见神吗?

对讲员来说,传讲神是爱我们的父神很难,因为我们很容易将地上父亲对待我们的方式,带入到父神对我们的方式中。地上父亲没有为我们做的事情,我们会要求天上的父亲来做,我们没有感受到地上父亲的爱,所以就希望父神听到我们说很多事情。很多教会也是这样教导人,这也是从心理学来的。他们希望人心里缺少的部分从神那里补足,因为看不见神。你会用经文说,“大大张口,大大充满”。但是前面的经文说,神总是要我们听。听不是因为他不爱我们,而是因为他爱我们,他知道我们是一直做事的人,所以他要我们冷静下来去听,他心里的爱是多大的,他可以把我们放在他的膀臂下。如果我们去听,我们的生命会比现在容易很多。但我们只想神听我们说话,听我们想要他做什么。神用话语创造了世界,当我们听见神的话,所有我们失去的、想要的,神都知道,这是为什么我们需要去听。我们若听,就恢复成他创造我们的样子。但是如果我们把很多事情摆在我们面前,我们就很难看见神,也就无法靠近神。

4:6-7    。神 怀

保罗没有说,你祷告,神会解决你所有的问题。经文告诉我们的是,应当一无挂虑,不要担心。NKJ版本的翻译是,让你们所要的“被神知道”。

Seek,希伯来文“寻求” 有两个意思。第一,寻找。第二,被找到,不是你做什么去找到他,而是你被找到(参见历代志上26:31)。神没有改变,他是信实公义的。在伊甸园神每天都与亚当说话,但是当亚当和夏娃犯罪他们觉得羞愧,他们躲起来,因为觉得羞愧。同样地,你要如何被神找到?我们必须要圣洁,唯有圣洁才能靠近神,因为他是公义的。耶稣基督为我们死在十字架上,我们才能与神靠近。 当我们里面有圣洁,神会知道我们所有的需要,当我们祷告、敬拜,神看到我们从里到外一切缺乏的地方,他就会给我们话语来满足我们的需要。保罗说的, 怀 他不是说让你开心、让你的愿望实现,而是把你的喜乐带回来,因为我们与父神有关系,我们不是孤单的。要开始有你自己的祭坛去听、敬拜,神我们的主就会与你同在。

在2021年,与父神恢复关系,如果我们的关系被恢复,你就知道我们就像宝宝喜欢牵父亲的手一样,父亲感觉到爱,孩子有安全感。我们很多人靠自己的力量而活太累了。一切从人而来的赞美,或者我们自己想要去承担的责任,反而会成为我们肩上的重担。我们的头被压着,看到是地板,看不见神,没有自由喜乐。神要释放我们得自由,给我们平安喜乐。我们却觉得不重要,我们想要自以为重要的东西,因为我们听了世界的,只做自己想做的。我们不听神的,觉得神过时,我们要自由。这就是现代人的问题,如同以色列人一样,400后不记得神的名字。神要祝福我们,释放我们得自由。除非我们相信,不然我们永远无法与神、教会、权柄对齐。

二、归向神

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世界推销给你的任何东西,你都要付上更多的金钱得到它。世界上没有任何免费的东西。世界尝试让你一直付出更多的钱,让你不断努力工作。

但是,耶稣显明了他的生命是怎样的,保罗的生命是怎样的。这是我们现在需要意识到的问题,因为现在已经是末世了。耶稣说,他再来的时候就像贼来到一样,那日子没有人知道。我们一定要回转向神,悔改、回转,谦卑自己,这才是唯一的道路,才能从这个世界之外得到自由。我们知道神的道路才能回转向神,听到神的心跳,让神赦免我们。不要倚靠我们做的一切,我们要做的就是靠近神,祈求赦免,神就会来爱我们,兴起我们,让我们像耶稣基督一样发光。神会赦免,所以不要躲避。带着信心,回到父神那里,请求饶恕,我们就会有平安,不会忧虑是否在穷苦、富足、疾病中生活,因为我们知道这一生都在神的手中。神若让我生活在贫穷中,生命中有这样的问题,神都有他的原因。

士师记中的士师以芴是左手便利的,神使用他成为了士师。神能使用任何人。不要听信魔鬼的话而觉得你的祷告神不听、不回应,神从来没有应许我们的生活在地上一帆风顺,但是神应许我们,我们走过一切的高山低谷,他都与我们同在。

我们还有很多未应允的祷告,但这不表示,神不与我们同在。另一方面,靠着神的恩典,我们仍然能够在这里,我们与神的关系,不是他回应我们多少祷告,而是看我们与他的关系多坚固,领受多少的平安和喜乐,即使神没有按照我们的想要的方式回应我们的祷告,我们也不放弃我们神国里的身份和使命。如此我们就能有从神来的力量度过每一天。因为世界每分每秒要打败我,听从世界很简单,但是这样我们会失去在天国的身份,与仇敌活在地狱。所以与神对齐、寻求神,要找到神,让我们自己被神找到,过一个圣洁的生活,回转归向神的心。

不要担心银行存款、投资、健康,这些都在神的手里,神爱我们,这是最重要的。因为我们的神从不改变。

回应:不要躲藏在自己的山洞里,出来寻找神,让你被神找到,就要悔改、回转。神是爱。求主释放弟兄姐妹从世界的辖制中突破出来,得自由。捆绑生命中一切的谎言,砍断它们与我们身心灵的连结,奉耶稣的名释放我们得自由,因着神的恩典、爱和大能,医治我们,帮助我们。