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I John 4 – God’s Commandment for Us 约翰一书 4 – 神给我们的命令

Friday, 7th May 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-6 To Differentiate

We need to examine our lives. God has given us this discerning spirit and we also need to have a firm foundation in the Word of God in order to know God’s Will. We belong to God and by giving thanks, we can be more connected with God and know His Will.

V4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Who are we and who are they? Those who listen to Jesus and follow Jesus will be the ones John is talking to here. How much we know Jesus? How firm we stand in the Word of God? Other the other hand, those who left us and left the Word of God are they. If we know we belong to God, then we will know those who don’t listen to us don’t belong to God then we don’t need to be afraid of their rejection. Furthermore, do we listen to God? Or do we also belong to this world? We should always examine ourselves and see where our heart is!
Section Two: V7-18 To Love

V7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ” God wants us to love our brothers, and this love does not come from us but from God. If we have no God in our lives then we cannot love, and if we cannot love we need to examine ourselves and ask, are we still connected with God? Our lives also need to be tested, because love God and love others is not a one-off thing. Praying in tongues can help us to be more connected with the Holy Spirit and let Him guide us to love and be loved.

What stops us from loving God and loving our brothers? Sometimes we find it so difficult to love because there is fear inside of us. Therefore we need to always check within our heart and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the fear inside us and come before God for His deliverance.

Section Three: V19-21 To Not Be Afraid

Fear stops us from loving others and unforgiveness stops us to love. When we have no love then we will want to take control over our lives. Jesus never asks us to repay Him because we can never repay. Then why do we want others to repay us? Because we don’t believe God will fight for us, and we are afraid that God is not with us. So we want to be our own gods. Do not try to control others because everything that comes to us comes from God. He will fight for us and He loves us first. When we don’t love God then we will hate our brothers. We often choose who we want to love and who we don’t want to love. This is a lesson we need to face in our lives, no longer love by our own might, but first receive the love from the Father, then love others as ourselves!

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, we know love comes from You. We are afraid and we cannot love. We feel dry and we cannot give any more. We come before You today and ask for Your touch of love. We belong to You and we want to receive this love from heaven. Satan tries to setal our love but Lord, You have found us and poured down Your love to us, so we can overcome.

Lord, we are afraid of loving, of being rejected, of being criticised, but this morning we receive Your completely love and there will be no more fear and no more hurt. Help us to face our lives boldly, yes we have weaknesses but through Your love, we receive Your promises and we can overcome all difficulties. Release us from all the lies of Satan, and let us experience more of Your miracles and power! Lord, we want to stand firm in Your Word and love without fear! Amen!

2021年5月7日 星期五

-潘锡安牧师-

约翰一书 4

神给我们的命令

一、要分辨(v.1-6)

V1 我们身为基督徒,要有从神而来敏锐的心,用神的话语时常察验。感恩神我们每天都有晨祷来帮助我们在神的话语里扎稳根基。我们要谦卑来到 神的殿点灯,先被神的话语照亮,才能照亮世界。

V2-3 老约翰提醒教会,我们是否在真理上站立得稳,是否认识耶稣基督? 敌基督的人从我们这里离开,不是领受从神而来的真理,而是带着属世界的谬论否认耶稣基督救赎的大能。我们要知道耶稣“是成了肉身来的”,他的一次献祭为我们成就永远的救赎。

V6 “不属神的就不听从我们”,所以我们不需要因为人不听我们而感觉被冒犯。他们因为不认识神才不听我们,我们反而要对他们有怜悯的心。反观自己,我们有听神吗?如果不听,我们就要鉴察自己的心,让荒谬完全离开我们。

二、要去爱(v.7-18)

V7 当我们不再对人有批评论断时,就要“彼此相爱”,去爱那些属于“我们”的“弟兄”。我们无法去爱,因为我们不明白原来爱是从神而来。若我们没有爱,说明我们与神有隔绝,这时就要警醒察验自己。我们不要只是高举过去的风光伟绩却轻忽现在的光景 – 我们如今是否能够每天攻克己身叫身服我?我们需要谦卑自己才能让老我死去。

V8 我们可能很容易去爱外面的人,却对自己的弟兄姐妹爱不下去,当我们一起服事的时候我们的生命就浮现出来了。

V13 神给我们的灵让我们知道神住在我们里面。当我们方言祷告的时候,圣灵就借着方言为我们祷告,将我们里面的一切都交托给神。

V17 唯有在爱里才得以完全,我们才能“在审判的日子坦然无惧”- 因为我们的完全不是因为自己祷告多厉害或者表现多好。耶稣基督在世上就是爱,我们作为他的跟随者,能否活出他的爱?是什么阻挡了我们去爱?

V18 我们的惧怕阻挡了我们去爱,这惧怕是含着刑罚。不饶恕的心里装着的是要人给我们赔偿,因为我们怕人再次伤害我们,我们不相信神,怕神不在,所以想要自己做王,好像扫罗看到撒母耳还没到的时候因着惧怕而自己献祭。我们惧怕的时候就容易去掌控神掌控人,但我们应当将主权交给神,因为神会为我们伸冤。

三、要领受(v.19-21)

我们要领受这个真理,就是“神先爱我们”。若不爱弟兄就是不爱神。我们要爱弟兄,因为我们在教会里要一心委身,唯有爱让我们一起领受圣灵。我们在这个属灵的家庭里是否能无条件地爱?神住在我们里面的时候我们就能去爱,我们若不能去爱,或者挑挑拣拣地爱,说明我们里面有东西阻挡神,与神的关系出了问题。要鉴察我们里面是什么阻挡了耶稣的爱。

*追求

主啊,爱是从你而来!但我们真的是软弱、害怕、没有爱,主你看到我们里面的枯干、我们真的给不出去了。我们在这十字路口,求主你找到我们,你的爱再次触摸我们。我们不要只是口里宣告自己属于你,不再口里说爱,而是领受主你的爱。当我们要回应你的时候,撒旦不断来杀害偷窃毁坏主你给我们的爱,求主你再一次将你的活水江河倾倒下来,让我们有能力去爱,就好像主你说的,我们是属你的,并且胜了这个世界,因为在我们里面的比在世界上的更大!我们宣告主耶稣基督你那满满的爱是使我们可以胜过世界的!

让我们思想我们生命里面是什么拦阻了我们去爱、拦阻了神的爱进到我们里面 – 是惧怕吗?是惧怕被拒绝、再次受伤害、被批评?是什么拦阻我们去爱和领受神的爱?是苦毒抱怨、不信、自我中心、对神对他人的不饶恕、还是对自己不饶恕?求圣灵挪走这一切的拦阻,以至于我们来到神面前能够毫无保留和惧怕地领受从上头而来的爱。让我们将这一切拦阻我们去爱的思想和感觉交在十字架面前。

奉主耶稣基督的名,真理的灵要进入我们每一个人的生命里面,以至于我们里面一切谬妄的灵要从我们的思想情感里拔除,知道我们是属耶稣基督的。主是你先爱我们的,虽然撒旦控告我们没有爱,但我们领受从你而来的爱。你完全的爱进入我们里面,以至于我们不再恐惧害怕,求主挪走我们里面害怕人的眼光,让我们不害怕失败和人的批评拒绝,不再苦毒抱怨、恨弟兄、偏见、搞小圈子… 奉耶稣基督的名、靠耶稣基督的宝血我们将这一切完全放在十字架面前,让我们里面与你在爱里是没有隔绝的。我们领受主你完全的爱,让我们里面没有错误、谬妄、混乱、或惧怕。主求你将你完全的爱浇灌下来,我们全人全心是属你的!在这个世上我们所遇到的一切财务短缺、身体软弱、关系上的挣扎等方面的挑战上,我们宣告你已经胜过这一切,因为在我们里面的耶稣基督比这世界的更大!求主给我们这样的信心,使我们勇敢面对我们的生命,承认自己的软弱不足,我们领受神的爱,支取主的应许,就能宣告我们已经胜了这世界,我们能面对这一切挑战和压力!主我们今天领受你属天的爱、勇敢的心,让我们从撒旦一切谎言中得到全然的自由,得到更丰盛的生命!我们所经历的这一切挑战是要让我们经历主你更多的大能。主真理的灵充满我们,让我们能够再一次能够听到且相信你的话语!