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Luke 17 – How to Walk with the Lord? 路加福音 17 – 如何与主同行

Tuesday, 3rd August 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-6 To Forgive by Faith

Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem, this was the last six months of Jesus’s’ time on the earth. We must see what message He tried to deliver in this chapter. We want to walk the way of the Lord, so we should know how to walk this way, not by ourselves, not by our own strength, but be like David in Psalm 23, let the rod and staff of God guide us.

Forgiveness is very important, but why can’t we forgive? Because we think others have wronged us, and they should be punished. God knows who is unrighteous, but our responsibility is not to judge who’s right and who’s wrong, but to forgive. A lot of times, we forgive on the surface but in our hearts we didn’t really forgive, therefore Jesus said we must we humble, to ask for the faith and to humble ourselves.

We need the Word of God everyday to shine the darkness in our hearts, because we don’t even know how dark it is. Forgiveness is a mission impossible, only by faith from God then we can carry out this mission.

Section Two V7-19 To Offer by Humility

We must humble to see we can’t do anything by ourselves, our identities of princess and princes are in heaven. When we are on this earth we should follow Jesus and be like a servant of God, because everything we can do is appointed by God. When we have this mindset, then when other people give us suggestions and corrections then we will not feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, with humility, we can walk with God, not just by ourselves.

Why do we have morning devotions, 247 prayer chain, personal prayer time…? It’s because all these habits can help us to hold onto God tighter and know that we can’t do anything without God! We need to come before Him everyday! The lepers cried out to Jesus loudly, and Jesus healed them. Jesus asked them to be examined by the priests. Often we thought we are cleansed and healed, but we also need to be examined by our authority. That’s why God created authority in our lives to provide us guidance, leadership, and confirmations from God.

We must surrender in front of God and our authority, offer ourselves, just like the one Leper, who was healed and came back to Jesus. So Jesus told him to arise and go, it doesn’t mean to go away but an invitation to go on this way with Him together.

Section Three V20-37 To Believe by Heart

Deep inside our heart we must be firm about walking with God. The Kingdom of God is within our hearts, when the judgement day will come is not the most important focus. Because the judgement day will come and our focus is to believe by heart, to forgive and to humble. When the day comes, everyone will know and everyone will see, but we need to be ready. We need to be the good and faithful servant, don’t feel we can wait until later to walk in God’s Way. It’s now or never!

We know the importance of morning devotions but we don’t do it because it’s not inside our hearts, it’s only in our heads. The teaching in the Bible helps us to walk this way with God, be willing to serve. We don’t want to serve because we don’t have love for others. We only want to do what we want to do, may God help us to focus more in Him!

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, our attitude and our eyesight have changed, You are talking to us right now, telling us to have a heavenly mindset. Through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, heal the twisted mindset within us. You are talking to us, Lord, we are Your servants and we want to walk with You! Let us stop using our own strength to walk, but by Your Holy Spirit, to forgive, to offer, to believe, and to see that You’re guiding us all the way. Amen!

2021年8月3日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

路加福音 17

如何与主同行

从第11节可以看到,这一章讲的是耶稣在去耶路撒冷的途中发生的事,是耶稣在地上的生命中的最后六个月的重要时刻。很多时候我们想要自己选择道路,但我们要走在神的道路上。我们若能与主同行,我们才能领受到神给我们的丰盛的供应。

一、要求信心饶恕(v.1-6)

耶稣在对我们说,错误是时常发生的,别人会伤害我们,我们也会伤害别人。然而,我们若去绊倒人或人绊倒我们,“那绊倒人的有祸了。”我们不能饶恕人,觉得愤愤不平,是由于自己不相信那人会罪有应得。我们“要谨慎”,因为那绊倒人的是要受到相应惩罚的,这是他们要跟神负的责任,而我们的责任是要饶恕他人。

V6 芥菜种子非常的小,如果我们的信心只有像芥菜种那么小, 我们都可以对桑树说“你要拔起根来,栽在海里!”耶稣其实在说,我们的信心小到根本没有。我们以为自己已经忘记过去,饶恕了别人的伤害,其实那只是被我们压在心里,当我们软弱的时候,一切都会回来。所以耶稣让我们向神求信心 – 我们每一天都要来到神的面前求,不要看自己过于所当看的,要知道我们靠着自己不能去饶恕,唯有靠神给我们的信心 – 这信心哪怕只有芥菜种那么小,若是从神而来,就可以靠主得胜。

二、要谦卑摆上(v.7-19)

V7-10 很多时候我们觉得自己做了很多事,但我们忘了其实我们所做的一切事都是被“吩咐的”,我们“所做的本是我们应分做的”(v.10)。我们若没有看到自己“是无用的仆人”,会很容易有王子公主病 – 我们“王子公主”的身份是在天上,而在地上的时候,我们要像主耶稣在世上一样做一个仆人。当我们所做的事被人否定、调整的时候,我们是否觉得心里不舒服?还是心存感恩,知道仆人做事被主人调整是理所应当的?唯有谦卑才能与主同行,才不会有玻璃心。当我们觉得自己没办法去做事的时候,我们不要去抱怨,要相信当神给我们事情做时一定也会给我们力量,所以要向神祷告,祈求他的帮助。

V11-19 得大麻风的人被看为不洁净的人,他们就“高声”向耶稣祈求。我们在遇到大的挑战时,是否也有这样向神高声呼喊的渴慕?很多时候我们觉得自己已经没问题了,但在地上我们有权柄,连主耶稣都让得医治的人去“给祭司察看”(V14)。我们也要谦卑让我们的权柄察看我们的生命,知道自己是否真的得了“洁净”,而不是单方面觉得自己跟神关系很好。V16-19 撒马利亚人是“外族人”,不害怕祭司怎么看他,去找祭司察看自己的身体,甚至在事后回来“俯伏”在耶稣脚前,表明自己对耶稣的崇敬。耶稣对那人说“起来走吧”,意思是让他跟从耶稣。当我们得到医治和释放后,我们愿意谦卑跟从耶稣吗?

三、要打从心里相信(v.20-37)

耶稣告诉我们,神的国就在我们心里。神的审判到来的具体时间不是重要的,重要的是我们要知道天国近了,我们当悔改。我们若知道审判到来的具体时间,反而会没有紧迫感,就想趁着主再来前多为自己谋一些利益。然而耶稣说过,凡想在地上赚得生命的反而失去生命。到了“挪亚的日子”或“罗得的日子”的时候,我们就什么都没有了,所以要知道神的国在我们心里,而不要只是头脑知道神的教导和呼召很重要却没有行出来。我们不愿意出来服事,是因为我们不够爱人,不想去服事我们不认识、不喜欢的人,只想做我们自己想做的事。当我们真正爱人的时候,我们就会对世人、对传福音有负担。我们要求神帮助我们能单纯向主献上我们的心。

*追求祷告

圣灵在跟我们每一个人说话,在过去的服事里面,在过去信仰的历程里,我们的态度和认知是否都不一样?神在跟我们说,要谦卑,要有一个天国的心。耶稣基督所受的鞭伤会使我们里面的歪曲都得着医治。我们在地上是仆人,要愿意放下,摆上。求主帮助我们勇敢为主献上自己。

主啊,我们愿意跟随,却不知道如何去行。我们照着自己的方式来跟随,但主你今天教导我们要先学会饶恕、谦卑奉献、并要从心里相信你。唯有你能帮助我们行这天国的道路。我们在地上是仆人,靠着自己我们没有办法去爱人,帮助我们来到你的面前,在你的话语里扎根。谢谢主医治我们,愿我们一整天与主同行!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿门!