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Proverbs 23 – How to Choose a Wise Lifestyle? 箴言 23 – 智慧的生命如何选择

Tuesday, 29th June 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

How to live a life of the wisdom? Everyday we need to make many choices, but how do we know the choices we made are wise and benefit our lives? We live on this world, we eat, we drink, we enjoy the material things… is this really what we seek? Money, fame, authority… what do they truly mean in our lives? God wants us to live an abundant life, but being rich in the Kingdom of God is different to being rich in this physical world.

It’s just like playing the board game, Monopoly, all the money we have is from the bank, then we work hard and use the money to buy houses, lands, businesses… our whole life seems to be striving for such things visible. This is the successful lifestyle for many people, but when COVID comes, it seemed to turn everything upside down, our values and our ways of living are no longer the same.

Section One V1-11: Must Humble

To choose a wise lifestyle, we must first be humble before God. We tend to believe in ourselves instead of in God, but we never realize who is in charge of our lives and in charge of the world we live in! Do we focus too much in our needs? Food? Good rest? Quality lifestyle? This will all lead us into a prideful life and we won’t be able to stay humble. When we cannot stay humble, we won’t be able to see God’s Will, instead we only see ourselves, and this is a dead end.

When we focus more on the material world, we will loose spending quality time with our families, our friends, our brothers and sisters. We learn the important Spiritual principle of God first, people next, then the earth. But we tend to put God last, we only come to God when we have time or when we have something we want from Him. When we get home from work, we look at our phones and tv, instead of talking to each other or talking to God. The world created technology that distract our attention away from God and people.

Do not see ourselves more than we should? We must stay away from temptation and don’t let ourselves fall into the trap of the devil of this world. When we think we are capable to do everything by ourselves, that we don’t need God and we don’t need others, then we will have a big issue.

Section Two V12-26: Must Believe

When we are called to serve God, a lot of people tend to first think about our living and worry that we will have no money. But God is a provider God, He is abundant and He will not put us to shame. The values of the Kingdom of God is different to this world’s values. What the world treasures might mean nothing in the Kingdom of God, and what God really values might seem useless to people. We need assurance when we live in this world, but we need faith when we walk in the Way of God.

Only the Word of God can help us to stand firm. When we hear the Word attentively, then we can receive the benefit for our lives and live a lifestyle pleasing to God! The Word of God blesses us, and as children of God, we also need to be disciplined and taught. God teaches us with His Word and with the authority He appointed for us. We should not feel hurt or offended when we receive teaching and disciplines from God because it’s for our own benefit.

On the other hand as leaders and authorities we also need to speak the truth to people we look after. Do not be afraid to offend people when speaking the truth from God. Our words have authority, whatever is in our heart will come out from our mouth therefore we need to be careful of what we speak!

Section Three V27-35: Must Return

When we know we made a mistake we must return straight away. Do not stay in the world we fell in. The world might make us feel we have something to hold onto, ourselves, money, fame, authority, people… but only by returning from our sinful ways, trust in God with a humble heart then we can stand firm.

Prayer & Pursuit

This morning God told us to humble ourselves and come before Him. We need to trust in Him, and examine ourselves, what stops us from following Him? Let us pray together, to get rid of all the fear and lies, we no longer wish to follow God according to our own flesh but according to God’s Will!

Lord, bless us, when we’re willing to believe in our heart and proclaim with our mouth, then You will be with us and help us to bear the fruits of the Tree of Life. Help us to walk in Your Way and make the wise decisions to live a lifestyle pleasing to You. Amen!

2021年6月29日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

箴言 23

智慧的生命如何选择

今天的箴言帮助我们能脚踏实地,知道如何为智慧人的生命,怎样选择智慧的生活,而不是劳碌奔波赚取金钱,表面上我们一时能买到让我们享受的东西,然而这些钱财最后生不带来、死不带走。一场流行全球的新冠疫情改变了所有人的生活,神借此对我们敲响警钟,我们对生命的看法也不一样了。

一、 要谦卑(v.1-11)

V1-3 我们容易跌倒,是因为我们不谦卑相信神,只相信自己。这节经文教导我们,当我们在与权柄一起进餐的时候,要“留意”,不要过分贪恋眼前的食物而忘了与权柄建立关系。我们被权柄招待的时候,是否只顾着吃东西,还是会观察、聆听权柄的言行?我们在面对身体的需要 – 比如饮食和睡眠 – 是怎样的态度?我们是否过于着重自己的需要?我们太看重自己的需要时就没办法体贴神的心意,若将自己放大,将神看小,这样就走进死亡。

V4 想赚钱并非不好,但想飞黄腾达就有问题。如果我们都是靠着自己的努力和聪明去赚钱,最后得到的都是虚空,因为这些身外之物我们都带不走。

V5 我们是为何而活呢?钱财是虚无的,我们是否需要为了这些钱财过分工作,为了钱财而失去与神、与家人、与其他主内肢体建立关系的时间?要先神后人再大地,不要把工作(大地)放在神前面,也不要辛苦一天回到家就只是上网、看手机,而忽虑与家人的互动。

V6-7 他们这些“恶眼人”口不对心,跟我们吃饭的时候谋算恶事。对犹太人来说,吃饭是交心的方式。我们不要随便跟恶人吃饭,不然自己会被影响。

V8 我们眼里的山珍海味,在神眼里可能就只是“那点食物”,最后也不过是被排泄出来,就好像我们在世上赚来的钱财房屋到最后也不能带走。恶人要请我们吃饭,只是想利用我们得好处。但我们如果不谦卑,以为这些人对我们有用,我们对他们倾心吐意讲的好话都必“落空”。

V9 箴言里教导“敬畏耶和华是智慧的开端”,当我们对愚昧人讲关于敬畏耶和华的“智慧的言语”时,他们就会藐视我们,而我们也会被他们影响,以致心里摇动,不想专心跟随主。所以我们要谦卑,知道自己的软弱,“不要说话给愚昧人听”,不要轻易陷入试探。

V10-11 我们不用担心那些恶人或愚昧人如何待我们,因为神必会帮我们处理他们,为我们抵挡从仇敌来的火箭(攻击)。我们不要觉得“古时”的东西都过时了、没有用,圣经里的教导我们还是要遵守;也要有怜悯的心,帮助寡妇孤儿这些弱者,因为神爱我们,我们也要爱那些他所爱的人。唯有谦卑才能让我们去爱。

二、要相信(v.12-26)

V26 我们的相信不要停留在言语,我们的心要完全向着神。当我们跟随、服事神,做神要我们做的事的时候,神会充充满满的供应我们。在世界上我们需要看到白纸黑字的合同才放心,而走神国的道路,我们则需要信心。我们眼目所看到的应该是神的道路,不要害怕因为跟随神而缺乏;我们的心也要完全归于神,不要身体做着神的事,心里却抱怨连连。

V12 我们是否只是爱听那些赞美、奉承的话而听不进“训诲”?唯有神的话才是“知识的言语”,每一天在晨祷中我们听到的神的话语是我们生命中的亮光,对我们的生命有益,帮助我们蒙福。

V13-14 我们时常会用这句话来合理化打小孩的行为,但是我们要谨慎使用经文。耶稣基督说过,我们要回转向小孩子一样。当我们回转向小孩子的时候,我们要被管教,因为单纯的时候我们可能会无知,需要被教导、提升。作权柄的若不能好好教导下面所牧养的人,下面的那些人会走进死亡。不要只是对下面的人说好听的、安慰的话,不然他们听不进管教的话,被责备一下就很容易受伤离开。

V15-16 我们要谦卑、敬畏耶和华,相信被教导是对我们好的。作权柄的也要相信神,不要害怕对下面的人讲真话。

V17-18 我们会常看到周围很多人好像很成功、蒙福,但他们所得到的物质的东西最后都会消失的;唯有从神而来的应许才必会成就。只是,我们心里相信吗?

V19 敬畏耶和华是智慧的开端,当我们走在神的道路上时,我们就蒙福。我们心里可能没有预备好、甚至不相信,但我们可以先用口宣告神的话语,因为我们的口所发出的言语会让我们在灵界立约。我们口中宣告神的话,至终我们的心也会相信。

V20-21 好酒贪食的人会喜欢一群人聚在一起。我们不要以为只有这样才能交到朋友或谈到生意,但神教导我们要谦卑,不要只体贴肉体的需要,不要与这些人来往,不然就“必致贫穷”、“穿破烂衣服”。

V22-23 要听从父亲,因为真理、智慧、训诲和聪明都不能卖。当我们的母亲年迈的时候 – 就是我们的父母、权柄年老的时候,我们不能藐视他们,要敬重长者。

V24-25 做父母的,不要看孩子做的事情来论断他们,唯需要敬畏耶和华。我们要不断求问神,他想我们的孩子、包括我们的属灵孩子变成如何?要祷告,求神让我们知道如何去帮助这些孩子。

三、要回转(v.27-35)

当我们看到试探来临、被权柄教导、知道自己不对的时候,要立刻回转,不要留恋在让我们跌倒的世界里,因为世界让我们觉得倚靠自己或这个世界才能成功,但我们要谦卑倚靠神才能站立得稳。

*追求祷告

今天的早上神跟我们说要谦卑相信他。我们的生命到底有什么拦阻我们跟从他,不能全然相信神?让我们一起来祷告,将我们生命里的垃圾、谎言、一切拦阻我们跟从神的东西都交给神。

求神帮助我们在跟随神的道路上一心归向神,不留恋世界给我们的好处,相信主必供应,单单以神为乐。祝福我们众弟兄姊妹都能心里谦卑相信神、口里承认,并结出生命树的果子。帮助我们走在神国的道路上,做智慧的选择,活出讨你喜悦的生命!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!