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Proverbs 5 – A Blessed Relationship 箴言 5 – 蒙福的关系

Monday, 6th September 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Yesterday was the beginning of the Feast of Trumpet, after that we enter into a time to prepare for the Day of Atonement. We must take this time to examine ourselves and to see how we have sinned against God in the past. Think about what we have done wrong that displeased God. We should ask ourselves, are our lives really pleasing to God?

Section One V1-6 Keep the Wisdom

The whole Book of Proverbs is about the authority talking to his followers, the father talking to his children, to listen to the Word of God. A lot of time when we want to focus on listening to God’s Word but we will easily be distracted. We must try everything to focus on listening to the Word of God because these are the words of wisdom and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. 

There are so many voices in this world, even the voices inside us, but who is speaking the truth? When we focus on listening then we will be able to identify the truth and when we hear the truth we must carry it out in our lives. After we listen to the Word of God, our lips should also speak the words pleasing to God. Stop saying ungodly words, what we learn, what we write, what we hear… must also be what we speak.

What are the words we speak? We thought the things we learn in the Bible cannot be used in our daily life, because we do not let it become part of our lives. Then we will be living in an earthly life and we will be easily pulled into the world. God is the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow. God already knows what will happen tomorrow, He has already told us about the future, why do we worry? Why do we still focus on the world instead of God’s Word?

Paul also taught us to focus on following God, don’t try to gain anything from this world but to preach the Gospel. How many missionaries went across the world to bring the Gospel to us? God wants us to do the same, do not be confused by the world’s standards.

Section Two V7-14 Leave the Immoral Woman

There is too much information around us and it makes it more difficult for us to hear teaching from God. We have our own thoughts and knowledge. V7 “Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.” We choose to listen to what we want to listen but we should be simple like a child. We should not be going around to look for the church we like, but to look for God in the church.

When we are not walking in the Word of God, then the blessings will belong to someone else. We must be careful, do not fall into the false teaching, and forget our love for God. Everyday we should preach the Gospel, share the Good News. When we share God’s Word, we share a portion in the Heaven.

V14: “I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation.” What assembly and congestion are good for us? We need to know where we should gather, the place we can commit. Do not be easily influenced by others. Even Adam was influenced by Eve. Do not underestimate he power of influence of a group. 

Section Three V15-23 Drink from Own Cistern

Our relationship with God is like a marriage relationship. The Bread of Life Church focuses on the flow. We believe the flow is from above. We must drink the water from own cistern. There are a lot of good teaching but what is the teaching from God especially for us? When we stay under authority, stay committed in the church, then we will be protected and receive the teaching God wants us to have!

V18 “Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth.” Remember our first love for God, the time did we meet with God, encounter with God, build up relationship with God? Let this living water continue to flow in us, let us continue to walk in the Way of God, to preach the Gospel and to carry out discipleship. Be simple, it’s not hard what God wants us to do, but we must believe with a simple heart.

Do not love God and love the world at the same time. When we love the world we are enslaved by this world because the work of the world is never ending. We’ll only lose life if we focus on the world instead of God. Follow the flow of the church, live under the Tree of the Life, bear fruits and receive blessings from God. Set our lives apart for God.

Worship: Pure as Gold https://youtu.be/62hBzBS78qM

Prayer & Pursuit

Let God help us to set ourselves apart, examine our heart and mind, our interaction with people and with God. Let our faith be caries out in life, everyday to live a life on as earth as in heaven. Let us be blessed so we can bless our generations. 

Lord, we long to carry Your flow of blessings, through our lives to others. Take away our lives, purify our lives. Holy Spirit come in and help us. Lord, help us to remember the first love, through the flow of our church, let us live a life under Your Tree of Life. Let our lives influence the lives around us, even though there are a lot of temptation in the world, but Lord, help us to focus on Your flow only. Amen.

2021年9月6日 星期一

潘锡安牧师

今天是犹太人吹角节(新年)第二天,在新年的头十天,他们会用来反省自己的生命(“敬畏十日”)。我们也可以用这段时间来鉴察我们自己的生命,看过去我们做了什么神不喜悦的事,远离神祝福的道路。 因此,我们可以从我们与神的关系来看箴言的第5章。

一、保存智慧 5:1-6

V1 “我儿” – 原文圣经中不仅是指儿子,也代表一个师傅、权柄对下面的人说话。“留心、侧耳”- 很多时候我们想读经祷告或是听讲道,但常常就会突然想到一些生活中要做的事,影响我们原本的专心;当我们心里有这些杂音的时候,不要去理会,也不用去写下那些事,只要单单留心、侧耳听神的话,以一个完全敬畏、降服于神的态度来到他面前。

V2 “谋略”可以给我们一个大方向。这个世上有很多声音混乱我们,但是当我们听到神给我们的教导后,就要记下,并行出来。同时,我们的嘴也要“保存知识”。神所赐给我们的是智慧、聪明和知识。我们领受神的话语后,口中所说的话要有知识。我们不要做人格分裂的人 – 我们从神那里领受智慧、聪明、知识时,不要只把它们收起来,束之高阁,结果平时讲的却是属世的话,并没有应用到生活和工作中,没有成为生命的一部分。

V3-6 “淫妇”指的是这个世界。神曾跟以色列人嘱咐说他们在进入迦南地时,不能跟当地的人交往,因为我们很容被别人影响。他们“找不着生命平坦的道”,属世的路“变迁不定,自己还不知道”,我们若跟从他们,反而会离开神的祝福。我们以为自己知道,其实没有人知道未来如何,唯有耶和华神掌管明天,他是昔在今在永在的神。我们可能很想知道未来会发生什么事,但耶稣已经告诉我们,他会再来,到时就会有审判。既然如此,我们就不要去过度猜测或者为自己投资、积蓄世上的财宝,只要忠心去完成主交托给我们的大使命 – 就是去传福音、跟从神。历代圣徒美好的脚踪就是将福音传到世界各地,这也是神要我们做的。我们不要被这个世界拉扯,只要全心为神摆上,神就会保守我们。我们不要追求这个地上会被虫蛀的钱财,只要追求神。

二、远离淫妇 5:7-14

V7 “众子”- 这是一个权柄、师傅对下面所带领的人说话。若我们上面有太多的声音教导时,我们会容易混乱,无所适从。经文在这里告诉我们要专心,当我们来到一个教会中,我们的身份是“听从”师傅的教导,所以我们不是去批评论断教会或四处寻找让自己舒服的教会,而是在教会中专心寻求神。“口中的话”是指关于敬畏神的事情,不是教我们如何赚钱的属世的话。

V8-9 我们不要让自己遇见试探,要求神帮助我们远离试探,“恐怕将你的尊荣给别人”。敬畏耶和华是智慧的开端,神的智慧帮助我们走在他的祝福里面,当我们不听从的时候,这些本来要给我们祝福、尊荣就会被拿给那愿意敬畏神的“别人”,而我们也蹉跎了我们的“岁月”。我们在地上的日子是如何过的呢?是让仇敌偷窃了,还是投资在神的国度里 – 就是去传福音?每天我们会看到不同的人,我们是否抓住机会给他们传福音?当我们只是想着如何赢取世界、赚得财富,我们就没有时间去传福音,无法为神国度得到人的灵魂。我们要做与天国有份的事,不是去听世上有名望的人说的话,而是单单听从主耶稣教导我们的话。

V11-13 当我们不听从神的教训,我们的“皮肉和身体”终久就会“消毁”在地狱里。

V14 “圣会”的原文其实是指“团体”,我们在一个团体中很容易被别人说服,“几乎落在诸般恶中”。我们要知道什么团体才是好的,在神给我们的地方(教会、学房),我们不可停止聚会,在其他地方的“团体”,我们则要小心,不要让世界的欺骗诱惑影响我们离开神。

三、喝自己池中的水 5:15-23

V15-17 圣经常用婚姻来形容我们跟神的关系。我们教会很注重“水流”,我们有从神而来的“活水江河”。这世上有很多不同的河流,代表外面有很多不同的教导,可能听上去很好,但都不是神要给我们的,因此我们要专一“喝自己池中的水,饮自己井里的活水”,花时间思想神借着我们教会賜下的话语。外面的人不在我们的水流中,就听不懂我们所教导的,会批评论断。神所赐给我们的权柄不是辖管或操控我们的人,而是帮助我们如何领受神给我们的教导,且为我们遮风挡雨的。

V18-19 我们要记得起初的爱 – 我们是如何跟神相遇、相交,是如何信主,所以要单单做讨神喜悦的事 – 就是有健康的生命,可以为主传福音、带门徒。我们若用一颗单纯的心来相信,这就不再是一件困难的事。

V20 我们是否又要爱主又要爱世界?世界让我们成为奴仆,永无止境的去赚取钱财,最后主再来时,我们却没有为主赢得一个灵魂。我们要专心在神给我们教会的水流 – 就是活在生命树下,谦卑顺服、舍己利他,结出生命树的果子。神给我们的祝福是直到千代万代的。

神教导我们什么样的关系是祝福的,什么样的关系是走向死亡,我们听了教导就要分别为圣,单单敬畏神。

*追求和回应:

求神在今天早上帮助我们的心能够分别为圣。在敬畏十日的每一天,求神帮助我们鉴察我们的心思意念,让我们心口一致,让我们的信仰是能够活出来的生命,让我们每一天都能够过着在地如在天的生活,让我们成为蒙福的人,将神给我们的祝福传到世世代代,让我们能够承接神给我们祝福的水流。求神拿走我们里面的叛逆、混乱,拿走从世界而来的思想和价值观,炼净我们。邀请圣灵进入我们生命,帮助我们成为圣殿至圣所里的陈设饼、金灯台。