Tuesday, March 31, 2020

DAY 25 - New Path: Not Easy to Follow Jesus (Please click here for English podcast)


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Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

       Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
         We will sing and praise your power.
   Psalm 21:1
                                                                       
Confession and repentance

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."


The Word

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
                                                        Matthew 7:13-14
                                            

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

My Listening
     The whole Sermon on the Mount is drawing to a close starting from today's passage. Is it easy to have a new way of being, new way of doing, and live with a new standard? No, not at all.

     Jesus gives us three warnings and a final concluding teaching. We have the first of the three warnings in today's passage. So, what's the first warning? Jesus is trying to tell us that to enter into the Kingdom of heaven is not easy.

   Yes, it all starts with entering into the Kingdom of heaven. This new path to follow Jesus in the Kingdom of heaven starts with repentance. When we are aware of our sin and are willing to repent, we enter into the Kingdom of heaven. That's how John the Baptist and Jesus both say, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near." With our true repentance, it should be a natural process that we experience a new way of being, having a new doing and living a new standard.

     The problem is that true repentance is not easy. It leads to a new way of living, which includes more giving, praying and fasting. It seems like mission impossible.

     Just a few days ago, someone told me that the reason he quit coming to his church three years ago was because he knew that a true Christian needs to tithe and he couldn't have the faith to tithe. So, he chose to quit being a Christian rather than to choose tithing. He came back to his church three months ago and decided to tithe. What an encouraging story!

     The warning Jesus gives us is very important.  Because many Christians are not able to walk through the narrow gate and walk the narrow path with Jesus, when they know they have to offer their time and money to the church, they quit.  When they know they have to open the Bible each day to have an intimate personal relationship with Jesus, they quit. When they know they have to fast, they disappear.

      It is so sad that most Christians have a huge misunderstanding about this new path they dare not to walk on. It is not they cannot do it. The truth is that they do not want to repent! Are you willing to repent? 

Dear Lord Jesus,
      Lead us to know what we need to repent for and be willing to repent each day so that you can be our Saviour, Lord and King. Help us have the courage to walk the new path, the narrow path you have prepared for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.  

Reflect on these questions:
1. Do you think that true repentance is easy? Why or why not? Can you give a recent example of your personal true repentance?

2. Do you think true repentance and your new lifestyle of Christlikeness is like walking into a narrow gate and then a narrow path? How so? What kind of lifestyle have you been changing and how difficult it is to you? 

3. How do you feel about what I say below? Has this happened with you?
    "When they know they have to offer their time and money to the church they quit.  When they know they have to open the Bible each day to have an intimate personal relationship with Jesus they quit. When they know they have to fast they disappear."    

4. So, what's your next goal to enter into the narrow gate and walk the narrow path? 

Family Corner:
1. Are there any sacrifices you have to make in your family in order to walk the narrow path? (e.g. spending devotional time with your kids instead of only watching tv, going to the park with them instead of doing your own thing)

Praise and Thanksgiving
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第二十五天 - 新的路徑:跟隨耶穌絕不容易 (請按此處收聼廣東話 )




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安靜
1.  停下來. 靜一靜
2.  等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安. 呼出你的憂慮

讚美及感恩
1.  思想你上星期使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩
3.  敞開心懷讚美主

     耶 和 華 啊 , 王 必 因 你 的 能 力 歡 喜 ; 因 你 的 救 恩 , 他 的 快 樂 何 其 大 !
                                                                     詩篇 21: 1                                                    

認罪悔改  
1.  求聖靈在你生命中工作
      "親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔,
        求主幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。"

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去事奉主、見證主。奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」


聆聽主話

你 們 要 進 窄 門 。 因 為 引 到 滅 亡 , 那 門 是 寬 的 , 路 是 大 的 , 進 去 的 人 也 多 ;
14 引 到 永 生 , 那 門 是 窄 的 , 路 是 小 的 , 找 著 的 人 也 少 。

                                                           馬太福音 7: 13-14

現在讓你有一段安靜的時間, 給聖靈一個空間, 讓主耶穌可能以藉着你剛才讀過的經文, 對你說話:


我的聆聽
登山寶訓由今日的經文開始進入一個總結的階段。新人, 新事, 新作風是否那樣容易呢? 絕不容易!

主耶穌在這裏給我們三個警告與一個教導。今日的經文是第一個警告, 告訴我們進入主的國度絕不容易。這條新的路徑由悔改開始。當我們察覺自己的罪願意悔改的時候,我們進入主的國度。這正是這破.立第一天的經文, 施洗約翰和耶穌在開始傳道時的第一句記載都是這相同的一句:  "天國近了,你們應當悔改。" 我們真正的悔改會很自然的帶來因 "耶穌是主" 自己生命的改變, 新人,新事,新作風成為我們的生活模式及見證。

問題是真正的悔改絕不容易。因為真正的悔改帶來一個生命的改變, 包括多付出, 多祈禱, 多禁食。似乎是不可能的使命!

數天前有位弟兄告訴我, 他三年不返教會的原因是他知道基督徒是一定要十一奉獻, 是正確的, 無可避免的, 但他寧願不返教會, 不做基督徒, 因為他無信心作十一奉獻。最近三個月, 因主很奇妙語的帶領, 他再回教會崇拜, 更參加小組, 他知錯了, 願意十一奉獻, 開始作個真基督徒要行出來的。

耶穌在今日的經文的警告很重要。因為有很多基督徒不願意走過主為我們預備的窄門, 行主為我們預備的窄路, 當他們知道教會要求他們奉獻時間和金錢, 他們放棄。 當他們知道他們要每天打開聖經與主耶穌建立親蜜的關係, 他們放棄。當他們知道要禁食, 自動消失!

很可憐地很多基督徒都對耶穌基督為我們預備這條新路徑有很大的誤解, 不願意行在其中。不是他們不能夠, 而是他們不願意悔改! 你願意悔改嗎?

親愛的主耶穌,
幫助我們知道我們生命中有甚麼需要悔改, 願意悔改, 使你可以作我們的救主,生命之主和王。帶領我們有勇氣行走你為我們的預備新的路徑,窄門,窄路。奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。

省察問題
1. 你認為真正的悔改容易嗎?為何?可以想到一個你最近的真正悔改的例子嗎?

2.你認為真正的悔改及活像基督的新生命模式是否有如過窄門,行窄路一般?如何的情況? 你生活模式改變得如何,難改嗎?

3. "當他們知道教會要求他們奉獻時間和金錢, 他們放棄。 當他們知道他們要每天打開聖經與主耶穌建立親蜜的關係, 他們放棄。當他們知道要禁食, 自動消失!" 你對這句有何回應?曾否是你, 或現在是你?

4. 這樣, 你過窄門,行窄路的下一步是甚麼呢?

家庭角落
1. 你在家庭中是否需要一些犧牲使你可以行窄路呢? (看少些電視,用些時間和兒女一起靈修; 放下自己的事和兒女行公園等等)


感恩讚美
讓我們為神同在感恩讚美主: 10,000 Reasons

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