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荒漠甘泉 2/22

行動的信心

「你若能信,在信的人,凡事都能。」(可九23)

        我們難得能聽到信心準確的解釋。有一次我們聚會的時候,一個青年人問起,怎樣可以從上帝那裡得到需要的幫助?於是有一個親愛的老婦人站起來,伸出她的指頭來指著那個青年人,很鄭重地回答說:「你只要相信上帝已經做了,事情就成了。」這纔是信心準確的解釋。多少時候,我們最大的危險,乃是:求了上帝之後,我們不相信上帝已經作了。我們倒設法幫助祂,還請別人去幫助祂,然後看上帝怎樣去作這件事。
        眞的信心一經「阿門」,上帝的「我肯」就釋手。讓上帝獨自去完成祂的工作,它的不二法門,就是:「當將你的事交託耶和華,並倚靠祂祂就必成全。」(詩三十七篇5)──譯自地上的天上生活(Days of Heaven upon Earth)
        活潑的信心在得到上帝的應許以後,立刻能發出讚美和感謝來。雖然應許還沒有實踐,因為它知到上帝的支票和現款一樣好。──亨利馬太(Mathew Henry)


My Utmost for His Highest (2/22)

The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance
Be still, and know that I am God . . . (Psalm 46:10)

Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear is that the very things our Lord stood for? love, justice, forgiveness, and kindness among men? will not win out in the end and will represent an unattainable goal for us. Then there is the call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.

If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified. Every hope or dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God. But one of the greatest stresses in life is the stress of waiting for God. He brings fulfillment, "because you have kept My command to persevere . . ." (Revelation 3:10).

Continue to persevere spiritually.

 
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