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【童真日記】哪裡是你的方舟?

 

"耶和華見人在地上罪惡很大,終日所思想的盡都是惡,耶和華就後悔造人在地上,心中憂傷。耶和華說:我要將所造的人和走獸,並昆虫,以及空中的飛鳥,都從地上除滅,因為我造他們後悔了。"(創6:5-7)

這裡所描寫地上的情況,是否和我們每日聽到的新聞相似?那麼是否神的審判就快臨到?我們若讀到先知書中的預言和啟示錄,就知道我們很接近主再回來之前的日子了,那時會有敵基督和假先知,會合撒旦來逼害基督徒,神也會同時降天災,來毀滅惡人。(啟6:8,8:7,9:15)但神必定會保守祂的子女,那麼,哪裡將是我們的方舟?又誰是可進入方舟的人?

"唯有挪亞在耶和華眼前蒙恩,......挪亞是個義人,在當時的世代是個完全人,挪亞因與主同行。"(創6:8-9)或有人會問:聖經不是明說世人都犯了罪,虧欠了神的榮耀嗎?(羅5:12)這裡說挪亞和 "當時世代的人" 比較,是個完全人,當時的人 "終日所思想的盡都是惡。"(創6:5)但我們知道 "挪亞與神同行"(創6:9)這就是他和眾人不同之處,也是神欣賞他的地方﹐所以神定意要拯救他和他一家。(創6:14-22)

挪亞是因 "與神同行" 免災得救的,在未來大災難之前,也是 "與神同行" 的神家兒女得蒙未來災害的拯救。"與神同行" 的人包括所有接受耶穌作拯救主和作生命之主的人。挪亞因與主同行,得進入方舟。(創6:9)那麼我們要進入方舟,必須現在就與主同行。那麼怎樣叫做 "與主同行"?有兩個步驟:

一,治死老我:老我就是那個未信主前,自我為主,自我為是的我﹐常常犯罪的舊生命!他必須與基督同釘十字架,且不止一次,每次舊人出頭,令我們犯罪時,都要來到十字架前,向主認罪悔改。

二,尊耶穌為生命之主:感謝主,耶穌已一次過洗去我們所有的罪,包括過去、現在、將來所犯的罪,只要時刻順服在主耶穌的引領下生活,就能脫離罪的捆綁,成為一個新造的人。"若有人在基督裡,他就是新造的人,舊事已過,都變成新的了。"(林後15:17)感謝主耶穌,祂就是我們得救的方舟!

或許有人會說,罪惡自古存在人間,現在和過去也無大分別。真的嗎?從我個人的經歷,可以知道這世界變了許多:我們一家剛移民溫哥華時,中國人不多,別國移民更為稀少,那時只有唐人街協和教堂辦有中文學校。於是我帶女兒只一次坐巴士去那學校,以後女兒就每天自己坐公車,在公校下課後去讀兩個小時的中文,三年多四年之久。今天哪個父母會叫一個六歲孩子坐公車?恐怕法律也不允許。再如:

1.夏天天熱時,以前整夜開著門窗睡覺。現在你敢嗎?

2. 以前賣買報紙的,將一堆報紙放在公共場合,旁邊放一鐵罐收錢,賣報人到晚上才來收錢罐,現在可能嗎?不到幾分鐘,錢罐早就不翼而飛了。

3. 以前車子從不需要鎖門,窗玻璃也不需要關上,現在能如此嗎?

我們知道耶穌就是信徒的 "方舟",但到時怎樣被救﹐卻不都一樣。大多數信徒相信在七年大災難臨到之前,信徒會被提離開這世界。(帖前4:15-17)但也有信徒相信在三年半年時被提,也有認為是七年末尾時被提,各有經文支持。即使我們在大災難之前被提,接近那日子世上必邪惡更甚。世人對基督徒會歧視、恨惡,到時我們還能堅持自己是屬基督的嗎?我們有否這個立志,無論如何受苦都不否認我們的救主,至死忠心?

藏身在神為我們預備的 "方舟" 內,將是我們得救的憑據。在大災難中信主的以色列人,將會被藏身在以色列聖山的大峽谷中。(啟12:5-6,13-14)可是一部分猶太人和外邦信徒,就要面對敵基督的迫害。聖經告訴我們,為主受害而死的人,將會從神得到生命的冠冕。(啟3:11)

弟兄姐妹,主耶穌是拯救我們的 "方舟",現在就藏身在祂裡面,與祂親近,看主為你世上的至寶。還未信耶穌的朋友,勸你們趁著還有機會,脫離那將要臨到世上的大災難,現在就接受耶穌作你生命的救主和主吧,因為只有耶穌是能救你的 "方舟"。阿門!

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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