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三大考驗

滕近輝牧師

每一個基督徒和傳道人都面對三大考驗:


一、時間的考驗:僵化
我們在屬靈生活中(包括靈修、聚會、事奉等),漸漸習以為常,就不知不覺失去了活潑的悟性感應(reflection),而墜入機械式的反應(reflex),以致心靈逐漸僵化。僵化的靈性沒有屬靈的創造力,沒有對主愛的活潑回應,沒有喜樂。這一切引向冷淡、退後、跌倒。


二、困難的考驗:軟化
一切困難都對人造成一種危機。在這危機中有兩種可能的反應:信心的堅強態度,或軟化、退後、頹喪。


讓我們在一切困難中,藉著祈禱學習信心的功課。信心是超越性的——超越環境,超越限制,超越自己,超越感覺,超越情緒……信心把我們和神結連起來。


三、世俗的考驗:腐化
世俗裏面物質享受的追求,永遠有「迷」和「醉」的作用,而其過程是漸進式的,令人難以防備。它使基督徒漸漸失去對屬靈事物的興趣,忘記主的愛和話語,放棄事奉,跟著「罪」透過眼睛悄悄鑽進潛意識中,觀念中,行動中。終於結出罪果。


求主幫助我們在這些考驗中得勝。


(本文摘自滕牧師著作《給我羊》,蒙宣道出版社允許轉載。)






Pastor's Sharing
Three Great Tests
Rev Philip Teng

Every Christian, every preacher faces three great tests:

  • 1. The test of time: Numbness at heart
    When we gradually get accustomed to our spiritual life, everything can be taken for granted – quiet time, church meetings, ministry involvement… Active reflection unknowingly gives way to mechanical reflex. The heart and soul go numb. In the stiffness, there is no room for spiritual creativity. Nor is there vibrant response to the love of God. No joy. All of this leads to spiritual apathy, backsliding and stumbling in faith.


  • 2. The test of difficulty: Compromising
    Difficulties bring crises. And in a crisis, we may have two possible responses. The first is steadfastness in faith. The second is compromise, retreating and disheartenment.

    Whatever the difficulty, let us learn the lesson of faith through prayer. Faith is surpassing. It transcends the environment. It transcends oneself. It transcends feelings and sentiments…. Faith connects us to God.

    3. The test of the world: Secularization
    In our world, the pursuit of materialism has always been intoxicating and addictive. The process is progressive and hard to guard against. Over time, it makes a Christian lose interest in spiritual matters, forget the love and Word of God and give up participation in ministries. Sin slips into his sub-consciousness through the eyes, then notions and actions. Finally, the fruit of sin is borne.

    May the Lord help us so we can stand these tests.

    [Extract from《給我羊》(My Heart, My Words), used with permission of China Alliance Press]