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進入應許地的第一步
作者:讀經:約書亞記二章1至14節

即使神已經確實地對約書亞說,祂必將那地賜給他們,但約書亞並沒有袖手旁觀,他仍然盡他的本份和能力來策劃行動。按照常理,他知道他應該先搜集一切有關耶利哥城的資料。

我們今天也是一樣。當我們尋求神的引導時,並不表示我們就只管坐著,什麼事也不去做。我們要盡力去探索每個可能性,以行動來配合神的心意。每走一步,都尋求神的帶領。我們要抱著開放的心態,緊隨著神的帶領。

神可能是為了拯救喇合的緣故,感動約書亞的心,讓他派兩個探子到耶利哥城窺探。喇合顯然是在接待探子之前,已經相信了以色列的神。我們可將雅各書二章25節與本章9至11節作一對比。

即使是最微小的信心,神也會重視和珍惜,並且會使它逐漸成長。使徒行傳第十章記載哥尼流信主的經過,便是另一個例子。

然而,當神開始工作的時候,撒但總會立即截擊。耶利哥城的王可能從來沒有留意過喇合,可是,當約書亞所派的探子一來,他卻馬上察覺和追問她。

情況總是如此:撒但一直不會關注某人,直至神的使者進入他的生命,撒但便會立即想辦法去對付他。若是一位推銷員或訪問員來到你的家,撒但不會理會;可是,當一個基督徒來到你的家,向你傳福音,撒但就會立即尾隨著進來,設法把福音的種子偷走。

我們該怎樣做呢?我們必須藉著禱告來保護這些種子。神可能比我們更渴望將祂的道種在人的心中,所以,祂當然會樂於聆聽我們的禱告,在祂的時間和以祂的方式來成就祂的工作。

反思:住在你心裡的神,遠遠大過那個在世界橫行霸道的惡魔。

 

FIRST STEPS INTO THE PROMISED LAND

BIBLE READING:Joshua 2: 1-14

Here is common sense at work. Joshua needed all the information he could get about Jericho and the land, even though God had told him that the land was going to belong to him and his people.

It is the same for us today. When looking to God for guidance, don‵t sit round doing nothing. If a certain course of action seems to be God‵s will, find out all you can about it. Then look to the Lord for the next step you should take. Be open to his leading, but make sure you investigate every possibility while waiting for his further word.

Then God must have moved the heart of Joshua to send out spies because of Rahab. It seems very clear that Rahab believed in the God of Israel before the spies came to her home. Read James 2:25 and put that alongside verses 9-11 in this chapter.

God will always honour even the smallest amount of faith and will seek to cultivate it to help it grow. The story of Carnelius in Acts 10 is another illustration of this.

As soon as God starts to work, however, Satan also begins his work of hindering. Probably the king of Jericho had not noticed Rahab before. But when the men sent by Joshua arrived, he immediately reacted.

It is always the same. Satan doesn‵t care about a soul until God‵s messenger touches that life. Salesman or others can come and go, but let a servant of God go to that door or speak to that person and Satan immediately tries to snatch away the seed.

What is the answer? We need to protect that seed with prayer. God is more anxious than we are that his Word might find a place in hearts. He will be glad to hear our prayer and to answer in his own time and way.

A THOUGHT:‵Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.‵


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山上的榮耀 【讀經:馬可福音九章1至8節】
基督為我們的罪受死 【讀經:彼得前書三章18至23節】


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