神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

双语灵修丨葛培理布道团:爱慕灵奶(2018.12.10)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年12月10日 10:27

“就要爱慕那纯净的灵奶,像才生的婴孩爱慕奶一样,叫你们因此渐长,以致得救。” 彼得前书 2:2

Desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. 

1 Peter 2:2

我们属灵的生命需要粮食。什么样的粮食?灵粮。哪里可以找到?当然是圣经中,神的话语中。圣经启示了基督是生命的粮,让我们饱足,也是生命的河,让我们解渴。如果我们不接受灵粮、灵水,我们就会饿死、失去灵命活力。世界上有些人不愿意像我们那样阅读圣经、彼此团契。很多地方,已经出现属灵饥荒。我记得一个中国基督徒音乐家的见证。他通过一个朋友每次撕下几页圣经来阅读神的话语、增进灵命。而另外一些人,关了二三十年,饱经磨难,出来后完全麻木。

读圣经不是为了满足脑袋的需要,而是要把神的话语藏在心里。简单经文、细嚼慢咽、助长生命,远胜于长篇累读、狼吞虎咽。可以从约翰福音开始读圣经。你读圣经的时候,圣灵会带领你、启发你。他会帮助你理解难读的文字和困惑的意思。即便你不会记得、不会明白,继续阅读。坚持阅读圣经的本身就会净化你的心怀意念。不要放弃这个习惯。圣经不在手边时,神的话语也会跳进你的脑海,如果你背下一些经文,在你睡不着的时候,开车、旅行、做重要决定的时候。神的话语安慰你、引导你、鼓励你,这正是我们的需要。尽量去背吧。

Our spiritual lives need food. What kind of food? Spiritual food. Where do we find this spiritual food? In the Bible, the Word of God. The Bible reveals Christ, the Bread of Life, for our hungry souls, and the Water of Life for our thirsty hearts. If we fail to partake of daily spiritual nourishment, we will starve and lose our spiritual vitality.Some parts of our would do not enjoy the freedom we have to read the Bible and study it together with fellow Christians. In most of the world, in fact, there’s a veritable famine for the World of God! I recall the story of a Chinese musician in the People’s Republic of China. He was converted and strengthened spiritually through the reading of individual pages of the Scripture torn from a Bible and slipped to him by an unknown friend. There are other stories of prisoners who survived twenty to thirty years at hard labor-and sometimes terrible torture-and came out with their minds intact, totally lacking in bitterness toward their captors.

We should not be content to skim through a chapter merely to satisfy our conscience. Rather, we should hide the Word of God in our hearts. A little portion well digested is of greater spiritual value than a lengthy protion scanned hurriedly…A good place to start is the gospel of John. As you read, the Holy Spirit will enlighten the passages for you. He will illuminate the difficult words and make obscure meanings clear. Even though you cannot remember all you have read, or understand it all, go on reading. The very practice of reading in itself will have a purifying effect upon your mind and heart. Let nothing take the place of this daily exercise.Scripture memorized can come to mind when you do not have your Bible with you-on sleepless nights, when driving a car, traveling, when having to make an instantaneous important decision. It comforts, guides, corrects, encourage-all we need is there. Memorize as much as you can.

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