Devotional Journal 11-28-14

Posted on November 27, 2014 in 每日靈糧

2014年 11月28日 

平安 

因為上帝賜給我們不是膽怯的心,乃是剛強、仁愛、謹守的心。 —提摩太後書1章 7節 

阿瑪尼(Amani)是一隻小拉布拉多獵犬的名字,這名字在非洲斯瓦希里語代表了「平安」的意思。阿瑪尼有一些特殊的朋友,牠與兩隻年輕的獵豹一起住在達拉斯動物園裡。動物學家把牠們安置在一塊,是要讓獵豹學習阿瑪尼的平和。因為狗兒在公眾場合通常都很從容自在,專家們預料只要讓牠們一起長大,阿瑪尼將會給獵豹帶來「平靜的作用」。 

在掃羅王受到「攪擾的靈」侵擾時,大衛也曾幫助他舒緩情緒(撒母耳記上16章14節)。當掃羅的臣僕獲悉他的困擾,認為音樂或許可緩解他鬱悶的心情,於是一名臣僕就傳召擅於彈琴的大衛。每當掃羅感到煩擾時,大衛就為他彈琴,「掃羅便舒暢爽快」(23節)。 

當被憤怒、恐懼或憂傷的情緒所侵擾時,我們都渴望重新得力。聖經中所說的上帝是一位「賜平安的上帝」(希伯來書13章20-21節),祂賜聖靈給相信祂的人。每當我們不安或焦慮時,別忘了,上帝能藉著聖靈賜下剛強、仁愛、謹守的心(提摩太後書1章7節),幫助我們不再焦慮,身心靈得享平靜安穩。  

天上的父,我們感謝祢,因祢所賜的平安,我們的心得安寧。沒有力量能奪走這平安。祢所賜的平安留存心中,我們滿心感謝祢。 

「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。」──耶穌 

喜樂滿溢的心,自會流露讚美! 

November 28, 2014 

Amani 

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. —2 Timothy 1:7 

Amani, which means “peace” in Swahili, is the name of a Labrador retriever pup that has some special friends. Amani lives with two young cheetahs at the Dallas Zoo. Zoologists placed the animals together so the cheetahs could learn Amani’s relaxed ways. Since dogs are generally at ease in public settings, the experts predict that Amani will be a “calming influence” in the cheetahs’ lives as they grow up together. 

David was a soothing influence in King Saul’s life when a “distressing spirit” troubled him (1 Sam. 16:14). When Saul’s servants learned of his problem, they thought music might ease his affliction. One servant summoned David, who was a skilled harpist. Whenever the king became troubled, David would play the harp. “Then Saul would become refreshed and well” (v.23). 

We crave refreshment and well-being when we are plagued by anger, fear, or sadness. The God of the Bible is a “God of peace” (Heb. 13:20-21), One who gives His Holy Spirit to everyone who believes in Him. When we’re agitated or anxious, we can remember that God’s Spirit produces power, love, and self-control (2 Tim. 1:7). God’s influence in our lives can create a calming effect—one that leads to comfort and wholeness. 

We’re grateful, Father, for the peace that You offer for our hearts. Nothing has the power to take that away. Thank You that Your peace has come to stay. 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” —Jesus 

JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE

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