Devotional Journal 12-01-14

Posted on November 30, 2014 in 每日靈糧

2014年 12月01日 

對抗癮癖 

上帝是信實的。—哥林多前書10章13節 

艾力深受癮癖所苦,他也很清楚自己的情況。朋友和家人都鼓勵他戒掉,艾力也認為戒掉癮癖對他的健康和人際關係會有益處,可是他卻無力實行。很多人與艾力分享自己戒掉惡習的經驗,但艾力回答說:「我為你感到高興,但我似乎無法停止!我真希望我從不曾動過這個念頭。我懇求上帝立刻把我的慾望除掉。」 

也許有人可以馬上戒掉癮癖,可是大部分的人卻要每天與它正面交戰。我們或許不明白為何試探總是如影隨形,但無論我們如今陷入怎樣的境況,都可以轉向上帝。或許這就是我們在掙扎中,最當謹記的事。我們學習不靠自己微薄的力量,轉而完全倚靠上帝的大能。 

耶穌也像我們一樣曾經受到試探,所以祂能體會我們的感受(馬可福音1章13節)。祂體恤我們的軟弱(希伯來書4章15節),我們只管「坦然無懼地來到施恩的寶座前,為要得憐恤,蒙恩惠,作隨時的幫助」(16節)。此外,祂也使用其他人,包括受過訓練的專業人士,在我們的掙扎過程中施予援手。 

不管今天我們要面對怎麼樣的爭戰,我們都當知道:上帝愛我們遠超過我們所能想像的,而祂是信實的,會作我們隨時的幫助。 

進深思考:閱讀馬太福音4章1-11節,看看耶穌如何面對試探。並閱讀哥林多前書10章11-13節,以明白當我們受試探時,耶穌能如何幫助我們。 

無論好人或壞人,都會受到試探,因為我們都是罪人。 

December 01, 2014 

Struggling With Addiction 

God is faithful. —1 Corinthians 10:13 

Eric was struggling with an addiction, and he knew it. His friends and family members encouraged him to stop. He agreed that it would be best for his health and relationships, but he felt helpless. When others told him how they had quit their bad habits, he replied, “I’m happy for you, but I can’t seem to stop! I wish I had never been tempted in the first place. I want God to take the desire away right now.” 

Immediate deliverance may happen for some, but most face a daily battle. While we don’t always understand why the temptation doesn’t go away, we can turn to God on whatever path we find ourselves. And perhaps that is the most important part of our struggle. We learn to exchange our futile efforts to change for complete dependence on God. 

Jesus was tempted also, just as we are, so He understands what we’re feeling (Mark 1:13). He sympathizes with our struggles (Heb. 4:15), and we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (v.16). He also uses others, including trained professionals, to lean on along the way. 

Whatever battles we may be facing today, we know this—God loves us much more than we can imagine, and He is faithful to come to our assistance. 

For Further ThoughtRead Matthew 4:1-11 about how Jesus handled temptations. Also read 1 Corinthians 10:11-13 to learn how He can help us when we are tempted. 

We are not tempted because we are evil; we are tempted because we are human. 

Open the Eyes of My Heart

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