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Streams In the Desert 荒漠甘泉 2月3日  

2008-02-03 21:44:00|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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《荒漠甘泉》2月3日


  “圣灵立刻把耶稣催到旷野去。”(可一:12直译)

  
这似乎是很可怪的一回事。“立刻。”在什么事情发生了之后,才有“立刻“呢?在主从水里上来,看见天开了,圣灵仿佛鸽子降在他身上,父神公开宣布:“你是我的爱子,我喜悦你”(可一:10)之后。这并不是反常的经历。你有否这样的经历?岂不是山峰一程之后,立刻就是山谷的一程么?也许昨天你曾飞翔天空,歌唱赞美;今天你的翅膀下垂,歌声全止了。早晨你曾享受父神的欢笑;晚上你会在旷野中说:“我的道路向耶和华隐藏。”(赛四十:27)。

  可是,信徒们啊,事情突然转变,并非出乎偶然,乃是有神的美意在其中。

  你有没有想过:为什么祝福之后,就有这“立刻”呢?原来祝福是手续,“立刻”是目的。“立刻”就是祝福的下文。神给你祝福,原是要使你能胜任前面的荒漠——客西马尼,各各他。神光照你,高举你,给你力量,原是要你冲过前面可怕的阵地;神给你亮光,原是要你经过黑夜;神给你帮助,原是要帮助那些无助的。

  并非随时有资格到旷野去受试炼的,你必须先有约旦河的祝福,然后才配到旷野去。唯有圣子的启示,才能使你承担圣灵的重负;惟有洗礼的荣耀,才能支持沙漠中的饥饿。——马得胜

  祝福之后就是战争。

  一个人的精神修养,将因试炼而充实,而有显着的进步。但试炼时期是不平常的。在这个时期,地狱好象张开了口的门户,我们的灵魂如入罗网之中,神并且让我们落到魔鬼的手掌中去。但这个时期,对于永远把灵魂依赖他的人,迟早必会结束于胜利之中,不管这试炼时期有多长,总有神奇的功用,无穷的后效。——怀特

 
 

Streams In the Desert for Feb. 3
 

“And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12.)

 

It seemed a strange proof of Divine favor. “Immediately.” Immediately after what? After the opened heavens and the dove-like peace and the voice of the Father’s blessing, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well please.” It is no abnormal experience. Thou, too, hast passed through it, O my soul. Are not the times of thy deepest depression just the moments that follow thy loftiest flight? Yesterday thou wert soaring far in the firmament, and singing in the radiance of the morn; today thy wings are folded and thy song silent. At noon thou wert basking in the sunshine of a Father’s smile; at eve thou art saying in the wilderness, “My way is hid from the Lord."

 

Nay, but, my soul, the very suddenness of the changhe is a proof that it is not revolutionary.

 

Hast thou weighed the comfort of that word “immediately”? Why does it come so soon after the blessing? Just to show that it is the sequel to the blessing. God shines on thee to make thee fit for life’s desert-places---for its Gethsemanes, for its Calvaries. He lifts thee up that He may give thee strength to go further down; He illuminates thee that He may send thee into the night, that He may make thee a help to the helpless.

 

Not at all time art thou worthy of the wilderness; thou art only worthy of the wilderness after the splendors of Jordan. Nothing but the Son’s vision can fit thee for the Spirits’s burden; only the glory of the baptism can support the hunger of the desert. --- George Matheson.

After benediction comes battle.

 

The time of testing that marks and mightily enriches a soul’s spiritual career is no ordinary one, but a period when all hell seems let loose, a period when we realize our souls are brought into a net, when we know that God is permitting us to be in the devil' s hand. But it is a period which always ends in certain triumph for those who have committed the keeping of their souls to Him, a period of marvelous “nevertheless afterward” of abundant usefulness, the sixty-fold that surely follows. --- Aphra White.

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