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January 14, 2013 / Samuel

凡事察验 [Test All Things]

书卷:帖撒罗尼迦前书(新约)
作者:保罗

帖撒罗尼迦前书5章20节:“不要藐视先知的讲论。”
帖撒罗尼迦前书5章21节:“但要凡事察验,善美的要持守,”
帖撒罗尼迦前书5章22节:“各样的恶事要禁戒不作。”

今日默想:先知正确的讲论,是因圣灵的感动而产生的。所以藐视先知的讲论,也就相当于销灭圣灵的感动。喜欢听道并不就等于重视先知的讲论。听道而不行道,就是藐视先知的讲论。许多信徒像使徒行传17章19~21节中的雅典人一样,喜欢把道理当作新闻说说听听,但又不肯用心灵接受,所以从这边耳朵听进来,马上就从那边耳朵出去了。我们对于任何自称奉主名而讲的道,都不可毫不怀疑地接受,而宜将它们放在“上帝的话”的光中,一一小心地察验。各样圣灵的工作和属灵的恩赐,都有被假借、被滥用的可能。特别是一些超自然的现象,邪灵也会利用人照样作,因此信徒须要格外的小心察验。假借上帝的名义说话行事,使众人误会了祂的心意,这是最惹上帝憎恶的事。我们务要禁戒不作。信徒经过察验之后,确定了某些事和某些话并不符合上帝的心意,不讨上帝喜悦的,便不该为着任何理由,勉强自己去作。

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Book: 1 Thessalonians (New testament)
Author: Paul

1 Thessalonians 5:20 :“Do not despise prophecies.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 :“Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 :“Abstain from every form of evil.”

Today’s Meditation: Prophecies are born from the affection of Holy Spirit. Thus, despising prophecies equals to eliminating the affection of Holy Spirit. One who enjoys listening to preaches does not mean he values prophecies. One who listen and do not do is practically despising prophecies. Many of us are like the Athenians described in Acts 17:19~21 who liked to treat truths as new thing but refused to accept them with sincerity. They tend to forget what they heard easily. We cannot simply accept any preach that is preached in the name of God. We need to test what we heard carefully. There is vast possibilities where the work of Holy Spirit and grace of Spirit are abused. This occurs especially in supernatural cases, where evil spirit will use us. Therefore, we have to be extra careful to test them. Those who abused the name of God to mislead people is the most hated one by God. We need to abstain from every form of evil. We need to test all things to make sure whether they pleasure God or not before doing them. There is no reason we have to force ourselves doing something that does not cherish God.

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