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0726 – How We Walk in God’s Will 如何行在神的旨意里

During these difficult COVID19 times, we may think we have good ideas to start a business, maybe a joint venture, purchase a franchise or even migrate to another country. However, it could be very frustrating or disheartening and humbling as we try all sorts of ways to get things off the ground by our own efforts when everything has slowed down. Many kinds of businesses and professions now are affected as it is hard to generate business or income for many industries.Oftentimes, we tend to have our own agendas and we expect God to bless and protect us from failure. We can pray and ask God to help us succeed in our plans, but He is not obliged to do this especially when we have not consulted Him before going ahead. We need to ask if our idea is a good idea or God’s idea. Remembering that He is the Lord of our lives, it is so important that we pursue, articulate, plan and execute God-inspired ideas. Not every idea is God-inspired, hence, it is important to consecrate our plan, idea and dream to Him. We do this by getting confirmation through Book, Chapter and Verse (BCV) in the Bible, including a witness of the Holy Spirit with godly counsel. Moreover, when God gives us an idea, a vision of what can be achieved may also be given which will motivate us to accomplish the goal that He sets before us. This is how we can know if it is God’s will for us to execute the idea.

I John 5:14-15 (NKJV) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

We can then pray in faith and confidence since the Lord promises us that He hears our petitions that are asked according to His will. It is thus our responsibility to seek His will and plan for our lives and He will lead us in making decisions and necessary adjustments when we commit to hearing and obeying His word on our plan.

Luke 5:4-5 (NKJV) When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

John 21:6 (NKJV) And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

Against his own judgement and experience the night before, Simon Peter listened and obeyed Jesus’ simple instructions and they reaped a huge reward. Some of us may struggle with such simple instructions that He gives us but sometimes God uses these simple instructions to grow our faith. We just have to listen and obey. Our faith grows deeper and stronger when we are aware that God has endorsed our ideas and plans, that we are walking in His will, listening to and obeying what He has called us to do.

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如何行在神的旨意里

在这艰难的新冠病毒期间,我们可能会认为自己有创业的好点子,也许是合资企业,购买特许经营权,甚至移民到另一个国家。然而,当一切放缓停滞时, 我们通过自己的努力尝试各种方法来启动我们的计划, 却可能非常让人沮丧或气馁,同时也会让人感到卑微。许多行业,因为业务和收入难以维持,生意和职位都受到影响。

通常,我们会有自己的计划,我们希望神祝福我们,保护我们不至失败。我们可以祷告祈求神帮助我们的计划成功,但祂没有义务这样做,特别是当我们在开始计划之前根本没有求问过祂。我们需要问问我们的想法到底是好主意还是神的主意。记住祂是我们生命的主宰,因此我们追寻、阐明、计划和执行神所启发的主意是如此重要。并不是每一个想法都是神所启示的,因此,把我们的计划、想法和梦想分别为圣献给祂是很重要的。我们通过圣经中的书、章和节(BCV)得到确认,包括圣灵的见证和敬虔人士的建议。此外,当神给我们一个意念时,神也可能会给我们一个可以成就的异象,来激励我们去完成祂在我们面前所定的目标。这就是我们如何知道是否神的旨意让我们去执行这个想法。

约翰一书5:14-15我们若照他的旨意求什么,他就听我们,这是我们向他所存坦然无惧的心。 15既然知道他听我们一切所求的,就知道我们所求于他的,无不得着。

然后我们就可以凭着信心坦然无惧地祷告,因为主应许我们“若照他的旨意求什么,他就听我们”。因此,我们有责任为我们的生活和计划寻求神的旨意,当我们委身聆听并遵守祂对我们的计划所说的话时,祂会带领我们作出决定和必要的调整。

路加福音5:4-5讲完了,对西门说:「把船开到水深之处,下网打鱼。」 5西门说:「夫子,我们整夜劳力,并没有打着什么。但依从你的话,我就下网。」

约翰福音21:6耶稣说:「你们把网撒在船的右边,就必得着。」他们便撒下网去,竟拉不上来了,因为鱼甚多。

虽然与他自己的判断和前一晚的经验矛盾,西门彼得听从并顺服了耶稣的简单指示,结果他们收获了巨大的回报。我们有些人可能会为祂给我们的简单指示而挣扎,但有时候神会用这些简单的指令来增加我们的信心。我们只需要聆听和服从。当我们意识到神已经认可我们的想法和计划,我们行在祂的旨意中,聆听并服从祂所呼召我们去做的事,我们的信心就越发深入和坚定。

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