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1121 – Follow God Wholeheartedly 全心跟从神

Exodus 14:11-12 (NKJV) Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

When the 12 spies returned from scouting the Promised Land, 10 of them came back with a negative report that there were giants in the land and the Israelites were like grasshoppers in their eyes, even though the land was very fruitful, flowing with milk and honey.

When the Israelites were caught between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian army, they became down-hearted, and murmured and complained about God’s plan for their lives. On numerous occasions, even though they were physically out of Egypt, their hearts remained in Egypt despite the suffering brought on by slavery. Likewise, we may have accepted Jesus as our Saviour, but we are still struggling to hand over the lordship of our lives to Him. In other words, even though we are Christians, the world and its desires still dominate our hearts!

A whole generation of Israelites died in the wilderness because of their murmuring, complaining and their unbelief that God was able to deliver them from the inhabitants of the land. Only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to lead a new generation to enter the Promised Land, because they were very different from the rest of the 10 spies and saw things just as God had promised.

Joshua 14:8 (NKJV) Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God.

Therefore, the key is to follow God wholeheartedly. The new creation has the nature of God and the residence of the Holy Spirit enables us to love the Lord and live our lives very differently from the past. Biblically speaking, we have been set free from the bondage of sin and have the ability to overcome the power of sin and death. However, we need to take hold of it and desire to enjoy the abundant life!

Luke 10:27 (NKJV) So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

Sermon Series: You Are in the Hall of Faith! (Part 4)


全心跟从神

出埃及记 14:11-12 他们对摩西说:“难道在埃及没有坟地,你把我们带来死在旷野吗?你为什么这样待我们,将我们从埃及领出来呢? 我们在埃及岂没有对你说过,不要搅扰我们,容我们服侍埃及人吗?因为服侍埃及人比死在旷野还好。”

十二个探子窥探应许之地回来的时候,有十个人回来报恶信说,那地有巨人,以色列人在他们眼中好像蚱蜢,虽然那地多结果子、是流奶与蜜之地。

当以色列人被困在红海和追赶他们的埃及军队之间时,他们就丧胆、发牢骚、埋怨神对他们生命的计划。很多次,虽然他们的身体离开了埃及,尽管为奴带来痛苦,他们的心仍然留在埃及。同样的,我们或许已经接受耶稣为我们的救主,但我们仍在挣扎将我们生命的主权交托给祂。换句话说,即使我们是基督徒,世界和它的欲望仍然支配着我们的心!

因发牢骚、抱怨和不信神能救他们脱离那地的居民,一整代的以色列人全都死在旷野里。只有约书亚和迦勒被允许带领新的一代进入应许之地,因为他们与其余的十个探子很不一样,所见的都是神所应许的。

约书亚记 14:8 然而,同我上去的众弟兄使百姓的心消化;但我专心跟从耶和华-我的 神。

因此,关键是要全心跟从神。新造的人具有神的性情,圣灵住在我们里面使我们能够爱神、过着以往截然不同的生活。按圣经的教导,我们已经脱离罪,并有能力胜过罪和死亡的权势。然而,我们需要抓住它,并渴望享受丰盛的生命!

路加福音 10:27 (和合本)他回答说:“你要尽心、尽性、尽力、尽意爱主-你的 神;又要爱邻舍如同自己。”

讲章系列:你在信心的殿中! (第四部分)