別認為你在上帝面前犯過太多錯,別認為你終身得將自己放逐在邊際…

另一個機會

張貼:Joel Osteen 7/27/2012

我跟很多人聊過,那些因為自己過去的曾犯下的錯誤的朋友們,他們認為自己配不上神的良善,距離神太遙遠。但是,神的恩典就是如此充滿驚奇,當我們鑽牛角尖、犯錯時,神仍然隨時歡迎我們回到祂的懷抱。祂是充滿救贖的神,我們不用讓自己活在譴責之中。上帝說:我將領你至豐饒之處。

聖經中的參孫,他帶著上帝的允許出生;天使向他母親說:妳會有個兒子,這個兒子將成為上帝的使者。只要頭髮不剪,參孫將會有上帝所賜超人的力氣。他帶著期許成長,不會被敵人收服;但是隨著時間過去,他開始失去戒備,放縱自己並且讓敵人知道他的弱點。最後被敵人剪去頭髮、失去力氣、挖出雙眼。曾經大有力量的英雄,讓上帝生氣,被鎖鏈綑綁、像奴隸般在磨坊中工作。你可能會認為:上帝不會再為他做任何事情了;他曾有過機會,帶著上帝的允許出生、擁有超人的力氣,卻做出這麼多錯事,遠離上帝的旨意。但是上帝總是會給你另一次機會。

有天,參孫要被帶到大廳,被眾人羞辱。他的仇敵將他綁在牆上,如同無力之人,眾人在他身旁取笑、看他戲耍。參孫向拉他手的孩童說,讓他摸著柱子靠一靠,讓他得以休息。舊約聖經說,參孫再一次向上帝求告,上帝就賜他力量,參孫抱著兩根柱子、屈身讓房子倒塌,壓住房子內的眾多人;參孫死時所殺的人,比活著殺的還多。這是一個豐饒的結尾。這就是上帝要賜予你的:祂要你得到前所未有的成功!

別認為你在上帝面前犯過太多錯,別認為你終身得將自己放逐在邊際。就如參孫,上帝會重新給予你力量,祂能讓你比過去強壯。停止斥責自己。過去的事情你無法改變,放下自責,將心對上帝打開。祂總是會給你另一次的機會。

…義人雖七次跌倒,仍必興起…。(箴言24:17)

 

 

Another Chance

Posted by Joel Osteen on 7/27/2012

I've talked to a lot of people over the years that really get down on themselves because of the mistakes they have made in the past. They don't think they deserve God's goodness. They think they've gone too far. But the amazing part about the mercy of God is that even when we bring trouble on ourselves, even when it's our own fault, God will still receive us when we come to Him. He still extends forgiveness; and when we repent and receive that forgiveness, we don't have to live in condemnation. God says, "I will still bring you to a flourishing finish."

Think about Sampson in the Bible. His birth was predicted in scripture. An angel appeared to his mother and said, "You're going to have a son. He will be a deliverer." As long as his hair wasn't cut, Sampson would have supernatural strength. He had a supernatural beginning. He grew up to do great things. He had uncommon strength and could not be conquered by his enemies. But over time, he let his guard down. He became undisciplined and revealed the secret of his strength when he wasn't supposed to. They ended up cutting his hair, and he became weak and was captured by his enemies. They were still so afraid of him that they gouged out both of his eyes. This once powerful man who carried God's anointing and favor ended up chained, working as a slave, grinding at the mill. You would think after all that, "God wouldn't have anything to do with him. He had his chance. He had a supernatural birth, supernatural strength and favor. He made wrong choices and gave it all away. Too bad for him." However, that's not the way our God thinks. God will always give you another chance.

One day Sampson was in a large hall. They were having a reception with thousands of people. The enemy had him chained to the walls. It was like he was on display. They were walking by making fun and mocking him. Sampson asked one of the small children to place his hands on the pillars of that hall so he could rest. The scripture says, "The Spirit of the Lord came on Sampson one more time." His hair began to grow once again. God gave him his strength back. He pushed down those walls and defeated more of his enemies in his death than he did his whole lifetime! That's a flourishing finish. That's what God wants to do for you—He wants to make you more successful in your later days than ever before!

Don't ever think that you've made too many mistakes for God. Don't ever think you have to just sit on the sidelines of life. No, just like with Sampson, the Spirit of the Lord will renew your strength. He can make you greater than ever before. Quit beating yourself up. You can't do anything about the past, but you can do something about your future. Receive His love; receive His forgiveness. Shake off condemnation and open your heart to Him because He will always give you another chance!

"For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…" (Proverbs 24:16, NIV).


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