Concerning Temptation⑶

英文誌(五之三)Concerning Temptation⑶
We will still face temptations after we have been saved
並不是信主以後就不會有試探
 
試探持續存在
Certain mistakes are made concerning the matter of temptation in our life of faith: First of all、people seem to expect that after the soul has entered into its rest in God、temptations will cease、and to think that the promised
deliverance is not only to be from yielding to temptation、but also from
being tempted.
在信心生活中,人們對於試探有一些錯誤(的理解)。首先,人們好像會期待靈魂進入上帝的安息時,試探會停止。而且也好像認為「應許得釋放(從被試探得到拯救)」不只是(指)免於屈服於試探,而且還免於被試探。

面對試探可能帶來的沮喪
Then they make the mistake of looking upon temptation as sin、and of blaming themselves for what in reality is the fault of the enemy only. This brings them into condemnation and discouragement; and discouragement、if continued in、always ends at last in actual sin. The enemy makes an easy prey of a discouraged soul; so that we fall often from the very fear of having fallen.
然後他們犯了一個錯誤就是把試探視為罪,而且還把實際上是敵人的錯拿來責怪自己。這使他們受責難和沮喪;而這種沮喪,如果持續的話,最後導致真正的罪。敵人很快地把沮喪的靈當作獵物,以致於我們常常因為「害怕已經墮落」而就墮落了。
 
信仰生活是屬靈爭戰
To meet the first of these difficulties it is only necessary to refer to the Scripture declarations、that the Christian life is to be throughout a warfare、and that especially when in Christ Jesus、we are to wrestle against spiritual enemies there、whose power and skill to tempt us must doubtless be far superior to any we have ever heretofore encountered.
剛開始遇到這些困難的時候,只需要參考聖經中的宣告:基督徒的生命要不斷爭戰,而且特別是當我們在基督裡,我們會與天堂屬靈敵人爭戰,這些敵人的勢力和技巧要試探我們,這必定無疑地遠超過、勝過我們迄今為止曾遇到的敵人。
 
比起內在的試探(誘惑),外在的誘惑並不是那麼強
As a fact、temptations generally increase after we have entered into the interior life、rather than decrease; and no amount or sort of them must ever lead us to suppose we have not really found the true abiding place.
Strong temptations are generally a sign of great grace、rather than of little grace.
事實上,在我們進入內在生命之後,誘惑的強度會加強,而不是減少。
不管試探有多少或是什麼試探,不要因為有試探就認為沒有找到真正的居所。
強烈的試探常常是豐富恩典的記號,而不僅只是小小的恩惠而已。
 
每誌一句
(加拉太書六章9節)我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成。
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right、for we will reap at harvest time、if we do not give up.
 
後語
除了試探,禱告也是屬靈爭戰,卻是進入應許之地必經的操練。
曉嵐在此不多作解釋,因為這是英文誌,若再舉例篇幅就太長了。請各位自行體會囉! 
 
 
廣告
本篇發表於 英文誌。將永久鏈結加入書籤。

2 Responses to Concerning Temptation⑶

  1. Unknown 說道:

    yes最大的敵人是自己。

  2. margaret 說道:

    因為Ying首先發難,在留言版提了蝴蝶蛹的故事,引來曉嵐寫了三篇「英文誌」談temptation,這是靈修話題,很夠深度,其實曉嵐還沒有寫完。然而,先這樣告一段落囉。現在流行說「自己內在的聲音」,很多時候它並不一定都是正確的,有時候確實是一種試探,我們必須與其為敵。然而,神應許我們「進入應許之地得恩典」,也是靠著爭戰進去的。如果沒有試探,我們的靈命會很膚淺:How shallow would all our spirituality be if it were not for temptations.

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